July 21, 2014

OCPA's Vision for Oklahoma

Here it is, in two minutes:


July 18, 2014

He's Certainly Got My Vote


July 13, 2014

Oklahoma City School Serves Homeless Children

And school-choice policies would allow the school to serve even more students.


July 09, 2014

July 4th Pics

We started off our holiday weekend with a trip to Kiddie Park.
Oliver only wanted to ride the rides that Jack Henry could ride with him.

The traditional train ride
And of course the roller coaster
Oliver loved the crazy mirrors!
Getting ready for a day on the lake
Before the lake festivities, Oliver did a little gardening (that's a baby watermelon at the top right). 
Ready to tube
Oliver loved "driving" the Sea-Doo!
Jumping off the top of the boat is a holiday tradition.
A day of tubing ...
and relaxing on the boat

July 08, 2014

The Birthday Boy

Oliver turns three today. And it's probably been said by nearly every parent, but we can't believe how fast time goes by. In the blink of an eye, the newborn we brought home from the hospital is now a little boy. I wish I could even still call him a toddler, but his toddling days are long gone, and have been replaced by running and jumping and climbing. Oliver is smart and active and strong-willed. He is loud and busy and, like most three-year-olds, he wants his own way and wants it right now. He also keeps me on my toes. This morning after hitting one of his siblings he got a spanking. Afterwards, he asked me, "Why did you spank me on my birthday?" Sometimes it's hard to keep up with the wheels that are turning in his head.

He is also sweet and tender. Several times a day, from out of the blue, he will say, "Mom, I wuv you" or sometimes "Mom, I really, really, really wuv you." And at nap time he'll say, "I'm ready to snuggle up now," and we'll go cuddle in bed until he falls asleep. Yes, people might think it's spoiling him that I still lie down with him at naps and at night until he falls asleep. But one thing I know for a fact as an "older mom" is that he won't have sleep problems, and one day he will go to sleep by himself. I know his napping days are winding down and there isn't anything I'd rather do than lie next to him as he kicks his feet and wiggles around and twirls his blankie and then slowly gets still and quiet and drifts off to sleep. Bliss!

Oliver was an unexpected gift from God to us. The baby among older siblings. We are grateful for him and can't imagine our lives without him. Happy Birthday, Oliver!

Oklahoma's Iron Triangle Resists Educational Choice

I explain it in the Edmond Sun.