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Friday Phone Dump

“May your home always be too small to hold all your friends”

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1) Urban Teahouse is officially one of my favorite places to hang out in OKC.  Beth and I went there last week to get some work done, and this lavender earl grey tea was the perfect match for waiting out a thunderstorm and listening to old Relient K albums :)

2) Ok, do you see that little manatee sitting in my mug?!?!  Our friends, Tom and Ro, were in town this weekend (more photos of that below) with two of their friends, Josh and Phil.  Josh stayed with us, and he (so kindly) brought us several lovely gifts including some English tea and this MANA-TEA LOOSE-LEAF TEA STEEPER!  I’ve used it almost every day since I got it, I’m in love.  Thanks again, Josh!

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3-4) Colin, Brian, and I got to take Josh for a small tour around OKC, so we started with Okay Yeah (aka one of our new favorite spots).  Have you ever showed someone around the place you live who was entirely unfamiliar with it?  It’s so fun and interesting!

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5) Of course we had to stop by the OKC Memorial–always a moving experience.

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6) Bozeman had fun with Josh while he was here, but I think he really loved having the air mattress set up since he kept sneaking into the office to sleep on it….pups loves his cozy sleeping spots.

7) Friday night, we hosted a two-stepping party for all our English friends in the backyard!  It was a little hotter than the parties we’re used to having back there, but I think everyone had fun.  Ro and I got these flowers from Whole Foods and threw together these arrangements into mason jars!  :)

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8) This was the first time Tom and Ro came to our actual house!  It was so special to have our English friends in our home in Oklahoma!

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9-10) Colin and me at the backyard dance party–he’s my favorite one :)

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11-14) We took the whole gang to our favorite breakfast place in OKC, Cafe Kacao, on Saturday morning!  They loved it, then the guys went to the OSU game, and Ro and I started our tour of the city :)  We went to Lake Hefner with Bozeman, then to Target (because she had never been there before.  omg.), then went to Cuppies to get yummy stuff (obviously) and meet up with some more friends!

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12) Ro was smitten with her Neverland (peanut butter and chocolate) cupcake and glass of milk :)

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13-15) From Cuppies, we made a mad dash around OKC in the rain!  We drove all the way to Edmond for KatieBugs snow cones (because Ro had never even heard of snow cones before……OMG), and they gave us these cute Keep It Local ponchos that had the most appropriate quote ever on them.  “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute”  Over then next few hours, the weather went from sunny to stormy to rainy and sunny to rainbows to cool and breezy to humid and steamy.  Oh Oklahoma.

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16) After driving by the Capitol building, we stopped by Brian’s house and saw this rainbow!

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17-19) Then we drove through Bricktown, then Film Row, then to the Wheeler District…because obviously this was a photo-op we couldn’t pass up!  PS–that’s Kelley and Steph with Ro and me in these photos!

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20-23) I think it’s a requirement to go to the Stockyards if you’re with someone new to Oklahoma!  We were rewarded for this particular trip with a breathtaking view of the sunset on OKC…geez louise.

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24) After stopping by my house to use a hair straightner (#humidity), we met back up with the guys to eat at our favorite non-breakfast restaurant (The Mule)!  Then we walked over to Oak and Oar to try some local beer, and we found some more friends to join there.  It was a lovely lovely day!

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25) *sigh* the next morning we said goodbye to our English friends, and it was real sad.  They finished their trip to the US by driving to Memphis, then to Nashville!  I’ve been stalking them on Instagram throughout all of it!  We love you guys!

26) I spotted some orange leaves driving downtown!  Come on, Autumn!

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27) Bonus to throwing parties= getting to keep fresh flowers in the house afterward.

28) Haha, we usually keep this cinder block leaned against this hole in our gate, but it got moved, so Bozeman uses it as a window to peek through when we pull into the driveway–it’s pretty cute

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29-32) This lovely went back to China this week, but I got to see her one last time before she left!  We walked around Automobile Alley and it was grand :) Miss you already, Aubs!

33) Obligatory backyard yoga mat photo featuring the beginnings of Autumn leaves!

This weekend we’ll be celebrating Brian’s birthday (it’s today–Happy Birthday, Brian!) and doing chores around the house.  I hope your weekend includes an adventure :)

love,

M

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