Thursday, May 26, 2011

jumping on the bandwagon...thankful thursdays

Several friends from church are doing a "Thankful Thursday" post on their blogs and they've been very inspiring, so I thought I would join in. Especially after having so many things thrown in my face this week that I have not been more appreciative of. So here are a few of things that I'm thankful for this week:

1) God gave us our beautiful Elle, who is healthy and bright.

2) We are fortunate enough to live at OSSM for free, eat for free, with beautiful grounds, security, and a basement to ride out a storm.

3) We were able to host the girls from our floor in our home tonight. That they are so wonderful to Elle, and are tolerable of Mops. That they are so polite and that so far everyone we've talked to requested our floor again!

4) That some hardworking, talented, deserving kids from Podunk, Oklahoma are graduating on Saturday and heading to places like Harvard, Notre Dame, Duke, Chicago, etc.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

in the storm shelter

We spent some time down in the basement last night as the storms blew over. Us and two dogs, two gerbels, 130+ students, and some faculty. They opened dinner early, but it wasn't long before the sirens were going off for a second time. We grabbed some pillows, blankets, flashlights and some entertainment and headed downstairs.

Elle entertained herself "helping" Daddy grade finals

lining up the Snow White finger puppets...

and then turning them all over

Mops kept herself busy

and the students studied for finals, played games, watched the weather, or slept

Sunday, May 22, 2011

no itching here!

To my wonderful husband, Chris:
Thank you for marrying me 7 years ago! Thank you for putting up with me, the dog, my projects, and everything else along the way. You are incredible and I'm truly blessed.

May 22, 2004

the best part!

i look forward to making more mischief with you!

You're my favorite!

Happy Anniversary to all those who have celebrated their special day in the last week and in the next!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

what's elle been up to?

wearing her swimsuit the first time this year to play in the sprinklers

running everywhere

doing some bible lessons at home--"gathering grain" like Ruth (wheat provided by Waugh Family farm)

walking the 1 mile Tot Trot, while Daddy ran the 5K, to support Christian Services of Oklahoma

art with her new easel from her good friend and upstairs neighbor Jonathan

playing at Mesta Park

and sometimes she sleeps

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Saturday night was Prom at OSSM. Elle went to stay at Nana's house so she wouldn't have to deal with the craziness and after party that went on until 2:30 in the morning. Apparently it wasn't much different from Chris' proms, except as he told someone "his date's pregnant this time." A lot of the parents attend to help with the cost, and I thought it made it a nicer event. The kids ride a charter bus over to the Petroleum Club for dinner and dancing. We had an excellent view from the 34th floor! The girls were beautiful and the guys clean up nice too. About midnight we headed back home from snacks, a TwinProv performance, and of course more dancing. Chris and I couldn't take it anymore after TwinProv and crashed. We had a great date night that we rarely get!

1) There didn't seem to be the pressure of drinking or risque behavior (although some of the dancing was questionable) and everyone had a great time.
2) If you can jump up and down and pump your fist you can dance.
3) If we could write a song that has one line, some simple directions, and make a youtube video dance we'd be rich!
4) Chris and I are too old for some of the music!
5) Do not dance barefoot with other girls in stilettos (this was a lesson learned by one of the girls on our floor).
6) You don't have to go to prom with a date, bring a group of friends and have a good time.

Here's some pics. We have some better ones of the kids, but I don't want to post them without their permission.

Friday, May 13, 2011

baby #2 first pics

We had our first ultrasound this morning. Elle was a bit confused about what was going on. She kept looking at the screen then at the tech to see what he was doing. She said the baby's "on the puter". #2 turned around and waved at us like it knew we were looking at it. The heartbeat was 168 beats/minute. The baby measured at 10 weeks 4 days so I think the official due date is Dec. 5th.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Here's some of the things we've done the past few days:

flower garden park {played until dark and chris was a young mom's hero by keeping two big stray dogs away from her so she could get in her car}

zoo {the more we go, the more impressed I am with the OKC zoo, did you know they have a place you can store your coolers?}

lake hefner to fly a kite and wade in the lake

catch up with the Whaleys {wonderful friends from HUGSR (no it can never be HST to me) who are missionaries in Australia, first time for our kids to meet!}

bike ride around OSSM

elle's program

Last Thursday Elle had her program at Sonshine School. If you know Elle you will understand when I say that Chris and I fully expected tears and a removal from the stage some how. But...she walked in with her class and sat down and actually stayed on stage with no tears. She didn't sing, but she didn't cry. Here's the video of her class. It's not the best quality, but you can get the point. They were all incredibly cute! We have been so blessed to have her in the care of her teachers and have such wonderful little friends.

