The Help

The jist of this post is if you haven’t read The Help, read it. Seriously, buy it, download it, borrow it right now.

There are some books or movies that strike a cord with you on many levels. This book did this for me. I want to know the women in this book. I want them to be a part of my life. They are amazing and complex.

As if the plot and characters weren’t enough, the story of race relations in the south is what really made me think. I was brought up in a very accepting home. I was taught that all people, no matter their race, religion, sex, or any other factor, are no better or worse than me. I am grateful for this. Beyond grateful.

This book opened my eyes to the hardship all minorities face. In this book, the minority was African American women. It’s taken me a while to be able to articulate the impact this book had on me, and, well, here it is.

My ancestry has had the upper hand for generations. Why? Not because we are smart, or better, but simply because we are white. That’s it. That’s the only trait you needed to posses to be able to go to a better school, or get a better job or attend a better college. You had the upper hand simply because you were born white. Can you fathom knowing that your grandparents or great grandparents were slaves? That means that they started with nothing. Nothing. And your parents and grandparents were brought up just prior to or in the civil rights era fighting for what seems to be the simplest rights. Using a bathroom. Renting a home. Sitting where they choose on a bus or in a restaurant. YOUR parents had to FIGHT to sit with white people at a restaurant. It seems unfathomable, but it’s a fact. That means your generation is the first to have the capacity to follow your dreams. Where would you be if that was your history? Most likely, you wouldn’t be where you are today.

Final Four

We had some friends over for the Final Four and had a great time. Parties are a lot different than they used to be. I think I opened three beers over the four hour evening, but since I got distracted and misplaced them I drank a total of one beer. Chasing toddlers around is fun and totally exhausting.

Reese and her parents came over a little early since they had plans and couldn’t stay long. Reese has an obsession with making sure everyone has the items that belong to them. It’s one of the cutest things ever. It’s also really interesting when she has this concern and is at another child’s house because everything around her belong to the other child. This is a picture of Rebekah after Reese has brought her everything nearby which belongs to her. I think Rebekah’s a little confused.

The kids had a great time playing outside.

Utica Square

Rebekah and I met G-ma at Utica Square last Friday to enjoy the weather and get her Easter basket. How freakin’ cute is the lavender tulle?? Any-who, it was such a beautiful day so we wandered over to Queenies to get a sandwich and Rebekah sat in a normal chair like a big girl. Sounds silly, but I still can’t get over it. How is she big enough to be in a normal chair!??!

We couldn’t resist some pics of her in the beautiful surroundings. Utica is my absolute favorite part of Tulsa. While I love the perks of living in the ‘burbs, being midtown makes me feel like a Tulsan.

On a side note, my dear friend, Sarah, posted some super cute pics of our girls from last Friday. I’m completely obsessed with the pic where they are looking around her to see Mickey Mouse.

Weekend Full of Fun

Last weekend was a fun one filled with seeing friends. Pictures from all events didn’t turn out so well but here’s a photo synopsis of our shinanigans.

We started our weekend with a fun night with the Launchbaughs. Reese and Rebekah had a blast playing on the slide in their backyard. I don’t have photos of it, but I know that Sarah will soon. Saturday we had a birthday party to celebrate our friends’ son’s first birthday. We then went to a cookout where we got to meet two new friends, Blakely and Lanie, and play with Reese some more. They were precious beyond words and I was relieved that Rebekah was gentle with them. Rebekah did pet them like she pets Austin, but it”s a start.

We topped the weekend off with dinner at El Tequila – our fave Mexican dive – where Rebekah thoroughly enjoys the chips and salsa!

More Park Time

Obviously, we are so excited about the beautiful weather in Tulsa lately. Jeremy and I love to try out new parks around town with Rebekah and this past weekend we went to the QT Park on Riverside. We were having a great time and then I saw a guy walking with a giant bomb pop type popsicle with every color in the rainbow. I’m not sure, but I think my words to Jeremy were something like, “I don’t know what that is, but I WANT ONE.” We then saw an ice cream truck nearby and ran walked to get ourselves a goodie.

Blog Roll, Namaste & Karate

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Recently, Jeremy and I have taken up new hobbies. We can’t help but share the humor in our new-found passions. Humor, only because you couldn’t pick out two more opposite sources of exercise.

Jeremy has started taking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai two nights a week. I love this for him. If he doesn’t exercise it’s just not good for either one of us. After several years of doing Cross-Fit he decided to branch out and try something new and it’s a perfect fit.

I, on the other hand, have taken up Yoga. I cannot explain how much I am obsessed with it. I think about it all day, while I fall asleep, and first thing in the morning. After playing basketball and running track throughout adolescence and running in my 20’s, I’ve never had such a good workout be SO relaxing. I won’t go into all the touchy-feely- stuff about yoga, but I can just say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.

So, on a nightly basis we have a deal. If he wants to practice his new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu moves on me, he must try a yoga pose or flow for me. Usually this means he has to do my favorite pose, The Tree.