Tuesday, June 04, 2019

BROKEN BOW: HIGHS & LOWS PART 1

This weekend, we had a quick little getaway with our college BFFs + our combined 8 kids.  We met up in Broken Bow, OK which turns out to be fairly equidistant between us both.  Here's a quick run down of our highs and lows from the first part of the trip.

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It deserves noting that Saturday before we left, John rode in the CARTI bike race, I attended a friend's birthday party, and John took the kids and his parents out for lunch for his mom's birthday.  Nothing is ever boring here. 😅

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High:  We had a large beautiful cabin nestled up a hill in the woods with tons of porch space.

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Low:  The refrigerator in the cabin didn't exactly seal or necessarily cool the whole way down.  There was a very aggressive note refrigeratorsplaining all renters.  Because I have my own slightly aggressive streak, I wrote an email that was kind and complimentary but also said that if they have to make so many excuses for the refrigerator, they may need a new one.

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Low:  One child threw up on the first night we were there.  The idea of a stomach bug has a way of sending chills of horror down every parents' spine, but we all played it cool and hoped for the best.  By morning, the little patient was up and ready to have fun!

Low:  In fact, all of the children were so excited that they were up at 5:20 a.m. to start the fun.  This is not a good time for parents to start anything, but once the ants are out of the jar, they rarely go back.  We told them to play games/play on the porch/read quietly/please leave us parents alone until it was time for cinnamon rolls.

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High:  We hiked next to a creek at Beaver's Bend State Park which made for an excellent morning of fun.

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High:  Our kids really love to be together, and since we vacation together at least yearly, they seem more like cousins than anything else, which we all love.

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High:  The massive wrap-around porch included a sleeping porch area as well as an area with a  porch swing and rockers.  We utilized it all to its full extent.  (Dad's need naps too, especially when kids wake up at 5:20)

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Low:  Weirdly, my weather app sent me daily warnings of poor air quality, and it turned out that we were smack dab in a spot where everything seemed hazy and a little off.  I kept hoping that the twins' asthma would not flare, but it seems that it actually affected John the worst as he developed a pretty bad cough while we were there.

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High:  We didn't let the poor air-quality stop us.  In the afternoon, we headed out to rent paddle boards and pedal boats.  I was VERY unsure about the paddle board plan, but as it turns out, it's really fun and not nearly as difficult as I imagined.  We had a great time making our way to some rocks and being out on the water.

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High:  The highlight for the kids was actually the mini-golf course!

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Low:  By the time we made our way to Grateful Head Pizza for dinner, everyone's tired was showing.

High:  Grateful Head Pizza was delicious, and they brought us chips and crackers ASAP to satisfy the masses.  Violet regularly tells people they are her "special angel," which was extended to our waiter.  He was so touched that he brought her an entire mini-petting farm toy.

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I sort of forgot how much I love writing High/Low posts!  Will be back with the rest of the highs and lows soon!

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