Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Banner

Maybe I'm overdoing it with banners this season but I let Liv choose a craft for us to do on Friday after she'd help me clean the house most of the morning. Out of all my fall crafts on Pinterest she chose this banner so we worked together and I think it turned out pretty cute! We added some more characters and we used paper clips to attach them to the string so maybe we can change it out for Thanksgiving and Christmas easily. You know what that means??? More banner crafty posts coming your way!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Bump: 18 weeks

I had an appt this week and (as is also apparent by the photo) I've gained quite a bit of weight since my last appt! (15 weeks)  But that's ok because I'm growing a human.
Depending on how much candy corn I've consumed in a day, the bump can grow quite a bit by the end of the day!
Baby's heartbeat was strong and it had the hiccups! I have been able to feel it move regularly for a little over a week now. If I lay or sit still I can usually feel it, but Ryan hasn't been able to yet.
Liv never lets a day go by without giving the baby lots of hugs and kisses.
I still feel great and was able to participate in the zumbathon this past weekend.  Can you find me below in that sea of pink? Every now and then when I work out I get a pang that tells me to slow it down but other than that I can still jump and shake it :) I'm hoping it lasts for awhile but if not I can always go back to lap swimming in a flattering maternity suit! Or there is aqua zumba!
I like to put my feet up and feel the baby move!
Tune in next week for the gender reveal!! We are pretty excited to find out! Any guesses???

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


We got Liv three silly string cans for her bday and in the hub bub of cleaning up after the party they got shoved in a box in the bottom of the pantry and I just found them last week! It was 100% Olivia's idea to hide behind the bushes and wait for daddy to get home from work and then jump out and spray him. So we did. But we had his can handy so it would be a fair fight. I tried to snap a few pics, but it was hard because I was also under attack!

Monday, October 13, 2014


On Friday night our college girls came over for a girls night of junk food and viewing of the movie Annie. I thought Liv might enjoy it and she said she did although I'm not sure she followed the plot at all. At one point in the movie she said "They can't adopt Annie, she's the mom to all those other girls!" I was just glad she didn't ask Ms Hanegan was stirring in the bath tub! My favorite part of the evening was after the movie Liv asked if her friends could play in her room for awhile even though it was late. I said for a little bit and then I just got to eavesdrop on her conversation with them while they played legos

Girls: What are you gonna be for Halloween?
Liv: Elsa. My grammy and poppa got me an Elsa dress for my birthday. They live in TN. Mama used to live there when she was a little girl and they used to be her mom and dad.
So cute. She's still sorting out family relational ties and I like to hear her explain it to others! These girls are super sweet and talented and Liv cried when they left. It's been an emotional end of fall break.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Please Don't Go Fall Break 2014!!!!

Next Monday might be the hardest day of our lives. At least for me and Liv. Ryan's been working like usual these weeks so his heart doesn't ache like mine at the thought of not getting to spend the weekdays on fun adventures with 5 year olds....I'm not sure that's his passion anyway though. And the worst part of all of it is I can't really let HER know how much going back to school bums me out, because then she'll play to my weakness and I'll end up letting her sleep in and cuddling in my bed and drowning our sorrows in ice cream and candy corn for breakfast as we discuss homeschool options. MUST. BE. STRONG. Enough of that emotion though....let's get on with the fun.....

Tuesday we headed to the Tulsa area to check out the BlueBell Ice Cream Factory for a tour....aannnnd free ice cream at the end of the tour.
It is well priced (that means super cheap), informational, and best of all child friendly. We were the only ones on the tour so the lady got our undivided attention...well as much undivided attention as little kids allow.
You should have seen Noah's eyes when she told him robots load the pallets on the trucks for delivery. I'm pretty sure he thinks transformers live in the ice cream factory now.
We all got different flavors so we could all try a little bit of everybody's!
Then we headed to the Aquarium which I had heard was cool and it was, it really was. But it was also very expensive considering how small it is. We were there MAYBE an hour. Soooo not worth the money in my opinion, but it is a really neat place and it is expanding....but not fast enough for me to go back in this decade probably. Still glad we went though! 
This guy was showing Liv how much Horseshoe Crabs resemble spiders. She was not amused.
She did get brave enough to pet a starfish though.
Watch out Liv and Noah! A fish is coming to get you!
I loved the jelly fish and otters and sharks. 
So pretty when they can't sting you!
You got to walk thru the shark tank and they were swimming all around you and overhead. And blocking the exit!!! 
Sadly, Loran didn't make it out unharmed
Seahorses! (Have I ever told you about the time my adult friend thought seahorses were mythical creatures and then saw one at an aquarium and freaked out? Love that story.)
The kids had lots of fun. And it was practically empty since it was a Tuesday and most kids aren't on fall break!

