#FamilyFunDay: Ft. Sill and LETRA

The #FamilyFunDay series is an opportunity for us to share our adventures, tips, and ‘manners used’ for making the most of your day if you choose to take a similar adventure of your own.

Ft. Sill and Lake Elmer Thomas Recreational Area (LETRA) are in Lawton, which is about an hour and a half drive South from Oklahoma City.

This #FamilyFunDay adventure was prompted after our recent trip to Mt. Scott. From the top of Mt. Scott the Cub of course spotted the water slides and beach area at LETRA … adding that to our list of to-do’s.

To gain access to the base, you need to stop at the visitors center by the main gate off Sheridan. You will need a drivers license for all of the adults in your group and fill out a visitors form. After a background check, you will be issued your visitors pass for the day.

We were pleasantly surprised by everything on base that awaited us.  Our first stop was at the museum.

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The Cub was in heaven to say the least.  The Musuem was closed (we were there on a Sunday) but the outside housed an endless supply of

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Army tanks,

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missile launchers,

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and more.

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We spent a good 45 minutes walking around and climbing on everything.

The architecture of many of the buildings and houses on base was amazing. Quite a bit of Spanish Colonial designs with tile roofs. You can see some of the homes in the background of the pictures above.

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We then headed out in search of LETRA; but found another detour on the way – Geronimo’s gravesite. We had to go check that out!

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There are numerous playgrounds that we made pit stops at as well. Good thing we packed a picnic lunch again. If you don’t bring your lunch, the base has plenty of options available, close to the main gate, such as Subway, Burger King, and Church’s Chicken.

Back on track and headed to the ‘beach’, we found our destination with more fun to offer. Miniature Golf, Kayaking, and Paddle Boats. They also have bass and pontoon boats available to rent.

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After a quick round of miniature golf, we cooled down at the water slides and the beach.

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The beach area was quite enjoyable. They have a nice bathhouse with restrooms and showers.  The water was somewhat clear and the view of Mt. Scott provided a nice backdrop and a few shaded areas to get some temporary relief from the sun.

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The watersports are only open during the summer between Memorial and Labor Days.

They also have archery and paintball rentals. Those, we were told, are available year round weather permitting.

Rental Cabins are available too. Looks like we’ll be checking into those for a weekend of Family Fun Days, archery and paintball.

Manners Used: (great talking points to share with your kiddos as you head out on your adventure.)

  • Respect for authority and for military personnel. You will have contact with gate attendants, and other military personnel as you’re on an active U.S. Army base.
  • Following the rules at all times; speed limits, no swimming areas, non access areas.
  • Eye contact, please and thank you.
  • Reverance for the deceased as you walk through the cemetery to see Geronimo’s grave.
  • and of course car ride manners for the 2.5 hour outing (5 hours round trip) (Here’s an idea to help ward off the ‘are we there yet?’ questions.)

This will be another ‘do over’ destination.  There is so much to do in this area, we’re thinking a weekend getaway is in order!

We would love to hear if you do, please leave us a comment and let us know about your #FamilyFunDay Adventure.

– Carey Sue

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Creative Re-Purposing: The perfect hiding spot

You may have noticed by now, I’m all about “hiding” things we use on a regular basis… and trying to creatively “re-purpose” items to serve a new purpose.

I found these two suitcase looking decorative boxes at Hobby Lobby then asked my husband to drill a hole in the back of each one.

Added an electrical cord…

Put it on my husbands side of the bed to hide his stuff.

During the day, everything is tucked away nice and neat and when it’s time for bed, he just pops open the little box and ta-da… all of his stuff is easily accessible.

We placed the other one in the laundry room…

We use it to hide the dust buster.

Do you use boxes in your house to “hide” things?

Please share… we would love to know!

 

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Aunt Audie’s Fudge

Word to those in a hurry … Completely read all instructions before you begin!!!

 


3 cups sugar

¾ cup butter (1 ½ sticks)

1 small can (5oz) evaporated milk (about 2/3 c)

1 pkg Semi-Sweet chocolate chips (about 2 c)

1 jar of Marshmallow Crème (7oz)

1 cup chopped Pecans or Walnuts (we use Pecans)

1 tsp Vanilla

Spray rectangle-baking dish with Pam, set aside.

 

Gather all, pre-measured, ingredients and have within reaching distance before you begin!!!

Place sugar, butter and evaporated milk in large heavy saucepan.

Bring to a full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly.

Boil 4 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.

Did I mention, completely read all instructions before you begin!!!

Remove from heat.

ADD chocolate chips and marshmallow crème; stir until completely melted.

Add walnuts and vanilla; mix well.

(Didn’t get a picture at this stage…too busy trying to get it all stirred together)…ouch, my wrist hurts.

Pour immediately into prepared pan; spread to form even layer in pan.

Let stand at room temperature 4 hours or until completely cooled; cut into bite sized squares.

We store ours in the fridge.

Can be kept out, in an airtight container, at room temperature.

Can also be frozen.

Best Fudge EVER… Yum.

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Manner Monday: Bodily Functions at the Dinner Table

Click here to read today’s post:  Bodily Functions at the Dinner Table

Don’t forget, Manner Monday has moved to it’s new home.

www.MannerMonday.com

 

 

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Manner Monday: Thinking of you…

Take a few minutes to send a hand-written note to someone this week.  Believe it or not, it only takes a few short minutes!

