Tulsa Zoo

It has been Tj and I's tradition to take Monday's off and do our "fun things" during the week. I assumed it was a little less crowded but I didn't know how much better it really was until I went with Lindsey's family to the Tulsa Zoo last weekend. It was packed! Last time Tj and I went, we pulled right up and parked on the front row. When I went with Lindsey, we literally parked a few feet from the EXIT. However, once we got inside it wasn't too bad.
The only animals I really want to see at the zoo are the big ones: Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Rhino's, Elephants, ect. I guess I like Africa. We took the wrong route and unfortunately, those things were some of the very last things we saw. Tylee was very aprehensive about the whole trip but we talked on the way down about being brave and how Mommy would not letting anything happen to her. Our first test was the petting zoo.
Tylee decided she would rather stay outside and play with her Lalaloopsy...
until she saw her cousins petting the goats!
I was so proud of her!
After that, it was smooth sailing! We didn't have any meltdowns the rest of the day.
Well, there was a fight when Tylee yelled at Braylee and told her, "See, told you these weren't the Zebras." And the fight over which animal they got to ride on the carousel. And the emergency pit-stop at the Icee station and Tylee's meltdown because she wanted the Green one, not red...okay, so there were plenty of meltdowns but at least they weren't because she was scared of the animals!!


What a busy Saturday!



1. One of our tulips bloomed - and the flower is only 2 inches off the ground. 
2. Think how different our laundry would look if we had a boy? 
3. Spring = BBQ
4. Helping
5. Merle
6. Organization Day
7. Girls Weekend
8. Tylee loved this dog!
9. Coloring
1. Rain rain go away!
2. Sleeping
3. Family Picture
4. Carousel
5. Computer Time
6. Candy Land
7. Baby Blues
8. Peacful Wal-mart Trip
9. Tire Swing


Grand Lake

I absolutley love St. Patty's Day. It's pretty hard to pull me away from some green beer but when my Dad mentioned going to the lake, I threw all my plans out the window and hopped on board! He actually changed his mind once and decided not to go but I lured him back in to going (I'll help! We can burn brush! And I'll cook!) and (I think) he was happy he did.
I thought the girls could pick up sticks while Dad and I got a couple fires going but they were bored in like .2 seconds. Yah, I guess I remember picking up sticks being more fun? So they colored and had free roam of the place most of the weekend. Hey! The tornado taking all the trees wasn't such a bad thing after all - we could see the kids walking around no matter where they went! (A 9-year old cousin definitely helps in the babysitting department though!)
The big girls thought they found a snake in the water but Tylee didn't want to get too close. I thought it was cute. She trusts them but not that much! FYI: It wasn't a snake, it was just an electric cord.
There are lots (and lots and lots and lots) of trees to cut and burn from the tornado but we were only able to tackle one pile this weekend. Thank god my Dad knew more about it than I did because I basically just wanted to light it and throw stuff in. What more is there to do, right? Wrong! Thank god he cut everything away from all the other trees and got the hose out before we lit it because it got unbelievably big very fast! The wind was also blowing (hence the reason we only were able to tackle one pile) which didn't help matters but I would be lying if I said I wasn't a tad worried. That hose came in handy!        
Trees, trees, and more trees!

We eventually got the fire under control (and decided not to burn anymore!) and were able to relax and enjoy the rest of our weekend.
It was great being down there again and I cannot wait to go back. Tylee loved every second of it and was so sad to leave that she wouldn't even give me a smile. That makes me so happy.


Grand Lake, Insta-style

We made it!!
Making watermelons.
Spoiling the girls rotten!
Burning piles.
And sunsets.
More (DSLR) pictures to come!



When I got in my car from work and the thermometer said over 70 degrees, I knew we had to do something outside. Apparently, everyone else in Labette County had the same idea because the park was packed! Tylee has been asking me to have a picnic all winter but as soon as we got sat down with our food, she was too excited to eat. We may have to picnic somewhere less fun next time.
She was soooo annoyed with my picture taking. Guess I spoke too soon the other day! So I bribed her with one picture while she was swinging and I promised I wouldn't bother her again. (Hence the reason the rest of them are of her not looking.)
  Welcome Spring! I am so glad you are here. I know we didn't really even have a winter but either way, thanks for coming and I hope you stay awhile! (Although if I'm being honest, I wouldn't mind one good snow.)