Helping Nana at School

Can it really be time for school to start already?   Didn’t summer just start?

My mom is a 3rd grade teacher at Jenks West and she is already back in her classroom, organizing, decorating, planning, etc. 

We visited her classroom on Saturday so that Robin could help her rearrange some of the heavy furniture items.  Emma LOVED trying to help Nana.  She kept herself pretty busy looking at all of the neat things in Nana’s classroom.  I think she is really going to love school someday. :)





Congratulations Nurse Julie!

Julie walking across the stage to get her nursing pin and diploma!



Friday night I attended a very special graduation for my good friend Julie McBride.  Julie worked as the Nurse Secretary in the Nurse’s Office at Jenks West when I was the School Nurse.  We shared a lot of great memories, and a lot of great laughs throughout the 4 years that we worked together.  It was a very stressful, tough job for both of us, but together, we encouraged each other and made the days manageable!  She was my right hand, my confidant, and my friend.


Somewhere along the way, Julie decided that she wanted to be a nurse- she might as well- she  had already learned SO much about health, science, and medicine from working in the nurse’s office!  I was SO proud of Julie for deciding to go back to school because it was such a huge sacrifice.  She is a wife and mom to 3 school-aged girls.  She was accepted to OU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (she already had a Bachelor’s Degree in a different area.) 


It was a very intense 14 month program beginning last June and ending this July.  We kept in touch sporadically throughout the process and it was so neat to hear the excitement in her voice as she learned new things or had awesome experiences in the hospital.  While I could always hear the excitement in her voice, I could also hear the stress.  Nursing school is very tough to begin with but to pack it into 14 months makes it almost psychotic! 


I was SO excited to receive Julie’s graduation announcement in the mail a few weeks ago. 


Caroline Curry (another good friend from Jenks) and I attended the ceremony on Friday night at the Victory Christian Center.  I cried as Julie walked across the stage.    I’m so proud of her for pursuing a career path that she will flourish in. 


Julie has already accepted a job at St. Francis in the Children’s Hospital that begins this month. 


Don’t ever let age, or life’s circumstances stop you from following a dream!  Do you know what YOU want to be when you grow up?


Caroline, Julie, and Jill following the ceremony:


Playing at the mall with Nana

Last Thursday Emma, Nana, and I went to the mall to shop and we decided to let Emma have some fun at the play area for a few minutes. 


She didn’t venture far away from Nana or me- she wanted us to be right next to her when she went down the slide or just walked around checking things out.  She’s so funny.  She LOVES to watch the other children play.  She’s a pretty observant little girl.  Here are a few pics from our day.





Casa Bonita Re-Opening



(this pic was taken on closing day in 2005)



Those of you who are native Tulsans probably get a smile on a your face when you hear the name Casa Bonita, right?  Casa Bonita is a restaurant at 21st and Sheridan that was pretty popular in the late 70′s to late 80′s.  It was right next door to Crystal’s pizza (that place was awesome too!)  I remember feeling so cool when I got to go to either of these places as a kid.    They were somewhat magical with lots of different creative scenery, an arcade, puppet shows, a movie theater, etc. 


Unfortunately Casa Bonita went out of business in 2005 (after 35 years!)  I’ve heard that a different owner bought the space and turned it into Casa Viva from 2005-2007 which also went out of business.


News broke early this summer that Casa Bonita was opening again under its original owner’s again late this summer!  Yipee! 


Last Wednesday night my mom, Robin, Emma, and I took Uncle Larry to Casa Bonita for his birthday.  It is very close to where Larry is living now. 


To sum up our evening, I think it should be re-named Casa Stupido.  It was mass chaos!  I don’t think they were quite ready to open!  Our food came out cold, we were seated in a CAVE (literally) that had NO air conditioning, and the service was pretty poor.  And to top it all off, the prices were about double what they used to be.    After dinner, we went to the arcade.  I couldn’t wait to show Emma all of the fun riding toys.  Unfortunately they said they hadn’t figured out how to work the arcade games yet.  It was kinda bizarre. 


To be fair, it was opening week and had we known that we probably would not have gone.   However, shouldn’t things be running top-notch during opening week? 


I guess the magic of Casa Bonita will have to remain in the 80′s. 



(some of the magical wonder inside)



Emma hangin’ out on a chair after we ate dinner.