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When it rains, it freezes!

Whenever I return to Oklahoma to spend time with my family, I get greeted with an abundance of love and the type of warm comfort that’s needed in this weather! During my 3 week stay, we experienced sunshine, rain, sleet, snow, freezing rain and two earthquakes. Let us not forget my last visit that was accompanied by tornado’s. (And my family worries about me when I’m abroad?)

Things to do with the snow:

Play in it!





Eat it! Most of you are aware that frozen sweets are my favorite treats. So, when it snows…. my dessert is literally falling from the sky!

Step one: Gather clean snow. This usually excludes the first snow due to toxins collected in the air or any yellow snow that a creature may have used for relief. I would also confirm with your grandma in which direction she sweeps the carport off to prevent questionable objects in your collection. (I may or may not be speaking from experience).

Step two: Find your options for liquid, sweetener and flavoring. Traditionally it’s milk, vanilla and sugar but of course we’ve expanded over the years.


Step three: Narrow down your choices and combine. Then slowly add the snow until you reach your preferred texture. Enjoy!



What happens when the snow melts? You discover a lawn of leaves that should be picked up before Spring. Why not turn it into a little fun team work?




Just when you think the sun has made a comeback, the weather report warns you of freezing rain headed your way!

*Freezing rain is precipitation that falls in liquid form as raindrops and immediately freezes as it contacts most any surface.

Due to the weight of the ice, it tends to snap tree limbs and cause lines to collapse and loose power. Although it can create beautiful images, it’s known in the mid-west as one of the most extreme weather hazards. When the wires go down, it can effect anything to do with power. This means possibly your fridge, lights, appliances, computer and so on. Gorgeous, but not helpful!

The first photo below looks like snow, but it’s all ice!




We get our water from a well… Not today!


My brothers had to smash the ice off of their bikes in order for the chains to act properly. This definitely is a problem we never had to deal with growing up in California.


Speaking of family, I’d like to introduce two of my biggest fans that are welcoming newborns into this grand planet of ours. Lacie and Lana are due to deliver weeks apart, I’m so excited!


UPDATE: Lana delivered a peaceful little girl on December 26th. Welcome sweet Kasiah Rane! (Side note, the cheerful woman in the collage has been following this blog since day one. Thank you Judy for your consistent support!)


Lacie, I feel your positive support thousands of miles away… Always. Thank you love!

If I were to highlight every family member, the post would go on for pages knowing the incredible people that I’m lucky enough to be related to! If you’re actually interested in more details, please feel free to search “family” or “Oklahoma”.

I’ll wrap this one up with a collage of my 5 siblings. Joseph, Benjamin, Hannah, Sarah and Rachel with thoughts of Elizabeth. Miss you kids already!


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Another pit stop in Oklahaoma

After a short stretch back to Sacramento and a quicker stop in Arizona, I decided to spoil myself with another visit to Oklahoma! Now when I say “spoil”, I’m not talking about the good ol’ dry brown scenery or the flat roads with limited landscapes. I’m purely speaking of connecting with my precious family that I’m extremely grateful for.

I’m going to dedicate this one to my Aunt’s (my father’s sisters) and their mom who I call Grams.

Ill start with Aunt Tonya. Through example, she has been one of my greatest teachers. With her nurturing character she would (and did) give to others when she was the one in need. She was a natural at comforting the unsettled and there was never any doubt that her intensions were driven from pure love. I’m confident to believe that Aunt Tonya is missed and thought of often by those who were blessed to have known her.

Things I would be honored to say that I inherited from my Aunt Tonya: The ability to truly embrace joy, inner strength, and the adorable “shoulder bounce” that happens once the giggles kick in.
This photo is the two of us about 25 years ago. Her eyes say it all…


I’ve been told that my style mostly resembles Aunt Cindee. The family says, “When she was your age…” she carried herself with a natural bohemian vibe and a hippie flare. With a contagious laugh and quick mind, you can imagine the hours I enjoy bonding with her. I think if we grew up together, we would of made fantastic college roommates!

Things I inherited from Aunt Cindee: Love for homemade soup, a gypsy heart and her sense of humor (that’s based on exaggerated visuals and usually leads to a dramatic description that goes way too far… all resulting in involuntary distorted facial expressions).

After raising two children, she now designates most of her time to her energetic (to say the least) grandson and her job at Cushing Valley Hope. This is a drug rehab center in a stately mansion that provides residential, day or partial care, medically monitored alcohol detox, family and continuing care services. Also, the location for my handstand pic of the day!


Oh Aunt Heidi, Aunt Heidi, Aunt Heidi…. What will we ever do with her? She has a blunt direction when sharing her opinion and an effortless way to make you laugh. Being around her gives you a youthful sense of life (she didn’t pay me to say that). While raising her teenage daughter, she still maintains sanity and invites me for countless hours of laughter and reminiscing.

Things I inherited from Aunt Heidi: The nickname “Shug”, love for high energy socializing and her “guns” (aka arms). Also when I sarcastically laugh, my mom says “that was SO your Aunt Heidi!”

Grams, the woman that raised these 3 lovely ladies along with my dad (she must have super powers) plays a special roll in my life. Without too much said, she is simply one of my best friends. I can tell her anything, she gets my humor and most of all, she has shown me unconditional love through all the stages of my life.
Things I believe that I inherited from my irreplaceable Grandma: The love for good food, the eyes she gave my father, occasional necessary stubbornness and the ability to finish a soft serve cone quicker than you can start one.

The reason there are no photos of the girls described above is because they have mastered the art of “picture dodging”… Something I clearly didn’t inherit from them!

Need an idea for a creative gift? I took this photo of my family and made it into a puzzle for Grams. Love it!





To wrap up my Oklahoma family time, here are some fun photos of me and my sibs goofing off on a sunny Oklahoma winter day.







They set up an obstacle course from dads work scaffolding, garden gear and their own toys. Creativity is must when you’re raised without a television, computer or video games… I love to see what they come up with!




Now off to the airport on a snowy day in Oklahoma. Next stop? It’s a surprise.




They even had to “de-ice” the plane before take off.


My favorite part about taking off in a storm, is watching the sky break into a beautiful calm blue. Exposing the fact, that everyday is a sunny day… sometimes there’s just a few clouds in the way.




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