Sunday, November 11, 2012

A few updates...

I've been telling myself that nothing has been going on with us, but that is not entirely true. We have had a great fall so far and it deserves to make the blog (mainly for my memory). Enjoy!

Duncan and one of his snoozers.

More to come soon....
-Jack and Kayla


We had 42 trick or treaters stop by our house this year. It was so fun seeing everyone dressed up for the holiday!

Our cute Duncan.
He sort of likes bandanas.
My "Dirt and Worms" dessert from work.

It was a fun night. We had too much candy left over...
-Jack and Kayla

PS - someone is getting ready to light up NW OKC!

OU/Texas Weekend

We had such a blast in Dallas this year for OU/Texas weekend. We had so many friends travel to Dallas for the weekend. We had a birthday party/reunion Friday night, the game Saturday morning, and a fun dinner with family Saturday night. A win is icing on the cake - it is always such a fun weekend!

We order our state fair coupons in advance. They arrived just in time!

OU Wins!

My last serving of fried oreros until 2013.

On our way home, we stopped at Sprinkles Cupcakes to pick up some treats. This year, Duncan got a cupcake!

"Doggies love cupcakes too"

Cutest little cupcake.

Our desserts.

He really liked it!

Now, he thinks he can have all our of treats, when that is not the case at all. He is still confused why his treat was much smaller compared to ours.

Our trip to Dallas = success!
-Jack and Kayla

State Fair of Oklahoma

It's been a tradition that we go to the state fair with our friends from church. This year, we had fried oreos, chicken on stick (which was very good), and cinnamon rolls.

Fried Oreos

Chicken on a stick.
 Our friends, Shawn and Brittany, love the games at the state fair.

And, the cinnamon rolls. We got one to enjoy at the fair and three to go!! Okay, one was for my mom, but we enjoyed the other two for breakfast. 

Until next year, see you later state fair.
-Jack and Kayla

Football Season!

We all get so excited for fall, which marks the beginning of football season.

 Even Duncan has a special game day tradition...
Just on game days, his OU bandana comes out.
It's football time in Oklahoma!

-Jack and Kayla

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Duncan loves going to Jack's parents house. He hasn't found his "spot" to sit and relax (after all, there is a pool, tennis balls, and so much fun to be had). One weekend, we noticed he was tired but refused to rest his eyes. We took him upstairs and this happened...

He snored. It was a good napper.

Everyone needs a nap.
-Jack and Kayla

Rain, That's Unexpected

Similar to last summer, Oklahoma is under an intense drought and 100+ degrees each day. Not as bad as last summer, but somewhat comparable. We haven't seen rain since May (don't quote me on that) until one Tuesday afternoon, it poured.

We knew there was a chance rain, so we left Duncan inside the house. Jack left work to go play tennis and I stayed a little late to catch up on some testing. Now, I don't have an window in my small interior office, but I knew something was up when my UPS at work started beeping (as did everyone's). So, I thought I should leave. I grabbed an umbrella from the receptionist's area and headed into the lightly pouring rain to my car. I made it about one mile until it started raining so hard, so fast. I'm usually pretty good with driving in bad weather, but this was the worst I have ever been in. I pulled over, turned on my hazards, and watched 63rd turn into a river.

Once it let up a little, I finished my way home. Jack got rained out and headed home as well. His car doesn't like the rain. I heard from facebook (yes, I was a stop sign and got on facebook. Horrible, and I don't make a habit of it) that the power poles near my house were down. As I drove into my neighborhood, I saw a trampoline in the middle of the street, our street sign knocked over, and everyone's recycling bin in the middle of yards. I was glad to see the house was okay and Duncan safe inside.

So, Jack made it home. We didn't have power. We ordered pizza, found our flashlights and candles, and didn't open our fridge hoping it the power would come on soon.

It didn't.

We all slept poorly.

Hoping the power would come back on for the second night, but we knew it would thanks to Twitter. So, we headed south to a house with A/C.

The power came back on after 30 hours. Needless to say, our electricity bill should be slightly lower than last months. We lost just about everything in our fridge, learned our new french drains work, and realize we may be in the market for a generator.

clean and ready to be restocked.

More importantly, we got some much needed rain. Even though in seemed to be isolated to NW OKC.

-Jack and Kayla

Doug, the Quail

Okay, he is really a pheasant... but we didn't know that in the beginning. If you recall, Duncan's best friend is Doug. They are a apart most of the time, but enjoy their friendship.

They sleep on the cool tile.

They sit in their spot.

Doug is the ultimate pillow for Duncan.

He is a good quail friend. On good days, you can ask Duncan "Where is Doug?" and Duncan will roam the house searching for his friend. He usually finds him.

-Jack and Kayla

Sunrise to Sunset

I love amazing sunrise and sunsets. My mom says my grandpa did too. So, here are a few that I managed to capture a sliver of their beauty.

Friday night in Norman.

Morning Drive.

Over the fence.

Morning drive.

Oklahoma has some great sunrises and sunsets. I (well, we) should enjoy them more.

-Jack and Kayla

Yard Work

On one of the hottest days this summer (I'm talking like 115 degrees), we decided to get some top soil dumped on our driveway. The things we do for our grass.

Jack using the Medina shovel, which has been involved in 30 years of yard work.

big pile of dirt.

I helped Jack where I could, which mainly involved getting fresh watermelon and tons of bottled water outside. Duncan.... did not help.

He snoozed. But he does like the grass is greener and softer than it used to be.

We already noticed a difference in the grass. It may be the greenest on our street. Let's hope it stays green and nourished throughout this drought!

And, let's also hope the pile of dirt isn't a yearly event.
-Jack and Kayla

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Smart Dog, Cool Dog

It's beginning to hit 100+ degrees each day and Duncan has a new spot to keep cool:

He has figured out the red dirt is cooler than the concrete. I'm glad he is finding ways to beat the heat, but he gets all dirty and ends up needing a hose bath (consisting of using the hose to rinse him).

He makes us laugh.
Stay cool.
-Jack and Kayla

Desert and Beach Life

Jack and I have been on two family vacations this summer. First, we headed out to Scottsdale with his parents, Jordan and Trey, his grandparents, and his aunt, uncle and cousins! It was a fabulous week in Arizona - great weather and great surroundings.

Full suburban - six people, 6 bags, 3 golf bags.
 Sadly, these are the only two pictures I can find of the week right now....

Yummy mac and cheese - I ate the twice during the week!
The following month, we headed back to the lovely beaches of 30-A as we loved our time there last year. A similar group as our dessert vacation came along, however we missed spending time with Trey since he had to start his job while we were there. There is something so special about the beach. I think worries are not allowed to be there.

First in line for donuts at 6:30am.

beach day.

So we rented beach bikes (think baskets and wide handle bars) and rode 9 miles into Seaside. It was fun, but the 9 mile ride home was ....not fun. But fun.


Jack likes taking nature pictures.
Once in Seaside, Jack got a lobster roll.

I got a Grilled Cheese.

We had some snow cones.

A needed refreshing treat.

Coolest dog water bowl contraption ever - 30-A loves dogs and this contraption proves it!

Before dinner one night.

We hope you get some time this summer to go somewhere with friends and family. If not, plan a staycation! We are huge supporters of vacations. 

Vacations are awesome.
-Jack and Kayla

P.S. For those wondering about Duncan Dog, he goes to a pet resort in Norman while we are gone. He loves it there. The sweet ladies love him too - we are so thankful he is a good boy while we are gone!