Wednesday, September 13, 2017


We picked up Canyon's new C-PAP machine last week. Here he is trying it for the first time.
I have to say, it's been an ordeal getting this boy to put this mask on every night. He needs a drink, he needs to go to the bathroom, he needs to rub his face, he needs another drink, he needs to cough...
What he's been doing till now is staying awake and waiting for me to go to bed and then taking it off. So instead of sleeping right away like he used to do, even though he was not sleeping well, now he's staying up later to wait for me to go to bed to take it off. But last night, SUCCESS!! He wore it the whole night ... 9 hours! I told him we're having hamburgers for dinner!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Moved in!

We were able to get help...big THANK YOU to Randy, Nicole, and Hanna.
Kitchen. It's pretty skinny but works.
Standing in pantry.
The extra room Canyon and Hanna will stay in for sleep overs.
Their room
Livingroom window and view.
View from the door. Hoping they stay put awhile because this moving game bites!! It's small, but cozy and cute.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Feeling 22

Happy Happy 22 Sahara!

After presents and coffee, we headed to her new apartment with a couple of car loads of her things, put pictures on the walls, dishes in the cabinets, and stashed a bunch of things to make way for the furniture.  Hopefully we will have furniture help soon!

Then back to the house for a nap and to get ready for dinner.

Carlee and Lisa joined us for dinner.

I made sure Roberto knew it was her birthday.
:) :)

Then we showed the apartment to the girls and headed back home for cheesecake.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

In a few short months...

Sahara will be walking down to receive 2 degrees!! Shes heading out today for her last class and an independent study before having a BA in Psychology and an AS in Criminal Justice.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Well Look Who's Making The Sammaches now!!

Yep! She's working the lunch shift a few days a week at Subway.
First day went well. Friday might be a little more crazy though.
Normally she will be working a 10 to 4 prepper and sandwich maker shift on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Sahara came to RMS to watch the eclipse with my class. We had a great time today! Next one in 7 years!

Sunday, August 20, 2017


This poor kid doesn't get a break. Finally the sleep study results are in and we were told he pretty much has had the worst results they have seen. In the 6-7 hours we were there, he stopped or struggled to breathe 299 times. During REM he stopped 69 times. Sooooo, a C-pap it is. We will go for a fitting soon and a company will come to set it up and then some how or another we need to get him to agree to wear it.


I saw this and loved it. I ordered the bulbs and the light string to create it myself.
Only they failed to mention that the light sockets are actually 4 feet from each other and getting this result is not really possible. So I made a make shift 'sack' to hold and hide all the extra wire. But that was not the look I wanted so a piece of pipe and twine later....
I like it. Now lets see now long these spendy bulbs actually last!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pottery Worx

Canyon started at Pottery Worx this week. Transportation was coming to get him and bring him back at crazy times but I think we got that worked out. Unfortunately there has been little to no communication which is bordering on unexceptable. Hopefully things will get more under control next week. For instance today I had attached a note to his backpack for the woman in chage there with a few questions. He returned home with the note still attached. There is no possible way they didn't see it. I might be sending Sahara for a sit-in next week so we can get a good picture of what the day looks like for him.
He seems to like it and is happy to go each morning. That and the transportation schedule getting straightened out is about all that's going right for now.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Hip Hop's Birthday

Happy 2nd!!

The River Valley Rocks!

It's always sooo hot towards the end of summer vacation. We joined a group doing a local scavenger hunt....rock migration.
We painted our own to hide as well.
1st round.
2nd round.
We also had to use clues (or luck) to find some others have hid.
Some are really cute!
We have about 30 out there now and only a few have been found. We have found about a dozen. When we find one we post it on a Facebook page and rehide it for someone else.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Road Trip - Tulsa Bound

We left Monday morning for a little trip.  As long as we have lived here, we have not visited our neighboring state of Oklahoma for some reason.  We decided to kidnap Jared's little sister Hanna.  She just turned 16   2 weeks ago and was having a bum summer.  She needed a get away as well.

3 hours later we arrived in Tulsa.  We stopped at Fat Guys Burger Bar down town for lunch.  It's a good thing we got 1 large fry to share as it was enough for 6 people!

Then we headed to the Red Roof Inn.  Not the nicest of places we have stayed at by a long shot, but it checked all my boxes:
centrally located
free parking
free wifi
free breakfast
outside swimming pool
refrigerator and microwave in room

After we unpacked, we hit the mall and then came back to swim.

Not many people staying here and the pool was ours.
We had dinner(s) in the room that we brought from home.

The next morning we went to the Oklahoma Aquarium.
I love aquariums!

After about 2 hours at the aquarium, we went sightseeing.

This is The Center of the Universe.

If you stand in this circle and talk, the people outside the circle can barely hear you.  But your own voice sounds really loud and vibrating to yourself.

Then we visited the Golden Driller.  He is 75 feet tall.

Next we went to a second mall and had lunch in the food court.

Penguins on Parade.
As a fundraiser in 2002 for the penguin exhibit, the zoo sold 100 penguin statues to be decorated and placed around the city.  15 years later only about 1/2 are still around.  We found 5.

The 5th we found at the Tulsa Zoo the next day.

After a nap, we went back to the Aquarium because today it stays open late and we got our hands stamped. :)
Dinner in the room.

Good thing this zoo has several buildings to tour like the Wildlife Trek.  A building each for Life in the Water, Forest, Desert, and Cold.
It was nice to linger in the air as much as possible.  And poor Canyon and that boot.  Lots of walking today.

The 5th penguin was found in the Conservation Center.  Another nice, cool, long building.

Outside of the Lost Kingdom.

Butterfly Gardens.

If we found a bench in the shade, it was water break time.

Canyon would very much like to jump in with this guy.

Looks like it's nap time.

After the zoo we went to Jimmy Hula's. What a fun place! 

Then for dinner....... 31 Flavors!!
None of these kids have been to Baskin Robbins before.  We had a (8-12) flavor Baskin Robbins in a gas station, but it shut down when Sahara was in preschool.

2 scoops of Yummy!
We went to the Inn for more swimming.

Red Roof was next to an Outback so Sahara and Hanna walked over at 9:30 for appetizers tonight.

Packed up and heading home, we stopped at the Route 66 Village.

Then the road home. It was a nice, but HOT time in Tulsa.  A little city we liked a lot.