DISCOVERY LAB


Where to go on a hot July day in Tulsa, OK with 5 kids in tow...besides a water park?  The Children's Museum was a great choice and probably an awesome choice when it's super hot cold too.   I heard that they will be getting a new building soon and have plans to expand which will be awesome.  I would say this is a super mini version of the Omniplex in OKC.  But it has great potential!

 My sweet niece Emily followed Luke around most of the day so he got to play with full freedom and special treat for this little guy.
  








 Luke mainly stayed in this area with all the balls. Balls and Cars are the two main things that makes him happy :)

 Tips for the slide:  The more clothing you wear the faster you will go.  The whole slide complex structure is made of packaging tape.  I'm sure in winter this slide is super speedy.  For summer attire they had to get creative so that the least amount of skin touched to slide.



 The other room was probably intended more for the bigger kids 4 and up.  It is mostly about building and pretending.  Luke liked to knock stuff down...he didn't make many friends :/
Photography tip:  This is a really low light area.  So I raised my ISO to 3200.  Shot at a shutter speed of 1/200.  F-stop of 4.5-5.6 and used my on camera flash.  The flash gave a little extra light to their faces and reduced shadows from under their eyes.   Since the ISO was so high the background is lit and their isn't a super "flashy" look to the photos.  Although I do have a few red eyes from the flash since it was the on camera flash.




 Sock sliding was a winner!


 The grandkids in age order...missing our Sydney who is old enough to do her own thing these days.  Actually Jack said the reason she wasn't here was because she had to work since she's an adult. From a 4 year old perspective 16 is big time!

RIVER COUNTRY

                                      
This River Country is not exactly what you picture of a float trip but since it took us half of the lazy river to figure out how to comfortably float a 1 yr old and two 4 year olds we might not be ready for the Illinois River yet!




Muskogee isn't too far from where we live in South Broken Arrow and it seems much more geared to young kids.  The most daring slides were not the best of the best thrill rides available in the world but since the stairs were too high for my 5 year old this water park fit our needs perfectly. 




It was a great adventure and tons of fun for everyone!  And relatively inexpensive as well including the food.  But I would probably pack a lunch next time and eat at the picnic tables directly outside the park before going in since they don't open until 11 that would work just great.



  



 




All pictures from this post were taken with the Polarid iS085 waterproof camera available at Walmart.  The HUGE LCD screen is pointless in the sunshine due to the glare. You get what you get and you don't pitch a fit ;)  but it better than no pictures at all!

BEST FRNS

(Best Friends)
(Just in case you are scared of the dark here is my Glowie-Savannah)

I have this friend who is contagious but not in the bad kind of way, very opposite actually.  She has found her way down a narrow road most people don't go.  There are many reasons people don't go down this road; they don't care, they want to live in ignorance, they'll let someone else handle it, it's not safe, it's draining, the problem never goes away, there is no quick fix.  The narrow road in her case leads to poverty.  Poverty in North Tulsa to be exact.  She found her way there reluctantly from what I read but here she is and she can't escape the need.  The people aren't pretty, they are dirty and often smelly.  They aren't on the corner asking for money, they are just surviving the best way they know how.  She entered in through a kids program and couldn't stay away.  And when the problem is big you ask for help.  And that is exactly what she does.  She sees a problem so destitute it can't be ignored and then she let's her friends know about it.  She does a great job of painting a picture and naming a name.  After all once someone has a name they can't be forgotten.

The name is Kaylee she is 2.  She has a Mom and a baby sister that is 5 days old.  There are only 2 things in their apartment one is an air mattress that has been taped up to keep the air in and the other is a pack in play given by the Emergency Services.  The Mom lost her job when her pregnancy became high risk.

Within 24 hours of the post for help came out on Facebook people were stepping in to help this Mom get back on her feet.  But I thought I would take this opportunity to talk with Savannah about it.

I told her about Kaylee and said maybe we should pray for her and see what God wants us to do for her.  Tears filled her eyes as she was saying, "Oh No!  I know what he will want me to do and I don't want to."  Reluctantly she agreed to listen while I prayed for them.  Afterwards she had a quick change of heart.  "I KNOW MY GLOWIE!  I  don't need her anymore.   I'm not scared of the dark and maybe she is."  A few seconds later she was rounding up her best baby doll and the last bottle she hadn't lost to give to her as well.  Along with a sign from this year's VBS.  She said the sign is important because she already knows Jesus loves her but Kaylee might not know.
I have to say that I have a lot to learn from my girl.  She gave her best and not just the leftovers.  I fail  miserably in this area.  I even had to bite my tongue to keep from putting doubt in her mind.  After all it was Glowie who she slept with her every night for years!

I never intended to make Savannah give anything I just wanted to see if she would allow the Holy Spirit to prompt her to sacrifice for another.  (By the way I don't remember talking about the Holy Spirit much until I was in college so we talk about him a lot with the kids.)

I am so proud of Savannah but I also am wondering if I'm just standing at the entrance to the narrow road throwing things down it.  Yes it helps but what if I took steps down it.  The question I'll be pondering for awhile.




JOSH'S SNO SHACK

                  
     
It is finally hot and I mean really hot.  This summer has been cooler than others in the recent years but it has finally reached the 3 digit mark lately.  After a busy morning running errands Grant's mom otherwise known as Mamma took us to get lunch and top it off with a good ole fashioned Snow Cone.  Mamma said her favorite place to go was this place called Josh's.  Seriously whatever marketing course Josh took paid off not only do the cool kids hang out at Josh's Sno Shack so does Mamma and her friends apparently! :)  I love that Jack is too little to see in the window but knows that is where the magic is happening!

 Ignore the disgusting floor and the fact that Luke was trying to lick off the droppings.  Not knowing the rainbow was coming to him as well.  (Hmm... could be a great analogy for patience and trusting God to provide for you instead of getting impatient and doing it our own way.  God's way and timing is always better than our attempts.)

 This is our first snow cone of the season and I had forgotten how good they were especially with a little cream mixed in!

The kids decided they wanted rainbow.  I opted for Strawberry and Cream and I think Mamma ended up with Hawaiian Knockout with Cream.  

Savannah decided the green part of the rainbow was the best.  Luke was just excited to do it himself.  Which I let happen until it was almost completely juice then we transitioned cups.   What color is my tongue?



 Ahh!!!  Life is good!






Not but a drop left in every cup.  We will be back for more...soon!