A few weeks back I decided to take a spontaneous trip up to Oklahoma to spend the fourth of July weekend with my parents at their ranch. I have been missing them and Oklahoma like crazy lately so a long weekend in Oklahoma was a much needed trip. Schoen and I have accrued a TON of air miles with United so some more trips will be happening in the future!
I caught an early morning flight out of IAH which meant the first thing I did once I cleared security was find the nearest Starbucks. I was wheels up by 9am and on the ground in Tulsa before 10:30!
Since my mom had to work that day, my dad picked me up at the airport and we made the hour drive up to my parents ranch in Nowata. On our way we stopped by a local fireworks stand to grab some stuff to shoot off on the fourth. We also stopped by my mom’s work so I could give her a quick hug hello. As soon as we got back to the house I threw my suitcase in my room and realized I left my shower bag hanging up in my bathroom in Houston. My dad and I climbed into his Jeep and went back into town so I could pick up a few things and run some errands.
After hitting up the grocery store, bank, insurance and tag office we made our way over to the Nowata County Historical Society Museum. This museum is fairly new and I was SO impressed with how well put together it was.
As soon as we walked in the door Sandy immediately caught my eye. This horse ride used to be outside of a grocery store that has since closed down. My grandma used to take me with her to pick up groceries and let me ride Sandy. I believe my dad used to ride this ride when he was little as well! It brought back such great memories!
Speaking of my grandma, she is featured in the museum as well! Her parents used to own a general store and post office in the area and there were a few pictures of her and her family.
It was so neat getting to read about her families store and the struggles they went though during the Depression. My grandma Allene even wrote an article about it which is in the museum library!
After we browsed the museum my dad and I headed back to the house and hung out until my mom got off of work. We had dinner plans with my grandma that evening at a local restaurant called Cowboy Charm.
It was so nice getting to have dinner with my parents and grandma. They always have such great stories to share. I think every time I leave dinner with them my mouth hurts from smiling so much!
After dinner we drove around Nowata for a little bit while my dad and grandma reminisced and told stories about living in town. We eventually dropped my grandma off at her house and spent the rest of the evening hanging around at my parents. The weather in Oklahoma was gorgeous compared to hot and humid Houston. We decided to take advantage and spend some time outside. My dad had a few new calves that were super curious about everything.
After we watched the cows for a bit we all grabbed a walking stick and walked down to what we call the waterfall. Merle, my parents blue heeler, decided to join us for our walk.
I called it a night pretty early on Friday. The early wake up call for my flight plus all the traveling and running around had me exhausted.
We kicked off Saturday morning with a cup of coffee outside on my parents patio. I couldn’t get over how gorgeous the weather was. I think Houston has conditioned me to think that any type of weather is gorgeous as long as it’s not humid!
After we had some coffee and some breakfast, my mom and I cleaned up and drove over to Owasso to spend the afternoon shopping and running errands. When we got home we hung out outside while my dad fired up the grill for dinner.
While we waited for the meat to cook, my dad was playing around with his new handheld ham radio. He explained everything there is to know about ham radio to me while I was at home. And I have to say, it’s pretty darn neat. I even got to go hang out with him while he was on one of the local nets. I got to speak to some people for a bit and it was so awesome! (Don’t worry Dad, I’m still planning on getting my license!).
Dinner consisted off grilled chicken, potatoes, fresh green beans and pasta salad. It was so good and just what I needed, a home cooked meal by my momma! After dinner hung out and chatted the evening away. One thing I’ll never miss are Oklahoma sunsets, look how gorgeous they are:
We spent all day Sunday hanging out at the house. My mom was in the process of getting her kitchen remodeled and hardwood floors installed while I was home. So she spent some time painting some areas of the living room and hallways. We picked a good day to hang out around the house because some severe weather moved through the area for quite a while. The calm after the storm left us with a gorgeous rainbow though.
It was one of the biggest rainbows I have ever seen. The picture definitely doesn’t do it justice!
Since I was flying back to Houston on the 4th of July, we planned on celebrating the holiday the day before. I had purchased some fireworks as soon as I landed on Friday morning but my dad gave me some more cash to run into town and pick up some more on Monday afternoon. I also stopped by the cemetery to visit my grandpa’s grave and put a button on it. Why a button? Well, when I was little I always wore a dress that said ‘cute as a button’ on it, so my grandpa’s nickname for me was button. I’ve always said I wanted to stop by and put a button on his headstone and I finally did it.
After I got back from town I spent a majority of the afternoon outside. My parents have a ton of terrapin’s hanging around outside and my dad always paints part of their shells so he can recognize if the same ones come back. I snagged this guy and painted part of his shell black. My dad’s sent me a few pictures of him since, so it seems like he’s a frequent visitor to my parents place 🙂
My grandma came over for dinner Monday evening which consisted of hamburgers and hotdogs. She hung out with us until it was dark so we could set off some fireworks. But before fireworks, some s’mores were in order.
I haven’t had a s’more in ages, so it definitely hit the spot! After some s’mores and our small (but beautiful!) firework show, we all called it a night.
My flight from Tulsa to Houston left mid-afternoon on Tuesday. Since parents live about an hour from the Tulsa airport, so we didn’t have time to do much that day. My time in Oklahoma absolutely flew by, but I’m so thankful I got to spend some great quality time with my wonderful parents. My parents hugged me goodbye at the airport and didn’t pull away and I came back outside and gave them one final wave goodbye. Tears were flowing down my face as I rode the escalator up to go through security. It was so hard to leave, but I know I’ll be back again soon. Thank you again mom and dad for being such amazing parents and for such a fun weekend at home. Love you both!