This summer we didn't block off days for our family vacation until we had filled in all our other summer activities. This was, of course, a bit of a problem and really only left one three-day weekend to play, but play we did. This year, we took and Oklahoma vacation and focused on "Chickasaw Country" in south central Oklahoma. I'm breaking it apart by days so as not to overwhelm you with photos :)
We started with Starbucks, which was more a treat for Mom and Dad than anything, but fun :)
E loves it, in particular, and was so sad to get off of his horse tickles.
We bid our friends adieu and headed back to our hotel. I "had" attempted to reserve a room at the Artesian. It was supposed to be the splurgy part of this trip, but on Friday noticed I didn't have a confirmation and my credit card hadn't been charged. I called and, of course, no reservation. Luckily, Brent found a room at the Days in of Pauls Valley. Not as splurgy and no pool. However, our kids positively adored the hotel and thought it was the coolest thing ever. The free morning breakfast was also a huge hit and saved us probably $20 a day. We promptely spent that $20 down the street at the Pauls Valley Aquatic Center. We spent 1.5 hours there the first day and loved every bit of it. There were slides, a long lazy river, a DIVING BOARD, lap pool, kiddie play area and small fish slide where E took up permanent residence. It was also nice, clean, and not crowded. Definite win all around for our crew.
After swimming we changed again and headed to Tios, also an Anna recommendation. It was positively delicious and our kids loved it too. They ate everything and B pronounced it an instant favorite. (Thanks, Anna!)
After that, it was back to the hotel, and 12 hours of all trying to sleep in the same room. It went OK, but was a little tricky at times as you'd imagine.
Where we went:
Pauls Valley Santa Fe Depot & Park -- (Museum was closed)
Toy & Action Figure Museum - Check for groupons as you can usually get 1/2 off
Stratford Peach Festival
Pauls Valley Water Park
Where we Ate: We have rule against eating at places that exist in Edmond/OKC while on vacation so you'll see lots of local choices each day:
Bob's Pig Shop
Where we stayed:
Days Inn - Pauls Valley