Three Blondes and A Massage…

Ha!  So you thought this was going to be a dirty blonde joke…(Sorry Shane…)

So in my spare time (at 2 a.m.) – I write a monthly column on travel for the Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspaper. And as you all know – I have LOTS of travel stories (disasters) to share. However, this is one of the non-disaster stories – a nice 24 hour getaway with two of my closest friends…hope you enjoy!

Canebrake is a Welcome Break from Business

RELAXING MOMS: From left are Shannon Wilburn, Marnie Fernandez and Liz Hunt during their recent visit to The Canebrake.


Yes, I know this is supposed to be about family travel. But let’s face it; every once in a while, we need a break from the little darlings. My theory is that I’m a much better parent if I have some me time thrown in the mix.

And since taking a week to travel to the Bahamas with my girlfriends is not in the cards anytime soon, I’ve found a great compromise that is only 40 minutes from Tulsa and a fraction of the price.

Two of my dear girlfriends Shannon Wilburn and Liz Hunt decided that we needed to get away, if only for 24 hours. The Canebrake in Wagoner, Okla. was just what we needed, a relaxing retreat that did not involve diapers, homework or cooking meals.

For those of you who have never been, the Canebrake is a phenomenal asset for our state. Situated on a beautiful family-owned ranch, the Canebrake is an eco-friendly resort right in our own backyard. This amazing resort is the vision of the Bracken family whose wish is to preserve their family property while providing a respite for local, regional and national groups, as well as the individual.
And what a respite it was.

We arrived just in time for the Canebrake’s amazing Sunday Brunch, which is worth the drive in and of itself. Sam Bracken is not only the owner of the Canebrake, but also the chef. It is a cozy and welcoming restaurant that focuses on wholesome dishes influenced by flavors around the globe. Chef Bracken focuses on naturally grown cuisine and locally sourced produce.

The brunch had several stations to choose from which included the best eggs Benedict I have ever put in my mouth and too many delicious homemade desserts to count. We were stuffed and pleasantly surprised at the bill, it was only $21 per person.

Then we went to check into our rooms. There are no cars allowed past the main building, so the staff drove us via golf cart to our cottage in the wilderness. It was a beautifully decorated suite with two beds, kitchenette with seating area and a fireplace. Everything was eco-friendly, clean and welcoming.

And then it was spa time. The day just kept getting better. Shannon and I both had amazing massages, which left us both like jelly, and Liz had a facial and scalp massage. I wish we could have stayed longer, because they have an entire spa menu with several different services from which to choose.

Did I mention they also have a yoga barn? Talk about the ultimate in renewing your mind, body and spirit. And classes are free to anyone who is staying at the resort. I was lucky enough to catch the Power Yoga class. It was the best yoga session I have ever taken.

They offer several classes everyday. Even if you don’t stay there, you can pay by the class. Again, almost worth the drive just to do the yoga.

By that time, we were so relaxed, we ended up staying inside our room for the rest of the night, talking, laughing and drinking champagne alongside a cozy fire. It was like a grown up slumber party and just what the doctor ordered for these three weary moms on the go.

The next morning, we lounged around in our pajamas and dined on the continental breakfast they delivered to our rooms. I decided to take advantage of not having a baby on my hip and went for a hike.

The Canebrake has several hiking and walking trails throughout their property. They also have ponds for fishing and it also a popular place for bird watching. The scenery was beautiful and the trails were well marked.

All too soon, our 24-hour escape was over and we headed back to reality. But we will definitely be back.  And maybe have some juicer stories to tell…(but we have to get rid of the preacher’s wife first. 🙂  (Just kidding Shannon…love ya!)

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Baby J Vs. Man Vs. Food

Preface: I am actually writing this from a shoot for GOOD MORNING AMERICA at 4 a.m. Yep, people, that is just how I roll.

Actually, it really isn’t at all – I have nothing to do with the shoot other than I am supporting my good friend Shannon Wilburn and her company “Just Between Friends” who are being featured on FREAKING GOOD MORNING AMERICA this morning in Dallas! I am rooming with her at Tory Johnson’s “Spark and Hustle” conference so thought it would be pretty cool to go with her to the shoot. (It was a pretty good idea until the alarms went off at 3:30. That would be AM).

This would be me after being jarred awake by five alarms at 3:30 A freaking M.

Okay – and I am totally digressing from the subject of my blog. Which is my own big news.

I GOT TO MEET ADAM FROM MAN VS. FOOD. And for those of you who do not know – this is a nationally syndicated show on the Travel Channel. (And he has quite a following – and in Tulsa – you would have thought there was an Elvis sighting…people were freaking out). Not only did I get to meet him, but was also interviewed to be on an episode! HIGHLIGHT of my career – seriously.

So, for those of you that follow my FB page – know that i”m obsessed with a restaurant in downtown Tulsa called Elote. It is just the best place ever. And so are their owners Libby and Jeremy. I love them so much I starting working for them for burritos and margaritas (and of course wine).

They’ve got an amazing thing going with their place – locally owned, organic and locally grown food, puffy tacos and LUCHADOR wrestling. I’m tellin ya people, – it is worth the trip. apparently so did Adam and the crew of Man Vs. Food. They filmed an episode on Wednesday. We were on top-secret mode until the day of the shoot.

So I didn’t tell anyone but Baby J.

She was pretty excited.

When I told my other three that we were going to dinner at Elote to watch them film an episode – they had mixed reactions.

“But can I still get a Sprite?”
“Yeah! Man Vs. Wild Mom! Will we get to “survive”? No honey, this is Man Vs. Food. “What? Who is that?” Nevermind – go back to eating your bugs.
“Umm…will I get to miss school?”

Clearly, my kids weren’t quite a starstruck as I was. NIcholas quickly lost interest in the filming and went open doors for people…I think he has found his calling as a door man.

But it was a sight to behold. ANd Baby J loved her brush with fame.

Actually, she loved the refried beans much more.

Baby J ate all of Liz's lunch. Thinking she could give Adam a run for his money.

But Adam was SMITTEN with sweet Baby J. I am pretty sure that is the only reason he wanted to interview me was to get to my Baby.

My friend Liz, Adam from Man Vs. Food, Me and Baby J covered in beans.

And she could have cared less.

Especially after all day with no nap. Bless her heart – I dragged her all over town doing promotional interviews for Elote – she even helped me do a live interview on the Edge earlier that day. On my hip. WIth a Luchador next to us. Just an everyday occurence for a one-year old.

Live from the EDGE...

So, alas – after 12 hours baby J had enough. And she made sure to let everyone know it.

So after all that – we actually missed the puffy taco throwdown…but we’ll catch it when the episode airs this summer. I’ll just have to trick my hubby and my son that we are really going to watch Man Vs. Wild. If Bear Grylls ever comes to town – watch out – the Fernandez Family (minus mommy) will be on Stalk Mode.

Culture Clash – Or why you shouldn’t take 8 children to a museum.

Yep. We did it again. After staying put for most of Spring Break – the Fernandez Family (minus daddy – he is the smart one) decided to tempt the travel gods one more time and take the kids on a mini road trip.

But, just taking our four wasn’t quite enough. We somehow felt the need to double the load.

Yes, you read correctly. Eight children under the age of 10. To the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma.

The Fernandez Fam plus Four More

Now, to qualify – I did have some help. My sis in law (my brother was on a “playdate” at the NCAA tournament…by the way – how did all the dad’s get out of this outing?) And my parents. (who also, I might add invited the neighbor twins to increase our total to eight – gee thanks, dad).

So down the highway we go. Two SUV’s, three car seats, four boosters, twelve bodies and a partridge in a pear tree.

No sooner than five minutes into the trip we forgot the snacks. Much to our passengers chagrin, we turned around. Ten minutes later we had more complaining from the peanut gallery as to when we were going to be there because “this was taking just WAY too long.” (Well, honey – your other option is to get out and walk). This scare tactic seemed to work.

Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who had this idea. The museum was beyond PACKED. Each adult had a certain number of kiddos to keep up with and we STILL managed to lose a couple. (I used to make fun of the parent’s who had their kids on leashes while at the mall. I now understand the necessity of this invention).

Spotted three - now where are the other five?

Then we found the rowdy ones (that would be my boys) climbing on top of statues of horses and making lewd gestures on the Wooly Mammoth’s scuplture’s private parts. Nice. This is about the time the security guards showed up.

Tristan is fascinated with the Mammoth's anatomy.

Man down!

Kids? What kids? I’ve never seen them before – I’m here by myself.

Anyway. Trying to keep up with eight wild children in a crowded area would try the patience of Mother Teresa. So you can just imagine my state of mind. Valium anyone?

And speaking of anxiety – I did misplace my baby. Who was in a stroller. Yep, probably shouldn’t admit that one in public. After my heart stopped and blood ran cold – I realized she was in the very capable hands of my six year old son and nephew who decided she needed to go spelunking through the cave exhibit.

My nephew with Baby J - after the great spelunking adventure

After a few meltdowns, lost cash, more chastising from security guards and maybe a few damaged exhibits…four weary adults dragged eight hyper children to the car.

And that my friends – is why my children will remain culturally illiterate. Unless I pay someone else to take them.

Marnie’s Mommy Moment – Spring Break Edition

So I learned my lesson that taking four kids on live tv is not such a good idea. So this time I just took my one-year old. She still managed to knock off my microphone. But we did manage to spew out the Fernandez Family Spring Break Staycation plans…cuz this family is staying put. I’m still recovering from our last travel disaster (the TRAIN trip…I’m still not even allowed to say the “T” word in front of Shane…)

Coming soon – a guest blog post from my dear friend Allison – who came to visit – and spending time with our motley crew inspired her to write (I’m tellin’ ya – it’s good therapy). So stay tuned.

In the meantime – Happy Spring Break!

Spring Break 2011 – The Fernandez Family is Staying Home

Yes people, after some epic travel disasters…we are finally giving up. The Fernandez Family is staying put for Spring Break. For those of you new to my blog – just scroll back a few to check out the very many reasons why.

(The Fernandez Four camping on our floor. This will be the only camping we will be doing this Spring Break).

But you know – our Staycation this year will be nothing short of boring. Because Tulsa is rockin’ with more than enough to do – even for the most on the go family (like ours).

And parents, if the bosses won’t let you off – never fear. There are plenty of places that will take the lil’ darlins for the week. And not break the pocketbook either.

Here are a few of the Fernandez Family approved events (yes, my 10 year old went through this list with a fine tooth comb…)

Read it and weep (with joy) my friends – your family will have an amazing break without even leaving the city limits.

The Fernandez Family Spring Break Staycation List

YMCA Spring Break Camps
March 14-18, 2011Spring Break 2011 – Staycation in TTown YMCA Spring Break Camp
5002 South Fulton Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74135

918-728-3966, Carmen Bell

Cost: $85 for the week (members), $105 for the week (non-members)
Time: 8 am to 5:30 pm
The children will be divided into two age groups – 5 to 8-year-olds and 9 to 14-year-olds
Camp will consist of learning a new sport every day, arts and crafts and outdoor play (weather permitting). There is also pool time to work on water safety skills and games.

Hutcherson YMCA Spring Break Camp
1120 E. Pine St.
Tulsa, Ok 74106
Cost: $25/day (members), $30/day (non-members)
Time: 7am to 6pm
Campers will need to bring a change of clothes, swim gear, and a sack lunch. Campers will be playing in the gym, swimming, and doing a lot of developmental activities in the classroom space at the Hutcherson branch.

Owasso Family Y Spring Break Camp
8300 N. Owasso Expy.
Owasso, Ok 74056
Cost: $25/day (members), $30/day (non-members)
Campers will go swimming, and skating, do arts and crafts, play games, read, and play with their friends.

Westside YMCA Spring Break Camp
5400 S. Olympia Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74107
For ages 5-14 years old
Cost: $120/whole week (members), $150/whole week (non-members) & $5 Activity Fee
Campers need to bring a well-balanced sack lunch and two snacks each day.
Campers will enjoy a variety of activies including; rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, one day of swimming, archery, games, arts & crafts and more!
Children need to bring a current shot record as well.

