September Photo Wrap -Up

Hey everyone!! I wanted to throw in some pictures that didn’t make my blog this month but I thought they were a little worthy. Enjoy!! (sorry for the quality of some of the pics)

Music at the Rock'n'Rib Fest in Tulsa

Music at the Rock’n’Rib Fest in Tulsa

Music at the Rock'n'Rib Fest in Tulsa

Music at the Rock’n’Rib Fest in Tulsa

BBQ plate at the Rock'n'Rib Fest in Tulsa

BBQ plate at the Rock’n’Rib Fest in Tulsa

Playing outside in Tulsa

Playing outside in Tulsa (Dress: Rue 21, shoes: Rue 21, earrings: Dollar Jewelry)

More balloons from the Gatesway Balloon Festival in Claremore

More balloons from the Gatesway Balloon Festival in Claremore

Softball with David...now we're up in the big leagues

Softball with David…now we’re up in the big leagues

Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure (Tank top: Champion-Sports Authority, capris: Nike-Sports Authority)

Fall is in full swing. Stay tuned for more adventures!

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Fly Me to The Moon – Gatesway Balloon Festival

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It’s not everyday that you see a hot air balloon, at least not in these parts (that sounded really country, lol). When you have the opportunity to see one you have to stop and stare. Now add a little over half a dozen hot air balloons and you have a spectacle on your hands. This weekend me and the boyfriend ventured about 30 minutes down the highway to Claremore, OK for the Gatesway Balloon Festival. Gatesway is a non-profit agency that provides vocational, social and living skills to people with intellectual disabilities.

Wonder Bread balloon

Wonder Bread balloon

The festival was from Friday Sept. 19th to Saturday Sept. 20th at the Cherokee Casino, Will Rogers Down. The entry to the fair was free which allowed many families the chance to come out and enjoy the festivities. There were concession stands available, which I had to take advantage of because “fair food” is one of my favorite things. There were plenty of games available for kids to enjoy including laser tag and a mechanical bull. There were also arts and crafts vendors at the festival. It was a really laid back atmosphere. I have to admit that I had a good time until we were ready to leave. The parking and the traffic flow could have been better. Hopefully as the festival grows there will be more control over these matters. If you missed it this year I’m sure the event will be around again next year, don’t miss out!

If you would like to find out more about Gatesway click the link below

http://www.gatesway.org/

Who knew King Kong was hiding in Claremore

Who knew King Kong was hiding in Claremore

Me and Will chatting it up about the news

Me and Will chatting it up about the news

How cool it this RV?

How country chic is this RV?

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My Top Movies about Travel

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I love a good story. I love being transported to a new and interesting place in my imagination. Of course on occasion I actually like to travel to such places, but sometimes you have to settle for the easier to obtain option…a movie. Here is a list of my top 5 travel related movies. See if some of these are on your list.

#5:

THE HANGOVER (2009, Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper)

The Hangover

The Hangover

I know you’re probably wondering “what the heck is that doing on the list” but hear me out. A group of guys travel to Las Vegas for a final weekend of fun before one of them walks down the aisle and says “I Do”. Madness ensues and things that you wouldn’t even imagine happening DO happen. It’s a trip involving opposite personalities and narcotics…and it all comes together in Las Vegas. Yep that about sums it up.

#4:

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher )

Star Wars Epsiode IV: A New Hope

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Once again hear me out….This is one of the most epic adventures ever. One day Luke Skywalker is simply chilling at home on the farm then next thing you know he’s flying across the galaxy with Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C3P0 and getting a crash course in Jedi:101 from Obi-Wan Kenobi. They’re on a mission to rescue a damsel in distress (who just happens to be Luke’s sister, sounds very Jerry Springer-ish). If you watch the Star Wars series long enough you’ll see them travel to some interesting places and meet some interesting “people”.

#3:

Eat Pray Love (2010, Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem)

Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love

Did I read the book….No…but I watched the movie. I enjoyed it because she travels, eats and falls in love. Who can ask for more? The more I watch this movie the more unrealistic it seems and that’s probably why I like it. Before you know it you might as well be watching a Disney movie.

