Happy Birthday, Mom!


Mom: the one who always instructs to “act like you know what you’re doing” (It has a 100 percent success rate), is always down for a trip (and she’ll do all the planning),  insists I “text whenever I make it,” and worries constantly because she cares so much


Happy birthday, Mom!



These are some things I’ve been grateful for lately.

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Road trips with all-star copilots

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Summer blooms from the yard

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Puppies who entertain and lick up any messes

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Annie Sloan chalk paint and finished projects

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Being with best friends and eating the best food

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My favorite drink hot or cold: vanilla chai

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Bike rides in Piedmont Park

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Snuggling with my favorite dudes

Weekend Update: JRB’s Puppy Discipline

Friday I came home to this.


That’s right. The puppies had chewed/ obliterated the grill cover I got Josh for his birthday, and this is how he disciplined them. I think it worked.

Don’t worry. They eventually got out of their cages. We even took them to the park and let them swim on Saturday. All in all, it was a good, relaxing weekend! Hope yours was the same!

Vacation: Over

Well, my Oklahoma City trip is now over. I must say that our trip was quite the adventure. From fighting tornadoes to 15- inning softball games, we’ve been through it all. Although yesterday was quite a bit slower than every other day, we still got out and saw some new stuff.

First we went to Moore, OK, the site of the horrific tornado that hit a few weeks ago. Honestly, I wasn’t prepared. Photos don’t show the real story. Photos show maybe 20 feet of the destruction when the truth is the destruction goes on for mile after mile after mile. That tornado took out neighborhood on top of neighborhood. The photo below is from Briarwood Elementary School. The only thing that sets this apart as a school is the playground which somehow held up through the storm. After seeing it I realized that it’s by the grace of God that anyone survived.


On to a little bit of a lighter side. For dinner we went to Bricktown again. After dinner we walked around downtown near Cheasapeake Arena where the Thunder play. It was there that we discovered a nice little park, an outdoor theater, and a nice walking trail.


After our stroll around town, we went to the CUTEST cupcake and candy shop. A girl we met at the ball field recommended it, and once again it blew away my expectations. Pinkitzel sold candy and cupcakes, but it also sold baking things: cupcake kits, cake toppers, aprons, kitchen towels, coffee mugs, etc. They even had this ADORABLE “baby coffee mug.” It was a small coffee mug with a sippy cup top, that way mommies can drink their coffee and babies can match! Pinkitzel was decorated from ceiling to floor in black, white, and pink. (Not my style, but nonetheless really cute) I got the strawberry shortcake cupcake, and ate it in about 1.7 seconds. Seriously, so delicious! Apparently, their specialty is a blueberry-lemon cheesecake, but sadly they were all out.




All in all, our trip to Oklahoma City was great! Take out the tornado part, and it was perfect. We saw a lot of great softball, ate a lot of delicious food, and made plenty of memories.

Meeting the Stipes

Oklahoma City has treated us well, but one of the highlights of my trip was meeting Josh’s grandparents. They were unable to make our wedding because obviously Yukon, OK is quite a ways from Auburn, AL. Although they weren’t physically there, they did Skype into the ceremony. It was such a fun visit, and I greatly appreciated the chance to visit their home and learn more about them. Honestly, it was such a treat to finally talk to them in person, and not on Skype!




Vacation: Part 3

Our power FINALLY came back on!! After staying in two different hotels in two consecutive nights, things were beginning to get a little frustrating. However, not having a hotel with electricity has pushed us to see as much of Oklahoma City as possible. In two days, we’ve watched LOTS of softball (the reason we’re here in the first place), eaten disgustingly well, gone to the Capitol, visited a science museum, and wandered around Bricktown.


Sunday in between softball sessions, we traveled about 15 miles to Arcadia, OK. We had heard that we should eat a Pop’s because the atmosphere was incredible,  but honestly we still weren’t prepared. We actually passed Pop’s the first time because we thought the Jetsons-looking place with a huge Coke bottle out front couldn’t possibly be the 50’s diner we were expecting. Pop’s (named for soda pop) was architecturally astounding. With an asymmetrical building face and beams jutting across the parking lot, I was a bit confused how it was even standing. IMG_20130602_171236Pop’s serves as a gas station, convenience store, and incredible burger joint. All of the walls are glass with rows and rows of different types of sodas. On top of a cool view, they served us with one of the best burgers I’ve ever had (forgot the name, but it had cheddar cheese, smoked applewood bacon, fried jalapeños, fried onions, and bbq sauce) and a cookies-n-cream shake for dessert. I was quite uncomfortable for a while after that meal!



The next morning we wandered around Bricktown. Bricktown is in downtown Oklahoma City. The OKC Thunder and the OKC minor league baseball team play there, so it is the place to be before and after games. It’s full of restaurants, shops, and bars. We ate at the Spaghetti Warehouse, and browsed several shops.


Not knowing what to do after Bricktown, we noticed that the Capital was only 3-4 miles away. To say we conquered the Capitol was an understatement. The trip began with my mom unashamedly parking in a Senator’s parking spot.Then, the door to the Supreme Court just so happened to be open. I pretended I was Elle Woods winning the case. Then, we met a sweet lady who just so happened to be the Speaker of the House’s assistant. She took us through the Legislator’s Only entrance to the House, which was really cool. She even took us behind the scenes where we met the security guards.

IMG_20130603_173355We finished off our site seeing with a trip to the science museum. I’m more of a words girl- science isn’t my thing- but I had fun pretending to be an astronaut, forensic scientist, and campus cop. They had segways that you could drive around and take through an obstacle course. That was obviously our first stop!

IMG_20130602_132839We finished off our day watching softball at the Women’s College World Series. Our seats are technically in left field, but every game we have somehow scored tickets right behind the plate. I attribute this to Pam Robinson Luck.

Vacation: Part 2

I’m going a little out of order posting about the tornado before all of the actual fun we had. So here comes the fun stuff from our trip thus far.IMG_20130531_142456

Our first adventure outside of the softball complex was to the memorial at the sight of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. This is the gate outside of the memorial where people have shown love by placing commemorative objects for those deceased.

A clean up crew on the day of the bombing spray painted this message on the wall of a neighboring building.IMG_20130531_143531

This tree was the only thing to survive the blast. IMG_20130531_144102

On each end of the memorial are these large pillars. The two enclose the time 9:02, which was the exact time that the bomb went off. The time 9:01 represents the calm of the city before the bombing.

A good first view of the memorial.IMG_20130531_144436

To the right of the water are these chairs which represent each person who died on that day. They are arranged by what floor they worked on or are visiting. There are nine rows representing the nine floors of the building.