We had an amazing spring break. Monday we went to the park with my friend Niki and her girls. Her older daughter is Carter's age and her younger daughter is Elise's age and her best friend. They're special friends in that Elise enjoys playing with both girls and so does Carter. Then Tuesday we got doughnuts and went on a clover hunt at a different park with Niki and the girls. Wednesday Ty was home and went with us to the zoo for storytime and Niki and the girls came too. Then Thursday was Elise's birthday and we planned a little trip. She wanted to stay in a hotel but didn't care where we went. I came up with a few different options and asked the kids what they wanted to do. Elise didn't care and Carter initially picked to go to Roman Nose State Park to camp in a teepee and then drive from there out to a couple other state parks we haven't been too. Once I looked into it more I realized the teepees weren't available until April so he went with his second choice, The Science Museum in OKC and then going from there out to Red Rock Canyon State Park. Thursday we stopped off for birthday doughnuts and then drove to OKC which was only about an hour and a half. We hung out at the science museum all morning, ate lunch in the car, and then went back inside. We spent 5 hours at the museum before calling it a day and heading to the hotel. More about our time there in Elise's birthday post here. It was so much fun seeing Ty at the science museum. He was really in his element and loved it. Typically I'm the one nerding out at kid stuff like the zoo, aquarium, children's books, coloring, playing at the park, really anything meant for kids. But here Ty was having so much fun interacting with the kids and playing with the exhibits. In moments like that he really is at his best as a dad, those engineering and science-related moments. I know I mentioned this before but I just have to say it again, we got into the science museum totally free, thanks to our membership to the Children's Museum here! It was ah-mazing!
|Drawing with sidewalk chalk outside the science museum.|
We made it to the hotel around 3:30. Ty checked in and found out we had to pay to park in the parking garage. We didn't want to have to pay to park more than once so we decided we'd walk anywhere we went that evening. We went straight to the pool once we changed into swimsuits in our room. The water was really cold and I was not happy being in the water but once I got a little more used to it, I had some fun playing with the kids. The pool was perfect because it wasn't very deep and it had a beach walk-in so Carter felt really comfortable and actually wanted to swim without floaties. Elise swam without hers some too. There was a little slide in the shallow area and Elise had a blast on it. She pretty much went down it and turned around and went back up to go down again. After swimming we took baths and Elise opened her birthday presents. More on Elise opening her presents in her birthday post here. Elise wanted Easy Mac for dinner instead of eating out so she and Carter had Easy Mac and fruit at the hotel before Ty and I went to dinner. We decided to do something we've never done before and let the kids take their tablets with them to dinner. It was actually pretty nice because it was like having a date with Ty. The kids were really tired from swimming so them sitting, watching us eat wouldn't have gone very well otherwise. Getting her tablet was also great incentive to Elise to walk rather than ask to be carried. I was surprised that even after swimming and skipping her nap she didn't ask to be carried at all on our walk! After dinner we walked to a candy store as a special birthday treat. The kids loved it!
On our drive home we decided it would be nice to break the drive up by stopping at a playground in OKC. I looked on my maps and found one that looked really cool and we stopped off there. At one point Carter found a boy on the playground who spoke Spanish and they were talking to each other in a mix of English and Spanish, it was really cool! There was a guy with an ice cream cart at the playground. Elise saw people eating ice cream and wanted some. I asked if she wanted to buy some with her birthday money and she got really excited. She ran to get Carter and told him she was buying them ice cream. Then she really didn't eat much of hers. They had a blast at the playground and it made the drive the rest of the way home really enjoyable. We stopped at Thomas' house to pick Tesla up and the kids enjoyed telling him about our trip. We had such a great time! The trip was so nice. We did minimal driving and spent hardly any money. The Science Museum Oklahoma admittance was free, getting into Red Rock Canyon was free, we didn't use much gas, and the kids ate Easy Mac for dinner (rather than paying $4-5 for a kids meal at a restaurant for them to likely eat the same crappy mac and cheese). It was such an affordable trip.