#2:

Cast Away (2000, Tom Hanks)

Cast Away

Cast Away

Yeeaaaaaa ummmm this is not a movie you would think belonged on this list. It does involve a plane, and an island soooo… I don’t know how to make it work but I like Tom Hanks and I think he gives a great performance in this movie. “WILSSOOONNN”!

#1:

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989, Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo)

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This is my favorite holiday movie and for this blog it’s also my favorite travel related (yes there is some travel–the extended family travels in from out of town to visit the Griswolds). With the holidays only months away this movie is definitely a go-to film for when you’re stuck in the airport terminal waiting on your twice delayed flight or stuck in the car next to your snoring sister for another hour on your way to grandma’s house. Pull out that tablet and start watching!!

Honorable mentions

  • Coming to America (Eddie Murphy at a time when he could do no wrong)
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (wizards, elves and the precioussss)
  • Dumb and Dumber (“Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world?”)
  • National Lampoon’s Family Vacation (“Russ”!!)

There you have it, that’s my list of movies about travel. It’s probably no where near what you thought it would be but that’s what makes it unique. What are your favorites? Are any of mine on your list?

Fellow Okie: Ceanti’ Aldridge

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There are some people who just have an eye for detail. They can see a blank canvas not as it is but for what it can become. They can take a fanciful idea and make it tangible. I…am not one of those people. Thankfully I know someone who is. Ceanti’ Aldridge is a wonderful and creatively gifted young woman that I met many moons ago. She’s an Okie from Muskogee, fellow Muskogee Class of 2004 alum (Go Roughers) and University of Central Oklahoma graduate. Ceanti’ has a warmth to her that is undeniable. When I noticed she had began her own business I knew I had to see if she wouldn’t mind being one of my featured Fellow Okies. She deserves the spotlight.

Fellow Okie Questionnaire

  • What’s your name?

Ceanti’ Aldridge

  • What organization or company do you represent?

TAI Event Planning and Design

  • What city in Oklahoma do you call home?

Edmond by way of Muskogee!

  • What cities in Oklahoma have you lived in?

Edmond, Oklahoma City, Norman, and Muskogee

  • What’s your favorite thing about Oklahoma?

The people and the atmosphere

  • Compared to other places you’ve traveled, what stands out most about Oklahoma?

The kindness of the people

  • Tell me a little bit about your organization or company.

TAI Event Planning and Design is my up and coming event planning and graphic design company.

  • What are your goals for the company or organization?

To grow and get more consistent work and for this to become my full time career one day soon!

  • How can others help you achieve your goals?

Prayer! And hiring me for your wedding/event and stationery needs!

  • How can people contact you?

taieventplanning@gmail.com

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Ceanti’ is on her way to great things. She is a very determined young woman with a precise vision for her business. If you have any upcoming events that you would like her expertise with don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Ceanti’ Aldridge.

A Weekend Outing

Beautiful weather

Beautiful weather

I must say…I love the weekend especially Saturday. Saturday always feels like a clean slate to me. It feels like an opportunity to accomplish any and everything. To venture into the unknown and discover new things. Ok, ok, that may have been a little dramatic but what can I say…the weekend was made for rest, relaxation and exploration (at least in my book).

On a rainy Saturday we, “we” meaning my mom, boyfriend and I, decided to stop by the India Festival organized by the India Association of Greater Tulsa. The event was held at the Expo Square Pavilion in Tulsa. There was a lot to visually take in. A stage, seating, and plenty of vendor booths filled the arena floor. Many people dressed in traditional clothing from India. Clothing sales, native foods, tapestry, ceramics and henna tattoos were available. Traditional dances were performed including Garba. The dance, Garba, is performed during the nine-day Hindu festival Navaratri. So I didn’t get a henna tattoo or eat any homemade curry BUT I did ride a camel. A camel named Angie. She was smelly but I had a great time.

Pretty good turn out even on a rainy day

Pretty good turn out even on a rainy day

Young ladies performing...they were so cute!

Young ladies performing…they were so cute!

Angie and I!

Angie and I!

ceramics, jewelry, clothing and this wonderful young lady named Rajeshree was kind enough to take a picture with me.

ceramics, jewelry, clothing and this wonderful young lady named Rajeshree was kind enough to take a picture with me.

