Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that Oklahoma has experienced two consecutive days of tornadoes. Shawnee on Sunday and Moore on Monday. Moore has been absolutely devastated. Dear Husband and I could hardly tear ourselves from the TV yesterday and watched as the horror unfolded. We couldn’t believe the level of destruction and watched in disbelief as we saw that nearly the same area that was hit in the 1999 tornado was once again leveled.
We paced and wrung our hands as we worried about a family from our church that was unaccounted for. Finally around midnight I checked FB again to discover, with great relief, that all four of them were alive. Their house was completely gone, but they were all okay.
Every single person in this state was glued to our TV’s and were on our knees all Monday afternoon, evening and night. Then we shook ourselves awake and got to work.
Oklahomans have this uncanny ability to get stuff done when it really needs to happen. When the going gets tough, Oklahomans spring into action. We won’t know the extent of the damage for a while but we took ourselves to Wal-Mart and Sams and lit up FB, no questions asked.
It’s times like this when I’m thankful for the power of FB in spreading a message. Here are just a few things that I’ve seen in the past few hours that have confirmed that love wins.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, through his family foundation, pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma on Tuesday.
Chesapeake Energy and Devon Energy have pledge millions of dollars in relief funds for the tornado victims.
The Vintage Pearl will donate 100% of the proceeds from this beautiful necklace to the American Red Cross
Our hearts are broken but our restaurant in Moore is open. We want to do our small part to aid the relief efforts. Please help us spread the word: all police, fire, emergency personnel – anyone assisting with relief & recovery – are invited to pick up a free box lunch at McAlister’s Deli 931 SW 25th St in Moore. We’ve got a meal ready for these brave professionals and volunteers so they can get back to the vital task of helping those in need.
From individuals this is the love I saw…
This is just a tiny sampling of what people are doing to help those in need. People are stepping up to help friends and family but also complete strangers. Moms are cleaning out their kids closets because they have heard of a family with kids the same age as their own children who lost everything. Monetary donations are pouring in from all over the state and the nation. Individuals are buying diapers in bulk and taking them to area churches and the Salvation Army. Millions of dollars in donations coming in from corporations. Large and small, the outpouring of love is amazing.
Once again, love wins.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on May 21, 2013
This week I was folding laundry. Surprised? Yeah, me too. Anyway, I was folding Addison’s sheets and came across this on his pillow case…
What the HECK?!? Oh, for the love of Pottery Barn. What in the world would posses an 8 year old to write the word poop on his pillow case with a Sharpie? What was he possibly thinking?! I’ll tell you what he was thinking…NOTHING. Coherent thought does not pass through their heads when they do dumb shit like this. The same lack of thought process was in play when this happened a few weeks back…
Yup, that’s a smily face. On the crotch of his pants. In marker. It won’t wash out. When confronted he had no excuse other than it was done in dry erase marker. This was his first lesson in dry erase physics in which the only surface that will actually wipe clean from one’s art work is a dry erase board.
ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGG. Boys. Why must it always be about poop?
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on May 19, 2013
Another season of volunteering at Assistance League is coming to a close (for me, anyway). I’ll take the summer to recharge and come back in August ready to serve our community’s children at Operation School Bell.
One of my last duties as the chair of my committee was to organize our annual membership luncheon. The theme of the lunch was inspired by the book Language of the Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. There are so many different purposes and personalities that make up Assistance League, I felt it appropriate to express the beauty of our diversity through the language of the flowers.
The flowers on the tables and in the flower arrangements were chosen for their meaning. Even the oranges and turnips in the arrangements were special; generosity and charity.
The room was filled with women and men who are devoted to serving our community through Assistance League. I compared them to the Hibiscus flower (it was in the iced tea) which means delicate beauty. They are all beautiful inside and out but that beauty is delicate. It’s delicate because our personalities are so beautiful yet easily bruised, like a flower they must be handled with care. These women and men come to Assistance League for various reasons. Whether it be to serve or to be social, to give back their time and talent to the community or feel valued by their peers. To gain new friendships or to network. All of these reasons are legitimate and probably all play a role in a person’s decision to volunteer. It’s not up to me, or anyone else, to judge why someone decides to join an organization like Assistance League. What is valuable and important is that they are here. There are here serving, utilizing their talents to make our community a better place and that’s what really matters.
This past year these beautiful women and men clothed over 1600 school age children in Norman. Collectively they worked 14,114 hours of volunteer time. They raised a boat load of money to keep these programs not just running but thriving. Programs that are serving the least of these and doing it with dignity. The recipients of the programs; school kids, battered women, elderly men and women, children in the foster care system; are just as delicate in beauty as the people who are serving them. They are just as easily bruised but are all part of the same beautiful bouquet. Individually they are all beautiful in their own way but put them all together and they are breathtaking.
I don’t know what brought them to Assistance League and I don’t really care. What I do care about is what they can teach me about humility, joy, suffering, serving, beauty. The list goes on and on and that’s a very delicate beauty.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on May 16, 2013
My kiddos love frozen treats. We’re no stranger to popsicles in the summer heat. Heck, it’s practically a food group for us when the temperature is 101. I’m trying to think of a little freezer variety and came up with these frozen blueberry bites.
1 cup blueberries
1 cup sweetened greek yogurt (I used honey flavor but strawberry or vanilla flavor would work just fine)
This is really easy and fun to do w/ the kiddos. It’s only three easy steps.
1. Mix blueberries and yogurt
2. Drop blueberries onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Freeze blueberries for about 1 hour. Once the yogurt is hard, transfer them to a zip lock back for storage.
I love these because when I’m tempted to get a sweet fix from a handful of M&Ms or a cookie, popping this little treat will satisfy. Although, there really isn’t any substitute for chocolate, but it’s good to make an effort.
