Horse Rides, Hayrides, and sMOREs!

We just got back from a very fun Fall Party with our Sunday School class.  We recently formed a new young families department at our church called FIT- "Families In Training." Right now, we have around 50 couples involved.  Robin and I are co-coordinating the department with another couple and it has been a huge project, but one that has been so rewarding!  We have loved getting to know so many new people who are all in the same stage of life!

Tonight’s party was at our good friends’ house.  They live on several acres a few minutes outside of Tulsa.  They have a beautiful home with horses in their very own backyard!   We had about 130 people at the party with just about as many kids as there were adults- it kind of felt like the adults are being taken over!!!  There were so many fun things for the kids to do- Emma had a blast. 

The weather could not have been more perfect and we are thankful for such a fun fall family memory. 

 

Aubrey and Emma hangin’ out on a rock they found:

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Emma and Aubrey:

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Several of our good friends eatin’ some BBQ together: (do you see 2 newborn babies in there?):

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How cute is this?  Emma and Aubrey pretending to ride a horse together:

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Saddle up your horses:

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Emma’s very first horse ride- she loved it!

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Emma’s and her horse, "Bill"

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Checking out another horse- Emma wanted to "touch" all of them!

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Emma’s first hayride:

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Riding a fun scooter toy:

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Piggy-back ride with daddy:

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Bonfire for smores- check out the beautiful sunset:

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Mommy managed to make it into a picture- here we are on the hayride  back to the house at the end of the night:

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Hooray for Halloween!

Today Emma and I went to a very fun Halloween party for all of our playgroup friends.  Terra and Kylan were the hosts for the shower and they did such a great job- there was so much to do and so many wonderful yummy treats to eat!

I was thankful that we had the opportunity to dress up today because I’m not sure if Emma will get to dress up on Halloween or not.  We will be in Waco for Baylor’s Homecoming on Halloween.  One of my friends suspects that the good ‘ol Baptists at Baylor planned Homecoming on Halloween to distract from Satan’s holiday. :)

Here are a few pics from the party:

Emma, aka. The Beautiful Butterfly:

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"Knock, Knock, I’m here to party!"

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Caroline (Poodle) and Kate (Pig)

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Emma- just taking it all in- this is usually what she does at large gatherings.

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Allie (Minnie Mouse)

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The kids loved jumping in this fun inflatable:

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Pumpkin Decorating:

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Emma guarding her castle:

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Teeter-totter, teeter-totter:

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Thanks Terra and Kylan for helping us get into the fall spirit!

Boomer Sooner was a bummer…

Last Saturday was the OU/TX game and I haven’t blogged about it because I’ve been a bit depressed about it.  (Yes, they lost.)

Emma wore her OU jersey so there isn’t a good reason WHY OU lost. :(

Here are a few pics from the game:

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Doesn’t Emma look nervous watching the TV in this picture?  She’s already got the OU madness in her blood:

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Gigi and Pops Visit Tulsa!

It had been WAY too long since Emma last saw her Gigi and Pops.  They live in Arlington, TX, about 4 and half- 5 hours away.  We try to make it a point to see them at least every other month, but this time it had been about 10 weeks since we last saw them!

Gigi flew in by herself last Friday night because Pops had some important church events he needed to be in Arlington for on Saturday and Sunday.  BUT, Pops drove to Tulsa after he preached Sunday morning to see Emma Sunday night and during the day on Monday. We had a great time with them!

Waiting for Gigi at the airport…

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Yeah!  Gigi’s here!…

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Gigi, Daddy, and Emma playing a trio on the piano…

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Gigi and Robin checking out the Smart Car when we were car shopping: (we did NOT buy this car- it was a bit small and did not have a place for a carseat.)

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Gigi and Emma playing with her stacking blocks:

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Waiting patiently for Pops to arrive on Sunday evening:

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Pops brought Emma this cute yellow t-shirt from his church:

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I love this picture!

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Sponge Rollers Flashback

Last Thursday night as Emma was getting out of the bath my mom had the sudden desire to put sponge rollers in Emma’s hair.  As soon as she whipped the sponge rollers out, I had a major "blast from the past!"  My mom used to put sponge rollers in my hair all the time.  I remember going to bed with rollers in my hair- man that was uncomfortable!  But hey, anything for beauty, right?

Emma did great while Nana put them in her hair- Emma loves to sit at Nana’s makeup table and go through her makeup.

As we predicted, Emma didn’t tolerate the rollers being in her hair for very long- she immediately began pulling them out and we repeatedly put them back in.  I think the longest a roller stayed in was about 15 minutes and the hair was pretty curly when that roller came out! 

