Monday, September 26, 2011

Would You Like a Spot of Tea?

Katelynn and I would, and we DID!!
Saturday K and I went to Tea Party. We were invited by our good Friends Miss A and Miss E and it was so much fun.

We (sort of) got all gussied up (as much and I can gussy) and headed out to Inspirations Tea Room in Edmond.

It was so sweet for the girls, at least I thought it was. The presentation, the decor, everything was just sweet. So sweet that the "mommas" are going to go by themselves next time. =)

Katelynn tried the Vanilla Tea. She took two sips and then told me "I had two spots of tea, and it was yucky."
Ok, so she is not a tea girl. But the tea was really good. I had two glasses and a to-go cup!
And the presentation of the food was amazing. If I had gone to a tea party like that when I was a little girl, I think I would have remembered it, for always.

I will be taking Katelynn back there, I will be taking Aubrey there, and I will be going back there sans children.
It was an extra special extra fun Saturday spent with my Big Girl and some good friends.

Katelynn's first "spot" of tea. (It was cold, by the way.)

Next time, we work on the raised pinky. (Oh, and we get the lemonade!)

This was K's food. She had grilled ham and cheese, Heart-shaped fluffernutters, scones. chocolate dipped strawberries.....

And a cupcake!!

Going back for more! (The "mommys" split a larger Tea Party Tray. It had sandwiches, cheesecake, scones and lemon curd....delish!!)

There was not a lack of sugar!!

The three little ladies with their hats, so prim and proper.

And this? Oh this is Katelynn's new pose for EVERY PICTURE!! She thinks she is funny. What a riot. =)

It was a wonderful Saturday! One that I will not forget. And one that I will repeat.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Walking for a Cure!

This past Saturday was the walk in Downtown Oklahoma City for Alzheimer's.
This was the first year that my family has participated but I have a feeling this is going to become a tradition. We walked this year in honor of our Grandma B and Mimi.
Grandma B is the mother of my dad and my Aunts Elise, Elaine and Sharon (Mike and Bob too!)
Mimi is my Aunt Elise's mother-in-law. She is my Uncle Fred's mom and my cousins Amy, Jeni & Tami's grandma. But she has always been a part of our family, she was like a grandma to all of us.
So we walked for them!

Back Row: Cousin Jessica, Aunt Sharon, Me
Front Row: Aunt Elaine, Aunt Elise and Cousins Amy, Jeni & Tami
My Aunt Sharon and her daughter Jessica designed the shirts for Team B.

The Daughters.

The Granddaughters.

We met at the Bricktown Ballpark and registered.
We picked up our shirts and our flowers.
We also had free water, bananas, cereal bars and juice boxes. It was really nice. The Alzheimer's Association did a great job!

On the flowers we put the names of our Grandmothers and held them up high during the opening ceremony.
Then we were off!! It was a 2 mile walk downtown that began at the Ballpark and ended there as well.

Downtown OKC are you ready for Team B!!?!!

Awwww, sisters!

Sisters again! See, I totally missed out not having one of these! (Oh well, I have amazing cousins that are my sisters!!)

Is that a hill!? How are we gonna do this?

A conga line of course!!

What a great guy! Jessica's boyfriend, Harlen, walked this with all of us crazy girls!! (I think he had a blast, though.)

Almost home!

This was The Memory Garden they had in the outfield at the Ballpark. They collected all our flowers at the beginning of the race and then "planted" them here for us to see when we ended the walk. Then we were allowed to go find our flowers and keep them. I know what you are thinking, and yes! it was nearly impossible!! We found 6 out of 8 flowers. I think that was pretty good!!

Saturday was an amazing day. We had perfect weather for the Alzheimer's walk.
We had perfect company in all the participants who should up for one cause, to raise money to find a cure for this evil, dreaded, heartbreaking disease. I ran into so many people that I knew from Okarche and from college that I hadn't realized had been touched by this disease.

It was wonderful to sit back and talk about some of our favorite memories of some of our favorite women. We talked about the good times and laughed and even talked about some of the more difficult times, but still managed to laugh. That is what we do as a family.

Next year we are going to do it up BIG!! Shirts, more team members, maybe even a theme song.
I think we are going to get some of our children and do the walk. That way they will know their Great Grandma's.

But I am praying that next year we do the walk because they have found a cure for Alzheimer's.
Wouldn't that be amazing!!?

We love you Grandma B and Mimi and we will always remember you and the memories we all made together!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

It's Carnival Time......

It was once again time for the Annual KC Carnival in Okarche. Well, it was time for the Carnival back in July, but the Wise KCs decided that July was too darn hot and they pushed it back. Well, they actually pushed it back twice because of the heat.... and it was held this past Saturday. The weather was PERFECT!! It was so much nicer than last year. Last year I was 8 months pregnant and it was hot, but...I was EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT!!

OK, enough with that. Brian and the girls and I headed to Okarche to celebrate with old friends the end of summer.
Katelynn had a ball last year but she was able to enjoy so much more this year. She played in the bounce house and we even went on the hayride. We ate hamburgers and played in duck ponds.
Aubrey walked everywhere. there was no stopping that girl.
She was not intimidated by the crowds at all. When she wanted to get somewhere, she walked there. If she needed to crawl over stranger's feet or waddle between their legs, she did it!! I was doing a lot of apologizing. Oh well, she was so cute no one really cared.

I am looking forward to next year when Aubrey will be in those same bounce houses and just as excited to ride in the back of a trailer pulled by a tractor through a housing addition in Okarche, America!! It's those little things that I love looking forward to.
Maybe Noah and Uncle Paul and Aunt Angela will join us next year. Maybe Uncle Kris and his little boy will be there, too.

How Fun!!

Here is my Aubrey dancing. She loves music and any time she hears it, she has to shake it!!

Katelynn and Daddy eating 'Burgers!

In line for the Hayride!

Aubrey catching a glimpse of Katelynn in the Bounce House and making a mad dash to see her!

Playing in the Duck Pond.