Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pumpkin Patch

Yesterday Lucas went on his first school field trip to the Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch. The night before, he could hardly sleep he was so excited. He was excited to play with his friends, he was excited that I was coming as a chaperone, but he was most excited about riding a bus for the first time. He finally drifted off and woke up ready to go. 

Driving to the pumpkin patch which is located off of a section of the original Route 66. 
Mom and Lucas in the petting zoo area. We got to pet and feed goats, geese, rabbits, pigs, horses, and a donkey. 
Lucas with his buddies, Jace and Eli, along with their wonderful teacher, Mrs. Austin. This was waiting for the hay ride to begin. 
Lucas and his kindergarten class.
Jace and Lucas. These two are peas in a pod. Fun fact: Jace's uncle is Blake Shelton from The Voice. 
                     Tire swing! 
                    Tractor riding!
          Buddies sittin on hay bales.
My favorite....a good old fashioned             corn maze.
                    C'mon, Mom!
        Stop taking so many pictures! 
   Picking out a pumpkin to take 

Six years ago, I went on this same field trip with Hannah and Leah when they were in kindergarten. In a way, yesterday closed a chapter in the Galloway family as Lucas will likely be the last kindergartener. The day was clear and cool and sunny with blue skies and lots of laughter. And will be a perfect memory for both of us. :)

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Welcome, October!

An entire summer passed by without me writing one blog post. Oops.
I'll have to write some "catching up posts" throughout the fall. 
That's right--It's FALL! AUTUMN! My second favorite season of the year.

Emily's Seasonal Rankings:
1. Summer 
2. Fall
3. Spring
4. Winter

October may be Oklahoma's most glorious month.
The mornings and evenings are crisp and cool, but not cold
There's a gentle warmth in the afternoon, but it's not blazing hot.
Jackets are out, but no coats yet.
Scarves are becoming an acceptable part of the wardrobe again.
The sunlight is golden and mellow.
There is a very low risk of tornadoes.
People are outside all the time. 
Like pretty much every gathering needs to be outside in October because the weather is so awesome.
OU football is in full swing. (And OSU too, but whatevs).
The kids are totally in the school groove.
Chimineas. Fire pits.
No snow. Just not gonna happen.
Soups and stews are back on the menu.
Fall Break.
And last, but not least, our annual vacation to Lake Tenkiller! YES, PLEASE!

The one thing Oklahoma does not have in October is fall leaves.
It usually doesn't get cold enough here for them to start changing, so it's still pretty green with just subtle hints of color change here and there.
Full blown fall leaves come in November.  
November's a good month too, but I won't rush it.
For now, I'm going to relish October.

I hope you are all having a wonderful October 1st wherever you are!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

These Three

        These three bring me much joy.

And sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out. Like today when they were all fighting over a Bop-It toy before breakfast. 

But mostly they bring me joy. 

Just needed to remind myself of that after a hectic morning. 

Friday, April 17, 2015


I subbed a full day today in pre-K.
It was raining. 
Which meant no recess.
They were loud.
They were full of energy.
And that leads me to my next point...I'm tired!!!!

Apparently this boy is too. But that's what happens on a rainy Friday after school when you curl up in a chair with your favorite fuzzy blanket to watch cartoons. 

In fact, I might join him!

Friday, April 10, 2015


Two weeks ago, a soccer superstar came to watch Lucas' game, and I have never seen my son's smile quite so big! 

Who is this superstar, you ask? Well, sit back, relax, and let me tell you a little story....

Several years ago, a couple at our church went on a mission trip to Bogota, Colombia. While there, they worked at an orphanage. One young boy in particular stood out to them. They made a deep connection with him that never went away. Over the next few years, they continued to stay connected to this boy through letters and email. They watched him grow into a fine  young man and a phenomenal soccer player. Eventually, he was too old to stay in the orphanage any longer. Without any family, he would have been turned out to the streets to fend for himself. Our friends knew they had to do something. So they set to work finding a University to accept him on a soccer scholarship. After lots of searching, Jonathan (called Yopo) arrived at Oklahoma Baptist University to play on their team and go to school. On the weekends and during the summer he lives with the couple at our church (whom he called Mom and Dad even though there hasn't been an official adoption). He is thriving and happy--all 6 ft. 5 inches of him! And Lucas thinks he is the the coolest guy on earth. 

So when he came to watch Lucas play soccer, it may as well have been Messi or Beckham or Ronaldo or Pele. In Lucas' eyes, a superstar had arrived to see him play. 

Yopo, Lucas and James (Yopo's adopted brother) after the game. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thursday Funny

Saw this yesterday and it made me laugh. My entire family loves avacados. Be it guacamole, sliced on a sandwich, or chopped and added to a salad. Even Lucas, my pickiest eater, gobbles them up. But, those suckers are so tricky to get perfectly ripe! We've been eating them for so long now, that I'm much better at getting it right. However, there is nothing worse than looking forward to eating a yummy avocado, then cutting it open to find a brown, mushy mess. 
                Avocado lovers unite!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


This year on Easter, the weather took a cool, rainy turn, but that just set the gentle atmosphere for a calm and lovely day.

We woke up, ate breakfast and headed to church. Afterwards, we came home and played board games until it was time to go to my Dad and Stepmom's house. This year, two of my stepbrothers were in town to celebrate with us. One of them flew in with his 8 year old daughter which my kids were excited about. A playmate!
My three lovies at church Easter morning

First we had a scavenger hunt for each kiddo to find his or her Easter basket hidden somewhere in the house. My dad did a great job writing creative clues and even used four different colored post-it's so each child could follow the right path. They loved it! 

Next up was an Easter egg hunt in the back yard. 145 eggs hidden, 10 minutes of wild hunting and they were all scooped up. Most of them were filled with money, so they cleaned up well! 

The last activity was the annual jello egg fight. My stepmom made over 100 jello eggs using a special mold. We decided to have kids vs. adults, so everyone grabbed their egg ammo and found a good spot in the yard. Soon jello eggs were raining from the sky and flying through the air. No one officially kept score, but the kids thought it was fun to run around and pelt everyone with jello. There is a "no face" rule which most everyone followed (Who threw the one that hit my chin? I'm coming after you next year!).

        Lucas surrendering to his dad

Finally, dinner was served. My stepmom went above and beyond-- baby back ribs, corn casserole, broccoli slaw, Mac-n-cheese, rolls and strawberry cream cake. We stayed and talked until 8:00 when our kids had to be dragged home to go to bed. 
                   The kids' table 
                 My dad and me

These last several years, holidays have had a tendency to get me down. Since my mom passed away, her absence is more noticed without her leading the egg hunt or baking a bunny cake. Without her thoughtful cards and warm hugs. But I am trying to make a conscious choice to be grateful. Grateful for a new family (as awkward as it is sometimes), grateful for my awesome kids and husband, and most importantly, grateful to Jesus. That He loves me--freely, unconditionally, completely. 

Happy Easter!