Wednesday, May 2, 2012

National Brothers and Sisters Day

At Cortney's Top 10 Senior Banquet

Not to be confused with National Sibling Day...which is on April 10...which I missed.  National Brother and Sister day was invented by the Kardashian Klan to further sink their claws in an already withering society.  Ha!  No.  I did some research and found....not much.  According to Brothers and Sisters day is a day to cherish your siblings.  They then say, "Sure, there are times when you love your brothers and sisters.  And there's times when you want to disown them.  All in all, having a brother and sister or two is invaluable.  The older you get, the more you learn to appreciate them."  So I can honestly say I've never wanted to disown my brother or sister.    

Christmas 2006 (I think)

"Celebrate Brothers and Sisters Day by touching them in some way."  HUH?  I'll just have to cherish mine from afar.  And in honor of them and today, I thought I'd share a few stories about them and us growing up:

  • As my sister and I are only 11 months apart and both girls, we had a head start on bonding.  My brother is four years younger than I am so there was a bit of a gap but he grew so fast the three of us were quickly the same size.  This worked out well for many activities....including dress up.  My cousin, Holly, who may as well have been our other sister gave us lots of clothes-including dress up clothes.  It was always like Christmas when she sent clothes to us.  Bubba soon found himself in a sassy black velvet princess cut with indigo satin full skirt and netting underneath.  Then came the pearls.  All was fun until Dad found out.  Not so fun after that and Bubba has never put on another dress.
At another banquet and with Jeremy!
  • My dad worked for a text book company when I was little and one day brought home a huge binder full of sample wedding stationary (invitations, envelopes, RSVPs, etc.).  Looking back, this could have been one of the most magical days of my life.  I loved paper at an early age and this had hundreds of samples in it.  Also, this could have been some major foreshadowing for my career path later in life.  Holly came over and she, Cortney and I all sat up late at night while Holly read the invitations aloud.  She'd do a particular voice and then we'd all fall over laughing.  Marriage was just sooooooooooooo funny.  Of course when you're little, you want to see something with your name on it.  Lucky for me, there was a Candace in the book.  It was spelled "Candice" but it was still my name.  Not so lucky for me, the man she was marrying was named "George" which as everyone knows is a totally undesirable name when you're a little girl.  Ha!  We always laughed the hardest at that one.

After one of Bubba's basketball games with Holly
  • One of the things I love most about my parents is how creative they were.  My dad would bring home huge filing cabinet boxes for us to play in.  We would climb in and out, color on it, all three stand inside it, it became a fort, then a slide and when we'd finally beat the poor cardboard box back to the pulp it was in a former life, we would solemnly throw it out.  They would also get these big truck loads of dirt for us to play in.  I know you're jealous about that one.  My brother enjoyed this the most.  He would make trails for his toy cars and trucks, we'd play king of the hill and dig tunnels that my mom wouldn't let us crawl through in case it collapsed on us but were still really cool.  They gave us the raw materials and we brought the imagination.  To this day I still have one of the most active imaginations of anyone I know.  It's a gift and a curse...but mostly a gift.
Bubba's high school graduation.

OSU Research Day
  • My sister, Cortney, is the most tender-hearted person you will ever meet.  She loves people and animals.  As a child, she would watch Bambi on an almost daily basis until she literally wore out the VHS.  She would make her hands look like little baby deer hooves and knowingly show us how Bambie walks.  She would tear up when (spoiler alert) Bambie's mom got shot and his mean old dad he hardly knew made him get up and run from the fire.  "GET UP, BAMBIE!"  Her other favorite thing was horses (ok, and littlest pet shop).  But she loved to pretend she was a horse.  She'd get my brother in on this a lot of times.  What was my role you ask?  I was the horse owner.  Sometimes I was the abusive owner.  Not one of my proudest moments but always funny and entertaining.  
At Cortney's Top 10 Freshman Reception

  • One time my dad found a nest of wild rabbits in the pasture.  He brought them to the house and put them in a pet carrier.  I wanted a closer look so I put on his work gloves - because according to my mom everything carries disease and I certainly didn't want that thank you very much - and proceeded to get one out to hold.  Cortney was also in the back yard.  The rabbit got away and the cat pounced.  I'm pretty sure she'd been sitting, watching and waiting for this to happen.  When rabbits are in pain, they make this horrible squealing noise.  It's safe to say this rabbit was in a lot of pain.  Cortney realized what was going on, dropped what she was doing and started wailing.  I was skipping around like an idiot - not happy about what was happening but definitely seeing the humor in everything happening.
Another banquet...

Always stand by a statue.

Roar and antlers.