Friday, May 6, 2011

the real reason i'm postponing surgery

Elle would like to tell you the real reason I'm postponing my hip surgery:

That's right, no hip surgery until after Dec. 2nd. This is also why I feel like Elle and I have been a little bit in the ragamuffin stage for a while. Morning sickness and exhaustion hit and a lot of things went by the wayside.

We don't have any ultrasound pictures yet. It was scheduled for today, but the tech got sick so we'll be doing that next Friday. We didn't really say anything to Elle until last night because we were afraid she'd blab. We talked about it with her and her face was pretty priceless. It was kind of like "Really? That can happen?" then of course she needed to examine my belly. She seems excited about a baby in momma's tummy, but we'll see. We'll, still be living here so we'll see what new adventures this will bring to OSSM.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

marathon man

Sunday Chris participated in the OKC Memorial Marathon. He was on a relay team with some family members and a friend of my cousin. Chris ran the first leg, which was a 10K (6.2 miles). His time was about 54 minutes, which I think is pretty good. The original start time for the race was 6:30 am, but because of lightning the race didn't start until 7. He was able to walk over to the start line because the race begins and ends at the bombing memorial and we live pretty close to it. He was going to run right by the school so he texted me and told me about what time to look for him. Thankfully, I threw on a coat and bundled Elle up in the jogging stroller because it was freezing and raining. Yes, we are wearing coats in May.
We headed over by the Lincoln fence and waited about 10 minutes before Chris came by. I took a couple of pictures in case we missed each other to prove that we got out there to see him.
In all the excitement of him running up to the fence and tossing me his long sleeve shirt I didn't get his picture.

I was glad we saw some of it. I am very proud of Chris, and his teammates, but also because it was amazing seeing just the number of people we did see that are willing to do it. I think the total was around 26, 000 people, but I can't find any official stats anywhere. We found out the memorial doesn't receive any federal funding. The first race contributed about $20,000 and then last year it contributed about $750,000.

(I'd also like to give special props to Randy (my cousin's wife) who ran the last 10K and got hailed on twice!)

Chris is pretty pumped about continuing to do more races. We're looking into the Tot Trot on May 13th, which supports Oklahoma Christian Services. Chris will run the 5K and Elle and I will walk the 1 mile-fun walk. May be a new family tradition!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Faculty vs. Student Volleyball Game

Last Friday Chris participated in the faculty/student volleyball game here at OSSM. Due to some unfair advantages the faculty won...again. For some reason Elle insisted on taking Chris some food for the game. So here she is carrying cans of food down to the gym.

Monday, May 2, 2011

mlm: book review

I recently finished reading "Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture" by Peggy Orenstein. Overall, I was glad I read the book. I don't agree with some of the things she says, but she has some interesting points and information about toys, websites, etc that are targeted for girls. I checked out the book from the library, but I will probably buy the book to have as a media literacy resource and because it has some good suggestions for when Elle is older. Here are some of my thoughts:

*I am going to be more conscious of the toys, movies, etc. that Elle plays with, especially considering the background and age they are meant for. For example, Barbies are out for a long time. Not that she's interested in them now, and I have fond memories of my time with Barbie, but they are being pushed toward a younger audience and she has less ambition that she used to so I'd rather wait.
*I think Elle has to be who she is, and if that's more girlie that's fine, but I want her to be smart about the choices she makes.
*I am scared to death of Elle having anything to do with the internet, especially social networking.
*I want her to know that her mom's favorite colors are pink and navy and that she can like any color, even brown like her daddy.
*I want her to develop healthy relationships with boys.
*I want to encourage Elle to do whatever she wants, but to also embrace her femininity (And I don't mean be a feminist.)

I'm sure there were other thoughts, but I don't have the book in front of me now. If you have a girl I would recommend at least looking at the book.