OOOOOOKLAHOMA Part 2

OOOOOOKLAHOMA Part 2

After a night in the hotel (bless, Remi girl had trouble settling down in a new environment and woke up in the night…so she got to sleep with mommy and daddy a bit), we enjoyed a really great breakfast in our hotel.  Like, amazing cinnamon rolls.  Seriously.

Then we had a little time to kill, so we went by Trader Joe’s. #TJFANFOREVER

Then we drove around a bit because little bit fell asleep.  But we ended up at the Oklahoma Aquarium!

We went straight back to the Ozarks exhibit because it was almost time to feed the otters and beavers.  Remi was so into the animals and fish.  It was getting a little crowded in that area because of the feeding, so she was getting mad we wouldn’t let her down. ha!

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Side note: people went NUTS over her mermaid leggings.

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She LOVED all of the exhibits.  We watched the touch tanks, but she was too tiny to reach in.  This was at the stingrays.

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Her two favorite things were the shark cage and the ramps in and out of the shark exhibit. ha!

(I love that you pay money to take them somewhere and they find such joy in the things that “don’t matter.”)  But we let her play for quite a while here since he was LOVING it.  (Also, is she climbing? I didn’t think so.  I think the sign behind was just so you didn’t try to climb to the top- it was like 15 feet tall).

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We bought some food and fed some fish and the turtles.  She liked that a lot, too.

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There were several little areas to crawl and explore- it’s such a great aquarium.  This was a tunnel into a tank, and Gigi got a pic of her inside!  She’s fearless.  Just goes right in.  In one tunnel, she encountered a little boy, probably 8 or so.  He wouldn’t move, so she started hitting him!  I yelled at her to be gentle- and so she kissed him! ha!

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She LOVED Sea Turtle Island. It was a huge, bright tank with lots of bright fish.  It also had a great area playing Caribbean music- which she’s a fan of.

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After the aquarium, we grabbed a quick lunch and headed home.  Such a fun memory with our family!


OOOOOOKLAHOMA Part 1

OOOOOOKLAHOMA Part 1

I took my last two vacation days of the year (my year rolls over Mid-March, so it was time) to go visit some fun spots in Oklahoma.

The whole fam took a little road trip to the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile in Pawkuska and to the Oklahoma Aquarium in Tulsa.

When we set out, we got a good laugh because mom and Nancy were sort of matching in the back seat.

We set out pretty early and ended up stopping at Bass Pro to give Tyler some fun. We got there a few minutes before they opened, so we played outside on the rocking chairs.

The result of asking “How big is Remi?”  SO BIG!

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I’m in love with this sweet outfit.  She looks precious.  And since the Pioneer Woman’s family are cattle farmers, it was very appropriate.

The Mercantile is a beautiful building on Main Street in Pawhuska.  We were there at noon on a Thursday, and it wasn’t busy at all.  It was a GORGEOUS day for February- in the 70s and sunshine.  A little windy, but not too bad for Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plain.

Sweet Tyler waited in the lunch line while we looked around.  It only took 20 minutes or so to get a table.  Lunch was great!

We split the nachos and then got these entrees that were all great: fried chicken sandwich, chicken fried steak and spicy Caesar salad.  Tyler got the brisket which was NOT good- it was tough. I’ve made her brisket recipe before, and the flavor was good but the meat was so tough. Otherwise, it was all great.

Remi LOVED the mashed potatoes.  She went in for handfuls at a time.

After lunch, we shopped around the store.  There are housewares, gifts, clothing, jewelry, books and more.  We bought a little bit of everything.

Then we went upstairs to the coffee shop and bakery. It’s much quieter up there. Lots of seating and open windows.  We got several treats to try and they were YUMMY (we waited until later to eat most of them).  My favorite was a blueberry crunch croissant….but the cookies, blondies, knock you naked brownie and pecan sticky bun were all so good.

Tyler couldn’t wait to try his cookie sandwich. It was the size of his head!  All of the desserts were amazingly not too sweet but still very rich and decadent.

Since it was so nice outside, we decided to walk around town. There are a lot of little shops (which one owner said are booming and growing thanks to the traffic from the Merc).  One shop had these two dogs- and Remi was in HEAVEN.  She loved the pup pups…and all the store owners were so nice to us.

When we got to the hotel in Tulsa, the fun didn’t stop!  Remi got a ride around in a luggage cart and then she played some energy out in the room.

We had a great day the next day.  Watch for Part 2 this week!

 


Weekend getaway

Weekend getaway

Several months ago, Tyler suggested that we schedule a weekend getaway. We weren’t going too far away -we just wanted to stay in a cabin about an hour away. He suggested a fall getaway to see the leaves changing, relax, and we joked, to celebrate our first year of parenthood.

