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On Tuesday, April 18 we attended a Crawfish Boil at Cole's Garden.
Here's, Eric doing the meet and greet thing with crawfish guts on his hand.

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Todd & Brandi

 

 

K & Me

 

On Easter weekend Eric went climbing at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch 
and I went home to visit my family in Westville, OK.

Here, my sister and I play a rousing game of miniature golf in Fayetteville, AR.

  

Desirae with a Zebra sneaking up on her through the bushes.                       Me, demonstrating how I play with my eyes closed.
 

Here I pose on the fake rocks.  Still having issues keeping my eyes open.

 

On Thursday, April 6 we attended The Chef's Feast
I always love attending this event - all the best chefs in town provide their best food.

The ice sculpture  
 




Eric, looking like he doesn't quite believe what he's hearing
Cliff Hanoch looks on, enjoying it all.

 

  They sell cubic zirconia 'jewels' but one of them is a real diamond.  Ted & Jane think I may have a winner!  (I do, but it's my husband, not the diamond.)

 

 

 

On Sunday night, April 2nd Church of the Harvest had it's 
3rd live worship album recording.  This one is going to be the best one yet.

 

Our friend Cindy Quinn and husband Barry were back in town for
a few days.  That was an event worth celebrating with a group meal!

 

 

A double tulip and some hyacinths that I particularly liked in our back yard.  March 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

We got a little snow on Wednesday, March 23 (2006)
I went out early that morning before I left for work to snap a few pictures.

 

   

  

 

 

 

Here are our good friends Cassy & (the famous) Luc
with their new baby Jess.  Isn't she a sweetie?
(By the way, normally her eyes do not shine like that.)

 

 

Here, Eric is getting mauled by a happy puppy.

 

 

OK, I apologize for the poor photo quality in these next few pictures.
I wasn't allowed to use my flash.

This is Big Daddy Weave - they came to a 
very small church in Edmond on the 11th.  It was a really awesome show.

 

 

This was Matt Redman & Chris Tomlin 
I saw them on the Indescribable Tour in Bethany, OK on Friday the 10th.
It was a really good show and I sat by very nice people.

 

 

 

 

Gran had some surgery in late January.
She's fine now, thank God.  
Here are two pictures from a Saturday trip I made back home to see Gran & my family.

This is Mom & Dad with Dad's pretty red truck + the rear end of my new car and my sweet sister Desirae

 

 

 

An amazingly calm day of kayaking at my "Happy Place" - Lake Arcadia

 

Two, two - two birds in one
(Hey, I never claimed that these comments were good!) 

 

 

On Saturday, Jan 28th we went to the PBR Classic
(Professional Bull Riders) at the Ford Center in OKC
For our date, we took our friend K since her husband had abandoned her for the weekend.

 

Rocky: the gi-normous inflatable bull. 
I had been thinking something was missing 
from the evening and then they brought him out. 

 

On Wednesday the 18th we went to a
  Hornets game with our friends the Callantines

Our friend got great seats for us in the Chesapeake section - thanks a bunch!

 

 

On January 14 I went to a Bon Jovi concert in the Ford Center with some friends.
Here we are: Jennifer (K's friend in visiting from Tucson), K, me, and Bridgett

 

On the left is a (dark) shot of the whole band.
On the right is the jumbo-tron picture of Ritchie & Jon singing a duet, 
with a (dark) shot of the two of them in the lower right corner of the picture.

    

 

Jon Bon Jovi kept popping up in the middle of the crowd at different times in the show.
He started the show directly in front of us, then later sang straight across from us.  
It was a good concert.  They haven't slowed down much over all these years!       

       

 

 

 

January has been an amazingly warm month this year.
Imagine my surprise when I woke up to find snow one morning.
It only lasted until lunchtime, but it was very pretty.

This is looking back at our house as I drove to work that morning.

  

 

My new car - an '05 Hyundai Santa Fe

 

 

 

Scenes from the GHK employee Christmas Party

 

  

  

Noel is a prankster at work.  Here's a picture of what
happens when his co-workers take revenge while armed
with Silly String.

