Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Our Night with Martin Short:

On one of our drives over to Tulsa we noticed a billboard advertising a performance by Martin Short. I immediately looked up tickets to try to surprise Doug but he noticed the sign and said that he had to go to that. So, no surprise. But tickets were purchased.

Martin Short is a comedy hero in Doug's eyes. I do not know as much of his work as Doug does but what I do know (Three Amigos and Father of the Bride movies) I love. I think Doug almost teared up when he walked onto the stage. For the next hour and a half we laughed. He put on a good show and we were entertained by his singing, dancing, story telling, and facial expressions. He is a funny man.

We were the youngest people there by about 20 years in our section of seating. At one point he walked down into the audience and walked right by us and I got so nervous that he was going to ask me to go on stage. It would have been Doug's dream come true. Opposites attract, right?

I love doing fun things, especially with Doug, and especially when you sit and laugh for a long time. It is good for the soul.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sam Jon and Jack Doug:

Jon and Emily watched Jack for us the other night while Doug and I went on a date [more on that later]. They each sent us a picture of our two boys together. Jack and Sam are only five days apart. It is going to be fun watching these two grow up. And poor Libby is the only girl in the bunch.

Doug sweetly refers to these two as Sam Jon and Jack Doug. Hopefully they don't mind because nicknames tend to stick with Doug.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

"Not Much Margin":

This happens on a daily basis. And it never gets old. And it makes my heart so happy. Brothers.

And, we have been pushed and tapped out lately. Nothing major. In Doug's words "not much margin". Just life and the busy busy spring season here at camp. I feel like most days my mind is spinning constantly. Praying lots. Reading the same scripture over and over [Deut 31:6, if you care to know]. Leaving the laundry and other things I need to do inside and just going outside to play and watch Henry play. Trying to sleep when we can. Making the cookie recipe I have memorized because it is comfortable. Looking and finding blessings all around even with so many unknowns swirling.

(and we have listened to Pharrell Williams, Happy, like a million times. Try to stay in a bad mood while that song is on and a two year old is dancing around your kitchen. I dare you.)

The other night Doug challenged us to use our evenings better. Like not sit behind screens for hours zoned out and then going to bed later than we want. So we did a yoga video together and then read and went to bed early. It was good and I kept laughing during the video because it just felt funny. We need to do more of that.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Eating Outside:

The weather has been amazing lately so we have enjoyed several meals outside around our picnic table. Henry loves to eat outside so much in fact he was singing very loudly "eat outside" over and over and over. He eats half the time and plays the other half of the time.

We our trying to savor these beautiful evenings before the sweltering summer rushes in. It will be here before we know it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


We celebrated Easter with just our family a few days early. We called it Family Easter Night. A very original name if you ask me. We made resurrection rolls [you dip a marshmallow in butter, roll it in sugar and cinnamon, and roll it up in a crescent roll. bake according to the directions on the package. Once finished baking the marshmallow is gone!] Doug read the Easter story. We colored Easter Eggs. And of course, we listened to Keith Green's Easter Song. It was a special night. 

Easter weekend we headed to Tulsa. Greg was in town for a business trip, so we loved getting to introduce him to Jack and Henry loved playing with 'Uncle 'Reg'. Henry and Anson played long and hard together. We had pizza with Pop Pop and JuJi at Brad and Jeanette's house. Went to two Easter services on Sunday. Hunted eggs. Had two kinds of roast beef and three kinds of gravy with Grandpa and Grandma. Got a decent family picture with a Henry smile by bribing with jelly beans. And all family members until the age of 2 avoided and fought naps the entire weekend. We got home on Sunday night tired but full from family time.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sesame Street Live:

Grandma Karen graciously bought us tickets to go to Sesame Street Live with Anson and Brad and Jeanette. We had an early pizza dinner before we headed out to Henry's first BOK Center event. Jack got to stay with Grandma. We parked across the street and walked slowly down the street with the other toddler's and parents. Henry even got some souvenir/snack money to spend. He picked out some sweet binoculars and popcorn. He was in awe to say the least. It was a really special time with just our Henry. And Doug said it was pretty much exactly how he remembered it as a kid. Thanks, Grandma, for such a thoughtful gift. We all had a great time. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