I am SO thankful he wants to spend time together and invests in us.

We had a GREAT weekend.

We started with a half day off work (just the way schedules fell), so we headed to NWA to eat lunch (sushi, of course….it’s the only place we eat in NWA) and did some shopping.  On our way back down the mountain, we stopped for dessert at Kream. They serve ice cream, and notably, donut ice cream sandwiches. (Let’s just say the low carb diet was OUT THE WINDOW)

We settled into our cabin and watched some movies. We love this place. It’s quaint and cozy and they have movies you can borrow. Some are OLD classics (like on VHS) and some are newer. We fell asleep watching a movie and hit the hay.

The sunrise was cloudy, but still beautiful off the back porch. (Yes, even though we were baby free, we were awake at sunrise)

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We had a DELICIOUS breakfast that the hosts prepared, and then loaded up the boat and hit Lake Fort Smith.  The weather was BEAUTIFUL. Like 70s and sunny and breezy. We spent all day on the boat because it was perfect.

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The fall colors had hit the lake, and it was so beautiful. IMG_3543

This tiny thing was the only fish Tyler caught! But he enjoyed exploring the lake. I did some fishing, some reading and some napping (yes, the back bench on the lake is perfect for sleeping)

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One spot had a lot of bird activity.

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He said despite my bad fishing luck, I was a good fishing partner. 🙂

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On our way back to the cabin, we stopped at Artist’s Point.  The gift shop was closed, but the view was lovely. img_0860.jpg

That evening, we got pizza at the cabin, watched movies and played games. It ended up storming that evening and a limb fell on our truck. But thankfully, we still got plenty of rest and the truck was just a little dinged up.

We had another great breakfast, but the weather wasn’t awesome, so we decided to skip hiking and head home.

We stopped by Artist’s Point one more time, since the gift shop was open. We saw a groundhog out back!

We loved our weekend getaway. We will likely make this a fall tradition. It’s not expensive and it doesn’t require a lot of planning – it’s perfect.


Mini-Vacation in Branson

Mini-Vacation in Branson

We took a little weekend getaway to Branson/Big Cedar Lodge last weekend.  We took the moms- it was part of their mother’s day gift. It almost didn’t happen because Remi was running fever. We were originally supposed to go Thursday evening, but we waited until Friday morning to go.

Thankfully, Remi did ok on the drive up. A double ear infection can make you feel crummy, but she did pretty great.

We started our trip at Tyler’s pick- Shorty Smalls.

The grandmas helped keep her entertained during meals. She does ok, but goodness, she’s a squirmy bug.

After lunch, we did some shopping at the outlet mall. Remi mostly napped in her carrier until I wanted to try on clothes (priorities? ha!) and she woke up when I tried to transfer her.  Oh well.

We left Branson and headed down to Big Cedar. We got checked in and settled and then went to have dinner at their new Fun Mountain. It was great! We had a couple different pizzas and enjoyed dinner. They were so accommodating for food for Remi- I asked for some tomatoes and avocado since they had both on the menu- and they brought out big side bowls of both. She loved it!

After dinner, we stayed and played. They had a TON of stuff- go karts, rock climbing wall, arcade, virtual golf…but we chose bowling. It looked like it was underwater and was so fun! It was Remi’s bedtime, so I wore her and she slept through our first game.

The next morning, we were up early (thanks baby girl!) and we had breakfast in our cabin. We brought Krispy Kreme donuts back from Branson, so we enjoyed those and hung out.  Around 7:30, we headed out for some putt putt. Again, it was her nap time, so I wore her on my back for the first time.

The course is gorgeous! They do a great job landscaping everything.

It’s a fun course, especially to be included in our room.  We loved the big bass!

After golf, we walked around, down to the lake and around the resort. The weather was beautiful!

We ended up at the shop and loved playing with Remi there!

While we waited on the shuttle, daddy and R got some play time!

We got back to the room and got ready to swim.  Sweet girl didn’t keep her hat on for long, but she looked cute while it lasted! ha!

We headed to the lazy river and kid’s pool.  Remi LOVED the water.

After pool time, it was nap and lunch.  Remi passed out, we had leftovers for lunch, and while she napped, the grandmas hung out at the room. Tyler and I went back to Fun Mountain for some arcade fun. I may have beat him at a motorcycle game! ha!

We went to Top of the Rock for a wonderful Mexican dinner at Arnie’s Barn.  The views were gorgeous!

Remi had her first corn on the cob.  She was a fan.

Grammy got a little Remi lovings

And it’s safe to say she explored every corner of the condo while playing.

Sunday, we went on a golf cart tour at Top of the Rock. Lots of beautiful water falls.  Remi wasn’t impressed. ha!

We had a wonderful trip!