RC Dickenson Family YMCA
8501 Sout Garnett Road
Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Dickenson Morning Half-day YMCA Camp ages 5-12
9 am to 12 pm (early 8 am drop off available)
Cost: $12.50/day or $62.50/week for members, $15.00/day or $75.00/week for non-members
Bring a morning snack

Dickenson Afternoon Half-Day YMCA Camp ages 5-12
12 pm – 5 pm (late pick up available until 6 pm)
Cost: $12.50/day or $62.50/week for members, $15.00/day or $75.00/week for non-members
Bring a sack lunch and an afternoon snack

Dickenson Afternoon Half-Day YMCA Camp ages 5-12
12 pm – 5 pm (late pick up available until 6 pm)
Cost: $75/week for members, $95.00/week for non-members
Bring a sack lunch and an afternoon snack

Financial assistance is available for all camps and programs. The YMCA never turns anyone away due to inability to pay.

Tulsa ParksTulsa Parks Spring Break Day Camps offer a great experience for kids. Camps consist of sports, games, arts & crafts, and field trips. The professional recreation staff has planned a safe, fun Spring Break for your kids!

Camp hours vary, but most have early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:30 p.m.) Space is limited.

Community Centers – Ages 6-11: Cost/Camper
Hicks 3443 S. Mingo Road (918) 669-6355 $75
Lacy 2134 N. Madison Place (918) 596-1470 $60
Reed 4233 S. Yukon Avenue (918) 591-4307 $75
Whiteside 4009 S. Pittsburg Avenue (918) 746-5040 $100

Specialty Camps:
Henthorne PAC – Clark Theatre Camps, Ages 8-14
Camp includes classes on acting, dancing, singing, and other performance skills.
825 S. Quaker Avenue (918) 746-5065 $100

WaterWorks Art Center – Ages 6-12, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Famous Artists will be the subject of the this camp, including; Van Gogh, Matisse, Warhol, Michelangelo and Klee. 1710 Charles Page Blvd. (918) 596-2440 $95


Tennis and Golf
5323 S. Yale Ave., Phone: 496-6220
Spring Break Tennis Camp,
Ages 4-10 Beginners or Intermediate 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Designed to teach and practice the basic skills and rules of tennis. Ages 11-18 Beginners or Intermediate 2-3:30 p.m.
This class will be separated according to player’s knowledge of tennis.
Players must register online at Fees are due on Friday, March 11. Some scholarships are available. To apply, contact Melissa McCorkle on or before March 7.

Junior Golf Camp
LaFortune Park Golf Course is the home of Junior Golf for the Tulsa area. Golfer will receive hours of instruction from PGA Professionals as well as numerous collegiate golfers from the area. Prices range from $85 to $105, depending on age group.

For more information, call the Community Center nearest you or visit

“Tour Tulsa Culture Crawl” – The Tulsa Zoo, Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium, and Philbrook Museum have partnered to give their members a spring break for their wallets. Members of these three organizations can simply show current membership card at any location and receive 50% off admission March 12-20, 2011! Members from one of the three venues simply need to show a membership card to receive half-off admission to the other attraction. This applies during spring break only.

Philbrook Museum of Art
Drop-In Workshops
Starts: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Ends: Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cube Creatures
March 15, 16, 17, 1 – 4 pm
Free with admission
All Ages

Spend your spring break with us and discover the world of design by creating an original cute, funny, or crazy creature with colorful cardboard cubes. Choose a day to explore the galleries and create art with your family in this drop-in workshop.

Special spring break members-only event

March 17, Thursday 10am – Noon.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with green cookies and a fun family art project just for members. Enjoy a whole day of art by staying for the “cube creature” workshop from 1-4pm.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum Mini Spring Break CampsMini-Camps at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium are adventures that inspire the dreams of becoming a scientist, aviator or astronaut. Using fun hands-on activities, students discover the wonder of science while exploring the fields of aviation, rocketry, robotics, and space exploration.

