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is growing up!
New photos, for a new season and boy can I tell how much she’s grown. Eleven years old and moving into the Junior Division this year. We are looking forward to lots of firsts. A new team with new choreography and competitions we’ve never been to. Should be fun!
Blair never ceases to amaze me with her work ethic and willingness to try new things.
Constantly inspiring me to always be pushing myself as well! We’re never too young or too old to learn something new. =) (ps. I started taking yoga, which I’ve never done before!)
All photos taken by Morgan Droll Photography.
I wanted to take a minute and say how much Blair and I, both appreciate all of your love and support! Your comments and prayers for her and so humbling and we are so very grateful.
I know it’s been a bit since I have blogged. Seems the older the kids get the busier we are. With that said having a summer getaway for any extended period of time has also been something we haven’t done in a couple of years. So this year I decided to create a summer bucket list. Things that we could easily fit into our schedule at little to no cost. Sounds pretty good, right? You would be surprised at how easy it is to find fun things in your area.
Kind of on a whim, on Memorial weekend we decided to take a drive to the Blue Whale (in Catoosa, Ok). It’s a free (small) attraction that my kids think is the coolest thing. It sits in a pond, almost like a dock. There are several areas to climb up to get a different view of the wooded area and pond that surround the property. Just a fun little stop. (FREE)
We decided since we weren’t all that far from Will Rogers birthplace that we would drive over and check it out. It’s also free. There are beautiful grounds with horses and a peacock. You’re able to tour the home just as it was all those years ago.
A little gas and a Quick Trip Icee was all this excursion cost us and we had the best time. It was after this little trip that we started a list of fun things to do for summer. Turned out to be the best! We didn’t have one trip and done, we were able to have a fun mini trip every other week or so.
Some of our other stops included, a trip to Lake Bixhoma. (FREE)
A trip to Pop’s (in Arcadia)
Hiking! We have a few different spots that we love to do this.
Turkey Mountain (Tulsa – FREE)
Zink Park (Tulsa – FREE)
Quite possibly our favorite stop of the season… the Bathtub Rocks in Tahlequah. (FREE)
The Garden Center and Linnaeus Gardens, both FREE!
LaFortune Pool ($2 per person)
Always a favorite, The Central Library. With books a plenty and if you’re 12 and older they have a flight simulator!
Shakes at the old fashioned soda shop Ida Red, downtown Tulsa.
A float trip on the Illinois River in Tahlequah is always a treat. Honestly, I could live out there. If it were a bit closer we’d probably be out there a lot more often. This visit, we started at Hanging Rock. It was a great 6 mile float!
I hadn’t been here since I was in elementary school. It is definitely worth a trip to Bartlesville. While we were there we got to throw tomahawks and shoot a real musket.
Last but not least we had new family photos taken. It’s always a highlight for me. I love capturing who we are at each stage in life.
(photo below taken by Molly Thrasher)
I hope your summer was wonderful! And know that you don’t have to go to the beach 800 miles away to have a fun summer. There is plenty in your own backyard!
I look forward family photos every year, and it’s been over a year since our last session. So it’s safe to say that I was excited! It had already been a full day of activities the day we had them done. Rhett had wrestled a tournament until almost 3:00 and was tired. Then Blair started feeling bad all the sudden. Not the best recipe for a photo session. My friend Molly is the best! Not only did she do great job, I think these may be my favorites ever! Love you Molly! You are a talent and a blessing!
Daddy’s girl from day 1!
I adore having the city we love in the background!
Seriously! Love this time of our life captured.
We are officially ready for summer!
All Photos taken by Molly Thrasher Visuals.
Blair cut her hair into a short pixie, that she loves! She’s growing as a dancer and coupled with the fact that she has new hair, meant it was time for us to take some new dance photos. I love her new look and always love spending time with her. Getting to take photos is just a bonus.
This one may be my all time favorite.
Excited to see what the new season brings.
I haven’t shared any music favorites in quite some time. I couldn’t get through the day without my tunes. Here is a favorite or three. (wink)
Down — Marion Hill
Life Worth Living — Laurel
Poplar St. — Glass Animals
I have yet to add a cactus to my ever growing plant collection. And these little cuties are really calling my name. Not to mention their adorable containers.
It’s a new year and that is always exciting. A fresh canvas of hopes to work on. I have a list of goals with hopes of marking each off as the year goes along.
Here are some things inspiring me going into 2017.
Clean white and wood exteriors.
Simple detail photography.
Indoor house plants. I’m excited to say I have successfully kept a few plants alive for a year now.
Leather and dark walls!
What’s inspiring you this year?
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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays. A few years ago we opted to start staying home instead of running all over all day. It’s been such a wonderful change of pace and we’ve started a few traditions that we look forward to each year.
Starting with pie for breakfast! I would say the kids look forward to it, but I think I look forward to it just as much!
Next is getting to surprise the kids with a new ornament on their dessert plate right before dinner is served.
After we ate this year we crafted. Painting some unfinished nutcrackers and making salt dough ornaments. You may have seen a bit of this on my Instagram Story.
Later that afternoon we made a round around the park and grabbed a photo of us all via self timer and had a fight with the fallen leaves. I’m soaking up these simple yet special times.
Cheers to you!
Having words of wisdom and/or encouragement around the house is something important to me. Not only does it inspire me to be my best, I am hoping to influence my children as well. With more than just the spoken word, but the unspoken message in the frame.
Here is our latest print for the dining room.
“Bless the food before us,
the family beside us,
and the love between us.
I’m making this print available for free download if you’d like to add it to your home.
Click here to download.
Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
This past weekend we kicked off another dance season. This year doing slightly more than the last, including adding a solo. One of the first events we attend is NUVO dance convention, where Blair takes classes from some of the top professionals in the dance industry. Then in the evening she gets to compete her solo in her age group. This is the first time for her to have a solo and to perform it in a competitive environment. We were excited for her to place with a High Gold status and win 3rd overall in her age group! It was certainly a confidence booster for her and a great way to start off the year!