Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
The 13th Annual Kids' Triathalon was held yesterday. I noticed that I sometimes tri to make up for my childhood weaknesses (in this case lack of athleticism) by getting my kids involved in things that might have been difficult for me. There's got to be something Freudian about that. So despite the fact that I am completely wacking out my children, I am proud to say that they participated in the event along with the Streeter kids and cousin Hallie.
They all crossed the finish line! Woo Hoo! You will be glad to know that I was rational enough to allow them to participate in the SHORT course instead of the LONG course, and that the SHORT course was truly that - SHORT. 25m swim, 1/2 mile bike ride, 1/4 mile run. Maybe the damage is minimal!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
...at Jenks Mighty Mite Football Combine, 2010.
150 boys ages 6,7, and 8, 10 different drills, 2 nights of workouts, two dozen coaches with clipboards, wondering.... who is the best fit for my team?
Helmets, Pads, Mouthpieces, Whistles blowing, Coaches Yelling, Encouraging, "Daylight's Burning!" Throwing, Catching, Tackling, Taking the Hit. Down, Set, Hut!
Reveling in pure testosterone!
1 football draft....
which team will Luke be on? Black, Silver, Nickel, Gold, Titanium? No, BRONZE!!!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Our last stop in on our OKC trip was the first stop that Luke wanted to make, (I know this because he asked me about 2 million times when we were going to the Lego store) but we had to wait to the very end to go there! (and unfortunately by that time the little dude had lost his shopping priveleges. - this had something to do with karate chopping bottles on glass shelves while at POPs)
The Lego Store in Penn Square Mall was stop #4. Needless to say, Luke was in lego-heaven. What was cool was how much all the girls in the group dug the Lego Store too. Nana ended up with quite a haul in Christmas presents. (She buys early. Lest you think that July is early, please understand she starts in January.) (and Luke got the much-anticipated Space Shuttle, hopefully he'll forget about it by Christmas.) (highly doubtful),
Let's just pray the Lego Store stays in OKC for now; it is too much of an obsession and/or temptation for our little Lego lover!
Monday, July 19, 2010
I am ashamed to admit that I live an hour and 1/2 from the site of the Oklahoma City bombing and in the 15 years since the horrific event that claimed 168 lives, I have never visited the stunning memorial that was built. Stop #3 - OKC Memorial and Museum
This is the edge of the Survivor's Wall that we saw when we first arrived.
Bolded sections from Wikipedia:
Survivors' Wall: The only remaining original portions of the Murrah Building are the southeast corner, known as the Survivors' Wall, and a portion of the south wall. The Survivors' Wall includes several panels of granite salvaged from the Murrah Building itself, inscribed with the names of more than 800 survivors from the building and the surrounding area, many of whom were injured in the blast.
Luke composed one all by himself: "You are in the hands of God."
The Survivor Tree: An American elm on the north side of the Memorial, this tree was the only shade tree in the parking lot across the street from the Murrah Building, and commuters came in to work early to get one of the shady parking spots provided by its branches. Photos of Oklahoma City taken around the time of statehood (1907) show this tree, meaning it is currently at least 103 years old. Despite its age, the tree was neglected and taken for granted prior to the blast. Heavily damaged by the bomb, the Tree ultimately survived after nearly being chopped down during the initial investigation, in order to recover evidence hanging in its branches and embedded in its bark.
The force of the blast ripped most of the branches from the Survivor Tree, glass and debris were embedded in its trunk and fire from the cars parked beneath it blackened what was left of the tree. Most thought the tree could not survive. However, almost a year after the bombing, family members, survivors and rescue workers gathered for a memorial ceremony under the tree noticed it was beginning to bloom again. The Survivor Tree now thrives, in no small part because the specifications for the Outdoor Memorial design included a mandate to feature and protect the Tree. One example of the dramatic measures taken to save the Tree: one of the roots that would have been cut by the wall surrounding the Tree was placed inside a large pipe, so it could reach the soil beyond the wall without being damaged. A second example is the decking around the Tree, which is raised several feet to make an underground crawlspace; workers enter through a secure hatchway and monitor the health of the Tree and maintain its very deep roots.