Science vs Sci-Fi – 3rd-5th Grades Monday, February 21st
Tinkering – 1st-4th Grades Monday, March 14th
Exploring the Skies – 1st-5th Grades Tuesday, March 15th
Robotics – 3rd-5th Grades Wednesday, March 16th

It’s a week full of fun and educational events as TASM lifts-off spring break activities by featuring a new interactive exhibit, Memory, Memory includes interactive exhibits that demonstrate how and why humans remember, how memories change over time, and how and why some memories intensify while others are forgotten.

With more than 20 hands-on activities for all ages, visitors learn how people remember what they hear, see, touch and smell, and how different kinds of memories are stored or your family and friends to make new memories together during spring break at TASM.

Other exciting, week-long activities include: sidewalk astronomy, flight simulator lab, “test drive a SEGWAY” and open cockpit seating for visitors.

You know it’s not spring break at TASM without exciting one-day camps.
Monday, March 14 – Tinkering! Campers design and experiment using LEGO mini motors and paint

Tuesday, March 15 – Exploring the Skies! Campers experience the challenges and excitement that pilots face through flight simulation and actual cockpit environments.

Wednesday, March 16 – Robotics! Robotics is an exciting way to explore imaginations while campers discover science and technology. Tech teams invent, build and program robots to navigate an obstacle course full of challenges. Students work as teams using LEGO Mindstorms RCX.

TASM Members: $40/Day Non-Members:$45/Day Reservations required by Thursday before each camp! Call (918)-834-9900 X116 http://www.TulsaAirandSpaceMuseum.orgCamp hours: 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. Before and after care available for $5 each shift.

Tulsa Zoo Spring Break AttractionsKeeper Chats

We do have some very special keeper chats and demonstrations going on during Spring Break.


The Train will run every day of spring break 10:00 am to 5:00 pm weather permitting. Pricing: One-Way Train = $1.50/member price $1.00, Round Trip Train = $3.00/member price $2.00


The Carousel will run every day of spring break 10:00 am to 5:00 pm weather permitting. Pricing: Carousel Ride = $1.50/member price $1.00

Camel Tours

Camel Tours are back this year! They will also operate 10:00 am to 5:00 pm weather permitting. Pricing: Camel Tour = $5.00/member price $4.00; Camel Photo = $5.00

The Monolith and the Frogger

The Monolith (rock-climbing wall) and the Frogger (trampoline) will be set up again for spring break. Both attractions have harnesses that keep the jumper/climber teathered for safety. The pricing has dropped $1.00 to match Camel pricing. Pricing: Monolith – $5.00/$4.00 member price Frogger – $5.00 / $4.00 member price

Jumpin Jiminy Fun Zone

Back by popular demand, the Fun Zone will be located on the American Airlines tent slab and will include multiple Jupiter jumps and inflatable activities. Guests entering the FunZone pay $5.00 and receive a wristband for unlimited access to the area. The zoo will be providing a cashier for the area and the jumps will be staffed by Jumpin Jiminy employees.

Southwest Dairy Farmers Mobile Dairy Classroom (Monday – Friday only)

This attraction was a big hit at Farm Week last year. It will be positioned in the same spot- the TARF plaza area. The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a traveling milking parlor, featuring a live cow and an oral presentation. A trained instructor will demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer, and then answer questions from the audience. Demonstrations are scheduled at 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 2:00, and 3:30 Monday through Friday.

This year the zoo is trying to relieve the burden of getting into the parking lot by putting up signs directing guests to enter the parking lot from the other side of Mohawk Park. Yard signs will direct cars to enter the park on Winston and follow the path past the golf course and Oxley to enter the zoo parking lot on the west side. The zoo is also offering premium parking in a section of our parking lot for $5.00 per car.

BounceU – Create & Bounce Spring Camp!
Wed, March 16th and Thu, Mar 17th, BounceU will offer a special Spring break version of their Create & Bounce Camp. Camp runs 9:00am to 12:00pm each day. It includes crafts, snacks, games and, of course, bouncing! $40 per child both days

Splash Break – Oklahoma Aquarium

Hands on activities and fascinating facts turn Spring Break into an extra exciting adventure at the Oklahoma Aquarium. Plan your visit from the events below, or purchase a membership to enjoy unlimited admission all week and all year! For more information please call; 918-296-3474.

