Monthly Archives: July 2012

our weekend.

/1/ hardesty library.  it’s ranked in the top three of childrens’ libraries in the US…and i am just now taking the kids there. :)  our teensy library in our little town always suited us just fine, but this big one is ah-mazing!  can’t wait for story time to start back up in september!  tulsa, you aren’t bad.  not bad at all.

/2/ babytime.  terry and gina are expecting a little boy come september and we could not be happier!  the girls picked out an octopus for him with talking tentacles.  to die for!  i brought these roasted red peppers & blue cheese appetizers.  if you need a super simple, but delicious appetizer for a party…these are for you.

/3/ skins.  you know your kids are fans of food when they eat peach skins like there is no tomorrow.  it did this fiber-lovin-mama proud.

/4/ cobbler.  nothing like a good ole’ summer cobbler with peaches and blueberries to remind me of the south.  i’ve made this recipe twice now and i could still go for another piece.  coastal living, i love you.  will share recipe with y’all as soon as i figure out steven’s new method for “organizing” our photos on the mac.

/5/ lunch.  mexican burritos and chimichangas after church with friends: angie, elianna, and katrina.  welcome to oklahoma, katrina!

/6/ keller.  oh, keller.  i’m afraid we are past the sweet cuddly phase {except when i drop you off at nursery}. gone are the calm mealtimes, simple pleasures, and loving moments with your sisters.  welcome, ornery boy!  you did say/sign “thank you” for the first time this past weekend.  we praised you profusely so you would keep doing it…so far it seems to be working.

/7/ did i say the cuddly phase was gone?!  excuse me.  the olympics have a hold on him for a few seconds and then he’s up and at it again.

/8/ olympic games.  most of our weekend looked like that.  hanging out in bed watching gymnastics, archery, swimming {our personal favorite!}, fencing {not so much}, and volleyball.  we have discovered shiloh’s inner passion for gymnastics and emma claire’s for swimming through this.  keller is still undecided. do they have sumo wrestling?

/9/ hunger games.  it seems only right to be reading the hunger games trilogy during this season.  i finished  book two over the weekend and i’m now working on book three.  and don’t tell me how it ends!


it was a more relaxing weekend than we’ve had in awhile.  we saw an outdoor music night downtown and an indian pow wow event advertised for saturday night via the news.  steven and i thought about going.  then looked at each other and were like, “nah, laying in bed eating ice cream and watching the olympics is just way too fun.” go USA!!!

are you all fans of the olympics? did any of you locals go to the indian pow wow?  it’s on my bucket list of things to do while we’re in the midwest.

Utica Square :: A Behind the Scenes

Last week, I shared my first, official photo shoot.  You can view it HERE.  I received lots of questions about the location we chose {which just so happened to be last minute}.  So, as promised, I thought I would give you a behind-the-scenes-tour of my little slice of heaven here…

Our first stop is The Stonehorse Cafe`.  It has a small restaurant feel with the option of outdoor dining {I’m a sucker for that}.  They also have a market out back that I’ve always wanted to tour and review.  I believe this cafe` was our first “real date” in Tulsa shortly after we moved here and Keller was a bebe`.

Speaking of Keller, I was on a date with him when I took these photos, so he and his stick are going to sneak in occasionally.

Saks Fifth Avenue is across the street.  I have yet to brave that store with the schooners in tow.  It looks so pretty though…I will have to do a walk-through soon.

And if you’ve been around here long, you’ve definitely heard me mention Anthro.  That coral wall was the scene of those balloon shots that Jeff was so clever to suggest.

I could live in the Pottery Barn store.

This white brick is the perfect backdrop for photos.

And I know this is a stretch, but the shutters on American Eagle remind me of Charleston, SC.  Oh, how I miss you Charleston!

There are these little statues all around the square and it’s just like a walk around our downtowns back in the south.  Keller was cracking me UP.  He was convinced they were real.

