Friday, April 10, 2015

Everyday Tharps

We've been busy & I don't want to forget a minute of it, so if you follow me on social media, I'm sorry to be repetitive, but I just love looking back over my virtual scrapbook & reminiscing. 

I had a smash cake session with a client & my fun photog friend {say that 5x's fast} called & invited us to the drive in movie afterwards. It was cold, but so fun. We watched Home, but didn't stay for Cinderella because Masyn had school the next morning & we've already watched it. I can't wait for it to warm up so we can go again.

This little chick learned to braid. She can put her hair up in a ponytail all by herself, too. 
She's growing up on me. 

AK is my little helper all day, every day. 
I've been getting things going with our new Daisy troop & she's been along for the ride.
I am so proud of how patient she has been because I know it wasn't one bit fun for her to hang out during training, setting up the troop bank account, & hitting up the GS store. 
She actually broke their entry table & was so embarrassed. That's the 1st time I've ever seen her get truly embarrassed over something. It was funny, scary, & sad all at the same time if that's possible. 
She tells me she is NOT going to be a Girl Scout when she's older.

Because she wants to be a skater.
Sounds good to me, chick!
The girls have skating lessons once a week & they LOVE it. 
Lyndon & I hadn't skated in 15+ years, but had so much fun going again. 

Masyn's current fave:

{Junie B & Amelia Bedelia} 

AK's current fave:

cooking {& cinnamon rolls}

I love this picture of her. 
She loves the anywhere chair.
{& that gown}
I had to HIDE the kitty cat dress, but have no fear! 
She adopted a new 'must wear 24/7' outfit.
I'm embracing it & telling myself she'll outgrow it soon enough :)

It's everyone's fave place to nap. 

spring break 2015

We didn't go on vacation for Spring Break this year, but we did cram in as much fun as possible.
We kicked off Monday with Cinderella with friends.
I think I loved it as much as Maleficent & I bet I know what 99% of little girls dress up as for Halloween  this year :)

My kids were more excited about Frozen Fever than Cinderella. 

The next day we went to visit Amy at her shop & get AK's mini mullet trimmed. Masyn got a trim too, but it wasn't as drastic. 

Wednesday we bounced at the Air Port

We thought we were going to TCBY in Tulsa, but it's gone now. :(
There is another ice cream place in the same spot, but what will we do without our white chocolate mousse?! 

I think AK is handling it just fine. :)

Thursday we went to eat at Masyn & AK's 2nd fave place because I told them Chick-fil-a was closed.

Then we headed over to get Masyn's graduation dress altered. 
I seriously can't believe I am prepping for her Kindergarten graduation. 
So bittersweet. 

 We spent the rest of Spring Break doing random craft projects, playing outside, cooking out, & watching movies. We are counting down the days for summer break. Who else is ready!?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Quick Pasta Salad

I took the girls to an egg hunt at a friend's house this weekend. 
{more on that later} :)

It was pot luck style & I brought pasta salad.
I used my mother-in-law's recipe & it was a hit, so I thought I'd share the recipe here.
It takes about 15 minutes to make from start to clean up since I chop everything up while the noodles boil. I just use the Walmart brand of Italian dressing {because it's our fave} To cool the noodles quick, I put them in a strainer & mix ice in with them while I run cool water over the top. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A tornado hit my town

Last Wednesday started out just like any other day. Masyn went to school, AK & I played outside, & LT went to work. He came home early & it looked like a storm was moving in, so we went outside & secured our trampoline & brought in some flowers & things we haven't planted yet. Masyn was totally freaking out & I kept reassuring her this storm would do nothing but rain & maybe a little bit of hail.

Well, I was wrong. I went to work at the cafe & we weren't too slow. People were out doing their normal routine & then our power started to flicker. A few moments later the sirens went off, but like every other person in Oklahoma, we didn't think too much of it... Until we started getting phone calls there was a tornado on the ground by the Keystone Dam. That's when I totally lost it. We live by the dam & I couldn't get a call to go through to Lyndon. I was about to absolutely panic totally losing my mind because when I left, I turned on Netflix for the girls, so Lyndon wasn't watching the weather. 

AK's fave donut shop
Benny called & told me to close the restaurant & for us to all take cover in the back. I still didn't think there was a tornado on the ground headed towards me. We couldn't watch the weather since the power was off, so we went outside to look at the sky. {I mean, isn't that what everyone does?} From our point of view, you couldn't see the tornado. It started hailing, so we went inside & sat in our safe place. We also took in customers from another restaurant who had been kicked out into the storm. 

My cousin Tori & my friends Candice & Jennifer were texting me. Each time I tried to text Lyndon is would say 'failed to send.' I was so scared for my kids that I wasn't even thinking how close the tornado was to us in town. For some reason I thought it headed the other way. Coworkers called us & we were told all of the emergency vehicles were headed to downtown Tulsa as back up. {still oblivious to the destruction in SS} While the tornado was on the ground we had a customer who kept wandering around telling us there wasn't a tornado near us, despite the multiple text messages we were getting from people saying they saw the tornado. (face palm)

If the building on the lower right wasn't there, you could see the building I was in. way too close for comfort.