It’s amazing what the power of the pen and paper can do.  Here are some ideas to get your thoughts flowing:

  • Send a ‘thank-you’ note
  • Send a ‘thinking of you’ note
  • Send a ‘note of support’
  • Send a ‘sympathy’ note
  • Send a note to Grandparent

If you’re up for a personal challenge, try and make it a personal goal to send a note every day this week.

What are some other reasons you can think of to send a hand-written note?  Please share!…

 

Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

And, of course, please share ‘Manner Monday’ with your friends and colleagues. If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter and receive ‘Manner Monday’ in your inbox, please enter your email address in the ‘Subscribe to Newsletter’ box on the right.

On another note… Are you short on personalized stationery?  If so, please visit:  www.MannerMonday.PaperConcierge.com we have hundreds of styles and designs available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump start on their table manners and make dining more fun.

Thank you for reading Manner Monday!

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Manner Monday: Interruptions

In the world of business, we are all well aware of “interruptions” during our day.  They consist of everything from that little email “chime” on our digital device, to telephones ringing (or vibrating), and coworkers stopping by for a chat.

The other day, my five year old was in the middle of some serious Lego construction.  He was humming and singing and having a grand time.  In my efforts to keep everyone “on schedule”, I was getting ready to start chatting with him to share what was on our “to-do” list for the rest of the day.  Something stopped me in my tracks and I’m so glad it did… I decided my “interruption” could wait, as it was obvious he was focused on the project at hand.  He ended up working diligently for about 30 more minutes on his creation.  If I had interrupted him, I doubt the creation would have seen the light of day.

I know the next time I get ready to “interrupt” someone when I can clearly see they are otherwise engaged with a task… I will second guess the interruption and decide “is this interruption immediately important?” or “can it wait?”

If you are having difficulties in your office workspace with interruptions, click here to read a previous blog post on Office Space Etiquette.

Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

And, of course, please share ‘Manner Monday’ with your friends and colleagues. If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter and receive ‘Manner Monday’ in your inbox, please enter your email address in the ‘Subscribe to Newsletter’ box on the right.

On another note… Are you short on personalized stationery?  If so, please visit:  www.MannerMonday.PaperConcierge.com we have hundreds of styles and designs available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump start on their table manners and make dining more fun.

Thank you for reading Manner Monday!

 

 

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Creative Re-Purposing: Snack time

When I find something I ‘love’, ‘can’t live without’, ‘have to have’, I try to figure out how I can use it creatively… for something more than it’s original purpose.

Such as this adorable Mackenzie-Childs stacking tea set…

That we hide

snacks in…

That Billy can help himself to whenever he needs a little “pick-me-up”…

Do you have a favorite thing that you’ve “creatively repurposed”?  Please share!

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Colorful Cupcakes

Yes… I’ve been living under a rock!

Recently a friend, Kate Lewis, posted this fun tip over on her blog about tie-dye cupcakes

So I shared her post on Facebook and received many comments… apparently this is something many of you already do!

Well, this past weekend, Billy and I decided to give it a shot.

With it being the 4th of July, we decided to go with Red, White and Blue.

 

It’s amazing what a little food coloring can do!

Wa-la….

Billy had a blast making them.

He’s already asking “when can we make them again?!?!?!”

And to think… I’ve been under a rock – Wonder what else I’m missing out on!?!?!?

 

 

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Ice Cream Pops

We’ve been making these yummy Ice Cream Pops for the past few weeks.

They make such a nice treat. They’re just the right size, they’re easy to eat, and they leave no dishes to clean!

Here’s what you will need:

For the 4th of July, we used red and blue sprinkles.  We have been using a variety of “sprinkles”, but figured we would be festive for the weekend.

Next, take your small ice cream scoop (ours makes 1 1/2 inch scoops)

While the ice cream is still in the scoop, insert a small wooden spoon.

Then pop it out and pass it on to the “decorator”.

We usually make a few for the “big kids” by crunching some pecans and mixing in miniature chocolate chips. (Yum)

Place in the freezer until time to eat.

And presto… a fun snack for everyone!

Enjoy!

What are you favorite summertime treats?  Please share…

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Manner Monday: People Mover Etiquette

Many families are heading out on summer vacation.  For many, that means hitting the airport. Most airports have various forms of people movers consisting of moving sidewalks, escalators and trams. These “people movers”, if you do not utilize them on a daily basis, can sometimes leave you to wonder how to navigate them comfortable and confidently.

Think of moving sidewalks and escalators as a highway. Slower traffic (standing) in the right lane, faster traffic (walking) in the left lane. When driving on a highway, if you stop in the middle of the rode, you create a traffic jam, or worse, an accident… same thing happens on people movers. Add to the mix, people pulling luggage, pushing small children in strollers, the elderly who may be feeling unstable… you get the picture. When you step off the escalator or moving sidewalk, if you need to get your bearings before moving on, make sure you step aside completely clear of traffic to alleviate an accident.

Also, it’s always a good idea to “hold on”, you’d hate to lose your balance and create the domino effect down the escalator. Especially on the tram, not only do you need to “hold on”, but hold on to your personal effects as well, those little trams can fly… sending your carryon on a little journey of its own!

If you are traveling, have a great vacation and good luck with the “people movers”.

On another note… Are you short on personalized stationery?  If so, please visit:  www.MannerMonday.PaperConcierge.com we have hundreds of styles and designs available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump start on their table manners and make dining more fun.

Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

And, of course, please share ‘Manner Monday’ with your friends and colleagues. If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter and receive ‘Manner Monday’ in your inbox, please enter your email address in the ‘Subscribe to Newsletter’ box on the right.

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