Wednesday I worked all day so Jenna took the kids to Jump Zone where they got uber sweaty and had lots of fun that she texted me photos of.
And I wonder why her hair can't ever look the same as it did when she leaves the house in the morning :)
Thursday (today) a group of friends headed to Yukon/Mustang (which I have renamed "Yukstang") to see the Clydesdale horses. It's free. You just walk in the barn and see em!
Some were friendlier than others but all were GINORMOUS!!! This one I'm a little wary of because it was nipping at people and we all remember our run in with horses in TN don't we?? 
I got my eye on you horsey. (Notice I am 5'3" and am not as tall as the horses back so by my calculations this horse is at least 20' tall. Ryan says I'm bad with spatial awareness)
Oh look there's a tame horsey you can ride, Olivia!
Can you tell it was sunny?
A horseshoe horse sculpture!
Then we headed to an awesome playground/park nearby for a picnic. The kids barely stopped playing to wolf down their food. They were having a ball. And we mommies of course got to chat.
standing on Oklahoma! I don't know why their hands are raised though.
Then someone mentioned a cupcake place so we had to check that out...I appreciated their mini size options.
We came home for some outdoor play time and bubble blowing contests on the back patio of course.
Clearly Noah's was "The Best" I mean he already had the shirt on.
The weekend will be fun but the fall break end is in sight and you should probably just keep us in your prayers. I'm trying to get her excited to go back on Monday. Her teacher did handwrite the kids notes and we got ours in the mail today, so sweet. I have some "fall themed" wish list items for Liv to take to her class Monday. And I can eat lunch with her at school Monday so I'm hoping the transition back will be smooth....for both of us, but really I'm probably just gonna come home and eat candy corn and cry in Liv's bed while listening to "Slipping thru my fingers all the time....."

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Fall Banner Tutorial

It's no secret that I love fall and I love decorating my house so it stands to reason that decorating my house for fall might be my favorite thing about the season!! I posted a tutorial (I take no credit for the idea, Lauren has had this up at her house for awhile now and I loved it) for my free fall grocery bag banners over at OKCMB today. Check it out and make one for your home!!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Guess what....2014 Fall break....sorry no other good titles coming to mind

On Sunday we had a full class to learn about the Tower of Babel. Want to get a man to help you in children's Bible class...just bring Legoes! 
Randy Harris was our guest speaker from Abilene and he brought a wonderful lesson. Then we came home from church to find this little rascal in the trap! 
The third squirrel we've caught recently in hopes to keep them OUT of our attic!! The magic bait that works best seems to be green pecans. It's like crack to the squirrels! Don't worry, we don't torture and kill them, Ryan drives them to a far away park and sets them free so they can't find their way back to our house. I like Charlie's nose in the background of this pic. She wanted to get that squirrel so badly!

We enjoyed another day of lunch and lounging on the back deck, skyping with family, reading, playing with neighbors. Then we headed to OC for small group dinner and the lectureship. 
Maybe these three will be roommates one day? Sidenote...this looks nothing like the OC I remember but it's a pretty shot
We heard Mitch Wilburn give a great lesson and then got to listen to an Acapella concert. And yes we sang along!
You can tell that's Acapella right?
Monday morning Liv and Noah got to see the Boxtrolls at Harkins. 
Annnnd they had the WHOLE theater to themselves. 
It was a pretty weird movie, but they said they liked it. I guess I did too. I appreciate the artistry if nothing else! Then we played at the park downtown, found a geocache, and got a cupcake at Pinkitzel....and to my great surprise she didn't choose pink but candy corn!
I guess I spoke to soon about winning the war on critters because do you see what we saw on the way to gymnastics???? Let me zoom in.....
Yes that would be a teeny mouse having fun on our porch. 
#$(*&(@&$^%@#(*&!!!!  Not cool. I mean he was really cute but entirely too close to my house because once I see one IN my house it's no longer cute but dead. 
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