The planetarium show was really interesting and the young woman who did it was quite humorous. We both really enjoyed it.
I haven’t done one of these in ages. Seems like a good time to get back in the habit. Since it’s been so long, I’m going to include a bit from the last of June, too.
- July, for our family, always begins with our daughter’s birthday. Isn’t she gorgeous?
- We celebrated the 4th of July at the home of our niece, Leslie, and her boyfriend, Will.
- Chris hosted a going away party for his friend, Eli, who is moving to Baton Rouge to attend LSU. We had about 25-30 people here for a campout, music and karoke.
Around My Home
We’ve been busy but still made time for several nights of stargazing. Last night we took the telescope outside and looked at the blue moon. Shiloh likes to join us for these quiet evenings under the stars.
The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story by Julia Reed
Watching – Movies and T.V.
- T.V. –
I bought the first two seasons of The Donna Reed Show for a little old-fashioned entertainment for myself but it turns out that David loves the show, too. Just so long as he doesn’t expect me to start wearing heels and pearls around the house!
- Movies –
The kids took David to see the new Terminator movie to celebrate Father’s Day. Absolutely not my thing so I watched Magic Mike XXL instead.
- While in Tulsa we looked for a sports bar where we could watch Women’s World Cup. We found Fat Daddy’s where I also had one of the best Reuben sandwiches I’ve ever had, as well as delicious onion rings.
Out and About – Trips and Events
- While in Tulsa we enjoyed a show by Let’s Zeppelin, a tribute band.
- We saw Our Mother’s Martyr perform in OKC:
- We took a Trip to Idaho to visit David’s mother.
- I had the honor of meeting this Choctaw man:
- Karoke in my backyard:
After the movies were out, David dropped me off in front of Ulta so I could pick up some perfume and then we went to an electronics store to pick up a CD player component for our stereo system.
Saturday was the 4th of July and our niece invited us over for a cookout and to watch fireworks. There were about 15 of us. In addition to the hamburgers, hotdogs, salad, and potato salad (my contribution), Leslie put out this beautiful spread:
This past Friday night was one of the best nights of my life. I’m hesitant to even blog about it because there is no way I can do it justice. However, I’m going to give it a whirl.
First we went out to dinner with these beautiful people:
We had a great turnout and even my parents came (I’m not sure they’ve ever been in a bar!). There were cheese platters, freshly-baked bread from Papa Gjorgjo’s, and several bottles of wine. Erin West made macarons (one of the flavors was Earl Grey!), Karah Thompson baked the gorgeous cake, and Lisa made caramel whiskey chocolate cupcakes. All of which were beyond delicious!
There were fun decorations with a Paris theme. Lindsay Oliver did the French calligraphy on various signs and cards while Erin made the Eiffel Tower centerpieces:
And had a place set up for photos:
There was a beautiful (HUGE) coffee table book which Leslie bought and had set up as a guest book:
A guitar handmade by Lee and Emily of Pandamonium and signed by our HMA friends:
There were around 40 guests who are very dear to me. I mean it. These people are family in the truest sense of the word. The love I felt from each of them absolutely blew me away.
After perhaps an hour of mingling David called everyone to attention and gave me his gift:
video by Jamie Pittman
That’s right. That wonderful man is taking me to Paris! I’ve wanted to go ever since I was a little girl and it’s actually going to happen. We are going for a week the end of October. David already has plane and hotel reservations. Now we just need to get passports. That is, as soon as David can get a certified copy of his birth certificate.
Now I just need to start brushing up on my French. Parlez-vous Français?
Several friends joined us, including Corinna of Boots Kill Too who surprised me with this beautiful, handmade dream catcher. The picture doesn’t do it justice.
We stayed long enough to finish our drinks and be polite, tipped the band and then headed next door to Chileno’s for some relatively decent Mexican food. We walked back to the hotel, spent a little time in the bar but both of us were tired so we only made it to about midnight before deciding to call it a night.
Ordinarily two nights at the Skirvin would be a really nice birthday get-away but this year David took it up a notch. After we checked out at noon, we grabbed lunch at Sonic and drove to Dallas so we could see Our Mother’s Martyr (local metal band) perform at Texas Mosh Fest in Deep Ellum.
David was able to get several rooms at Candlewood Suites using points he accrues while traveling on business so we were able to provide rooms for the band and their wives/girlfriends. (This is the band that gave us the signed bass guitar last week.) Candlewood isn’t quite the Skirvin but it was clean and served the purpose. And it happened to be next to a cemetery which seemed appropriate for a metal band.
The music took place at The Prophet Bar and Our Mother’s Martyr had a great performance.
We stayed and listened to a few other bands and then went to Trees where we heard the last part of Nonpoint‘s show. The place was packed…for good reason. It wasn’t all that late but everyone was exhausted so we all headed back to the hotel and crashed for the night. We were awakened the next morning by the smell of bacon frying. It’s an extended stay sort of place and obviously someone was putting their kitchenette to good use. David started texting folks about breakfast and we all finally pulled ourselves together in time for the noon checkout. I was actually ready fairly early because, after showering and washing my hair, I discovered that while our room had a microwave and refrigerator it was missing a hair dryer. It was mostly dry by the time we left.
Today is our daughter’s 26th birthday. I simply cannot imagine where the time has gone because it just doesn’t seem that long ago that I heard the words, “It’s a girl!”. Yes, there actually was a time when most of us didn’t know the sex of our babies until they were born.
I don’t know where he came up with it but from the very beginning, Chris called Lisa his “sunshine baby”. And it fit her perfectly. She truly brought a ray of sunshine into our lives.
The entire suite of offices is impressive but the break room is what they are especially proud of. It’s designed to look like a pub, complete with a pinball machine, kitchenette, wine refrigerator and beer on tap. Here is my cousin getting ready to pour David a beer:
I made homemade brownies and two cherry pies to serve along with ice cream. One of the guests brought tortilla chips and guacamole. But the main thing was hanging out around the campfire:
A highlight of the evening was the piñata which April brought for David. Instead of hitting it with a stick he used his pirate sword. Naturally. Hilarity ensued. Naturally.
Here is a “morning after” picture.: