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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Travel // Enid, OK

Last month, we drove to Enid, Oklahoma and stayed with my dad's cousin while my dad did some repairs on the house. It was a fun and spur of the moment weekend trip. It was also Arlo's first time to Oklahoma! We went to a few local museums and monuments, and relaxed in the pool. A lot.

Our first stop was the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. They had a school house, a church, the original land office, and a house that you could tour. I am a sucker for tours like this, so this was easily my favorite part. 

We saw some pretty bad taxidermy, including this poor fellow at the Simpson's Old Time Museum. This place was extremely kitschy and had me feeling uncomfortable the entire way through. If you're into doll collections and "film sets", this is the place for you!

We are about to go to Albuquerque again! I am so excited. It is one of my favorite cities and we will be there for Arlo's THIRD birthday. I can't believe it. We are going (mostly) specifically for the Balloon Fiesta. We had such a great time last year that there was no question we would go back again this year. 
Can't wait to stuff my face with amazing food, wear sweaters, and do all the fun things with Arlo.

Until next time,

Friday, June 5, 2015

Places // { Houston Museum of Natural Science }

The HMNS took us about 3 hours to walk through (at least, the exhibits we were interested in) at Arlo's pace. ;) He hardly rode in the stroller, and instead walked with us. He loves dinosaurs, so we stayed with them for a long time. 

Gold finger and toe caps

There was at least a dozen mummies in cases. I've never seen so many in one place and it was so interesting. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Travel // Galveston, Texas

We went to Galveston island back in February for a week. It was too cool for actually swimming, but the perfect time for everything else! It was Arlo's first time to the ocean and Rusty's first time to the Texas coast.

We stayed at a condo that had a huge fenced common grounds. There were all kinds of different flowers, a stream that led to a wading pool, and a great view of the beach. 

We went to Moody Gardens to check out the Rainforest Pyramid. It was pretty empty when we were there; it would've been a nightmare with a bunch of people (mostly because of my fear of heights- hah)

We walked around the Square in downtown Galveston a bit. Mardi Gras had taken place a few days before, so there were still a lot of abandoned beads along the sidewalks and hanging from balconies. And confetti. Lots of soggy confetti. We kept stopping to admire all the buildings - the windows and doors are my fave.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Travel // Albuquerque, New Mexico

I accidentally disappeared from the face of the earth for, you know. A while. Back in October 2014, right after Arlo turned two (TWO!!), we took him to see the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much. I'm not real excited about hot air balloons, but we thought Arlo would enjoy it, so we went. We got up the morning of around 5:30, and headed to the area where the balloons were going to take off. There was so. much. traffic. It was crazy, but very well organized. There were tons of different parking lots, and by the time we got parked, we had to walk a ways to the entrance of the field. Thankfully we had the stroller and tons of blankets with us, so the walk wasn't a big deal. We got down to the field where they were doing the opening ceremonies, and soon balloons were being inflated (?) and rising up in the air a few at a time. It was amazing. I was blown away. Arlo's eyes were the size of saucers the entire day. We totally want to go back again and I kiiinda get why it's such a big deal. (Kidding. I 100% get it.)


This face made every thing worth it. The four hour drive, waking up the next morning at 5:30am, waiting in traffic.. seriously. Everything was worth it.

Arlo & Pops

We took him to the zoo the next day. Albuquerque has one of the prettiest zoos I've ever been to.
Feeding the fish was probably his favorite part.