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