Life As I Know It Has Changed

It has been a while since I have posted anything. I stopped posting so that I could spend more time with my family. Working took up most of the week and then my evenings went by so fast. The weekends were spent traveling so that we could spend time with our daughters and grandson. Continue reading

Oktoberfest

This weekend was the annual Oktoberfest at the Marland Mansion in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Our daughters surprised us and came home for the weekend so that we could enjoy Oktoberfest together. If you have never gone you need to plan to attend next year. Oktoberfest is always on the first weekend of October.

OktoberfestThere is something for everyone at Oktoberfest. Vendors of all kinds set up tents to sell their wares. There are craft vendors with everything from painted signs, repainted furniture, fall and Christmas d├ęcor, and jewelry. Other booths include local organizations sharing information and independent sales representatives for companies like Scentsy and Celebrating Home.

Oktoberfest VendorsNear the beer garden is a huge sports tent with big screen TVs so that the OU and OSU sports fans can watch the football games. The main stage featured lots of talented singers and the Thunder Girls.

Kids can enjoy pony rides, petting zoo, and a train ride. There are also inflatables, a rock climbing wall, and bumper cars. Kids can also have their face painted and get balloon animals.

Train RideWhen you get hungry there are many food vendors including bratwurst, corndogs, and Indian tacos. If you have a sweet tooth there is funnel cakes, cheesecake on a stick and much more.

Indian TacoI enjoyed a fun day at Oktoberfest. The weather was perfect and the company I was with was wonderful. I am glad our whole family was able to be together for the day.

Be Inspired,

Dena

Large Dice Games

My husband and I went camping a couple of weekends ago. It rained the first night and we stayed in the camper and played games. We have several travel games that are small and just right for playing in the camper. But camping is more about the great outdoors so once the rain stopped we went outside and played more games. I took some common dice games that we already play and made them large and more suitable for outside.

Large Dice GamesI found just what we needed when walking the aisles of the dollar store. First, I spotted large foam dice on the toy aisle that I knew would be perfect for playing outside. The only problem was that to play most games you need five or six dice and there is no way a person can hold that many large dice. The solution was a small trash can to use as the dice cup. For just a few dollars, I was set to shake, rattle and roll.

Score CardsI printed out Farkle score sheets here and Yatzee score sheets here.

Big Dice GamesWe had so much fun playing these games in the campground. The games had us up, moving around while enjoying the campfire and the outdoors.

For one more photo of our fun camping weekend take a look at Wordless Wednesday at Oklahoma Women Bloggers here.

Be Inspired,

Dena

The Most Relaxing Weekend

Fall is in the air and it makes me so happy! I have said before how much I love fall but here I go again. I love the cool crisp air, the colors on the trees, and the beauty of the leaves drifting down to the ground. Fall is not the time to stay indoors so the hubby and I decided to go camping at Osage Hills State Park.

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We went camping on the perfect weekend. After work on Friday, we rushed around to get out of here because we were afraid we would get caught in a thunderstorm. We didn’t travel far so we beat the storm and got the camper set up and enjoyed some time sitting outside listening to the thunder before it rained. It rained through the night but that just made for some great sleeping weather.

Saturday morning was cloudy and cool, just perfect for a camp fire, reading, and relaxing. In the afternoon we went for a walk then played some games including a couple of giant dice games. (Yes, you read that right, I will post more about the giant dice games later.) Saturday night, we had a wonderful dinner cooked over the campfire and for some reason I always eat more than I should. Food just tastes better when cooked over a campfire. We played more games around the campfire then called it a night.

Sleeping in late is so easy in a camper with the windows open and a cool breeze so that is just what we did on Sunday morning. We took our time enjoying breakfast and talking. We were delaying leaving and heading back to reality, but someone had to do laundry before we had to return to work.

This was the most relaxing weekend I have had in a long time. We are already planning our next camping trip and this time we are looking forward to enjoying the changing colors of the leaves.

When was the last time you had a relaxing weekend and what did you do?

Be Inspired,

Dena

What I Forgot

Summer break has come and gone. I no longer have kids in school but I took a break from blogging to spend time with my grandson. I still had to work but the whole family was able to take a week of vacation together and we went camping twice. It has been a great summer, one I will not soon forget.

This summer has been a reminder of things that I once knew but forgot somewhere along the journey of life. I probably forget these small unimportant things because the joys in life are more important than a few aches and pains or moans and groans.

I ForgotI forgot that when you are on a hike your destination is back where you started. On one of our camping trips, my husband and I decided to take a walk. My husband said we should stay on the path and what he meant was that we should stay on the paved path which would have been a much shorter walk. Well, I stayed on the path just not the paved path and took off on a hike. We went rather far and I probably would have kept going because I was feeling good and not tired in the least but he thought we were getting lost. So we decided to turn around and head back to camp. I don’t even think we were half way back when I started slowing down and getting tired. I didn’t think I was going to make it back to camp and had to sit down and rest while I moaned and groaned. I forgot that I had to get back to where I had started and am so thankful my husband made me turn around. I hope I remember the next time I take off on a hike to only walk half as far as I think I can then I’ll have enough energy to get back.

denainspired.comIt has been 21 years since I’ve had a two year old, I forget how much a toddler can wear a person out. How did I manage when I was a mom? Oh yeah, I was younger and had more energy. I love my grandson but he makes me tired just watching him. He has so much fun crawling up in my lap and then down hundreds of times and it makes me ache all over. Up and down, up and down, up and down. You get the picture. I’m not as young as I once was and I have aches and pains without a two year old crawling all over me. But I love him and he has reminded me that a two year old is a lot of work. I will try not to forget this so that if I have another grandchild I won’t let him/her wear me out. Right, even if I remember I will still let them crawl all over me because grand-kids are the greatest joy ever.

So even if we forget little things over the course of life, we remember the important things that bring us joy. We remember the time spent together on a hike talking and enjoying the view not how we couldn’t make it back to camp. We remember sitting in front of a campfire and breathing in the cool night air. We remember the smile and laughter of a little boy when we sit down to play and not the aches and pains.

Be Inspired,

Dena