September 17, 2014

Labor Day
















Labor Day weekend we were once again out at the river.  I mean it's free camping since we are property owners at the river ranch.  All it costs us is a tank of gas and we just raid our kitchen for food to bring.  Anywho, Jimmy's mom camped with us a couple nights and on Saturday we went into Tahlequah to take part in the Cherokee national holiday. Ya know since the 3 of them are Cherokees.   There were stick ball games, horseshoes, craft fair, a pow wow, and all sorts of other things going on.  We only went to the craft fair.  Everything was so spread out over town, it didn't seem very well organized to me
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Saturday we spent all day down on the river swimming and playing.  We met some people that were on a float trip who stopped nearby and chatted with them.   Some other people next to us had turned their raft upside down and used the bottom as a slip-n-slide into the water.  So we all did that too and it was pretty darn fun. 
 





Monday when we were on our way home we were traveling around 70mph on the highway right outside of Tulsa when there was a sudden weird vibration going on in the truck.  Jimmy looked in his side view mirror and said "He just hit me!  That guy just ran into our trailer!"  Yep.  We have only had our camper for a little over two months and that happened.  Just our luck.  A 22 year old kid fell asleep at the wheel and ran into our camper.  He was driving his parents Chrysler 300 because he wrecked his a couple weeks before.  His parents car was torn up.  The whole right quarter panel was peeled back and our stabilizing jack under the camper shredded his tire.  Luckily he ran into us instead of oncoming traffic.  Everyone was ok, but he was pretty shaken up.  In the meantime before we can get it in to have it repaired I have done a lovely patch job with a trash bag and Gorialla tape.  It still camps just fine!
 




September 4, 2014

Alzheimer's Walk and Big Splash







 
Kiera and I recently participated in the Walk to End Alzheimers in Tulsa at the ORU campus along with a number of my coworkers.  The walk was only 1.5 miles but I think it was further than that.  I am sure it felt longer because it was already 90 degrees at 10am, there was hardly any shade on the walk and my shoe was rubbing a blister on my heel from the start line.  But whatever, I sucked it up and completed the walk for a good cause.
 
I have no idea whose dog this is.  He wasn't with our group but still it was a sweet little thing.
 
 
Kiera ditched me for my co-worker/friend.  They held hands pretty much the entire time and danced anytime there was music.  It was fun to watch them together.          
 
We are almost to the finish line and I cannot wait to get into my car with air conditioning.  I don't do any kind of exercise in shorts either because having them ride up into your crotch while walking or running is just annoying.  Plus there is chafing.  I have never experienced the "thigh gap" in my existence because I am just not built that way.  Though I actually did buy two pair of shorter shorts (mid thigh) to wear this summer that sometimes cooperate and sometimes don't.  That was way off subject but I am sure if I had on shorts I wouldn't have been so dang hot.

After the walk we made our way to Big Splash for the last time this year.  I did not hesitate one minute getting in that water. 
 
That is Kiera swimming with her face down in the water.  She is doing great swimming on her own.  We went down slides and jumped off a platform in to deep water, all without her life jacket.  She just popped right up and swam her self to the side.  We had tons of fun in the wave pool and she thoroughly enjoyed riding on my back in the water and dunking me. 

August 15, 2014

2nd grader in da house

Yesterday was Kiera's first day of 2nd grade.  Cra-zy.  I didn't cry thankgoodness.  I think I am past that stage now, past the crying as she goes off to school, not the past crying part.  I am still a big ole bag of emotions.  I am not even going to look back at her other school pictures right now.  There is a whole lot of fake smiling going on in these pictures.  I ought to start getting creative on ways to make her truly laugh to get that genuine smile out of her. 
 

Her cat pose.  I can't tell you the last time she hasn't done this.  It happens daily.
 

When I was picking her up from her Papa's house I asked how her first day of school went.  She immediately told me she got in trouble.  Apparently there was confusion between she and a classmate as to where they were supposed to go.  Kiera told him they were supposed to go back to the classroom and he said they were supposed to go to the cafeteria.  They ended up going to the cafeteria instead of the classroom where they were supposed to go.  I don't think that they got in big trouble for it but she likes her teacher and enjoyed the rest of the day. 
    

