26 April 2008

Weekend Getaway






Jay, Claire, and I again made a journey to Oklahoma's Green Country for Oklahoma Today. This time, it was to Lago Vista Bed and Breakfast in Broken Bow. It was beautiful and relaxing, and one of the very few pet-friendly luxury accommodations in that area. It was only us and another couple and their Jack Russell.


We also visited the Broken Bow Lake spillway, which has been letting water out for several weeks now, and will continue for a few more. It's apparently in a very similar situation as Lake Texoma last year.

The owner of Lago Vista also owns a winery in Hochatown called Girls Gone Wine, so we went by there and tasted a few. You can actually make your own wine there, but we just tasted a couple of their 15 original flavors! It was a neat little place.

Don't worry, this is not Claire at the winery! She really liked the strawberry punch at Papa Poblano's!

Last, we visited one of Jay's subcontractors who lives near Boswell. His wife manages a huge ranch, the biggest wetlands in Oklahoma, actually, and they drove us all around the place in their Kubota. Really nice people, an enjoyable afternoon, and Jay got a place to hunt next year, and I got a fabulous brownie recipe (Ingredients include a half-dozen eggs, a pound and half of butter, and 2lbs chocolate? It's gotta be good!).

Four more weeks of school!

21 April 2008

Prom is OVER!

We worked all year for that? Three hours and done? They came, they danced, they read the wills and prophecies and crowned a king, a queen, a prince, and a princess, they danced a little more, and they left! All year raising money, the last two weeks scurrying about to buy last-minute things, eight hours decorating that ballroom, and now it's done. I feel like a new woman!

13 April 2008

Claire's Vocabulary

Here's a little sample of Claire's current vocabulary: She says "Ba" for ball, "Da" for dog, and "Mmmm," when you ask what a cow says. She's really starting to mimic sounds.

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12 April 2008

Six weeks left...


Late Easter pic! Sis sent me some. Sorry I've been MIA in blogland in the past couple weeks. School is eating my lunch, with prom looming ever nearer. After next Friday night, I will breathe a huge sigh of relief...and then take a deep breath and try to get through the last month of school. The kids are already wild for summer. I'm told it's this time of year. Your prayers are much appreciated in this area!
Our little 11-month-old is a huge mess-maker. Since she took her first steps almost a month ago, she's been growing slowly more confident in her walking abilities, taking two or three steps one or two times a day. Usually though, she's too busy to slow down for walking!
She's also becoming ever more vocal, entertaining people in church with her "singing" and other squawks and sighs. Jay, Ma-Maw, and Pa-Paw have succeeded in teaching her what a cow says: "Mmmmm!" She also says "Ba" for ball and "Da" for dog, and "Mamamama" when she reeeeeally needs me.
Her fave foods are the kinds she can feed herself: sweet peas, buttered toast, peaches, grapes, chicken, fish, and turkey. She's not too big on the veggies, but we manage to get some down her everyday.