We bought Keller his first blanket here, a few weeks after we moved to Oklahoma and one week before he was born.  You can read his story HERE.  That blue knit blanket is still one of his favorites and it holds a lot of sentimental value for me.

I think Chico’s has the coolest back drop.  I can see a photo shoot here so clearly in my head.

Outside of Starbucks is the sweetest little park with herringbone brick, a fountain, outdoor lamps, and the neatest restaurant {the Wild Fork} across the way.

I got these shots there…

And across the street from the park is Restoration Hardware.  They are my biggest source of inspiration.  Well, it could be a tie between them and Thomas Murphy.  I first discovered them by accident in Charlotte and it’s been nothing but love since then.  If you’re not local, you need to look one up in your area and go immediately.  Pricey, pricey, but eye candy unlimited.

Thanks for joining us!  If you ever come visit, we’ll make a stop at starbucks, walk around town with drinks in our hands, and I’ll show you around.  Can’t wait!

{And no.  I didn’t mean for that to rhyme.}

our weekend.

our week was crazy busy and i am ready to start a new one. but if you’re new here, we always recap the weekends.  there’s just too many memories in the making and i want to remember them.  the fun times, and the not-so-fun, the work, the play, the big, the little, the mundane, the special.  all of them…to the best of this memory-failing mamma.  because it’s life.  and i want to cherish it.

/1/ celebrate.  miles turned 2!  there was pool time and cupcakes, and juice boxes and friends.  and my kiddos LOVED it!  they are party-kind-of-kids to a T and i’m slightly worried how that will translate in a few years.  thank you, natalie, for such a sweet time with friends!

/2/ babysitters.  allison and wyatt gave steven and i the best gift.  they took our kids on friday night, gave ‘em a good time, and sent us off to dinner…by ourselves!  i’m pretty sure the girls wanted to ditch us and move in with them after swimming, pizza, snuggles, and late night movie watching.  seriously.  they had the best time. thank you so much, allison & wyatt!!!

/3/ smoke.  we ate at one of our favorite restaurants in tulsa.  i ordered salmon and steven ordered the quail.  {view menu HERE} i wish i knew how to make salmon like that.  it was just unbelievable.  we were filled to the gills and walked some of it off around town and finished up with a peach milkshake from chick-fil-a.  {it’s our favorite!}  we’re just classy like that.

/4/ project.  i am slow-going on projects lately with the summer being so full {a good thing!}.  but i am getting the last touches on that table and canNOT wait to share later this week.  be on the lookout.

/5/lightning mcqueen.  i don’t know about your girls, but mine seem to throw gender out the window and find fascination with batman, spiderman, cars, bugs, dirt, trees, etc. shiloh has recently acquired that lightning mcqueen race car and it is the new IT toy around our house.  do you have those?  the suddenly cool toy that has everyone fighting over it?  yep.  we have that going on around here.

/6/ yard sale.  i didn’t go yard saling this week, but i helped with one at our church and walked away with a bunch of stuff at the end of it.  {thank you, shannon!!!}  i was so excited and you will for sure be seeing some of it popping up in projects in the next few weeks.  i am sad that all i have a picture of is the stuff and not the people i worked with.  i totally forgot my camera and i’m bummed.  please know how grateful i am for all of y’alls help!

/7/ best buds.  brody and emma claire are close friends.  and i love that.  they were singing “row, row, row your boat” on that raft and it was just the cutest thing.  meanwhile, shiloh was desperately trying to hitch a ride and it’s moments like that that i realize anew what my middle-siblings endured.

/8/ romaine.  i don’t know why, but i can’t seem to steer clear of food pictures.  emily and i were preparing a salad and something about washed vegetables makes me want to scratch the photography itch.  if any of you need a food photography intern, i’m so there!  email me.

/9/ family night.  you can’t beat movie night with popcorn at the netz nest.  keller was spasming he was loving the popcorn so much…there are worse things he could eat i guess.  how many bags do you think we went through, emily?!

here’s to a new week and soaking up the last few weeks before school starts!