The rain had moved on and left perfect weather to be outside in. Later that evening we set out to check out the food truck festival “Taste on Main ” in Broken Arrow, OK. There was live music, a kid zone and of course food. Now I will admit, I had already eaten hours prior to going to this event and didn’t really have the appetite to enjoy any of the tasty creations available so my mom and I stood around in “creeper mode” the whole time we were there, but we still had a good time.

Food on Main in Broken Arrow, OK

Food on Main in Broken Arrow, OK

Food on Main in Broken Arrow, OK

Food on Main in Broken Arrow, OK (Jumpsuit: Body Central, shoes: Rue 21)

To top off the weekend I felt it was only appropriate to do a mini faux-photo shoot at Woodward Park. You have to take advantage of beautiful weather right?

Yep it's a photo shoot!

Yep it’s a photo shoot! (Dress: Rue 21, gladiator sandals: Rue 21, heels: Rack Room Shoes, blazer: Ross, earrings: Dollar Jewelry)

Labor Day Weekend Split – Dallas/Tulsa

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Whew! I had a great Labor Day weekend. It’s been about 2 years since I last set foot in Dallas, Texas. This weekend I made my journey back to this fun city. There’s something about Dallas…I can’t really put my finger on it but I’ve always felt welcomed there. We arrived on Friday evening, got our bearings and then set out for some grub. After careful deliberation…we chose Texas Roadhouse, hey why not?

 Yum

Yum

When in Texas...

When in Texas…

We then headed back to our room and set out for the night.

The following afternoon we began our day at Pappadeux Seafood Restaurant. It’s hard to visit Dallas and not stop by Pappadeux. We had a delicious lunch.

Blackened catfish with fried shrimp and dirrttty rice

Blackened catfish with fried shrimp and dirrttty rice

We then stopped by the Galleria. If you haven’t heard of the Galleria in Dallas, allow me to fill you in quickly. It’s a four story mall with over 200 stores and services. One major feature of the Galleria is the ice skating rink.

Dallas Galleria

Dallas Galleria

The Galleria has a Starbucks...'nuff said

The Galleria has a Starbucks…’nuff said

We spent some time at the mall and then headed over to the Dallas Arboretum. When I heard that the Dallas Arboretum would be having 1 Dollar Days throughout the month of September I knew we had to at least swing by to check it out. If you purchase your parking pass online through their website you can get $5 off the price. We spent a total of $8 for our visit. The Dallas Arboretum is a huge landscape of beautiful plants, trees and flowers. With pathways, trails and bridges to help you get from one scenic view to the next, before you know it you’ll be lost in the view.

 $1 Dollar Days!

$1 Dollar Days!

After a day of running around we decided to enjoy some night life. We attempted to visit the restaurant and jazz club Buttons. We were unaware of how long the wait would be prior to stopping by, so after approximately an hour wait we decided to look else-where for some grub. We landed at The Quarter, directly next door to Buttons. It was a cool little bar with plenty of tables, karaoke, tv’s all around, an attentive staff and the food wasn’t too shabby.

The Quarter, a New Orleans inspired bar

The Quarter, a New Orleans inspired bar

After spending a fun couple of days in Dallas we headed back home to Oklahoma.

Normally I would chill after a trip but not this time. Sunday night was the second to last home game for the Tulsa Drillers. The Drillers play at OneOK field in downtown Tulsa. The sports organization has done a great job at making the minor league baseball games fun for the entire family. One of the biggest attractions is the fireworks show at the end of the game.

Tulsa Drillers baseball game

Tulsa Drillers baseball game

Fireworks finale

Fireworks finale

Once again…Whew! This was a great Labor Day weekend. How was your holiday weekend? Comment below!

Don’t feel like leaving my page just yet? Well check out a few more pictures from my weekend…

My friends and I sweating it out on the tram, I definitely appreciate their patience

My friends and I sweating it out on the tram, I definitely appreciate their patience

The Dallas Arboretum accommodates weddings and other special occasions.

The Dallas Arboretum accommodates weddings and other special occasions.

The peacocks!

The peacocks!

Nice stroll (actually a hot stroll lol)

Nice stroll (actually a hot stroll lol)

Dallas nights

Dallas nights

Map found at a McDonalds near McAlester

Map found at a McDonalds near McAlester

A few "antiques" inside the same McDonalds

A few “antiques” inside the same McDonalds

Until next time...

Until next time…