 

 

Here are some scenes from a Christmas party with David, Nancy, and Lane Godsey

 

  

 

 

Our good friend Cameron Hogan graduated from college in December.
Here are scenes from his celebration get-together at the Bourbon Street Cafe.

 

  

 

  

 

We visited the Callantines for dinner one night in December.
Here are some scenes of their house and our visit.

  

 

 

Here's a look at some of our Christmas decorations this year

 

 

 

Dorinda - My best friend since 5th Grade 
She came to see me the weekend of the 12th
and we had a very nice time visiting and catching up.

 

 

 

Here are some pictures taken on the night of Eric's 2nd Degree Black Belt test.

These are the Black Belts from Eric's Tae Kwon Do school - Dragon Kim's
Master Kim is the 3rd from the left in the picture.  Eric is 2nd from the right.

Eric & buddy D'Angelo showing off 
 their matching ice bags on swollen 
knuckles.  (They both had to break 
multiple boards as part of their test.)

   
The Tae Kwon Do whole school goes out to dinner after tests.  Here's the gang now.

    

 

This is Dandy, a neighbor cat that we particularly love. 
He flys to us whenever he sees us as if we're the greatest thing ever.

 

 

Greek Fest 2005 with K and Jim

 

OK, I keep saying Cindy is moving away - I really mean it this time!

I had book club at my house in September and it was my last chance to see Cindy before she moved.
This is her with Amanda above.

 

 

These are some pictures from some of my paddles on Lake Arcadia this summer.

 

 

   

 

 

 This is my friend Steve Franklin.  Both he
 and his girlfriend Laura Wilhite are very 
 talented musicians.  This was Steve doing
 a solo show at the Full Circle bookstore in OKC.

 More info on Steve can be found on his site.

 

 

In August I participated in the Outdoor Expo at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie.  
It was a neat experience, and quite an adventure.  I was waist-deep in the kayak
pond for 4 hours - getting whacked with paddles and run into by kids in kayaks.
But I survived!  And hopefully we created some future kayak enthusiasts along the way.

For more pictures (like the first one in this group) visit the Oklahoma City Outdoor Network site.

 

 

 

These are pictures from my friend Cindy Quinn's going-away party in August.
We met at Catherine Campbell's for a very nice send-off for Cindy.  We all miss her very much.

This is Cindy & Amanda on the left, and the whole rowdy crew on the right.

 

 

 

In August, my sister Desirae and her friends Nancy Wolf + Team James came to
town for the American Idol concert.  I got to spend the afternoon with them the next day.  Here we are at lunch.

 

They were shooting a movie in the mall here in town.  Here we are,
getting the inside scoop on how showbiz magic is made.

 

 

A picture of one of my book clubs - Novel Women.  This was taken in July for Gala's last meeting before she moved away.
Gala is in the center in the striped shirt.  Cindy Quinn, in blue to the left of Gala has since moved away as well.  We miss them!

 

 

 In June I attended a party at friend Kirby Junge's house.  
It was mostly fellow kayak-enthusiasts so I learned a lot during the evening.

There was also a contest for 'funkiest' and cheapest wine which kept the evening lively.

 

 

Here are the prize winners - Bill Becquart won a case of Boone's Farm for bringing the cheapest wine.
I'm afraid I forgot the other winner's name but he definitely brought the funkiest wine - Jalapeno Raisin.  It was nasty!

 

 

 

In mid-May, we got to attend a wonderful party called Chef's Fest.

By stuffing ourselves with gourmet food and drinks, we were somehow
helping to raise money for The Food Bank.  It was the best fund-raising duty I ever had!

Here we are at the GHK table.

 
 

  At the end of the evening, 
  Eric (unsuccessfully) tries
  to get some information from
  the Cowboy Hall of Fame
  information desk.

  I guess you had to be there but 
  it was very funny at the time.

  Bless his heart, he was a 
  nice man and was trying hard.  

 

The first annual Acousticadia - an acoustic concert held on the banks of Lake Arcadia.

