Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Week of Orange

Today ends Mama's trip to Stillwater!  We fought of rain (unsuccessfully), we fought off Nebraska Corn Huskers (unsuccessfully), and shopped till we dropped (successfully!).  It was a bunch of fun days full of trips and orange!  Thursday Mama got her first tour of the new house, complete with love from Penny!  Friday we spend the day in downtown eating lunch at the Tai Cafe, looking through some great little shops on Main street and digging through the treasures found at Antique mall.  Though we dodged the rain all day, we did find some great buys!  And a trip into Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory for a caramel/chocolate covered apple was the cure for our rainy day blues!  That evening was walk around and with the exception of one short rain shower we were able to stay mostly dry!  We have learned to go to walk around early, before the crowds so we can actually SEE the house decks and not get stepped on! 

Saturday was game day and we started at the parade!  Shortly later we joined the girls at our tailgate and had fun getting face tattoos for the kids and visiting with each other.  The wind picked up but the rain stayed away.  Mama and I went into the game but sadly despite our cheering we lost!  (Dear Coach Gundy - we need to work on our tackles!).   We did get to see several touchdowns and yell "Here comes Bullet!" (I even found a new orange shirt that has bullet on it!) Sunday was a day of rest and we found some good books at Hastings.  Chet also got to open his first birthday present!  Mama found a couple John Wayne things for him including a Christmas tree ornament and even some old Wyatt Earp glasses!  Monday we wrapped up the trip with a trip to the National Cowboy museum and a few shops in OKC.  Cheese dip for dinner since Mama can't get food like this anywhere in PA!  Overall great trip! I have been building my Christmas decorations since this is the first year we will have a tree to decorate! I was able to find quite a few things around town and in OKC for the tree!

In the years since my move to Oklahoma Mama had been here for sleet and freezing wind, warm sunny games and this year rainy and windy events but we always have  a good time!  This is a great tradition and I am already looking forward to next year's trip!  Let's just hope next year is a cowboy win!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Photos

Somehow I managed to get Chet to agree to some fall pictures, for our Christmas cards and just to have some updated photos of us!  We had fun visiting with a local neighbor who let us borrow his wagons and even brought out his HUGE Clydesdale.  I was able to get some great shots, the sun was shinning and birds were chirpping!  Great fall day!  Look for some of these prints in your mailbox around Christmas!

p.s. Chet does love me, hard to tell by the lack of smiling!  He just loves to pose for pictures... can't you tell? 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The first signs of Fall

Fall has finally started to appear in Stillwater and we are noticing the trees in the yard start to show their colors!  Although this does mean that the gutters are constantly full, we are loving all the changes around the property!  It is our first fall at the new house!!   The first two pictures were taken of our driveway, the sunsets here are awesome!  We live in a low area so we often get a little fog and mist in the yard and around the area.  It makes for some great sunlight shots (especially when the dirt gets kicked up by passing cars). Penny and Friday love playing outside, and they both are showing off their hunting skills.  Beware to all the bunnies and field mice in the vicinity of the Skimbo property!  In fact, it seems all the animals are coming out lately.  We have seen possums or armadillos almost every night!  Even the coyotes have been howling and carrying on during the night, a few have wandered through our yard as well.  The wild turkeys have not spent much time near by although I have seen them feeding at the neighbor's house.  He puts out grain for them and they nest in the trees right down the road so they are commonly out walking around
Fall is the busy season for my work, so I have had a lot to do in the office and Chet is back to campus patrol and teaching his self defense class.  We also had an earthquake in Oklahoma today, and though we have heard some conflicting reports about it's size we do know it originated in Norman, which is about an hour away.  Students and staff felt a mild shake lasting only a few seconds on campus but I was so busy in the office I didn't even notice.  Chet of course slept right through it!  No damage was caused here in Stillwater. 

We will post some new pictures soon of the fall colors and Mama Reger comes to visit for homecoming next week!