Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winter Fun

Margret, Lizzy, Jake, Brandon, Kale, Ivy, Alaina and I went skating at the WinterFest on Tuesay.  We had a great time on the ice but could use a bit of practice before we try the double axel.  Margret put together this retro feeling video...  Thanks MO.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A kid's Christmas

Will and family were here to celebrate Christmas with us, had sickness hanging around, but still had fun anyway. Will loved tree decorating, and the concept of getting gifts. (He liked his new shades too)! Nana

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve to All and to all a good night.

Christmas Eve and Elvis is singing and the "Elves" are in the building.

Love and Kisses to ALL. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Birthday Girls

Christmas is coming but first we have to get through birthdays.

Ivy and Alaina are now (today) officially 12 - Kale 21 (last May).

Kale got home in time to have birthday cake.  The girls got new boots, PJs, robot toys, and blankets to keep warm.  So they have everything they need to sleep, play, and stay warm.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nowata Thanksgiving Festivities

Even though Halloween was just last week, Thanksgiving was upon us.

The temperature plunged into the thirties outside, but inside the Orban Clan was hot in the kitchen. 

The food, as always, was delicious and plentiful - the beautiful Turkey was surrounded by 4 kinds of cranberries, stuffing (in and out of bird), mashed taters, bacon/potato casserole, cauliflower, broccoli/rice casserole, cucumber salad, and GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE. 

Oh yes, and lots of gravy.

We were all stuffed before deserts could be served.

Baby Sean and Baby Ethan made their first Nowata Thanksgiving. 

Some people braved the cold and took a walk to Galor and others played a pretty rough game of football.  Cracked heads and sore muscles were generated.

I am thankful for all my family - and missed all who were not with us at the homestead.

PS - Christmas will be here in a FLASH!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

oh my

jacket for ransom by nowata model-call 9919511 to claim

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy 54th Jack!


And happy anniversary to Jack and Steff and to Jenny and John!  Love and Kisses all around!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Out Standing in his field.......

Hi family, We received this email and photo from Joe, I hope you enjoy it. His 2010 season as an archaeologist is over:

Hey guys, today is my last day of work, its a little sad, but i have alot to look forward to this winter. Thank you for your love, patience and support to me and my family, this year has been particularly difficult for us. I dont keep track of miles but quantify my job in acres, over 5000 this year. I have spent this week in the office finalizing multi year projects and putting the finishing touches on reports. Becca and Orin hold down the fort and excitedly await the addition.
time for me to take a deep breath, relax, and jump into preperation for Sprout! ( A.K.ASproutacus)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fancy rain gear

This is Nicks homemade raingear for the owasso game friday.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Scared of the DARK? Happy Halloween!

The Halloween festivities started Friday and lasted all weekend.  The girls went to a Halloween Party/fundraiser for a classmate with cancer on Friday night, Saturday fun included the 4-H Horse Club party/hayride at the Hays' Ranch all afternoon followed by the family costume party at the J&J Cornerstone haunted warehouse, then trick-or-treating in the usual neighborhood on Sunday night.  We spotted Elvis singing in his driveway.

Competition for best costume at the Haunted Warehouse was FIERCE.   Although Pantsquatch came out on top, Igor was frightening indeed.  HangMan was creepy, Ab and Miss Souther Bell represented North and South, EMO Peter Pan and BraveHeart gave one pause. Athena and Cleopatera were georgeous, and the Forest Ranger and several Bears were spotted as well as the Mummy and her top Banana, Patton, the Devil, the Rabid Woodsman and Pink Poodle Girl, SuperBaby, two Ghosts, the Tribe and more. 

 Way fun party.  For ALL the Pictures, check out the link by clicking the post title.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Monarch Madness

We captured, tagged and released 65 monarchs in two days to finish our tagging season with a flourish. The girls just happened to be on fall break.
Click title for link to MonarchWatch.
Big Thanks out to Cara for turning us on to this organization!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Cold hearted orb
That rules the night
Removes the colours
From our sight
Red is gray and
Yellow white
But we decide
Which is right
Which is an Illusion*

Many views, many choices...reality for one may be fantasy for another.

*The Moody Blues-Knights in White Satin.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy Birthday Mother

Mother would have been 80 years old today. I still miss her every day, but sure glad I got to know her in the time we had. Grateful that my kids have such wonderful memories of her, too.

Love you, Mother
Your first baby,

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The joy of grandchildren

Cara, Tom & Will were here visiting this week. Will 'enjoyed' the recent rains and had fun coloring with whomever would draw 'roads & mountains' with him.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cecilia Marie

Cecilia was born 4:20 this afternoon. 7-lbs 10-oz of wonderful little baby chunk. Everything went well and we will probably get to come home tomorrow. She has me wrappd around her little finger already, but Jaden doesn't quite know what to think yet.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ethan is Here!

Born Sept. 13, 2010 in Tulsa OK

Steff says:  "My grandson, Ethan Henry was born September 13 at 1:05 a.m. He weighed 7lbs and 10 ozs.  He is 19 1/4 inches long .  He has auburn hair and is a very laid back little fellow!!
The delivery went well and he is perfect in every way.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

it must be a boat!

The boat project is coming along - from my point of view it looks great.  Paul operates a side project so that he can supervise.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Aurora Borealis

Just in case you were wondering what all the smoke was over the horizon late Sunday, it was Pete's cake....LOL. Yes, there were 55 candles on that cake, all thanks to Amy. (The buzzard was my idea..hee hee). Happy Birthday, we love ya!

Friday, August 20, 2010


Took this from the kitchen window. these 3 guys have been buzzing around on the back porch between feeders and chasing each other. i like at one point one looks like he slowed his wings down real slow. (the wasp in front may be the one i got big by on monday). if you have sound on, ignore the potato chip crunching :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Old Camperoo

The heat was turned down a bit for the annual Spencer Creek Campout and the gang gathered at the usual spot for tenting, fishing, grillin' and chillin' - and philosophizing.

Amy and Kiah raced boats, Ivy and Jake performed underwater hand stands, Alaina played croquet with her uncles and cousins, Margret and John rotisseried chicken, Jan made chili and queso, Steve grilled meat, Kale made more queso - and that was only the action I saw when I was visiting the camp site. Jackie and Aime visited long enough to get hot but we had enough coolers for all.
Sam biked up for the evening, David and Jaden threw rocks in the water and everyone had a fun time.

Splash had a chiropractic appointment Friday afternoon, so I visited a bit and then went to Claremore to haul Splash over to Owasso and then went back to the lake for the evening. Pico and I had a horse show on Sat. and Brenda came with me Sat. evening to hang out with the gang before we headed back to Claremore to watch a movie in air conditioned comfort.

Sunday, the campers packed up and went home to recover and dream of next year's campout.