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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day 2017


 Frank got up this morning & went to pick up the boys at 8:00 am since it's Father's Day and we get to have them until 6:00 pm today. They weren't dressed at all to go to church, but that doesn't really matter. We all loaded in the cars and headed off to church. We only stayed for sacrament meeting, and it was so nice to be all together as a family. 

 We gave Grampsy a card signed by all of us along w/ a big huge case of Diet Coke since he's our favorite "pop."

 We were supposed to meet up w/ Frank's cousin and his kids at the park for a big picnic. However, the weather was like this all day where it just rained and rained. Plus, there was lightning so we ended up having to cancel.

 Instead, we just hung out at GrannyMom & Grampsy's and had our picnic there. We had rolls, meat, cheese, chips, drinks, and dessert. It was a yummy lunch.

 The rain eventually cleared out, and Grampsy was telling us how they used to go "fishing" for crawfish in the yard. So, we decided to give it a try.

 You tie meat (or in this case a pork rind) to the end of a string and put it down in the hole. The crawfish grabs a hold of it, and you slowly pull it up until you can reach down and catch the crawfish. We got so close, but then one of the dogs would run up and it would go back into his hole.

 Mason decided he had had enough of that, and just stuck his hand down in the hole to try and catch it. He never was able to get it. But the kids had fun trying.

 I had no idea that Grannymom was so musically talented! She busted out this flute & a harmonica that she used to play. She's still good!

 She also plays the accordion and gave us a little private concert.

 Frank's brother, Johnny, and his 2 kids stopped by to say hi & wish Grampsy a Happy Father's Day. Of course we fed them and then sat and visited for a while.

We finally loaded our stuff into the car & left at 3:30 so we could get home at a decent hour. It was sad saying goodbye to the boys, but we're excited to see them again soon. Frank & I had an in depth discussion about life & finances & spirituality & all sorts of other things on the way home. It was really good & made me love him even more. Autumn finally gave up playing games on my phone & took a nap.

It's crazy to think of what Father's Day 2016 was like, and how different Father's Day this year is. I am beyond thankful for Frank in my life. He is such an INCREDIBLE example to me of a kind & loving Father. He is sooooooo good to my Autumn Girl & treats her like his own princess. I'm thankful for Grampsy & the example he is of a kind & loving patriarch. I see a lot of where Frank gets his goodness from.

I'm also beyond thankful for my own Dad. We tried to call & talk to him several times, but the call kept dropping b/c we were in a spotty area. It's thanks to him & his example that I didn't "settle" for 9 years & finally knew Frank was the one when we found each other. I hold men to a very high standard thanks to my Dad.

I'm grateful for Nick & Nate & all the other examples of Fathers that I have in my life. Fathers have such a profound influence on their children's lives, and I am blessed to have a worthy Priesthood holder in my home to celebrate on this special day!!!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Parade, Baseball Game, & Fair

WHEW! What.a.day! We got up this morning, had some breakfast, got packed, and headed out. We stopped to check on a friend's hamster that is out of town and get their mail. Then we went to the bank & got Frank added to my account & got him a debit card so he has access to our money. Then, we were on the road to Oklahoma by noon.

 We got to town and went and found Frank's parents (and his sister) at the Farmer's Market. They have a booth there where they sell various items. It was so nice to meet Frank's sister, Lylalyn.

 His Mom told us there was some good BBQ down the street, so we walked down Main Street to check it out. A vendor was selling soaps, and we found this bath bomb called "monkey farts." Frank is excited to try it out. LOL.

While we were over there, we saw this train and decided to climb up on it and get a picture. So fun! I didn't even notice until I was going back & looking at pics tonight, but the numbers on this train have special meaning to me & Frank. Crazy!!!

We finally found the BBQ place and got a pulled pork & brisket sandwich b/c it was lunch time and we were all super hungry. The pulled pork was actually better than the brisket.

We hung around until 4:00, b/c that is when the parade started. Autumn was happy to go out and gather candy that the people in the parade were throwing.

It was a really small & really short parade, b/c it had rained cats and dogs earlier and the floats got wet. We hurried and left once it was over to go pick up Marissa & Grant.

We stopped at Freddy's to get some dinner before heading to a baseball game. Marissa had won free tickets, and we knew that food at the game was going to be super expensive.

I'm so thankful that Frank was driving in Tulsa, b/c we almost got into a really bad car accident! There were 4 lanes of traffic going the same way. We were merging into the far left hand lane when this jerky guy tried to zoom around us. He ended up going up on the curb and almost hitting a stop sign pole! Frank pulled over to the side and went and talked to the guy. I was getting out the insurance b/c I was sure we were going to have to exchange info. Frank came back to the car about 28 seconds later and I saw the guy speed off up the road.

