last thursday we surprised the kids with a weekend trip.
we picked them up from school and took off to oklahoma city and boy were they surprised!
it was absolutely freezing so when we went swimming at the hotel, the kids opted for the hot tub even though the pool was heated. still florida kids through and through.
we knew ahead of time that the temple was closed for maintenance, but we wanted to go walk around anyways. it was so incredibly tiny! i couldn't believe how small it was! not to mention how cold and windy it was too.
jack and ellie thought it was the prettiest temple ever. ok, maybe not florida kids through and through because everyone knows the orlando temple is the prettiest ever. its a fact.
we went to the Museum of Osteology and it was awesome!
charlie has told me every morning this week that he wants to go to the museum for his birthday... i guess even he really liked it! and, bonus: it had fantastically clean bathrooms. which is great for a newly potty trained charlie (finally!) who felt the need to go poop THREE times in the hour and a half that we were there. whew.
it was very hands on and had so many types of skeletons.
with jack's love of marine animals, he was fascinated by the humpback whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. this skeleton was featured on the show Dirty Jobs and they had it playing on a tv to watch the cleaning process. very cool.
ellie's favorite skeleton kept changing from the rhino to the giraffe to the flamingo to the... you get the idea.
charlie liked the shark jaws but his favorite was the gorillas. he's going through a gorilla stage right now.
they even had some cat skulls on display that were being cleaned by maggots. so so so neat!
we walked around downtown, had lunch at a pretty tasty mexican place, visited bass pro shop (of course), and saw the movie Frozen.
we had no idea that Frozen was an animated musical. not chris or my favorite thing in the world :) i also wasn't thrilled with how they made the queen "sexy" in her looks. c'mon, its a disney movie, can't they leave that crap out?! but besides those two major things, it was fun!
ellie and charlie really enjoyed it.
afterwards jack said, "man, there was a lot of singing in that movie. and it was all about loOoOOove" he said with a roll of his eyes. haha!
then, for the main reason for our trip, we headed to...
the OKC Thunder vs LA Lakers NBA game!!!
we've never taken the kids to something like this, so we bought pretty crummy seats just in case it was a disaster, but it was still awesome! and the kids did pretty good. ellie had a rough patch where it was just "too boring", but then daddy got some ice cream and all of the sudden it was fun again!
charlie was fascinated by the blimp and the hot dogs, ellie liked the lights, and jack LOVED cheering along with the crowd.
"let's go thunder, lets go!"
gotta love the fans!
and lets face it, had this been a miami heat game, i would have been this guy...
despite all the fun things we did, the kids still managed to fight constantly. why? why do they do that? and why does it have to drive chris and i crazy instead of being able to ignore it?
i don't know.
but it might be a little while before we splurge and take another weekend trip anywhere.
luckily, when we look back at trips like this, we will remember all the fun we had and great memories made. we hope ;)