Monday, December 8, 2008

FAMILY - FUN - EATING - What we do best!!

Mickey's niece, Regina, her husband, Rich, & their dog, Shep, from Warrington, Virginia came and spent two wonderful days with us. It was such fun having them.

Friday night we took them out to eat at a lovely Italian restaurant and had a grand leisurely time. Then we drove them to Rhema Bible College where we saw the wonderful display of tens of thousands of Christmas lights they put out for this area each Christmas season. One of our "must do" each season. As always, it was wonderful.

Saturday morning, after I fixed a nice breakfast of sausage links, scrambled eggs, stewed apples, sliced oranges, Cinnamon rolls, toast & coffee, we headed out to show them our lovely city of Tulsa.

Tulsa is very well know for the beautiful Art Deco buildings we have from the 1920's & 1930's. We spent the morning driving them around to see them. Around lunch we went to Utica Square, Tulsa's elite shopping center. Regina bought a couple of gifts for some friends. Then we had lunch at Gol*die's Hamburger, some of Tulsa's best burgers. Then we drove through Woodward Park and then we went to Philbrook Museum. Philbrook is the mansion of Waite Phillips, the founder of Phillips Petroleum and was built in the 1920's. We saw beautiful art work of the Victoria era, plus Christmas trees and Gingerbread houses made and decorated by Tulsa's school children. The Lord blessed us with a lovely day weather wise....bright, beautiful, blue skies and temps in the high 50's.

Philbrook - You can read about this beautiful 72 room mansion, built in 1927 and given to the City of Tulsa and opened as an Art Museum in 1939, here.

We got home about 4:30. We had planned dinner for all the family, so they could meet Regina & Rich, at 6 o'clock. I had prepared 3 cheese enchilada's, a big pot of pinto beans with ham, prior to their arriving, because I knew we'd been running around all day and I didn't want to spend our time in the kitchen. All I had to do when we came in was fix a huge tossed salad, heat up the enchilada's and we were good to go.

Jacque & Benny were the first to arrive. Then Suzette, Dave, Oksana & Aric arrived. We were scheduled to pick Oksana & Aric up from school on Friday and they were going to spend the night with us as Marc's company celebrated their Christmas Party in Oklahoma City Friday night. Suzette & Dave graciously picked them up and they spent the night and day with them. Marc was the last to arrive and dinner was served.

Jacque, Benny & Regina

Marc serving himself enchilada's.

Mickey & Aric dishing up their Pinto beans.

Suzette & Dave waiting their turn.

Benny & Jacque full and satisfied.

Benny being a great sport and letting Oksana take a picture of him in an old Easter hat I got her about 10 years ago when she was 3. Don't know HOW I failed to get a picture of Oksana but she was very present!!!

Regina, Rich, Susan & Mickey. Thanks so much for coming. We had a wonderful time.

The lovely fruit basket Regina & Rich brought us. Wish I'd have thought to take a picture of it while the beautiful wrapping and bow were one it :o(

Then, OF COURSE, we had to watch OU beat MSU for the Big 12 conference game in Kansas City!!!!! Mickey & I are not big football fans but our kids are!!!!! Rich & Regina were rooting for MSU as they had lived in St. Louis for 12 years. We were quite the rowdy bunch!!! In case you haven't heard....OU won and will be playing Florida for the National Championship!!!!!

Our next big thing is this coming Friday night when I'm having another big dinner and we're getting together to celebrate Suzette's birthday!!!! Then comes Jacque's BD, granddaughter, Jessica's BD, then Christmas. WHEEEEEEEE !!!!

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Nancy said...

You sure have a bunch of fun, & the eats sound real good too!!

Anonymous said...

Thought about you and prayed you were having a fun time.

Who knew Tulsa could be seen in the daylight, hehe. I told Dave we need to come back and see the beauty :)

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Susan, Sounds like you had a wonderful visit with your friends! Tulsa sounds like a wonderful place to visit too...I love the art deco style. Oh, and that breakfast...sausage and stewed apples! You were a very accomodating and gracious host! Hope all of your "December Babies" have a wonderful birthday!

Enjoyed your post below with the irises! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Anonymous said...


You roll out your restaurant menu so casually! YUM! As if it was a simple as pie. :)

So much fun over your way. Glad the season is going so beautifully for you!!

It's All Good! said...

Sounds like a hectic, but especially fun 2 days! Your enchiladas sound delicious. I volunteered to make mine day after Christmas for everyone.
God bless, Susan.

MightyMom said...

can you imagine living in a house with 72 rooms? I'd get lost...or sleep in a different bed every night...or both

Linds said...

It is quite clear you are having the time of your lives and loving every minute of it all! I am so glad you are having fun and enjoying all the celebrations, Susan!

Lori said...

Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful time.

All the food sounds wonderful.

diana said...

you do do family, fun, and eating so well =)

glad you had such a wonderful time.

Humble wife said...

I love the prepared food so all you had to make was the salad!!

Looks like a wonderful time had by all. Friday sounds exciting too!
Praying for another lovely family gathering.

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Lots of things for you to celebrat this month!

Sounds like a great day with family....I wish we would take the time to do more of that!

Betty said...

Lots of partying going on! Thanks for sharing!

groovyoldlady said...

Oh...the food sounds so GOOD!

You were very wise to prepare the supper food ahead of time. It looks like everyone had fun!

A Hint of Home said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time with family. I like to prepare as much ahead as I can. too.
Looks like your hubby is doing well.
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

From your tell all friend..... She forgot(no I think not) to tell you HER BIRTHDAY COMES IN THERE TOO !!!! But I will let her tell you all about it... Don

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You are just becoming a party animal!!! Looks like lots of fun! A lot of December birthdays too!

Those pinto beans sure sound good, I love them mashed up with cornbread crumbled up in them! Mmmm!


Dawn said...

What a fun time and such yummy food. I have two big events at my house the next two Saturday nights. Lots to do, but fun times.

annie said...

Looks like a wonderful time!

Gramma Roxanne said...

Hello to you Susan,
I have read some of your blog but as it is getting late not very much It looks so interesting. I live in the wilds of Northern BC. Think you are a very fun Gramma. I too am a gramm of 12 so far.
You live in Tulsa? Apparently I have a distant cousin who is Pastor of a Church there He is Willy George. Not that he has ever met me or even knows I exist. Anyways love your blog and will read more as time goes on. Just learning how to get around on this here contraption. LOL

Momma Roar said...

and your birthday!!!

I enjoy reading about your familiy get togethers!!!

Mam said...

What a fun post. I loved seeing the photos of you all. You must be one of the last "hold-outs" with stewed apples for breakfast. I like them fried, too.

Jillian, Inc said...

Fun times! I always think the FOOD is very important to any event and you all have some wonderful meals.

pearlie said...

It was delightful reading about what a wonderful time you all had :) And I am so like you, getting so excited over things that taking pictures of them are totally forgotten!

Sioux said...

Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all...and yummy food!

As to Phillips...he's the same one who established Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico where our boys attended as Scouts!

Ross' Cottage said...

Your time out and about sounds so fun! I must be hungry because all I could think of is how all that eating sounded so good! Finally I am able to post a comment. We got the internet going and then the dogs chewed up the phone line and we lost it again...but a bit of duct tape later and it is one again! ( the ross's have been known to be called rednecks from time to time!)
I hope you and Mickey are doing well. You both look great!