Frank said the guy had started yelling at him & cussing up a storm. Frank calmly told the guy that he knew he was at fault b/c he was trying to zoom around us on the left. The guy kept going on and on, so Frank gave him a really mean look and the guy dropped his head, turned around, got in his car, and took off!!! I'm so thankful that things ended the way they did and that no one got hurt.

When we went to get Marissa's free tickets, they said they only had 2 seats together. So, we went and sat on the grass. That got old really fast, and we could see that not even half of the seats were filled over in the section that Marissa & Grant were sitting in.

We went over & joined them at the bottom of the 6th inning b/c we wanted to sit in chairs.

Autumn was BEYOND THRILLED that she got to French braid Marissa's hair. She's been wanting to get to do that since she met her at the open house.

Then she got to French brain Grant's hair b/c he's got it long on top.

Lookin' good, guys! I honestly didn't even pay attention to the baseball game & just had fun being together.

Even though it was crazy to drive up to Oklahoma & then drive even further to Tulsa, it was totally worth it. Frank had so much fun being w/ the 2 older kids. We're thankful that they want to spend time w/ us.

On the way home, we stopped at a McDonald's to use the restroom. We saw there was a fair going on, so we drove over to check it out. We didn't know how to get in, so we followed this one car. It ended up going into this section that was only for vendors and we were driving down the sidewalk of a park! Oh, well.

Marissa was so excited to get an alien cup, b/c she loves paranormal things. We even got a funnel cake, b/c that's a must at the fair. We didn't end up riding any of the rides, but still had a great time just walking around and checking things out. We finally got in the car & headed home. What a jam packed day!!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Man Glitter

Frank texted me this picture from work today, and I busted up laughing. The reason is that just yesterday I had tagged him in the picture below that I saw on Facebook ...

I wrote, "Thank you so much for working so hard for our family. I love it that you come home covered in 'man glitter.'"

When he got home, we had dinner and then went to pick up this free table that someone in my ward was giving away. I'm going to use it in my entryway to put shoes on the bottom shelves. Then on the glass shelf I'm going to have some scrapbooks out on display. What's the point in having them if they just collect dust and no one ever looks at them?

We spent the rest of the evening at home just relaxing, watching TV, and enjoying being together. We've got a BIG weekend coming up, so it was nice to have some down time.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New Recipe & Relief Society Presidency Meeting

Today when I went to pick up the mail, there was this MASSIVE hibiscus coming out of one of the planters. So pretty!

For dinner tonight I made this new recipe for Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken, and it got 2 thumbs up from both Autumn & Frank. So, we'll have to include it in our regular rotation. I doubled the sauce, b/c we really like our stuff to be saucy, especially if we're serving it over pasta or rice.

Then I left to go to a Relief Society Presidency meeting. I realized it was the first time I didn't have to host the meeting at my house, b/c Frank was able to be home w/ Autumn. One of the many perks of having an amazing husband! I'm thankful for the 3 women I get to serve with and ALL that they do to take care of the women and families in our ward.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Swanky Dinner & Shaved Ice

 Frank got off work early today b/c he had a doctor's appointment. His shoulders have been hurting him so bad to the point that he can't sleep at night. It's been going on for a long time, so he finally went and saw an orthopedic doctor today. They gave him some anti-inflammatory medicines & some light pain killers until he can get in for an MRI. He came home, mowed & edged the lawn, and even had a surprise for us when we got home ... he had found a baby bunny. He put it in a box w/ holes, and as soon as he opened it, the bunny hopped out and was running around the garage. He was finally able to catch it so we could take some pics and pet it (Autumn refused to pet it). Then he released it in the backyard where he had found it.

 A super generous family in our ward gave us some gift cards to a nice steak house for a wedding gift. So, we decided to use them tonight. We keep teasing Frank that he's a Texan now instead of an Okie.

 I'm so lucky to be married to such a handsome & kind & spiritual & hard working & funny guy!

 The food was really good, but it's not somewhere we'll be eating again anytime soon. It's on the expensive side! But we enjoyed our "splurge" and getting to spend time together.

 Autumn insisted on taking Frank to our favorite shaved ice place. Frank was blown away by the sizes of the shaved ice and how good it was. He went to pick up the base of the shaved ice & it was so top heavy that it just tipped right over onto the table. The server said she would bring us another one. We weren't about to waste good shaved ice, so we slurped up the parts that hadn't touched the table. LOL!

