Category Archives: Family

Sunrise Sisters

Random Thoughts on Summer, Family, Vacation and Baby Gender

Sunrise SistersSisters – Florida sunrise

In July, my three girls and I went on a road trip. It was a combination working vacation (for Kaleigh) and a visiting family road trip that took us from Oklahoma to Florida to North Carolina & Virginia and back to home to Oklahoma.

Mothers and Daughters

Under the PierUnder the Pier

  • 3 girls, 1 mom
  • 2 weeks
  • 12 states
  • 3000+ miles
  • 50+ hours in a car
  • 2,314 bathroom stops
  • 1 unsolved mystery as to why my car made better time while Kaleigh was driving than while I was driving.

It was exhausting and we missed our guys (especially when we were carting all that luggage around by ourselves) but it was so much fun to spend that time with my girls!

Grandfather & Grandson

We also spent time with my family in NC. My dad will turn 80 this year. Here he is enjoying one of his most favorite places, Mabry Mill, Va along the Blue Ridge Parkway with my nephew, the youngest of his 14 grandchildren. Courtney is the oldest.

Blue Ridge Parkway, VaMabry Mill, Virginia 

  • Our youngest daughter is now a Freshman in college. This is the first time since 1991 that I do not have a child in public school – elementary, middle or high school.
    It is a strange feeling.
  • We currently have one child living at home and one in the dorms. That’$ two kid$ in college at the $ame time. Just in ca$e you’re counting.
  • We currently have one grandbaby on the way. It’s a GIRL! We had a gender reveal party where Drew and Courtney popped a balloon full of confetti for the reveal.

It's a Girl!

  • This blog turned 5 in June! I’ve been blogging for 5 years!!!
  • I celebrated my 52nd birthday this week. I don’t believe I’ve ever purposely written that on this blog. I suppose if I’m going to be a grandmother it’s high time I get over being bashful about my age.
  • I quit drinking Dr. Pepper this summer. I’ve been drinking DP since I was a teenager.
    And guess what!?! I now have skinny toes! LOL! Everyone tells you to drop the soft drinks to lose weight. I get skinny toes. Somewhere I missed the memo that carbonated drinks can cause swelling! (Or refused to believe it) I’ve always had a problem with my legs, ankles and feet swelling. I quit drinking DP because of the health benefits (as well as hoping I’d lose a few pounds) but so far? 7 weeks later? Skinny toes. Me and my chubby toes are not complaining.
  • I’m currently trying to clean my house in preparation for a wedding shower this Sunday. Yesterday, I found myself cleaning the attic! Who does that?!? We had our roof replaced a few weeks ago after it was damaged in a spring hail storm. I never realized how much debris would fall as a result of replacing a roof! So a trip to the attic to add stuff to the garage sale pile lead to an impromptu cleaning fit.
    Would it be weird if I left the door to the attic open so everyone could see how clean it is? My windows may not be clean but my attic sure is! Priorities.
Dutch Colonial

My Daughter’s New, Old House and Why It’s Still a Secret


Dutch ColonialI have been sworn to secrecy and pledged not share any pictures of Courtney and Drew’s new home.

The reason? Because my girls claim first posting dibs! The nerve!

Since Courtney had already shared this one on her Instagram I can show you the exterior BEFORE pic.

Truthfully, the house isn’t ready for it’s reveal. It’s definitely come a long way…so many adorable changes! Plus, they just moved in!

Scott and I did help them by making rustic wood shelf brackets and shelves to replace the upper cabinets in the kitchen. Getting tired of waiting for the “big reveal”, I begged permission to go ahead and share about the shelves which lead to today’s “how did we get here” story.

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Backyard Wedding Reception (4)

Backyard Wedding Reception

Backyard Wedding Reception (4)

In August, my nephew Geordan & his bride Koki were married in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai, in a beautiful late afternoon, ocean side ceremony.

In September, Gina & George hosted a backyard wedding reception so all their Oklahoma family and friends could bless newlyweds.

It was a beautiful Sunday evening…and after the threat of rain passed...perfect weather for an outdoor celebration.

Backyard Wedding Reception (3)

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What’s in a Name? Familial Thoughts on Names and Nicknames

In June of this year all 29 members on my side of the family were together for the first time in 10 years. I’ve mentioned this before and will probably be guilty of pointing it out again but was quite momentous. For us, at least. It’s even been called historic.


I’m the oldest of 5 children. Iris Dawn was my first name. Well, technically it was the original name my parents chose while expecting their firstborn.

But you have to say it the right way. IIIIris – making sure to go heavy on the I and Dawwwwwwn – heavy on the w. Not like Don. Dawwwwwn.

While quite a lovely name, it wasn’t meant to be. My Dad’s secretary at the time was Iris and her daughter Dawn, so my parents settled for Sonya Annette.

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Homemade Wedding Favors

Strawberry Jelly: A Family Tradition aka Wedding Favors

Homemade Jelly Wedding Favors

Have you ever thought about the fact that your family has it’s own culture? I tend to think of culture in the broad sense…as in Native American culture, Southern culture, Western culture, etc.

One of Webster’s definitions of culture is...the characteristic features of everyday existence shared by people in a place or time. 

Every family has it’s own culture. Some good…some bad…(we’re dwelling on the good here)…things like Friday night pizza night, a specific holiday menu, extended family weekend at the lake, cousin sleepovers at the grandparents house and in this case…

Home Strawberry Jelly. 

Wedding Favors (5)

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