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Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I am behind on the blog again it seems.  I have so much to tell you about our big kids and all the things they are learning/saying/doing/getting into.  But before I can do that, I want to share a few pictures from our trip to Oklahoma and by doing so maybe share a little of what we did on our trip with you.

We got off to a little bit of a rough start.  Our plane was delayed 3 hours because of weather, and we had arrived at the airport 2 hours early for our original flight time.  So we spent roughly 5 hours in the airport waiting to board our 1 hour flight to Oklahoma.  

Technology to the rescue!  We spent some time watching movies on the iPad at an empty gate.  

Once we got to Oklahoma, we had a great trip.  We got to participate in a Cure Search walk in honor of my niece Mia.  Brady and Chloe held our hands and walked nearly the entire mile.  I was shocked and proud!  

While we were in town we got to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial.  I had never been before.  I was amazed at the arresting beauty of the grounds.  
Chloe and Brady looking out over the Reflection Pool.  

Chad and Brady walking among the chairs symbolizing all the victims of the bombing.  
This nice Park Ranger befriended us and let us take pictures with his hat!  

Outside of the Memorial/Museum they had these squares where you could leave messages in chalk.  Chloe did NOT want to leave these when it was time to go.  

The children's area of the Memorial Museum was really neat.

The children's area of the museum also had a place where the kids could dress up as a police officer, a fireman,  or a doctor or nurse.  Chloe LOVED this hat!  

While driving around OU's campus, we found the OU Football team's equipment truck.  Of course Brady and Chad had to take their picture beside it!
Trucks and OU Football!  My guys' two favorite things!  

This picture was taken at my nephew Max's football themed 1st Birthday party.  

We borrowed Mia's awesome car to scoot around the party for a while.  

More scooting, they were in heaven getting to play with and try out Mia and Max's toys.

Brady and Grandpa had a stare down at Max's party.  Not sure who won, but it was intense.

On the morning we had to leave, we took all 4 cousins to breakfast and to play at McD's.  Here is my attempted picture at 4 kids ages 2 and under.  

We had the best time on our trip to Oklahoma, and we actually got to do and see many things on our trip, some of which I didn't get any pictures of sadly.  Not included in the pictures was a fun dinner out to meet Chad's friends from OU, Liz and her husband Jeff.  We met them for dinner one night and frozen custard afterwards.  They are such nice people and I am looking forward to them joining us on the cruise we are going on in January!  We also got to drive out to see another one of Chad's friends from OU, Ben and Susan and their sons James and Nathan at their farm.  The kids had a blast one morning playing with James and Nathan and all of their toys, and running around the farm chasing after their cat, dog, chickens, and goats (bless their poor hearts).  Another highlight of the trip was a dinner out with my brother Charlie, my SIL Beth, their kids Mia and Max, Beth's Mom Kay, Mom and Dad, Chad and I and Brady and Chloe.  We needed 4 high chairs for all of our kiddos!  The restaurant wisely stuck us in our own room in the back and it was awesome!  We had an amazing dinner and a good time was had by all.  We didn't even have any meltdowns!

We truly loved our time in Oklahoma and the chance to visit with so many family and friends.  Since it is only a short one hour flight to get there (provided you don't have a 3 hour delay) we hope to make many more trips back in the future!

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