I finally got Lyndon on the phone & they were safe. He told me when I come home, I needed to go 41st street bc 51 was shut down along with 244. Our phones cut out & I couldn't get back through. Finally, I was able to get our neighborhood watch captain on the phone & she told me the weather was high winds, hail, flash floods & rain so get home while I could because there was more behind it. That's when I left. It was so dark I had to use my cell phone as a flashlight just to find my purse & we usually had 90 more minutes of daylight left. I did go highway 51 & there were cops everywhere. I was so nervous driving in the heavy rain that I didn't even notice tornado damage. 

When I got home & saw pictures on Facebook & the news I couldn't hold back the tears. The tornado was THIS close to me & I never realized it. I am so thankful to all of my friends who knew it was close & sent prayers up. I saw the devastation in Moore a few years ago & honestly, this doesn't compare, but it is just as heartbreaking. 

I love this video of the tornado footage being filmed from the highway 97 bridge & towards the end you can see a bald eagle flying out of the storm. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

EB recap :)

I love looking back at pics of the girls, so I decided to pull up their photos with the EB from the last few years. 

On a scale of 1-10, AK hated the EB around an 11. 

They only got one shot because AK jumped off his lap & ran.
She didn't cry until she got to me...

This years photo is definitely my favorite.

Easter Bunny 2015

I took the girls to visit the Easter bunny today & AK was ecstatic! She wouldn't stop talking about how she wanted to see him, look at his ears, & ask him if he has a fluffy tail. We waited an hour to visit him & she was all smiles. 

Masyn loved the EB from DAY 1 & never cried when she sat on his lap. 
Last year AK took the pic, but ran away as fast as she could.
 So, I was excited for her to be so happy about this visit. 

She walked in 1st, which totally shocked me.
Then she gave him about 10 high fives & jumped up on his lap.
She was all smiles for a few shots & then out of nowhere she kicked off her shoe & screamed, "HELP!"
Then it was tears, tears, & more tears

She ran over to me & Masyn jumped up & didn't know what to do. 
She turned around & shouted, "Just bring us the same candy you did last year!!" 
The next thing I knew she ran over to check on AK. It was so sweet & hysterical all at the same time.
Of course, everyone was cracking up & that only made AK scream louder. 

I knew I'd either have a smiling pic or a screaming pic, but I never guessed I'd get both!

This is totally random & has absolutely NOTHING to do with the EB, but I love this picture & think I want this painted on the 1/2 wall in the loft. I've been trying to figure out what I wanted on that wall forever, & when I saw this I knew it would be perfect

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

AK goes to the dentist

Last week Masyn had a dentist appointment, & I didn't take any pictures of her. 
My phone had less than 10% battery, but she didn't have any cavities & she did great!

AK had her appointment yesterday & she was so brave.
I thought she might freak out, but she was a total chatterbox.
She told the dentist all about Masyn, our family, her cat, & her birthday party.

She was obviously excited to wear the sunglasses while they cleaned her teeth. :)
Just as they finished, she said,  "Ok, now… it's time to get that goody bag!"

 5 minutes down the road: 

Being brave at the dentist is hard work :) 

snow days

This is how the Tharp fam feels about snow days:

I kept her home last Monday even though school wasn't cancelled.
Our roads were icy on Sunday afternoon, so I knew I wasn't chancing taking her on Monday.

Masyn made her own little snowman & she was so very proud of him. 

I begged them to go outside with me for a little bit & they were resistant.
They hate the cold weather, but they entertained me. 
I love this picture of them walking down our road holding hands & our cat following right behind them.

Masyn made 20 snow angels.
I couldn't get either one of them to wear a hat OR keep their mittens on.
I will pick up gloves for them asap because they hate how mittens feel on their hands.

Lyndon got out the 4 wheeler, but it was too slick. 

Masyn loved watching him, but AK… not so much. 
Every single time I look at this picture of Masyn, it reminds me of a 1st lady. 
Maybe it's the coat??

We made all sorts of snacks & new recipes, LT & I finished up watching Parenthood, & the kids discovered Mr. Peabody & Sherman. 

Our snow started melting Tuesday around noon, so we ran outside for one final snowball fight.
AK decided to stay inside & watch from the window.
This little snowball is still in my freezer as a souvenir. 

We made Paul's Tacos one evening, & then AK chose dinner the next night.
She always chooses the exact same thing. I found a recipe for awesome spaghetti sauce about a year ago & AK could sit & eat it with a spoon. 
The rule in our house is if it's a snow day, it's a paper plate day. That way we can skip a big clean up & squeeze in more movies & crafts. :) 

Last night was the 1st time in two weeks AK changed into a gown for bed. I scooped up the kitty cat dress & washed it immediately. 

We made snow marbles. 

Our tiny "pixie dust" marbles were ready to go when we woke up, but our biggest two were still slushy when we went to bed. The girls took 45 minutes to get bundled up, but they only spent 10 minutes outside. I brought in their water table & filled it with snow and we were all happy campers.

Olaf enjoyed the snow more than we did. 

Since the girls were over the cold weather, we decided to make salt dough necklaces in pretty Spring colors. 

I just googled a salt dough recipe & added acrylic paint to the dough to color it.
We rolled out our beads & AK used toothpicks to poke the holes for us. 

String the beads on string & you have a pretty little necklace :) 

We're also obsessed with the app Animal Faces. 

You can clearly see why. 
My kids can't get enough, but AK doesn't like any of the scary animals. :)

We definitely enjoyed our snow days, but I am SO glad Spring weather is finally here!