This is the South Austin Jug Band.  They were great. I hope the festival continues for many years.

 

 In early May, Eric participated in a
 Tae Kwon Do tournament put on by
 his instructor, Dragon Kim.

 Here are a few (bad) pictures from the 
 demonstration part of the tournament.

 

We knew Todd Lannertt from way back, he's best friends with
our good friend Ryan Fairfield.  We were very happy to hear he
moved to OKC.  Here he is with date Brandie at our house for dinner.

 

 

Scenes from a luncheon outing with my friends from Newcomers in April.

 

Woo Hoo!  A crawfish boil, one of my favorite things.
It was at Cole's Garden, a very pretty spot for a get-together.

   

 

Here's one happy cat.   

 

 

I thought these irises were just beautiful.

   

 We had a guest for dinner in early April - Yen,
 one of Eric's friends from Tae Kwon Do.

 

Mom & Desi on their trip to Vegas

  These are pictures from a Youth America campout
  we attended to support our church.  We were in charge
  of the fire and Eric was very excited about that.
    

Above, Pastor Spike does a little fire walking, then cooks pop-tarts for the kids with the tools we had at hand.

 

  

Scenes from a recent wedding we attended of Beckey Hanoch

  

 

The proud parents

 

This is a picture of our refrigerator, covered by pictures and works of art by Roberto Alonso Palma.
Several months ago Eric & I decided to sponsor a child thought Compassion International.  Roberto
is our Compassion child.  He lives in El Salvador and is very sweet, and also a talented artist!!

 

Two shots from the annual GHK Christmas Party - always swanky and entertaining.  And great food!

 

 

Scenes from two of my kayak outings in December '04

              

 

   A picture of the '04 Casazza Christmas Tree 

Here's a shot of Third Day
from when Eric & I saw them
at the Ford Center in December '04.

 

 

On November 9 I had the pleasure of hosting my evening book club meeting, Novel Women.

Maybe it was just me, but I thought it was an especially fun evening. 
The following 3 pictures are of our gathering.

 

On November 6, Eric, our good friend Luc, and I went to
Oklahoma State in Stillwater to a talk given by two famous
climbers: Tommy Caldwell and Beth Rodden

Eric got two great door prizes and Luc got a great picture with them.
Luc is always great company, it was a fun evening.


Above left:  Beth & Tommy, Above right: Eric sporting the hat & sleeping bag that he won

Below: Our friend Luc Gruenther with Beth & Tommy

  

A very poor picture of the Women of Faith conference
that I attended with my friend Detra Hall on Nov. 5 & 6

 

Angie LaPlant & Gaylene Stupich - chatting it up at the
Republican Women's Club Election Night watch party

 

Thanks to my new friend Rebecca, I on Friday Oct. 30th I attended a great show:  

Carrie Webber (formerly of Hurricane Jane) and Charlie Rayl
at Othello's in Norman.  It was a great show and a fun evening.

 

 

Andrew & Catherine Nixon with their new daughter Natalie, born October 23rd.
They have very kindly named Eric has her Godfather - cool!

Hangin' with my Newcomer friends
during a lunch at Gabriella's in October

 

 

 
 

Mom was in town for a conference for two days
in October.  I met up with her & her friends at 
the mall. Here's Mom enjoying a massage chair.

 All three of my sweet kitties:
  Zack, Fuzz, and Priss 

Here are some pictures from our visit to our friends
the Orgren's house in October. It's a
beautiful log home that they built themselves.

         
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This shows Mark feeding the Catfish in their pond.
They really churned up the water getting to the food!

 

Here we are enjoying a nice dinner on a warm evening in early October 
with our friend Jeff Lloyd.  There was a live band which you can barely see at the left.

  

  A snap of the pumpkins at
  a recent visit to the Edmond
  farmer's market.

  From one of my recent live-music 
outings, this one to the Bricktown  
Brewery to see Jason Boland     

      

Very bad pictures of a wonderful event at our church - 
The Church of the Harvest

Darlene Zschech from Hillsong Church in Australia
Spent an entire weekend doing the services at our church.