This Past Week:

- Made chocolate banana muffins which tasted more like cupcakes. I sure did not mind.
- Drove back and forth across Oklahoma highways many times. We had our vision dinners here at camp this week so there were several road trips. Henry loved spending time with Pop Pop and Ju Ji and Grandma and Cousin Anson. We loved seeing dear dear friends and not having to cook two dinners.
- The weather has been pretty perfect so we have spent lots of time outside. Henry hopping between his bike and his car. Digging in the dirt. Building a "mouse house" (?). And two picnic lunches.
- I have been going to the chiropractor in town thanks to a back sprain from the car wreck. I am always tempted to fall asleep in the quiet room. But  I have stayed awake every time so far. Even though the ladies that work in there always talk about how it is like a trip to spa since I have young kids at home. They are great and we are hoping this lil' back injury heals up real quick.
- We had Rhett and Jennifer over for skillet lasagna. Rhett and Henry played for over an hour. Like running, chasing, hard playing. Henry crashed that night. Thankful for friends that play with our kids and thankful for an easy bedtime.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sleeping Jack:

Jack loves to fall asleep squeezed between Doug and I in the evening. 
In his bed in his sleep sack. 
And while holding hands and sucking his paci.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Truth for Today & My Favorite Two Year Old:

Joshua 22:20:
Love the Lord your God
walk in all his ways
obey his commands
hold firmly to Him
and serve Him with all your heart and soul.

This verse jumped off the page several months ago and I just keep coming back to it. It is a quick and convicting reminder of how I need to spend my days and where my focus should be. Especially in the midst of a busy house and "life" happening. Especially when life can be tiring, frustrating, and overwhelming. We hold firmly to Him.

And, my favorite two-year-old. Sure the two year old melt downs and disobedience are exhausting. But the words, the funny facial expressions, his imagination, the way he runs and plays, the love he freely gives now is all really just so wonderful. I find myself constantly amazed by him. And the good moments are far greater than the hard moments. I am loving life with a two year old in our house.

He also informed me the other day that when he grows up he wants to be a football player, basketball player, baseball player, ice skater, fire fighter, and a builder. Seriously the cutest.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

First Bike:

Henry got this bike for Christmas. He tried to ride it a few times but got frustrated because he could not figure out how to ride. It has been parked in our garage for a few months. Within the past few weeks he picked it back up and has figured it out. It is our new current toy obsession. He loves to ride it in the house and run it into the cabinets and almost run into me (and laugh). Outside he loves to ride it on the trails and ride in circles in the driveway. Going "super fast" is also a favorite. He is a bike pro.

Something as simple as a bike is a constant reminder of how fast he changes and grows. His coordination and determination have improved. And in general he is just bigger, faster, and stronger than he was a few months ago. It makes me excited to think about what he will have mastered a few months from now. (In my dreams he would master buckling himself into his car seat. )

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


- We have been enjoying Parenthood and Brooklyn Nine Nine. One makes me cry. One makes me laugh.
- We keep eating mexican food. Like quesadillas one night, burritos for lunch, and tacos for dinner. Like three days in a row. So simple and so good, but a little embarrassing.
- Camp is getting a bit busier, but thanks to Doug's awesome staff, his schedule has still been manageable. We have taken several after dinner walks and had some mornings where we all wake up together. Simple, but wonderful things.
- I have started to read Harry Potter. I am almost finished with book 1. I have started them before, but only made it to half way thru the 4th book. Here's to hoping I can finish the race.
- Henry has started this thing where he asks for a high five, then elbows [touch each other's elbow's], then hammers [make a fist and pretend to hammer each other's hands], then screwdrivers [he puts one finger out and moves it between your fingers]. I hope I explained those all well, because it is awesome.
- Jack rolled over the other day for the first time and Henry was the only witness. I did find Jack face down on the floor so I know it happened. But Henry was the only one who saw it happen. He even knew that it was a big moment and came and got me to come see.