Thursday, June 24, 2010
What I did on my summer vacation :)
Beautiful pass through Kansas and saw many oil wells! $$$$$$$$$$$ Amazingly none were gushing and killing innocent creatures ;) Simple, peaceful.....all is well!
Corny...I know! We stopped over for a night in Duncan, Oklahoma where my mother was from and where I used to visit frequently as a child. I was SO happy to revisit after 37 years! Boy, things sure changed, yet somehow they remained the same♥
We (Dale & I)stopped in a little sports bar for a drink....it was HOT outside :) I'm NOT a fan of having my picture taken AT ALL so I hope you appreciate that I'm in more pictures in this one week than I allow in a usual year! haha
There was a wonderful handpainted western mural in this bar, painted in 1995. It was fabulous!
And of course, the waitress told us we HAD to get our picture with 'Woody', the cowboy carved with a chainsaw. I seriously had horrible hair days while on vacation. Heat & humidity did not agree with me :(
This is my great-grandmother (Mam-Maw as we called her) Jennie Findley. She's at her wonderful player piano. She taught herself how to play beautiful ragtime music and used to play for us when we visited. There were also music scrolls to put in and it would magically play wonderful old tunes by itself. I LOVED it!!
It now resides in the Stephens County Museum for many to enjoy. I got a little emotional when I heard it play.......memories came rushing back and I missed my youth SO much! The curator of the museum told me that she'd be smiling down from heaven for the joy this has brought to many a children that come through the museum. He promised they are taking very good care of it too :)
And here I am at Mam-Maw's piano! Next to a skinny mannequin! haha...I have completely hidden her!
(I hope this video works!! If not, I'll try to repost it later)
On Wednesday we headed on over to the Lawton Fort Sill area where Dale's son, Jason is stationed and was graduating from the National Guard basic training program! My Dad was stationed there 55 years ago so it was fun for me to see!
Dale & Jason on a very proud graduation day!
We drove to Mount Scott and were able to drive to the top!
And a beautiful site it was! This is overlooking lake Lawtonka.
For fun, Dale's grandson, Tyson hiked his black shorts up as high as they would go and then Dale joined him. It was a hoot!
On the day we left we visited the U.S. Army Artillery Museum. Very impressive and LOTS of history showing artillery going back to the civil war!
Inside the museum :)
Dale and his daughters ,Terri & Michelle, Jason and the grandkids, Carson, Cayla, Crystal & Tyson!
It was a fun time and I hope I didn't bore you all too much with all these pics! Soon time to get back to some painting :)