    

    That's Darlene at the far left, with Pastor Kirk a bit to the right of her, and the Harvest Choir on the right

 

     

Over 5,000 people came to our church that weekend.  
I think everyone left feeling revived and encouraged.  

 

 

The chow line at a recent Shrimp Boil at Sportsman's Country Club in OKC.
My friend and co-worker Matt Owen (Mowen to those of us at AIS) accompanied
me for the free grub since Eric was busy attending Promise Keepers.

 

 

 
The Oklahoma City Outdoor Network Annual Picnic

It was a really good time, I have met a lot of nice people through this club.         

   

These are scenes from a recent visit by Diane Dunivan.  
She moved to Dallas earlier this year and is very much missed!

 

 

 

This was taken at a Mercy Me concert 
on August 27th at the Bricktown Ballpark stadium.

We stayed for the game afterward and had a nice evening. 

 

 

These are scenes from a Young Alumni party we had 
as part of the Arkansas Razorbacks Alumni Association.
 

Allison & Ann, being a lot of fun as always.

 

 

 

The shots above are from one of the events at Youth America.  This is 3 weeks of youth camps
sponsored by our church.  Everyone pitches in to help.  These are two pictures from a dinner I helped serve at.

A shot of the University of Arkansas annual
Alumni picnic.  Ann Bolens (center) is our 
dynamic and energetic president.

 This is Catherine & Joe Campbell at a very nice 
party given by our friend Suzanne Williams.

(I have two friends by this name, this Suzanne is the non-Phillips one.)

Below is a shot of a performer at a concert I attended at 
the Blue Door.  They had a different act on every 20 minutes,
it was great.

 

                      I hope this doesn't gross anyone out, but I 
thought it was cool.  It was a worm in a neat
cocoon outside our office at work.  It looked
like it was covered in leaves..

 

                                            Our old friend Tim Jenson is moving to town.  He's in temporary
                                            housing right now so we had him over for dinner one night.  It was
                                            great to catch up with him and talk about old times.

 

 

 


We spent a lot of time fishing for golf balls!
 

My sister Desirae and her good friend Nancy
were in town for most of June for a training program.

We've had a lot of fun hanging out together since
they've been nearby.  Here we are playing Putt Putt golf.

 

One Saturday night in early June Eric & I attended the Blues & BBQ Festival in Bricktown.
Afterwards we went over to the stadium and watched the end of a Redhawks game.  It was fun.

  
 

  In early June I attended a conference at church called Girlfriends

  It was really good - here are some pictures from the last day.

  

These are my friends - aren't they beautiful?

 

 

 My boss gave me free tickets to see a Redhawks baseball  game on the 18th of April.  The seats were wonderful and it  was a lot of fun.  It's how baseball is supposed to be.

 
Here are my daffodils in bloom in the back yard, and then a later picture when the tulips joined in.
 

In early April we had a big event in our household -
Eric got his black belt in Tae Kwon Do

Hurray for Eric!  

There he is wearing it at left,
with a close-up of the two ends of the belt below.

 

 

 

  Our friend Nathan Blythe was in town in late
  April so he stayed with us a few nights.  It was
  nice having him around. Here we are soaking in
  the hot tub.  
  

 

At the very end of March we had a nice
going-away lunch for Diane Dunivan
at Catherine Campbell's house.   

 


 
 Here Catherine gets everything ready for us.

 

Here's Barbara Bingham with our guest of honor.
  We will miss her!

 

 

The Worship team from Hillsong church in Australia came 
to our church, Church of the Harvest, at the end of March.  People drove from as far away as Iowa to hear them, it was a great night.

 

 

 

The sunsets here can be so beautiful.  I saw this one on March 4
and was so happy that I had my camera with me at the time.   

 

  My Newcomer friends were very nice and arranged
a lunch near my office so I could attend.  It was very
fun to hang out with them again, they're the best!
 

On January 31, I met my family in Tulsa.  Dad went  
to the boat show while we shopped, then we all went 
out for dinner together.  It was very nice.

