Nate Cleaner

September 22, 2011

The kids were hilarious tonight. But the winner of the funniest convo was Nate.

(Nate’s full name is Nate Keener, you will understand in a minute why you need to know this.)

Scott: How did I get my name?
Me: We decided what to name you and gave you a name.
Scott: But Why?
Me: Blah Blah Blah (long explanation about why we chose his name)
Nate: But my name is not good.
Me: What do you mean?!
Nate: It goes…. “Hey are you a cleaner?” “Why do I have to be a cleaner always?”
Me: What are you talking about?
Nate: YOU named me Nate CLEANER. Now I have to be a cleaner.
Me: Your name is Nate KEENER! Are you being serious right now? Did you really think your name was Cleaner?
Nate: (dead serious face) Yes.
Me and Scott and Nate: (laughing so hard I thought I was going to have a waffle come out my nose)

OH Nate Cleaner... I love you.

PS I don’t randomly think about waffles coming out of my nose. We were having breakfast for dinner.


Cute Bracelet

September 19, 2011

You know when you have a really great week and get spoiled and then when you know it is going to end you get sad before it actually even ends… That is how I feel. Bethany has been in town for the longest she has even been in town since she moved. It has been a blast. Our official girl day was awesome but what I am going to miss the most is the day to day getting to call her at 10:30 and meeting her and Campbell at the mall at 11. Getting to see her so much makes me realize how much I miss her and how lucky I am to have her.

PS (this would be the perfect place to insert a cute picture of our kids running amok or an adorable picture of the three girls on girl day spending money  finding killer deals…. BUT I DON’T HAVE ANY!!!! What is wrong with me. You will just have to use your imagination and picture Nate with crazy hair screaming at baby Campbell in her jeggings, “COME on Campbell! Just race me! Just race me now! UGH! CAMPBELL!” in the Dillard’s dressing room area while Bethany and I pretended we were kidless. Or picture Carissa, at River City picking out the ugliest bracelet ever proclaiming, “I LOVE turquoise. Do you love this bracelet?!”. While Bethany silently made big eyes at each other. Just picture it.)

To cheer myself up, I am going to plan a super cool menu for this week! I am SO excited.

PSS I am kidding. I am not excited and my menu is not super cool. But it is a menu that involves food so I get points for that.


Monday: Chicken Caesar Sandwiches with Salad 

Tuesday: Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas Grilled Veggies

Wednesday: Calazones (we had Mexican instead of pizza on Sunday) and Broccoli

Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner and Fruit Salad

Friday: OUT

Saturday: Grilling out BBQ Chicken and Veggies

Sunday: Pizza Movie Night

Heaven in the 417

September 16, 2011

We let Scott skip school the Friday before Labor Day for a 3 night 4 day trip to Big Cedar Lodge in Branson. It was awesome. So awesome. We had a couple of mishaps along the way but what is a family vacation with out some drama? The kids are at that amazing age where they are old enough to understand we are doing something different and special but still young enough to be excited about EVERYTHING. Our favorite vacation quote was from Scott…. While chilaxing in the hot tub after a long morning of eating pancakes and water-sliding, he leaned back, smiled and said, “Ahhh, This is the Life man.” 

Wonderful family pic. Sorry about your head Mike.

Part I Dogwood Canyon Tour

If you ever find yourself near Dogwood Canyon. GO! We did a 2 hour tram tour/campfire and dinner. It is awesome! You do a tour of the grounds (waterfalls, fish, etc), you get to see the deer and water buffalo, THEN you go to a old fashioned campfire with food, smores, and marshmallow fights. We caught lightening bugs and spotted several bats. It was one of my favorite parts of the trip!

Dogwood Canyon tour.

Scott got to be part of the campfire entertainment!

Scott loves fire. Really loves it.

 Part II Silver Dollar City

MIke and Scott plunging to the water.

We decided to take Gary Busey with us.

This is now one of my all time favorite pics of Scott.

SIlver Dollar Jail. Nate really did have fun despite the depressio pictures of him.

Another great family picture. Sorry about your head Mike.

PS Part III was going to be random Big Cedar pictures and Firework night pictures, but I got tired… To be continued…

Winter and Dentist

September 12, 2011

Where was I last week? On family vacacation!  Pictures and post coming soon. Try to contain yourself, I know you are the edge of your seat….

While we were on vacation we went on a wilderness tram tour and the guide kept pointing out ground hogs, then he said something that made my heart stop. He said, “The ground hogs are getting fat this year, that means we are in for a rough winter…” I have been secretly worried ever since. Do you think if Branson, MO has a rough winter that means that Tulsa will? I mean we are 4 hours away! Please oh please say that since we had a super hot summer we will also have a super “hot” winter?! It is really stressing me out. As I have gotten older, winter and the dentist scare me more and more.

CHECK OUT THE GIANT GROUND HOG!! (just kidding, that is Elvis the water buffalo, my ground hog pic was blurry)

Moving on to happy thoughts… The Homemade Chick-Fil-a… AAAAMAZING! I added 2 tsp of garlic powder the second time I made it (yes, I made this two weeks in a row, and no, I am not ashamed) and it definitely added an extra yum factor.

If anyone has some new recipes to share, please do! I am feeling bored with my old stand bys….

Let’s Eat

Monday- Pretzel Coated Tilapia (I am going to try to pan fry in a little oil instead of deep fry), Zucchini and Sweet Potato

Tuesday- Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki, Rice, Broccoli

Wednesday- Meatloaf, salad and bread

Thursday- Breakfast Tacos (egg, bacon, avocado, onion, tomatos), hash browns, and Edamame

Friday- Date Night!

Saturday- Leftovers or Out

Sunday- Homemade Calazones/ Movie Night