Monday, September 14, 2009

Game time!

Saturday was the first OU home game of the season... Charles was given a couple of tickets from his friend so we decided to go! Our sweet friends Rachel and Scott Hamilton watched Emma for us that night so we could have a date... Thank you guys! We had a blast! It rained the entire game and I had thought ahead enough to get panchos. (they came in very handy!) On the way to the game I called my mom who told me the starting quarterback for the evening, Landry Jones, was my fifth cousin. My grandfather and his grandfather were first cousins! That gave us one more reason to cheer and Landry had a great game!

Emma dressed and ready for gameday!

Getting soaked in the rain!

#12 Landry Jones... long lost cousin!

We had seats this close to the field! So great!

Charles and I at the end of the game.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Praise the Lord for Sunshine School!

I am such a blessed person! I have a home to call my own, clothes on my back, food in the fridge, my health, a precious baby girl, and Sunshine School! I put Emma on the wait list for this little jewel quite some time ago and got the call she had a spot a few weeks ago. Now here is the thing... I know I am staying at home now and don't get me wrong I love it! I get to feed Emma her meals, play with her, watch her try to crawl, and wipe her runny noses. BUT, (and there is a but!) the thought of having a few hours of free time once or twice a week is just more excitement than I can stand! We had her first day this week and it was a glorious day for me! She has two teachers, Miss Tyna and Miss Linda. Miss Linda told me the first day might be a little hard on me and boy was she WRONG! :) I think I was skipping out the door as I waved and looked at my watch! I had FIVE whole hours to workout, take a shower, put on make-up and run around town not having to think about the little creature in the back seat! Charles and I picked her up at 2:30 and she was so happy to us as we were her! I felt refreshed and Emma had some time to play with other children. It was simply BLISSFUL! :) For those of you who are wondering "How could you put your 8 month old in school? " Well, I would like for you to give it a try and then get back to me! You will never be the same! Thank you Lord for Sunshine School! :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I love the Pioneer Woman!

In case you don't know who the Pioneer Woman is, you need to! She started a blog about her life on her ranch with her husband and four kids. (or "punks" as she calls them) She cooks, ranches, decorates, home schools, is a photographer and somehow has time to blog about it all! She has such funny stories about her life and let me just tell you how delicious her recipes are! Every night I have made something off her cooking page and it has been a hit! Yesterday I went to a girl's lunch at Elizabeth Mullins home. (Thank you Elizabeth for hosting the event) It was a pot luck lunch (my favorite kind!) and I took The Pioneer Woman's Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad dish. It was delicious! (you could easily add chicken to it for a meal.) Anyway, I have yet to make anything from her site I did not love so I highly recommend going there and checking it out! If you are too lazy I have posted the recipe below! :) Oh, and did I mention she has a cookbook coming out in October and she will be in Oklahoma City on October 29th for a book signing! How exciting!

Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad
Dressing: (once prepared it is best to let it sit overnight in the fridge so the garlic can work it's magic)
1 7-oz jar sundried tomatoes, drained
4 cloves of garlic (thought it was a little too much garlic so I would use three)
3 T red wine vinegar
1 C extra virgin olive oil
16 oz corkscrew pasta
1 jar pitted assorted olives (chopped)
1 pint rip cherry tomatoes, halved
Several (10-15) basil leaves, chopped or julienne
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Prepare dressing by blending sundried tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper, and vinegar until tomatoes are chopped. Blend while drizzling in olive oil; continue blending until mixed.
Cook pasta according to package, drain, and rinse with cold water. Pour 2/3 of the dressing over pasta, add olives and toss together. Add remaining ingredients, tossing together and adding more dressing until salad is coated. Serve. (Makes a lot so no need to double recipe)