What a fun way to end our day. I'm so thankful that the medicine is working and that Frank's pain level went from a 9 to a 3, and this evening he said it was down to a 1. YAY for modern medicine.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Freeway Closure & Free Stuff

Today was crazy trying to get home from work. There was a horrible accident on the freeway that included a fatality, so everyone was diverted off and had to take the side roads w/ lots of stop lights. This helicopter just hovered over the freeway and it made me so sad to think that someone lost their life just driving home today. It was a sober reminder that life is so frail & precious.

After dinner we went over to a lady's house in the ward who was giving away a bunch of free baby stuff. At first, I passed by the post on Facebook b/c I don't have a need for any baby stuff. But then I thought of Nick & Savi and how they would probably love to have it. So, I messaged her and she said we could come pick it up. We also got to stop by a friend's house and get their mail and check on their hamster while they're out of town.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Free Food & Free Concert

 Tonight was so much fun! As soon as Frank got home & changed his clothes, we went to the free summer concert series. The first one was supposed to be last week, but it had rained too much the day before and the ground was too wet.

 We told Nate & Riannon & Nick & Savi to come w/ us and we could do that for our Family Home Evening activity. We got there early, b/c they were giving out free In-N-Out burgers, a bag of chips, and a drink to the first 1,000 people in line. A FREE concert & FREE food??? FOR SURE!!!

Nate was SO FUNNY & got up and pretended like he was counting everyone in attendance like the ward clerk does at church. LOL. The concert tonight was by a Beatles Tribute band and they did a great job. The kids had a blast running up & down the hill and dancing.

We had to leave a little early b/c Christy & her Mom were going to come over to our house. Christy's Mom is interested in taking the missionary discussions. However, she wasn't able to make it tonight b/c she got sick. The Elders came over anyways, b/c they didn't know she wasn't going to be able to make it until 5 min before the appointment. I'm glad they came by, b/c we were able to feed them since they hadn't had dinner yet. What a fun day!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Poldark Season 3

It was SO NICE to sleep in this morning, especially since we didn't get home & into bed until 2:30 am. We had a relaxing morning and then got ready for church. We had a musical testimony sacrament meeting today, which was incredibly powerful. People came up and shared one of their favorite hymns, why it was special to them, and then we sang a few verses from that hymn. My tears would NOT stop flowing & the Spirit was so strong.

Frank & I went to the teacher's council meeting together for 2nd hour. Bishop taught it and I love the discussions we have in there. I got to teach Relief Society during the 3rd hour. The Stake chose the topic and it was about the Book of Mormon. I shared some thoughts from Pres. Monson's most recent General Conference talk. Then I shared a few quotes from these 2 talks:


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I think the best part of the lesson was when I gave about 10 minutes at the end for the sisters to share their favorite Book of Mormon scripture & why it meant a lot to them. Or, for them to share their testimonies of the Book of Mormon and how they came to know of its truthfulness.

We came home, had dinner, and spent the rest of the evening relaxing and spending time together. I was sooooooooooooo excited to watch the brand new start to Season 3 of Poldark. I couldn't wait until they release it on PBS in the US in October. So, I watched it online since it's airing in England starting tonight. WOOT WOOT!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Boys Back To Oklahoma

 We got up this morning (at least those of us who actually went to bed last night), got packed up, and hit the road. We sadly had to take the boys back home to Oklahoma.

 Once we got to the country back roads, Spencer & Mason & I hopped in the back of the truck for the 15 minute ride to GrannyMom & Grampsy's. It was AWESOME to sit in the back and feel the wind in my face.

 Oklahoma really is beautiful w/ the light green fields, dark green trees, blue skies, and puffy white clouds. So peaceful & serene!

 Definitely not something you could get away with doing on the main roads in Texas! Just one more reason why we love Oklahoma!

 We got to the house, unpacked the food we brought, ate lunch, and then went outside to sit in the shade and relax. Frank took it upon himself to mow the entire front & back yard. He said he's been doing that since he was 14 and that it's therapeutic to him. 

 I LOVE this Mimosa tree w/ it's pink & yellow firework looking blossoms. We basically spent the rest of the day visiting, napping, and I even had time to review my lesson for tomorrow. It's so nice to come to Oklahoma where the pace is slower and more relaxed. It's nice to have that balance.

We dropped the boys off, b/c they are spending the next few weeks w/ their Mom. Then the rest of use went and saw WONDER WOMAN! It was a really great movie and we all enjoyed it. We got home around 10:30 & Frank decided on the spur of the moment that he wanted to drive home to TX instead of spending the night like we had planned. So, Frank & Autumn & I hopped in the truck and drove home. Autumn laid down across the back set and fell asleep. Frank & I talked the whole way home, which was really great.

We have such wonderful discussions from gospel topics, to life experiences, to funny stories or jokes. We finally got home at 2:30 am and all went right to sleep.