Sunday, July 5, 2015

MY TWENTY YEAR OLD (!) BABY...

Hard to believe we don't have any teenagers anymore!  My baby just turned 20 years old.  It was pretty low-key.  He worked and went out with friends.  I made them dinner and just had to share the CHEAPEST BIRTHDAY CAKE EVER...I thought it looked pretty cool though with the different shapes on the tray.


 See what I mean?  Shhh...don't tell about my bargain!


Something else special happened for him -  he got to promote his business on a morning show here locally.  He was pumped!  These are pictures I took of the TV during it.
 The first spot he was interviewed about popular flavors and his business.
 They also showed his friends (that work there) playing the yard games they have out for customers.
 They did three different spots during the show and he did great.  Hopefully lots more people know about the snow cone shack now!

He is a really hard working young man with a compassionate heart!  He really enjoys his customers and talking with them.  Needless to say, we are pretty proud parents (after all my misgivings about him getting into this business venture last year).  I said it before and I'll say it again, "You never know what adventures you will go on as a parent!"



Thursday, July 2, 2015

WEST RIVER TRAIL SIGHTS...

So exciting to have a new bike trail in OKC!  The West River Trail is 7.5 miles from Meridian street to Lake Overholser.  It wasn't officially open when we went, and you can see some of the trail had been washed over with dirt from the recent heavy rains.  But we really enjoyed getting to ride a new trail.

Oklahoma River

Getting ready to pass under a railroad bridge

 Some tepee structures

 Crystal Lake - didn't even know this existed!

A small obstacle...


It was a great 15 mile round trip!  What I didn't show you was the lovely auto salvage we passed or the pen with the buffalo and deer in it.  There were lots of interesting things along the way.  Another good thing was there is only one street to cross so it's a very safe trail.  We parked in the Chinese Restaurant parking lot on Meridian, because we weren't sure where this trail started.  You could also park in the Basket Market lot across the street.

If any of my blog buddies ever want to go biking, let me know!  

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A SWEET ANNIVERSARY...

32 years.  Not a special number.  Nothing momentous about it.  Only, that number makes us realize we are edging closer and closer to that retired population and feeling aches and pains like never before.  Losing my brother-in-law in a traumatic car accident last fall (he was 50) has had an impact on us.  The effects of it are clear:  we really don't know when our time on earth is up.  We appreciate life more.  We see what remains of his work, his grieving family that is surviving without him and continually celebrating him.  We remember him often.  It has caused us to love each other more deeply and forgive more quickly.  We laugh things off and sing praise to the Lord even louder (if that's possible).  We feel the pain of hurting people.  We move faster to help.  So many things 32 years of marriage and following the Lord teaches you.

We also just exited the "parents of teenagers" stage of life.  Our youngest turned 20!  Another life passage.  When he went to college last fall, we started celebrating our freedom.  We were sidelined by my BIL's death and also our daughter's marriage.  So lots of things happening, lots of emotions, lots of prayers and wondering what comes next.  But, we know what comes next:  LOVE.  Continue to love and live and learn from each other.


 On our anniversary I joined my husband on a business trip to Austin and found this awesome mural! Perfect!

Friday, June 26, 2015

SWIM PARTIES NOT JUST A THING OF THE PAST...


I was so excited to have my Body & Soul exercise class over with their kids recently for a swim!  It was perfect timing, right after class when we were all hot and sweaty.  Just a few got to come but it was a great day for it and we enjoyed watching the kids do their thing!  Takes me back when my kids were younger and we used to have swim parties every Wednesday afternoon .  

It's amazing to me what this class does for my emotional well-being in addition to the physical!  The uplifting songs really elevate my mood.  Sharing a little bit of our lives through prayer requests and prayer time at the beginning is good, too.  I miss it when I'm gone or we are between sessions.  I've always loved music and singing, but this really takes it a step further...I hope I can do this for a long time!  

 Our leader (pink)
The Moms
 Even a Grandma enjoying the pool with her grandson!  I hope I get to do this someday.  :)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

SUMMER READS...


THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB
Wow, my bubble really got burst on this one!  Since I was born in the 60's, I didn't really remember when the first missions to the moon happened.  The wives of the astronauts really went through some stress, trying to portray being the perfect wife and perfect marriage.  There was no counseling for them, not in that era.  It's interesting to hear the memories from them, and I loved the pictures!

THE ART OF POSSIBILITY
This one I listened to on CD while cleaning...the main things I got out of it was if you are a leader you should take responsibility for your team.  When a mistake is made, own up to it.  Don't point fingers.  When something unexpected happens say, "How fascinating!"  They used this phrase several times throughout the book when telling tales of their experiences, so that one really stuck with me.

O'S LITTLE BOOK OF HAPPINESS
This little book on CD kept my son and me company driving on a trip.  It's a collection of different anecdotes and stories selected from Oprah's magazine.  My favorite was the one about a woman who went on a true adventure - went against her nature to plan trips and just went on a trip totally upon recommendations from strangers.  She ended up in Tokyo and everything she ate and experienced was based on what strangers recommended.  Interesting idea!   Just something fun to listen to...


PICNIC IN PROVENCE
Love this one - the story of Elizabeth Bard, an American living in France, married to a Frenchman.  It's the story of how they adapted to life in a small village, after living in Paris.  I really enjoy getting to live out my dream of living abroad through books.  A memoir with recipes!





Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CAMERA CRAZY IN SAN DIEGO...



Gate of a home on Coronado Island
Roses on Coronado

Blooming cactus on Coronado
The coolest looking tree ever
Cold ocean water

You know, one of those water birds...

Woodpecker store at Palomar Mountain
Outside Ironside restaurant planter
Downtown SD
Serpent Tree sculpture near our hotel
The Cliffs at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Nature's trash at Torrey Pines Beach

Hiking the trails at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Outside Extraordinary Desserts
Sculpture near Convention Center
Jacaranda trees were in bloom
Rosecrans Cemetery


Sunday, June 14, 2015

LESSER KNOWN SIGHTS OF SAN DIEGO...

That's basically what we/I did this past week.  I thought having been to San Diego three different times in my life I had seen it all.  At least all the good stuff.  Not even close!  Come to think of it, the times I had been there we hit the highlights and moved on due to time (and money) constraints.  So I explored some really interesting places.  Some of them with the Hubs and some I actually got brave and did them alone, while the Hubs was in meetings.


This is the Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island, literally a 5 minute drive from downtown.  It's full of history in addition to being wonderful!  It's the largest wooden structure in the US.  Built in 1888, it has entertained some of the biggest celebrities in the US.  Marilyn Monroe filmed a movie here.  Presidential dinners have been here, Babe Ruth went fishing here, and there are some cool old photos in the halls to prove it.
They do a great job keeping their beach clean and it's open to anyone - not just hotel guests.  

This is the hotel lobby, still in use today.  Their elevator is one of those cool old ones with metal bars, which I've only seen in older European hotels.

We also checked out Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse at Point Loma.  Also just a short drive (15 min.) from downtown, Juan Cabrillo is the explorer who discovered California in 1542.   He felt like a failure because he didn't find any gold, or a passage way through North America.  He died mysteriously soon after leaving.  So he's not really a household name like Columbus.  



 You can also tour the lighthouse and learn a little bit about it.  
Also there are tide pools you can go down by and look for critters, but we just mostly sat on the rocks and watched the surfers!

Just so calming and beautiful.



Another off the beaten path thing we did outside San Diego was tour the Palomar Observatory.  It's about 90 min. away, up a windy mountain road, so they don't get many visitors.  It is still a working observatory, so they only have 4 tours on the weekend.  We managed to get in on one.  It houses the Hale 200 inch telescope made in 1948.  It was the largest telescope in the world for about 30 years.  Learning about how they engineered this thing was pretty cool.  Mr. Hale had a talent for building bigger and better telescopes and getting businessmen to buy in and help him finance his projects.


 So you've gotten your dose of history today!  :)