Christmas Lights!

This weekend Richard and I went to look at Christmas lights. Also, did I tell you that his son came with us? Did I tell you he has son?

Well he does…and he is super cute and a really funny kid!

I actually knew his son before I ever met Richard…but that’s a story for another day… right now I just want to share the Christmas lights!

We went to a little town called Chickasha where they have the Festival Lights. It’s kind of a big deal. The line was so long, but it was worth it!

 There were animals to pet, hot cocoa and cinnamon rolls to eat. Santa was there and of course all the lights:

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I think it should become like a tradition or something!

P.S. Sorry about the grainy pictures they were from our phones!


It’s Hot…(That’s an Understatement.)

This weekend there were wildfires all over the state.

Some of them hit pretty close to my hometown of Cushing. My Facebook was blowing up with people talking about the fires and how close they were getting to town. Some friends and family members were told to evacuate. As far as I know, everyone is ok, but it was pretty heartbreaking and scary.

Please keep the firefighters who I am sure are exhausted in your prayers. Also, please for the people who weren’t so lucky to have a home to come back to. Oh! Prayers for desperate needed rain and cooler temperatures would also be very much appreciated!

113 degrees is too hot!! Ugh… is it Fall yet? Speaking of hot, I went shopping this weekend for the tax-free weekend and even though it’s hotter than-all-get-out outside, somehow looking at sweaters and Fall clothes  that are out suddenly made me feel cool and excited for the fall/winter. I would prefer cold and snow any day over the summer. 

Side Note: I bought these shoes this weekend. I kind of love them! 🙂


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Red Dirt Proud

Here is a video I found about Oklahoma City.

I help bring faculty members from all over the country (sometimes even world) into my work and I have to talk up Oklahoma all the time. This video explains why this is such a great city!!

I already know it’s great but sometimes people get ideas in their head like…

Do we live in tepees? — No. We have regular houses just like everyone else.

Do we all ride horses everywhere? – No. We have things called automobiles? Have you heard of them?

Do we have a ton of deadly tornadoes every time it storms? – No. We are NOT the only place that has tornado’s people…

There is nothing fun to do here.- You have to look! There are fun things all over the state.

We are all just a bunch of Republican hillbillies. – Yes, we are more red state but it’s ok… it’s not bad. As for the hillbillies – name any state and tell me they don’t have the people they aren’t proud of.

I really have been asked or told most of these things by people… it’s kind of crazy. This actually reminds me of the time when I first met my childhood friend who had moved here from Alaska… I asked her if she had lived in an Igloo. Haha. Maybe we all just need to travel a little more!


On a Lighter Note –

Today is supposed to be a perfect weather day. Nice temperatures, light wind, low humidity, sunny and great!!

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If you live around this area, I suggest you soak it in today. I know I will..

Have a great day!

In Remembrance:

I was in my 4th grade on April 19th 1995 at 9:02 AM. I believe we working on an art project. I remember my teacher (student teacher to be exact) crying. At the time I didn’t know what was happening. Later, at home and with the days that followed I slowly began to “somewhat” understand. As much as my 8-year-old brain could process, that something bad had happened.

It was the Oklahoma City  Bombing in downtown Oklahoma City. A turning point in our state’s history. The biggest terrorist attack on American soil until 9/11.

As a community – as state – as a nation even, we pulled together and we overcame. To this day we are still overcoming but I believe we are stronger than we once were.

We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.® via

We will never forget.  Visit the official website here. Take a minute today to honor those who were killed, injured, and those who risked their own lives to help others 17 years ago today.

A Letter to My Little Hometown,

Dear Cushing,
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I know I left you a long time ago,(about 8 years ago) but I haven’t forgotten you now, have I? I come and visit whenever I get a chance. “I drag Main” and eat at Rodolfo’s   and Homestead whenever I get a chance. I tell people about you. I tell people about your quaintness, your small town charm and how great you can be! I tell them that if they want to Skydive – “Cushing is your place!”

I tell them where you are… by Stillwater and exactly and hour in between Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

I talk about the country roads and tell people that one of my favorite places in the World is just about 3 miles outside of your city limits on a county road that overlooks the town and at night-time it really is the best!!

I talk about your water park and my old school. It really wasn’t that bad. Some of my best friends I made there, and I have a lot of good memories. I also talk about your oil and tell people – “Hey, did you know Cushing is the Pipeline Crossroads of the World?”

Now, tomorrow is a BIG day for you. Something that has never happened  in Cushing.  The President of United States is coming to visit. Holy moly. That’s crazy!!  Read about it and watch a news video here.

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Yep, he is coming to visit you, my hometown of 8,000 people.

I know. I know. It’s controversal. He is a democrat and we are a majority republican state — but please, I am begging you. Please – don’t embarrass me on Thursday!

Football Frenzy in Oklahoma tonight!!

Today is a big day because…



Even if OU writes my check — my heart is in it for OSU!

Pistols firing in Stillwater tonight! It’s going to be such a good game. Can’t wait!! 🙂