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Maybe we’ll give it another try in a few months!

"Orange Day" at school

Emma’s preschool celebrates several theme days throughout the year that coincide with what they are learning.  Last Thursday was Orange Day and everyone was supposed to wear something orange.  We took advantage of this opportunity for Emma to wear her orange smocked dress… and tennis shoes!  (Tennis shoes are just so great for the playground!) These pictures were taken when she got home from school.  She still isn’t napping at school so she comes home pretty sleepy- sometimes she can barely hold her eyes open.

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What a Thrill…

If you’ll recall from an earlier post #2, I LOVE the thrill of a scary amusement park ride. 

My last post was a recap of Emma’s experience at the Tulsa
State Fair but I also wanted to share MY experience at the Fair this weekend- I thought it deserved a post of its own.

When we arrived at the fair, my brother, Brandon, and I had planned to ride several fun rides together.   The only problem- none of them looked scary enough.  They were rides we’d ridden a million times and we were disappointed by the "dullness" of the rides we saw.  THEN WE SAW IT… "The Sky Scraper" a ride that we spotted from many hundreds of feet away- we saw this ride flinging people hundreds of feet in the air over and over again.  We immediately ran to the ride… to find the SCARIEST looks on the riders’ faces… YES, we finally found our match!  We also found out that the ride was not a part of the Fair’s ticket/coupon system.  To ride this ride, you had to shell out $25/person.  So, my brother and I refunded our coupons and decided to spend all of our ‘Fair money’ on this ride.  (By the way, the ride lasted 3 minutes- that’s about $8/minute!)

It was well worth the money in my opinion.  After strapping us in very securely, we were off- off to about 164 feet about the ground where we were then flung around and around at 70 miles per hour, backwards and forwards.  It kinda felt like we were being catapulted into outer space! In the middle of the ride- they leave you just sitting, kind of dangling, 164 feet above the ground while they strap on new riders in the car on the opposite end below.  We had a complete view of Tulsa!  While we were dangling there I said to Brandon, "Man, dad would have LOVED this ride!"  Brandon replied, "I was jut thinking the exact same thing."  I guess I guess the appeal for scary rides is genetic.

While we rode the Sky Scraper, the rest of our family was down below hiding there eyes (and planning our funerals.)  Thankfully, Robin looked up long enough to take a few pictures. 

Waiting to ride "The SkyScraper:"

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Before being flung into the sky:

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Dangling above the earth:

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Crashing back into the ground:

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That’s us- upside down:

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Fixing my hair before getting off the ride… I’ve got my priorities straight:

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Thanks Brandon for a fun memory!  Let’s do it again next year! :)

Tulsa State Fair

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Saturday was Emma’s first trip to the Tulsa State Fair! We went with my mom, aunt, uncle, and my brother so we had a fairly large group to keep track of.

Emma loved getting to pet and feed some animals at the petting zoo.

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Emma also got to ride her first merry-go-round. I can’t believe we haven’t had her on a merry-go-round before now! Nana won the coin toss to get to ride with Emma. The first two times I saw Emma go by, she was kind of smiling, but then the third, fourth, and five times she passed by she was crying hysterically. However, by the end of the ride, she was smiling again and immediately wanted to ride it again. This video is kind of hard to see but you can see her crying at the end.

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Tulsa State Fair

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Saturday was Emma’s first trip to the Tulsa State Fair! We went with my mom, aunt, uncle, and my brother so we had a fairly large group to keep track of.

Emma loved getting to pet and feed some animals at the petting zoo.

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Emma also got to ride her first merry-go-round. I can’t believe we haven’t had her on a merry-go-round before now! Nana won the coin toss to get to ride with Emma. The first two times I saw Emma go by, she was kind of smiling, but then the third, fourth, and five times she passed by she was crying hysterically. However, by the end of the ride, she was smiling again and immediately wanted to ride it again. This video is kind of hard to see but you can see her crying at the end.

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Great End to a Great Friday

After a very full day, Robin, Emma, Nana, and I met at Cheddar’s for a yummy dinner- I really love Cheddar’s spinach dip and steak!

Emma was very tired from all of her activities of the day so she got a little bit irritable.  She was not fond of staying in her high chair and ultimately convinced Nana to rescue her.  At one point she got pretty fussy and the only thing that calmed her down (besides her paci) was Robin reading the entire Drink and Wine menu to Emma.  Is that bad?  We were desperate!

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