Sunday, July 24, 2016

Time in Bartlesville

We had a lovely time with Tyler's family this past week. We had lots of playtime and swam in Papa and Grammy's pool, plus made a trip to Kiddie Park! The kids are missing their cousins already. 

This was a common sight last week.


Kiddie park! 

Snow cones all around. It was HOT!

My wonderful sister-in-law, Tisha, and me






Papa and Anna played stratego and Yahtzee often. 

Keith and Barkley are snuggling up. 

Watching Zootopia. It was cute!

Tisha doing laundry! 

In this weather, Tisha's air conditioning went out in her house! Thankfully, she was able to get it repaired on the same day. 

Then on the day before I left, the air conditioning went out in my van! We tried to fix it, but it needed the compressor fixed, so we drove to Ohio in a van without air conditioning. It wasn't pleasant, but we drank plenty of COLD water and Gatorade. I was impressed that no one complained about it! They are such troopers! I am so proud of them all. My arms were so salty at the end of the day and my hair was crazy tangled from having the windows down all day. It was quite the experience!

I am currently staying with my close friend, Valerie. We were able to go to church today and I am taking my van to a local auto shop tomorrow to get the air conditioning fixed before I drive home to DC. Feeling so blessed and watched over by my Father in Heaven. 

Iryna and Alayna putting together a puzzle. Iryna has missed her friend so much since we moved away from Ohio. Friendship has been a challenge for my FASer, but that changed with she met another FASer, Alayna! It warms my heart that they have their sweet friendship! 

The family that plays together

Playing chicken foot dominos with Grandma!

Florence loves my phone. 

Cousins having fun at the splash pad. 

MORE chicken foot. 

Trying out a new water bottle. 

Rachel and I took Calvin and Aurora to POPS to get some soda. 

I have given up my Dr Pepper, so I am trying out various flavors of cherry soda. 

We went to see Finding Dory. 

These are small metals bowls with spoons that I grew up using at my grandma's house. 

Me and my beautiful niece, Iliana. 

Iliana and Calvin

Florence somehow got a hold of my phone. There were 17 more photos just like this one on my phone...


We met Opa at Chick-Fil-A. Uncle Jacob, JJ, Aunt Ashley, and Carter also came. 


My brother and his wife are moving and are unable to take their pup with them, so say hello to the newest member of our family: Barkley! He is a puggle and so snuggly and great with our kids. 

Oatmeal for dinner? Why not. 



Barkley, Calvin, and Oliver. 


Sleeping Beauty. 

Coulter and his lovely bride, Jenna. 

Cousins eating together. 



Uncle Yury sampling some cowboy salsa. 

Visiting the cemetery where Grandpa Bob is buried. 



Florence has been my good buddy the last two weeks. She loves essential oils and asks for them multiple times a day. 

We are now going to visit Tyler's family! I am missing mine already. 😢

Monday, July 11, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! We are in Oklahoma and we are having such a great time!


All of my siblings and their families got together to celebrate the Fourth of July! We had a great time!


Playing a card game called "Golf" with Jennifer and Willis. 


Met up with Sarah, Dana, Kristi, and Nyki at Chick-Fil-A! Oklahoma girls unite!


All the grandkids on Independence Day!

Can't beat $1.99 happy meals at McDonald's. 




Rylee, Florence, and Calvin are snuggling up. 

My childhood friend, Sarah! I love this girl! We've been friends since 2nd grade. 

Jenna and I went out for a pedicure! #girltime

Jenna is learning how to power wash like a pro. 

My wonderful sister-in-law, Shelbee, with Keith. 


Some highlights from our trip, so far, include lots of cousin playing time, recording sacred music as a family, singing in church, going to splash pads, swimming, the park, playing at McDonald's playground, and playing games. Oklahoma truly feels like home to me! I love being here and hope we can move back one day.