Destin, Florida

I guess the rain, record low temps, and my Annie having the stomach bug for 6 days now, spurred this post into action.

Sometimes, I think I was born in the wrong state.  I do believe if I wasn’t an Oklahoma gal, I would most definitely be a beach bum!!  Seriously, I love Florida! Specifically, Destin.

I ended up in Florida, the summer after I graduated from OSU (go Pokes!).  I majored in Hotel and Restaurant Administration, and I still needed to complete the internship portion to obtain my degree.  It just so happened, my Aunt Judy and Uncle Dave own a home in Destin, Florida.  They graciously offered me a place to live in the summer of 2007, while I completed my internship.  My cousin JB lived there too, and he showed me the ropes.

I worked at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort and Spa.  There were several interns, other than myself and three of the girls I met went to school at Texas Tech.  Also, there were the bell boys, most of which were locals. We were all around the same age, so it made for a really fun summer.

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When I started, I worked all the different shifts at the front desk.  Let me tell ya, I wish I wrote a book.  The things I saw, things I heard, oh my.

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Are you digging the sweet uniforms yet?  Navy blue polyester with a long sleeve gold button up.  Too bad, you can’t see my sweet shoes.  And yes, it was 2007 not the 90’s.  And yes, it was stinkin’ hot.

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After working there a couple months, I was offered a Supervisor’s position.  I supervised the front desk from 3-11 in the evenings.  Once again, the things I heard and saw, oh my.  My favorite part of the job, was when one of the desk agents would be helping a customer and they would ask to see their boss……..and out walked a 22 year old, recent college grad.  It always went over so well, especially when they were already mad at the world!

Obviously, the best part of Destin, are the white sand beaches.  Oh, how I miss the beach.

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I stayed in Destin from May 2007 to December 2007.  After everyone went back to school, it wasn’t as fun.  Also, I was offered a better paying job closer to Oklahoma so I moved.  My friend Sam and I loaded up my truck, a u-haul, and headed to Texas.

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Last summer, my parents took us to Destin for a vacation.  It was nice to go back.  Matt loved the beach.

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That summer was one of the best.  I’ll never forget the friends I made and the fun I had.  Hopefully, I will be able to take my kids back a lot.  It it truly beautiful and so fun.  The restaurants, shops, beaches, just everything about it.

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Hope everyone is enjoying their week!  Can you believe it is July, it’s raining, and 70 degrees? WOW!


This Week

Right now, I am totally missing some Vitamin D in my life. Since last Friday, Matt had the stomach bug for one day, I had it one day, and Annie for three. We managed to make it to VBS two nights, Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse in Enid on Monday, but I have yet to make it poolside. My nicely tanned skin is wondering what the heck is going on!

Here is a VBS pic. Matt opted to be in my group of Kindergartners and 1st Graders.

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Leonardo’s…. Looks like I need to buy Matt a grocery basket.

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This pic is from today, there is just something about a sleeping baby. Melts Mama’s heart.  Hoping we are on the mend.

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Tomorrow, we have a baby shower for my bestest friend Melanie. I am so excited for her and her growing family.

Sunday, we have my sister-in-law’s shower at the church. Busy, busy.

I have a lot of goals next week, since this week I didn’t accomplish much.

My brother and I are running The Midnight Streak 5k in OKC. I’ve always ran just never signed up for races. My brother started running to get into shape and its been rather nice to have each other for motivation. That being said, I haven’t ran since Monday, so I have got to get back on it.

Another doozie here, school starts in like a month and two days. Ah. Panic. So much to do. Three new preps next year including being the new yearbook sponsor, a new room to get ready….sigh.

And on a crazy note….this week Oklahoma has had VERY hot weather, heat advisory weather. Starting Sunday through Wednesday….highs in the lower 80’s? I’m not complaining, ok…maybe I am. I need to float in a raft in the pool and soak up major vitamin D. How’s that for goal accomplishing?

Anyone else’s summer slipping away before their eyes?


It’s Saturday night and…..

It’s Saturday night, and well I’m in bed. Been here an hour or so….Matt and I are having a slumber party…..Disney Channel, Special K chips, Fruit Snacks, Oreos, and milk. As much as I wish I were at the lake, on a beach, or at the benefit concert in Norman I am really enjoying my quality time with Matt. TJ has been rodeoing in Canadian, TX since early Thursday morning, and when he comes back I’ll return to chopped liver.

MAMA MISSES HIM….AND SO DO THE KIDDOS! We will see him after church tomorrow, thank goodness.

I have several posts in the works, updated kitchen cabinets, newly painted exterior trim and shutter, and 4th of July.

Speaking of 4th of July, I feel like once it has passed summer flies by. I love summer for so many reasons….a lot of time with my kids, time to re-energize for the next school year, my tan, cookouts, family time, and well watching mindless-uneducational tv shows. I know, I watch a lot of that “crap”…. That is, when Disney or RFD (ugh, that channel can be dreadful!) is not on! On the other hand, summer reminds me that I am not stay at home mom material, TJ is super busy, and I feel like my to-do project list is impossible…dang you Pinterest!

So in my free time today, well actually during my run this morning (btw, I crushed 2.65 in 24:00, 9:08 mile….that’s speedy for this gal!) I have pretty much decided to run the Route 66 half-marathon in Tulsa, in November. I love good challenge, and its on my mental bucket list.

Enough ramblings and here are a few pics from today.

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Summer Days

I love summer. Summer, summer, summer.  There are so many things I love about summer…..playing with my kiddos, lazy days by the pool, staying outside until 9, fresh veggies from my garden, free time, cookouts, lunch dates with friends, and evening drives with my family!  Last night was one of the “perfect” summer nights, not to mention Danielle Bradberry won The Voice!  I know I got a little invested into this season, I would have been so disappointed had she not won.

Before we watched The Voice, we went out and checked the cows and filled up mineral feeders.  As you can see, T and Matt emptied a lot of water out of them.  We have had a lot of rain.

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Speaking of rain, this pond is nice and full.

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Matt likes to holler at the cows….and they run.

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This was tough work for sis, she crashed.

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Matt knows how to work the gear shift…..I think he’ll be hauling his own cattle in a couple years….

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No pics of me….I just ride in the truck and look pretty, well try to.

After we got home, I picked our first veggies of the summer!

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Have a great day!