This would also be good with other soft fruit like banana, kiwi or strawberries.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on May 14, 2013
Today’s list are things I’ve actually said out loud, with a straight face. More confirmation that living with a 3 year old is like living with a really happy drunk person. Also, I think you’ll notice a trend.
“Where are your shorts? You can’t eat breakfast without any clothes on.”
Me: ”No music instruments up your nose.”
Harry: “Only boogers in my nose?”
Me: ”Yes, boogers are the only thing that belongs in your nose.”
“Hands out of your pants please.”
“I need to help you or else you’re going to get pee all over the potty.”
Me: ”Why are you crying?”
Harry: ”Because of the letter Y.”
Me: ”The letter Y made you cry?”
“That little hole in your underwear is not a pocket for your penis to peek out of. Keep your penis in your underwear.”
“We’ve already watched Ponyo twice today. It’s time to switch it up.”
“Please take your underwear off your head.”
“Munchy munch kiss and hug, munchy munch kiss and hug!”
If you understand that last one then you too have watched Ponyo WAY too many times. Dang that Japanese anime, it’s sucked us in and we’re all hooked.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on May 10, 2013
It’s been a while since I’ve done a good ol’ fashioned weekend recap. These photo dumps are mostly for the benefit for my parents, in-laws, relatives and friends who like keeping up w/ our little adventures or those who have nothing better to do than scroll through. For whatever reason you’re here, bless you.
Last weekend Addison went on a little overnight trip with the grandparents and their friends to Lake Texoma doing stuff like this…
I know! Right?
They spent the night in the tree house with the other boy’s grandpa. As Opie Taylor likes to say…it was adventure sleepin’.
While Addison was off having adventures and finding fossils we took Harry to the annual Tough-a-Truck.
Tough-A-Truck recap: cold and loud. Man, I sound old.
The rest of the weekend was spent doing yard work. It was a potpourri of weekend chores; cleaning up sticks, planing flowers, admiring Harry’s new sandals, looking for lady bugs, being cute, planing a new rose bush, praying over the fig tree that it would survive the random cold snaps we’ve had this spring. The temperature dropped to 34 degrees 3 separate times since Easter. I’ll be amazed if the rose bush and the fig make it past May.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on May 5, 2013
BFF came over last night bearing gifts. She found limited edition retro Ball canning jars at Target and bought a pack of 6. You never know when you’re going to need a blue mason jar for, you know, serving frozen drinks in a cute glass. A set of 6 was $10. Could you find a set of super cute glasses at Pottery Barn or Williams Sonoma for $10? I think not.
She also brought Talenti raspberry sorbet and Champagne. Talenti is more expensive than your run of the mill store brand sorbet but you can totally taste the difference. It’s so smooth and creamy with zero fat grams and only 120 calories per serving. It’s worth spending the extra few bucks when you want to treat yourself. This stuff is pretty special so don’t waist it on the kids. Just give them that big tub of orange sherbet and save Talenti for girls night in.
We poured the Champagne over the sorbet and applauded ourselves for being so precious. How fabu is this…
Next time we’re going to add a splash of Peach Schnapps.
Everything is better in a retro mason jar.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on May 1, 2013
My reign as Miss April at Oklahoma Women Bloggers has come to a close. Thank you to the gracious ladies at OWB for having me as blogger of the month. It was a real treat! The final post for the month is “why I blog”.
Prior to blogging I didn’t really follow very many blogs. I had a couple of girlfriends who had little blogs and I would check in with them every now and then but it wasn’t really on my radar. I followed Pioneer Woman religiously, like everyone else in their dog but never really thought about starting my own blog until I went to her book signing. I stood in line for a couple of hours, read her cookbook cover to cover, listened to others gush about her and started thinking. Here was a regular Oklahoma woman who had turned her life into a blog and made something incredible. She seemed so down to earth and we would probably be great friends if she lived next door or went to my church. Then again, she could probably be best friends with a box of hair if given the chance. The point was I started thinking; I have interesting thoughts, I’m sorta funny, I love to cook, I have cute kids…what the hell…I could have a blog.
The next week I started Hugs, Kisses and Snot.
Keep reading the rest of the story at Oklahoma Women Bloggers
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on April 30, 2013
May Fair Arts Festival is right around the corner. May 4th & 5th. If you’re in Norman you know that it’s a staple in the spring festival line up. Did you know that it is put on by the Assistance League of Norman? Did you also know that it has a 5K and 2K fun run to go along with it? Yup, it does. There’s nothing better than following up a 5K with corn dogs and lemonade. The 5K cancels out the calories from the corn dog so it’s totally okay to eat something else with the word “fried” in the name. (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on April 27, 2013
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…well, maybe not. Tornado season doesn’t end with a celebration of Christ’s birth and tons of presents…right? I’m not missing out on some fun tornado festivity, am I? But I digress. This little tornado season post is reposted on Oklahoma Women Bloggers today and they titled it “It’s That Time Of Year”. Something about that title made me giggle and think of Christmas carols.
Well, it’s that time of year again…tornado season. We live in tornado alley, we should be used to it, right? Wrong. I get this feeling that people have been getting themselves more worked up than usual over the weather. I’ve done a very scientific study (which consists of me reading Facebook) regarding our reaction to severe weather and I’ve come to the conclusion that it has gotten out of hand. I can practically hear the sobs over FB as friends wring their hands and torment themselves over the impending doom. The Norman Transcript had a front page article two weeks ago about the possibility of storms for the upcoming week. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the possibility of storms (which didn’t happen on the day they said it would happen, by the way) making front page news. (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on April 26, 2013