My dad's parents lived on Wilmar Farm for a long time when we were kids.  That farm was the best.  If you were sick, you got to go stay with them instead of go to school and they kept us during the summer too.  We rode the bicycle, played in the barn with the cats or in the basement of the house where my grandma stored her canning and best of all, played in the creek that ran the perimeter of the property.  One evening, Holly and my mom were there too and we all had a big mud fight.  Possibly one of the funnest things to ever take place at the creek.
So we hit the banquet circuit pretty hard for about a solid year.  The joys of having a genius sister.

At the movies
  • Another favorite past time of mine is scaring people.  There's something so fun and rewarding about jumping out from somewhere and the other person being terrified.  One night my mom and I were in my room watching Gothika.  My dad and brother went outside and at the exact moment the movie was at the peak point of suspense, they banged on the window.  My mom and I bailed out of bed, screaming and then paralyzed with fear until we figured out what had happened.  And when our hearts returned to their normal pace and we had changed our pants, we all had a good laugh about that.
OSU Basketball game.  Bubba has beads in his beard!!!

Our house in Stillwater.

The three of us had such a fun time growing up.  To this day I miss living with them.  There was always someone to hang out with, always something to do.  From the secrets and experiences we share to the bond we will always have, I love them and am so thankful they are mine.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April Recap

Another month has flown by and it seems I have less and less time to write.  Every day I'm loving Norman more and more and it finally, officially feels like my home.  I know where things are.  I don't have to use my phone's map feature for the most basic of places and I have friends and a social life again.  Life is good and I'm so very happy to be living mine.

April has been an especially fantastic month.  No huge reason alone...things have just been good. Settle in for the rundown and a few photos:

I had my evaluation at work.  Many of you know I was supposed to have this in March (and was really excited about it) but then got the dreaded flu and had to reschedule (which I was really upset about).  But everything went very well.

Pink from JP and yellow from Laura.
I got flowers at work from both JP (my boss) and Laura.  Laura works next door and is the director of the union as well as a great friend and has the greenest thumb of anyone I've ever met.  She picked the flowers from one of her rose bushes.  (Laura's daughter, S, is Jovie's BFF.  You've seen her HERE and in the photos below.)

S and Jovie going down the slide, both in their summer dresses.

Just a girl and her dog friend in the kid jungle.

A couple of days after work I got to pick S up from daycare.  We went to Hobby Lobby, picked up Jovie, went to PetSmart to get Jovie a dress, went to the park, picked up dinner at Taco Loco (the local taco trailer...and S's pick!) and then took her home where we had a tea party and jumped on the trampoline.  Nothing wears me out like kids do.  I was so tired when I got home, as was Jovie.

Precious baby L.

My cousin had a beautiful baby girl!  This is girl #2 for her and her husband.  You've seen them all HERE when she was preggers.  My sister and I are going to visit this weekend so be on the lookout for another photoshoot post - this time with a family of FOUR!

Flour clouds.

My transmission had to be replaced due to issues stemming from the wreck I had in January.  It's been such a long process to get it fixed - from body work to the broken suspension and now the transmission, which took two weeks alone to complete.  Luckily, the owner of the table who hit me had insurance and they paid to have everything repaired.  Now the little magic car is good as new and I'm happy to have her back.

With Jill and Deb on the staff retreat.

The third week of April we had a staff retreat.  I enjoy those.  It's always nice to spend time as an office.

OU Stadium just after the bad storm.

So his is a little bigger than mine...

On Friday the 13th, we had a club event...and a bad storm.  People were here from many other states and enjoyed leadership sessions during the day.  That evening we had a Switzer Family Vineyards wine tasting with Barry Switzer at the Switzer Center.  I was on my way over with all the wine when Jennifer called me and told me there was a tornado on the ground on 24th and Lindsey....which is very near my apartment....which is where Jovie was.  Luckily my apartment complex wasn't hit but the street near where I live was and all the power lines were out.  I didn't have electricity the entire weekend but other than that everything was fine - even Jovie.  Our event went on as planned after some weather-related glitches and everyone seemed to have a good time.  P.S. I'm in love with Barry.

Angel Fountain

I want to ride my...


George Lynn Cross

The Shield and the Stallion

Good Lady Neustadt

I'm obsessed with these faces on the library.

The Seven Wonders

Class of 2007 gift...I think. class if I had gone here. :)

Peace, Anger, Joy
This month I've also been able to shoot photos around campus for our office and have LOVED it.  OU's campus is beautiful and the Cherokee Gothic architecture is my favorite feature.

The world couldn't handle another Timmons lady....that's why we have a baby brother.
Best Sisters!

This past Saturday I made the trip to Stillwater for the Oklahoma FCCLA Alumni board meeting.  I always enjoy these meetings and even had time to stop by an estate sale where I found a beautiful cake stand for my mom for Mother's Day.  She really likes cake stands.  This probably ruins the surprise.  Sorry, mom.

Then Saturday night, I saw the Five-Year Engagement.  So funny.  I laughed the whole time.  And there's April!

And here's some cookies I made:

Cowboy Cookies.