Wednesday, October 18, 2017

and these are a few of my favorite things...

There's something that changes in the atmosphere when you get the Fernandez kids together. I don't know why I say "kids" because they are all adults now. But I think we, as humans, tend to act like our younger selves when we are around the people we grew up. That's what happens with Will, Alana and Travis when they get together. The air fills with continuous laughter, voices raise in volume with excitement,  and you sense a bond has been created that if you haven't experienced in your lifetime you realize that you very much want to be a part of. What's great about the Fernandez folks is that they will welcome you with open arms. Before you know it, you too will be sharing "remember when" stories and exchanging "this is what life is about" glances when the right moment presents itself.

Every second Friday, Norman has an art walk on Main street. Different artists will showcase their art in stores on main street, restaurants will open their doors to the public and sell their food, and musically talented individuals line the sidewalks and play their tunes. At the end of the street there is a huge open space where food trucks set up and other local artist sell their jewelry, soaps, candles and artwork. Will and I love stuff like this, Alana had mentioned wanting to check it out while she was in town so we met her, Keifer, Travis, Amber and Davis downtown to walk it out. It was a beautiful evening admiring all the goodies and spending time with our family. We decided to go see Rocky & Mike (two guys who played at in our wedding band) play music. Crazy thing, Rocky let people come up and sing with him, and I kid you not, every single person who sang with him wasn't just good but they were like GOOD. It was wild. Must have been a friday the 13th kind of deal, or maybe there are a lot of people residing in Oklahoma who are not following their dream and need to look into signing up to a show they call THE VOICE.

It's true what "they" say, as you get older, you tend to rise earlier. I was awake by eight on Saturday morning. The only other person in my house awake was my Shoba puppuh-dog. I got up and showered and then tippy-toed around the house, tried to read a book (which never really happens when I'm excited) and then decided I'm not that great at being quiet so I decided to get out of the house for a minute. I drove to get a couple of things for breakfast, grabbed an iced coffee, then headed back to the house. By the time I got back Will had managed to wake up, then Alana Donna came downstairs shortly after. We took Shobey on a walk and showed Alana the neighborhood. Once we got back, we enjoyed some coffee/morning back patio time and then before we knew it Lindsey was knocking at the door. Thank goodness Lindsey made it there earlier because she helped me make hash browns, I've never been able to knock those out for some reason. You'd think they'd be easy, but nope, not even a little bit. haha. I also whipped up some breakfast burritos for everyone with a side of mimosas. Before too long, it was game time in Oklahoma so we made our way over to Louie's to watch it. Once OU beat Texas we headed back to our house, we spent the evening playing a card game, catch phrase and foosball.... typical Fernandez night.

By my next statement, you'll probably realize by my third visit in the past five weeks that I'm officially feeling a little obsessed with The Jones Assembly and it's because I kind of am. I wanted Alana to see the place so I made reservations for a late brunch for everyone. Gosh, I'm just so impressed with their tasty food and cocktails. I literally just can't say enough good things about them and always look forward to going back. ( I'm already looking forward to going back at the end of the month for our first show there) As we were all passing around our plates and enjoying our food, I sat back and smiled because all of these people with all of their beauty and despite their differences bring something so unique and special to the table which makes us all family. The remainder of the afternoon we hung out on the patio, ran into Nick Collison , and by ran into I mean, he and his wife just happened to walk in to lunch while we were all there on the patio, and we didn't say hi because we are nobody's to them and we are normal people and respect their privacy haha.

We said our goodbyes, but we vowed to spend more time together, as we get older we know this is what we all want and need and it is what is most important. Luckily, we will get to do just that this year starting with Thanksgiving. Family is so important and I'm so happy to have married a man who has formed such an incredible bond with his little sister and brother. These three individuals are some of the most vibrant, fun, loving, and tight knit individuals I know.

Friday, October 13, 2017


it's FINALLY Friday!

Is it just me or did this week seem longer than usual? It's probably just me. And it's probably because I'm looking forward to something. My sister in law and soon to be brother in law are coming to town and I can hardly wait to see them. It seems like has been forever since Will and I have seen them so we have missed them so much. The ability to focus this week while at work has been madness. But it's today is finally here!!
Because sometimes all you have is pink ribbon ... 

Though I just said it's been hard for me to focus while working due to excitement, I've somehow managed. And not only that, I've actually had one of the most productive weeks in a while. So yeah such a awesome yet awkward week, who knew?!? For example, I picked up my husbands birthday gift (which is funny because talking to him earlier while on the phone he clearly thinks I just bought him dinner this year) , I signed up for a life group this week and I had been wanting to do that for a while, and got some small grocery shopping taken care of - you know the kind that you have to do in between the hefty trips because you and your roommate drink way too much coffee, and he uses ALL the deodorant because the girl kind is the best ;) oh and let's not forget the dry shampoo because I almost NEVER wash my hair these days.. that type of shopping.

So yeah super productive stuff going on in my household... I know what you're thinking, "give me some excitement Jeri Kaye" but let's get real guys, this is my life as 32 year old me. And as much as I thought back when I was 25ish that even the type of things I just wrote were boring I'm kind of looking back at my week feeling a little accomplished haha. I guess this is what people meant when they said "you'll feel different about things as you get older" boy were they right. Now don't get me wrong, I love a night out on the town but I so love night in with a great book, a cozy blanket and a glass of red wine, sometimes I prefer it over the other fancy stuff. 

Now I wouldn't be telling you guys the truth if I just stopped there though. There were some other things I feel that happened this week that I am happy to see that happened. In two completely separate situations, I felt God very present in the moment and it was really cool to see him at work. I want to share with you guys what happened because I love sharing any and every thing that involves a moment showing God's love. Right now though, I much prefer to let go and let God do his work. I'm still learning and I'm still growing in him. What I have learned so far is that he has a plan and I need to roll with his plan for me.

Now, I'm SO excited to get my family weekend started with my ALL of my family members. I hope you all have a great weekend and I can't wait to come back and tell you all about it next week.