Tulsa Trip 2013

Every year (for the last four years) we have gone to Tulsa for a bike race, the Tulsa Tough but we make it a family trip and spend the night there and have fun.  This year Nathan took off work Friday and we headed over Thursday night.  We had some much fun!  Sleeping was not fun but otherwise it was a great trip.  Thursday night we got to the hotel around 8ish but Hadley didn’t go to sleep until after 1o! I was exhausted.  She woke Noah up once, it was rough.  Luckily once we all made it to sleep we all slept until morning.  When we woke up we ate breakfast and headed to the ZOO! We had a blast at the zoo.  The kids loved the animals, Nathan and I loved the animals.  So fun and luckily it wasn’t super hot so it was enjoyable to be outside.

Looking at the tortoises

Looking at the tortoises

They were HUGE

They were HUGE

Giraffe

Giraffe

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The lion was up moving around, not sleeping!

The lion was up moving around, not sleeping!

Penguin love

Penguin love

a little play time

a little play time

Cuties

Cuties

Rockin'

Rockin’

Rockin together

Rockin together

Otters

Otters

Zoo pictures are hard because it is not of the kids faces but I also don’t just want pictures of animals.  Hadley’s favorite animals at the zoo were the (baby) meerkats.  They weren’t babies, just small and she knows that but still calls them babies.  Anyways after the zoo we headed back to the hotel for nap time.  I had to bribe the kids to go to sleep.  Noah doesn’t really understand bribery yet but once Hadley laid down and didn’t play anymore he decided to do the same.  Copy cat.  After nap we headed soon down to the blue dome district where Nathan’s bike race was on Friday night.  Me and the kids ate dinner at a pizza place where we could watch the race.

Lounging after nap

Lounging after nap

watching the race while waiting for pizza

watching the race while waiting for pizza

After the race we headed home to put the kids down.  Luckily they went to sleep much easier this night.  Saturday we woke up and headed to the aquarium!  So many fun animals in Tulsa.  The aquarium was fun because everything was pretty easy for the kids to see.  Both kids really enjoyed it.

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Lots of turtles

Lots of turtles

family photo time

family photo time

After the aquarium we went back to the hotel to attempt naps.  They did not happen.  I went down to the lobby to read while Nathan stayed with the kids.  after an hour and a half they had not gone to sleep.  Candy did not work today.  Finally we called it quits on trying and we headed to the freezing cold pool.

This is how he wanted to wear his puddle jumper around the hotel

This is how he wanted to wear his puddle jumper around the hotel

loves being wrapped up like this

loves being wrapped up like this

Saturday night we went to watch Nathan race again.  I finally got a picture of him!

IMG_6664Doesn’t he look fast?!?!  I think so.  Unfortunately he wasn’t fast enough to win the race but that is ok!  He makes me proud and we are still glad we went.  Saturday night everyone slept SO well because of no naps during the day.  We woke up Sunday ate a yummy breakfast and packed up.  We were ready to go get some sleep in our own rooms so we wanted to get back before nap time.  We had a great trip! I am so glad we make this trip every year as a family!

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