Monday 14
10:00 – 12:00 – Exploring Green Energy. What does it take to harness the power of the sun and wind? Kids will have the chance to find out through model demonstrations and building their own kites.

Tuesday 15
10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00 – Help make our planet greener and cleaner as we learn about the Three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Design a work of art completely from recyclable materials. Prizes will be awarded for the best “Trashformation”!

Wednesday 16
10:00-12:00- Amazing Arthropods. Did you know without insects, life on earth could not exist? But arthropods, with their exoskeletons and jointed legs live on both land and in the water. Get a close up view of these crawly creatures and learn why they’re so important

Thursday 17
10:00-12:00 -Take a Bite Out of This! There is no other animal on earth as feared or as misunderstood as the shark. Learn the truth about these amazing fish and the important role they play in keeping our oceans healthy. The super scientist in your family will want to follow along as Education Department staff members perform a shark dissection, revealing the incredible secrets of a shark’s anatomy.

Friday 18
10:00-12:00 – Reptile Roundup. Meet some amazing animals that breathe air, lay eggs and have scales. Fun activities and crafts will enhance this lively experience.
1:00-3:00-Sea Turtle Science takes center stage as the Oklahoma Aquarium begins construction on an amazing new sea turtle exhibit. Learn what would happen to the ocean and beaches without sea turtles and why all seven species are threatened or endangered.

Sage Culinary Studio – Southside Spring Break Cooking Camp
March 14-16, 2011
9:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Early Registration $130 per child
After March 10, $150 per child
Located in the Shoppes of Regal Plaza in front of the SpiritBank Event Center
at 105th and South Memorial
Please call 918-364-7243 to register, and for more information.

Happy Yoga Spring Break Yoga-Art-Stories Camp
March 14-18, 9 a.m.- noon.
Ages 5 & up.
33rd and Harvard; 812-1613

Gilcrease Spring Break Camps:
March 14-18, 9 am – 4:30 pm, $100/members, $125/non-members – fee is for entire week including all art supplies

America: Our Great Country – K-2nd Grade

Children will learn history through important national document from the exhibition. America: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of a Nation. They will also explore traditional American crafts such as weaving, lumaries, embroidering, toy and book making, flag design and building construction using a variety of materials and techniques.

Art Outside – 3rd-5th grade,

Children will make works of art inspired by the Gilcrease collection, the gardens and the world around them. Students will see how nature has been expressed by many cultures throughout history. By the end of the class, they will learn how to look at nature and make artwork inspired by what they see and feel. Students will gain experience using a variety of materials which they may or may not have used in the past.

Students who attend spring break camp will earn a certificate as an “Honorary Gilcrease Apprentice.” Camp will conclude with a Student Art Show on Friday, March 18, at 4:00 pm. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by calling 918-596-2737 or by e-mail.

All Star Sports Complex Spring Break Baseball Camps
March 14-16th
3-day Skills Camp
March 17th
Hitting Camp
March 18th
Pitching Camp
Sign up for:
2 camps & receive a 10%Discount
3 camps & receive a 15% Discount
9am – 4pm

Each camper will receive 1 Free camp T-shirt and lunch
Pre-registration required
For more information or to register, please call 918-459-2399

SoccerCity’s Spring Break Soccer Camp

March 14– March 18, 9:00am – 12:00pm. $95 per player.
Player ages 4 – 15 years. Groups will be divided among age and ability.
Please call Kerry at SoccerCity for more information at 918-249-0044.

South County Recreation Center Spring Break Camp
Arts, crafts, gym days, movie day, outside adventures & more. $75; additional child $65. Ages 6-11. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. South County Rec. Center, 13800 S. Peoria, Bixby. Info: 746-3780. Sign up in person at center.