The inscription around the inside of the deck wall around the Survivor Tree reads:
The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith sustains us.
Hundreds of seeds from the Survivor Tree are planted annually and the resulting saplings are distributed each year on the anniversary of the bombing. Thousands of Survivor Trees are growing today in public and private places all over the United States; saplings were sent to Columbine High School after the massacre there, to New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, and various other times.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Stop #2 on our trip to OKC....
Pops, near Edmond, Oklahoma
My friend Jessie introduced us to this in-the-middle-of-nowhere spot, so we wanted to introduce everyone else to the fun of Pop's!
Pops lives up to it's name by stocking over 500 different varieties of pop! Pick up an empty six pack box and fill it up with whatever tickles your tongue.
I felt like strangling Luke right before this picture was taken. Ok, not REALLY, but he was getting a kick out of pretending to knock down the thousands of bottles that line the shelves of the store. Yes, the bottles are glued down, but I don't think that small detail would stop him from ruining the display. Aargh!!
Once we got outside, the kids (my 3 plus 6 cousins) ran off some steam while we waited for dinner. The menu was pretty much what you'd expect at a truck stop, but yummy burgers and fries and onion rings, and of course, POP!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Oklahoma City is less than 2 hours away from home. So can you tell me why we have hardly ever been there? We may drive through once in awhile, but I have never taken my kiddos there for any kind of outing. Until now! We planned a short 26 hour stay in OKC, and had a lot of fun! I'm putting our four stops in four different posts....
Stop #1 - The Science Museum Oklahoma, formerly known as the Omniplex.
The tickets were around $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for kids, but that was with a visit to their 3D Theatre Experience. The theatre was closed the day we were there, so we only paid $11.00 and $9.00. Not bad!
I was stationed at "The Peg Board" for a looooooong time though, because Luke could simply not get enough of it! He was fascinated with the pegs, the ramps, the funnels and getting a marble to run from the top of his contraption to the bottom. He loved it so much that it gave me an idea for redecorating his room..... hmmmmmm.
All in all, I would say the kids were in awe of the museum. We could spend another 4 hours there and still not be bored. We missed the Mad Science Experiment, the 3D Theatre and there were several rooms we didn't even experience.It's a MUST SEE if you are ever in the Oklahoma City Area!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
First.... Luke was playing on the school playground was stung twice by a wasp or other awful insect. Yes, again. He was stung on the hand and the ear and his ear swelled up like a red water balloon.
Second.... Kami had her 12 year old checkup and was required to have two shots. Let's just say she was not a happy to be 12 today. At ALL.
Third.... Ellie cried herself to sleep for 20 minutes in fear of being stung by a wasp and/or having to get her 12 year old shots.
As I tucked Luke in bed, he bemoaned, "it's been a Pain FULL day."
I just had to chuckle.
For another painful day, click here... (one of my Darling former students)
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Is there not something very sweet about your children's friendships with your own dearest friends' kids?
It's almost an extension of family: these are people your kids have no choice but to get to know... for better or worse. In this case, it's for the better - Eli, Brennon and Luke had a heydey in Stillwater one evening last week. Starla and Kerry are two college friends who have known me through the good, bad and ugly, and they love me anyway. Their boys are no less precious to me, and I love these kids because they are every bit as full of life as my own boy. Brennon and Eli give Luke the stamp of coolness, even though he is over three years younger than they are.
The boys hanging with Eskimo Joe himself.
and here is Buffy. (Ok, I have spent many an evening in Joe's but never have been graced by the presence of these furry two.)
We took them swimming - they were bursting with whoops and hollas!
Hilarous in their goggles.
We tried hard to keep them out of the baby pool, especially when the babies were there...
but they just couldn't resist the urge to run a wild streak.
Here they are at Starla's house, checking out Eli's music collection.
Wish they both lived closer, but glad they got a chance to be "boys" - if only for an evening.