The Stuff of Childhood

There are some evenings that are just sweet and memorable for nothing more than good food, warm fires, and time spent with loved ones making memories that will be cherished for years to come. Playing house with Mamma and building the tallest towers with Papa.  The evenings always end with Papa monster scarring the kids by surprising them through their car windows and the chorus of delighted squeals. 

I'm so thankful that our children get to grow up with all their grandparents who love them throughly.

Crafting with Bebe

Every year when I pull out our Halloween decorations from years past I notice they all have something in common.  They were all made with love and Bebe!  This year was no exception.  And they are all proudly displayed in their rooms.  Some stickers still remain...





Chalk it up! Broken Arrow, OK | Art festival

Chalk it up! Broken Arrow, OK | Art festival

Downtown Broken Arrow host an annual arts festival every year. On a whim we decided to go walk around since the weather was do nice!

Chalk it up! Broken Arrow, OK | Art festival
Chalk it up! Broken Arrow, OK | Art festival

Jack apparently loved discovering new places and wanted to visit every store in the Rose District. 

The kids were inspired by the time we got to the kid zone and they tried their hand at chalking it up!
This is the "buffalo"
Beginning of an artistic music note.
They even had a few street performers entertaining the crowd.
Chalk it up! Broken Arrow, OK | Art festival
Chalk it up! Broken Arrow, OK | Art festival

Other submissions that were still in process. If you can make it back tonight you can see the finished pieces and view the winners.

Chalk it up! Broken Arrow, OK | Art festival
Chalk it up! Broken Arrow, OK | Art festival
Chalk it up! Broken Arrow, OK | Art festival
Chalk it up! Broken Arrow, OK | Art festival




2016 Vacation Road Trip | Day Two | LAFAYETTE, LA and NEW ORLEANS, LA

Day Two and we are off to our next state Louisiana!  I lived here for several years in my 20's and haven't really been back.  We were headed through Louisiana so I thought we could make it to Lafayette for lunch.  I took the family to my very favorite poboy shop called Old Tyme Grocery.  They have THE BEST shrimp poboys ever!
Not sure what this new pose is Jack is doing but hopefully he stop soon!

After our bellies were full I took them over to the University of Louisiana of Lafayette's campus to see the real (but contained) swamp.  They are known to have alligators and that day they were all hungry for some kids because they all came swimming our way.    These are not tiny alligators!  Savannah spied the first one right underneath her feet.  The barrier in some places only comes up to their knees so we had to watch a few of them pretty closely.

That night the plan was to spend the night in New Orleans.  Grant and the kids had never been there and I thought they would really enjoy seeing the Mississippi and eating Beignets so that was the plan. It was so fun to be back in New Orleans if only for a night.  The kids loved Beignets for dinner and the walk along the Mississippi was great.  Luke thought the trolley cars were the best!  He has a trolley at home from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood so he recognized them right away!

 Up next Alabama....

















2016 Vacation Road Trip | Day One | ATHENS, TX

Straight down to Texas for our first day and adventure.  We ended up in Athens, Texas at The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center and spent the afternoon viewing their enormous pond/aquariums where they house the fresh water fishes that they stock in the rivers, lakes, and ponds in Texas.  We had watched a OETA show about this hatchery and all about Alligator Gar.  Luke got obsessed and every conversation had to do with the alligator gar!

 At the end of the tour they also have a stocked pond where we all got to do a little fishing.   They had the whole set up there for us with the rods and corn/stink bait.

Jack was the only one to pull in a big one this time and he was so proud of himself! It is his first Texas catfish!!

Tomorrow we on to Louisiana!




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