Tulsa American Red Cross Babysitter’s Boot Camp

‪This expanded two-day training for youth ages 11-15 includes the Red Cross Babysitting Certification, Basic First Aid, and CPR. Games and activities are included in the program, along with a lunch of pizza and drinks both days.
Certificates issued upon successful course completion:
Red Cross Babysitter’s Certification — does not expire
CPR: Child and Infant — valid two years
First Aid — valid two years
Cost is $75, includes lunch and snacks. Sessions are 14 hours over a two day period.
Session 1: March 14-15 from 9am-4pm each day
Session 2: March 17-18 from 9am-4pm each day
Registration is on the the website.
Tulsa Area Chapter American Red Cross
10150 E. 11th Street, Tulsa, Ok 74128, Phone # 918-831-1100

SSB Kids! Spring Break Camp 2011

Travel to 5 vacation spots in one week… 5 themes for Spring Break camp all in one exiting week. Each day includes crafts, songs, bungee time, trampoline, tumbling, character building conditioning made fun, team building and character building activities.
Extreme camp ages 3-12 : March 14-18, 9am-3pm
Kids’ fit club available till 5:30pm, early drop off also available.
Campers please bring a sports bag or back pack filled with: gym clothes, out door play clothing, tennis shoes, and a lunch, money for vending optional (snacks are included with camp)
Early Bird Price before March 1: $155, after March 2: $165. Daily prices: $41 per day.
For more information please call: 918-258-KIDS, or email:
Registration is on the website.

And if you really want a staycation and not leave the house – check out this awesome website for fun things to do at home. Due to my severe lack of craftiness and manual dexerity – we will probably omit this part. But they look like a whole lotta fun.

Or if you are really bored, you can do a Survival Food Challenge Dinner….Jade is eating a cricket. Shane can get you some good deals if you are interested.

Prank Calls, Undies and other Oddities which are my life.

OMG. I accidentally prank called my hubby’s high school friend. That lives in L.A. At 3 a.m. Yikes – how do you explain that one?

I have insomnia. Big time. And it sucks.

(the reasons for my insomnia…)

So I usually spend the hours between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. watching reruns of Law and Order or going through Facebook on my iPhone. Last night the iPhone won. So I saw a post from one of Shane’s friends from High School (who mind you, I’ve never met). It was about shoes or something like that so I clicked on his page to see what it was all about.

And I really don’t know how it happened…but all of a sudden my phone started dialing his number. At 3 a.m.! And my hubby is sound asleep next to me. I panic and start trying to hit the “end” button as fast as I could and the dang thing kept ringing. Seriously. Then I am trying to get back to my facebook page and I dialed him again! So I’m basically prank calling this dude whom I’ve never met at 3 a.m. And have no idea how I’m going to explain this to my hubby, when this guy calls back and figures out it is me. I mean really, how do you explain that?

Actually, my hubby reading this post will be his explanation, because I haven’t told him yet. Wish me luck people.

And this would also be the week that my neighbor saw me naked. Well, not really naked, but I was in my undies strutting around with Baby J. (first, let me explain that my sweet neighbor comes over and lets out our dogs when we aren’t home…but for some reason he didn’t see my car??) (and secondly, I normally don’t “strut” around my house in my skivvies, but was getting my jeans out of the dryer…promise).

(“Mommy! The neighbor is coming!” My “watchdogs”…and no, I am not going to post a pic of me in my undies…sorry.)

And he is just not a neighbor, he is Jade and Tristan’s GRANDPA. Yes people, the ex in-laws live next door. Does this seem weird to anyone else? Yes, not only do we live on a pecan orchard outside of town (Camp Tough Love as my husband calls it)…the ex in-laws live on the orchard as well. We are just one big happy extended family (Nicholas even frequents their house to beg for cookies). But still, not that I want my “extended family” seeing me in my undies. I don’t even want my hubby to see me in them…but that’s a whole ‘nother post about my insecurity issues…

Yes, Shane bought this property B.M. (before Marnie, not bowel movement). So not only did the ex wife live in this house…but her parents bought the guest house next door. And our house is haunted. And we have a MOTOCROSS track in our backyard. Let me tell you – it has taken me some time to get used to all the dynamics…let alone the fact that our closest grocery store is a Quik Trip.

(Camp Tough Love in the snow…)

So honey, if you are reading this and you get a strange call from your friend (who shall remain nameless because I can’t remember his name)…please know that it was just an accident. Cross My Heart.