August 12, 2014

Kiera's 7th Birthday

For Kiera's birthday this year we decided to camp out at the river.  We invited other people but no one came out besides Jimmy's dad, his aunt and two cousins.  I had a conversation with Kiera that her friends couldn't make it and luckily she was OK with it.  We went up to camp on Thursday evening since Jimmy and I both took off work on Friday. 
 
Friday we were going to take Kiera to the big blue slide but it was closed.  We headed on into Tahlequah and took her to a park to play for a little while.  After that we headed on over to Del Rancho for some lunch.  Jimmy and I used to eat at Del Rancho after being on the lake with friends all day during the first few years we were together.  Good times, good times.  They have the best steak sandwiches EVER, and their Indian Taco's are pretty awesome too.  Kiera had a grilled cheese  sandwich. 


 

After lunch we decided to head back up to camp  and we first let Kiera open her Lego present from us which she loves. 

 
  
We also made Snoopy snow cones with the thing she got from Jimmy's mom.  It is definitely something we will be making outside. 
 
 
Then we decided to go down and swim for a bit. There were some clouds to the north of us which wasn't enough make us leave but once we saw lightening we decided that was our cue to bolt (ha! pun intended).     
 

 
Jimmy and I were working on setting up the tent for when his aunt and cousins would arrive when the rain came.  We could hear it coming in the trees and had to scoop everything up and put it under the canopy which we did  just in time.  It rained hard for an hour and a half.  How hard you ask?  Jimmy's dad said "it reminds me of the monsoon season in Vietnam".  Lovely.  There were a lot of lightning strikes around our area and the thunder was cracking right over head.  The rain eventually stopped and left everything soaked but it was all good. 
 
 
Saturday we went on a 6 mile raft float (minus Jimmy's dad).  It went by fairly quick since the river was up about 5 feet from all the rain.  Just before we got back to camp it started to rain again!  Kiera, Alyana and myself were in the back of the truck getting pelted by the rain.  It stings when it hits you at 20 miles an hour.   Everyone eventually piled into the camper and I decorated Kiera's Unikitty cake for her party.  I am not proud of the way it turned out because 1. I was doing it in the camper and 2. the humidity in the air was not helping the icing at all!  I took a picture of it but I will not be sharing it.  The rain was the same monsoon type that it was on Friday, but it eventually cleared and we made our was down to the clubhouse to have the party.
 
 
  

I love the view in the clubhouse, walls full of windows overlooking the river.  I could definitely live in there, sitting on the deck drinking coffee in the mornings.
 
 


 


Kiera said she had fun but wished there were more activities.  Uh, I though I did pretty good.  Unikitty coloring pages,  unicorn horns, pin the horn on Unikitty, party horns and poppers.  I guess that's what she gets for telling me to do what I want!  However, I am so very thankful for everyone participating in the activities and really making it a special day for our girl. 
 
 

August 7, 2014

For Mimi and Pappy

Ohmygoddness, a post two days in a row?  Don't get used to it.  I won't be back posting until next week.  We have a birthday in the house for this little lady tomorrow and we are going to be camping out at the river for a few nights.  This here is for her Mimi and Pappy (aka my parents). 
 
She got a card in the mail from my parents on Tuesday which had some cash and a $10 Kohl's cash coupon.  I told her she had to wait until after her birthday to see what kind of toys she got before she could spend the cash but we could use the Kohl's coupon since it expired yesterday.  So last night (at 9pm, which is truly an awesome time to shop if you really want to get out that late) we went to Kohl's so she could pick something out.  I always explain to her she can either get a few things or one big item to equal whatever dollar amount she has to spend.  We looked at jewelry, clothes, all the little junk they have in the girls section (purses, kid jewelry, lip gloss, etc.).  For some odd reason she always wants things that she already has at home so I have to remind her she already has that.  For that reason I don't completely let her pick whatever she wants, I always try to have her think about what she has and what she will actually use.  We don't buy things just to buy them.  In the end she picked out the cat shirt, press on Disney Princess nails, and some gold shimmery polish. 
 
And I apologize for the craptastic photo.  Night time plus iPhone camera equals no bueno. 
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