Thursday, March 1, 2018

Oklahoma Road Trip: Part 2

The main reason for our trip was to attend the senior night game for the Oklahoma State Cowgirls.  I made Esme a onesie with Kaylee's name and number and added it to my shirt as well.
We started sitting in the second deck, then moved to the lower level to sit with other family members.  Esme really enjoyed watching warm-ups.
They had a brief ceremony for the seniors before the game.
We tried to keep Esme entertained and fed, but it was also getting late.  I put her in the carrier for the second half hoping she would fall asleep, but it didn't work.  At least it kept her contained.
Kaylee had another great game with 18 points and 13 rebounds to finish the regular season with 518 points  and 303 rebounds, averaging a double-double.
It's off to the Big 12 tournament from here, hopefully the NCAA tournament, and a possible WNBA prospect.  Good luck Kaylee, we are watching a cheering!
We got back to the hotel late, Esme got one last glimpse of the pool and we hit the hay for an early morning departure.
We grabbed breakfast for the road and were driving by 6:15.
Esme did great until about 15 minutes before our lunch stop in Kansas City.  She got super agitated, started crying, and nothing would sooth her until she out of her car seat.  We tried stopping at Joe's Kansas City BBQ when were were here a few years ago, but it was too long of a wait.
The rest of the trip was uneventful.  Esme did a great job playing and staying entertained.
She was determined to get the little fuzz between her toes!
13 hours later we made it home.  Such a fun girl's trip, can't wait for the next one!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Oklahoma Road Trip: Part 1

We took a girls only trip to Oklahoma last weekend to watch my cousin, Kaylee, play in her final regular season game.  We threw in some sightseeing while we were there.  We hit the road at 5am, hoping to get some miles behind us before breakfast.  We got 6 inches of snow the night before and the freeways were still icy, so it was slow going the first few hours.  We stopped in Clear Lake, IA to grab some McDonald's.
Esme stayed pretty well entertained and it helped that we were able to sit in the back with her.
Lunch was in Cameron, MO where we were able to burn off some energy at a local park.  It took about 14 hours to make the 759 mile trip.
We stayed at a really nice hotel near campus, the Wyndham Garden.  It had a indoor pool and full hot breakfast.
We headed a hour south to Oklahoma City to meet up with my friend Courtney and three of her little ones at the zoo.  Esme took a snooze in the car and took a bit for her to warm up.
They have an animal hospital connected to the zoo with viewing areas for visitors to see procedures like labs, surgery, and x-rays.  There was nothing happening when we were there, but it was a neat area to see.
We spent the most time looking at the gorillas.  There was a new baby which was really fun to see.  Mama was very protective of her little one.
This is probably my favorite picture from our trip.  Esme and Lottie were so cute with their blonde locks covering their faces.
It was pushing 70 by the time we left and it was a bit of a shock to our northern bodies.  I was feeling the sun on my face later that night.
Lesa, David, Esme, Courtney, Lottie, Lexie
The internet told me that onion burgers were a big thing in Oklahoma City, so we grabbed lunch at Tucker's.  Even Esme was a fan of the fare (after getting a few fries in.)
We made a quick stop at the Oklahoma City Bombing memorial before heading back to Stillwater.  It stands for 168 victims killed in a domestic terrorism bombing on April 19th, 1995.
We got some twist cones on the way out of town (because that's what we do.)  Braum's is a chain in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri and it was so tasty.  Just a buck for my mom's smaller cone.
We relaxed with a swim in the pool before heading to the game.  Our room looked on to the pool and Esme kept going over to the door, wanting to go in.