 

 

Diana Losh, one of my Newcomer friends,  had
a Christmas party on Sunday, December 28.

  

 

Here is me with Eric, he is sporting his typical party face

 

Another Newcomer friend, Nancy Godsey, had a Christmas party at her house on the night of December 17.

This is Nancy & David Godsey

This is Amanda, Emily, and Barbara.  I caught Emily in mid-story - sorry!

Sandy Quay, one of my Newcomer friends, had a very nice Christmas Lunch on Wednesday the 17th of December

 

 

 

 

This is me with Zack, showing
my "Eric" henna tattoo I got in 
Mexico.  Eric loved it!

Eric, taking a nap by the fireplace.

See the two cats curled up beside him?
I'm only surprised that all three of them
weren't piled up there.

This is me in Hafer Park

We especially had great weather 
one day so Eric and I took 
a walk in the park to enjoy it.

 

 

                            

 

I attended a happy hour for the Oklahoma City Outdoor Network,
but before it started I had to snap a picture of the amazing sunset
over Lake Hefner.  Yes, that is a fire in the lower right corner.  They
have a nice fire pit on the patio at the Bahama Breeze.  Very nice.


It was Bill Becquart's birthday and I met some nice new people


   

 
 

 

 

I've joined a very nice book club through my Newcomer class. 
We meet once a month to discuss the latest book and the world in general.
In November, we met at my house.  Here are some pictures of my new friends.

 

 

Here's a picture of our friend Nigel Bramwell,
showing us that he finally found a spot for the
giant longhorns he was given as a going-away
gift from his co-workers.  

He is now in Aberdeen, Scotland and I'll bet he's 
the only guy in town with a set of real longhorns.

 

 

Here we are on our back porch for our first
Edmond cookout.  We had a nice turnout, 
wonderful weather and a really great time.  

I hope it's the first of many!            

 

 

Scenes from Greek Fest in OKC.  
I went twice - once alone and once with Erc.

 

 

Mom recently became a certified Ropes Course instructor in Stillwater
Since she was so close, I went up to visit her one night for dinner.

Here we are having dinner at Mexico Joe's

This is Mom at the Ropes Course saying, "You want me to go up there and then jump off?!!"  She did it though, she's tough!

 

 

In September, I visited the Oklahoma State Fair

The hands-down highlight of the fair was the pig races - what a show!
 

  

Eric, peeling away at a recent Shrimp Boil in Oklahoma City

 

A scene from "Othello"

From early August when we went   
to see Shakespeare in the Park 

 

 

A sunset over Dallas on my drive from Houston
 

 

The Cowboys were meeting for drinks on my last Saturday night in town.
I told them I couldn't make it because I was so busy packing the house.
In the end, I couldn't stay away and had to go say one last goodbye.

This is me with Michael Caldwell on the left, and Marlo with one of her friends on the right.

  

            
 Stacie Gibbons, Stacey Waggoner, Michael Nguyen, and Stacie's roomate Nathan

I had two places I had always meant to visit before I left Houston. 
These guys were kind enough to visit these places with me 
on my last weekend.  Above we're at the Rainbow Lodge,  
at right we're at the Big Easy Blues & Social club.  We  
finished the evening at the House of Pies.  It was perfect!  
 

 

 

  
These are pictures of my going-away lunch.

We went to the Red Onion and it was great.
They even gave us free dessert - wonderful!

 

 

 

 

 

We got an afternoon 'sprinkle' one day 
while I was home so I took a shot of it.

 

 

Scenes from our last pool party in Houston

Heather, telling us all about how to make Pina Coladas       

               PJ, with that sexy thang going on

Tammy in the shade and PJ being graceful.  
(Notice he didn't spill his drink!)

 

Laura & Mia joined us
and we were all glad
they did.

 
 
The boys got all tuckered out and went to sleep.  The breeze blew them together
in the back of the pool like flotsam & jetsam.  Somehow, I felt the name suited them!
 
 

  

Two pictures from our last night out dancing with friends in Houston

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