It was a last minute decision that took Mark, the babes and I to Tulsa for a quick weekend vaca. It had been 2 years since we last visited the Tulsa Zoo with our little ones and so that was the plan for the day. Our very good friends Tom & Rachel joined us with their 3 kiddos for some zoo fun. We always have a great time with Tom & Rachel and wished we lived closer to each other. They reside in Tulsa and us in Rogers. A two hour drive keeps the heart fond with this amazing family.
Our Tulsa Friends, Tom & (the beautiful) Rachel. The sweetest and funniest couple in T-Town. A stunning couple!!
Our first stop at the zoo was to see the elephants. Mary Kate adores elephants! She has been a longtime lover of Dumber since she was a little bity one. She was amazed at how big they were and excited to see the elephant use her truck to help her eat and drink.
Seeing elephants up close for the first time. “It’s Momma Baby Dumbo!”
Beautiful and amazing. I can see why she loves them so much.
After a brief stop for lunch and meeting up with Tom & Rachel, we moved on to see the bears. No real excitement with the bears other than one was lying right up against the glass, asleep. After watching the bears sit on rocks and sleep, we quickly moved on to ride the carousal a few times.
Exciting times watching Bears sleep:)
Watching Bears sit with their backs turned to us is the most fun…glad we spent money on this:)
As we waited in line we were able to see Tom and Rachel’s children go by several times; by the way, I don’t think you’re ever too old to ride the carousal. I was excited to get on the carousal and take photos of the kids having fun. The first time we rode the carousal Mary Kate ended up with the horse and Will with the sea lion. Will was content with his sea lion and Mary Kate was disappointed that the elephant was taken. So after our first ride we decided to get in line and go again. This time Mary Kate was able to get her elephant and Will once again, got another sea lion. But he was not upset; he was just ready to go again. I think I will have the babes watch Mary Poppins soon, since riding the carousal was so exciting for them. Ever since I first watched Mary Poppins as a little girl, every time I see a carousal I think of Mary Poppins.
The cool kids-AKA Tom & Rachel’s Monkeys. Collin, Elle and Liam.
The most fun she’s had all day! My beautiful little girl.
Will just going with the flow and taking it all in.
Finally able to ride an elephant. Mary Kate was over the moon happy!
They could have rode the carousal all day. Always fun no matter what age you are.
When we were finished riding the carousal and a failed attempt at a group pic of the kids (I really didn’t try to get them to pose or anything to be truthful), we decided to see the monkeys and much to my surprise the kids were not that interested in them. Maybe it was the muggy weather and the fact that the kids had completely missed their naps (note to self: my children MUST take a good hearty nap before any long activity outside of the home or else I’ll pay for it in more than one way), but they were done with seeing animals just sit around. Maybe we should try going to the circus next time?! But then came the sea lion to the rescue that gave us all a good laugh with his French model posing. So cute!
All the kids together (minus Ryan & Matthew)
Watching the monkeys was just as exciting as watching the bears. I think we could have left after seeing the elephants and called it a day…not a good day for animals at the zoo.
A good lookin’ sea lion right there folks!
As the anxiety of the fussy kids began to set in on us parents, we sought refuge in the shade and let the kids stretch their legs and play at the playground until it was time to leave. The ever popular Will made friends quickly and shy Mary Kate played pretend behind her brother. I’m so glad she is starting Pre-K this fall. She needs real friends instead of pretend friends that are Little Ponies and Princesses. Pre-K will be good for her. My poor baby wants friends so badly but sadly she is so shy, she just watches other kids instead of talking to them. She takes a while to warm up to them, but once she does, she is a great!
Will making friends quickly and Mary Kate warming up to them.
Pretending like she is a princess in a tower. Will offered to save her:)
My brave little man claiming himself as King of the Zoo!
Just had to throw this one in there. He’s so darn cute!
After the zoo we went out to eat with Tom, Rachel and their daughter. The boys were with their Mom for the night. Then it was off to Tom & Rachel’s house for some drinks and more play time for the kiddos. They had fun running in the dark with flash lights and playing with the family dog, Gigi. It was a great day, a great night with great people; couldn’t ask for a better getaway.
Gigi the family pet, so darn cute!! Reminds me of my old dog, Cassie, just a smaller version.
The next day, we slowly woke up in our hotel room and prepared to go home, we decided to get some breakfast at Kilkenny’s in Tulsa; a fun Irish pub that you MUST try if you are ever in the Tulsa area. But that wasn’t the best part. For us the BEST part was visiting Rachel at her candy store, Candy Castle, where Rachel treated the kids to gummy bears, chocolates, suckers and a Rainbow Dash Little Pony for Mary Kate. The babes were in 7th Heaven and beside themselves with the sugar high they were about to have….thank you, Rachel:) And what kind of Mom would I be if I didn’t let them have a little fun and eat a bunch of Lego brick candies on the 2 hour drive home…they did great and didn’t get hyper at all. But Will did crash and slept for a good hour. Mary Kate played with her new Rainbow Dash and talked all the way home about the zoo, candy and her new friend Elle.
No vacation is complete without Sponge Bob and a cup of cereal. And a little bed head too:)
Will with his blankie as he slowly starts his day. Yes, we have a thumb sucker:)
Sweet Mary Kate with her Momma Lamb and Twighlight Sparkle. Both from Build A Bear Workshop. Her absolute favorite place in the whole world. She always brings Momma Lamb and at least one Little Pony with us on any vacation.
Running those little legs off for some sweets from Tulsa’s #1 candy store, Candy Castle. You HAVE to visit Candy Castle if you are ever in the area. They have 2 locations and more candy than you can imagine!!
Immediately going to her favorite place in the store!
Finding the suckers and wanting to eat them ASAP.
Reaching for her beloved Rainbow Dash. Her life is complete now.
Will helping Rachel pick out some treats.
Ready to eat EVERYTHING! And I don’t blame him one bit. It all looked amazing!!
Over the moon happy with her Rainbow dash from Candy Castle
Will paying Rachel in hugs for her kindness in spoiling them. Such a sweet friend!
I always enjoy spending time with our dear friends. They are just one of those couples you click with. They get you and you get them, and it’s like we’ve known each other our whole lives. They really are an amazing couple and an amazing family. Going to Tulsa is always fun for our family. It doesn’t matter where we go, as long as we are together. Fussy kids, tired parents, muggy weather, crowded parks; they are moments that make memories and memories that make me smile and I immensely thank God for my beautiful family & friends.