Sunday, July 11, 2010

Week Two OKC

Ok, so week two finds us post Meredith/Rand wedding and into a few more swim lessons with our buddy, Ransom.  William continued to made great strides in his confidence without the floaties.  His favorite achievement was learning to use the kick board without holding onto Ransom and without wearing his floaties.  He'll tell you all about it if you ask him.

We continued to log many hours at the swimming pool especially with our friends Nate and Georgia.  I am Georgia's godmother and her mom, Donna, is one of my best friends.  In fact, Bebe and Nay Nay (Donna's mom and Georgia's grandmother) were classmates from elementary through high about serious memories!  Nate and Georgia are beyond adorable and William just loves to watch Georgia show off her tricks in the pool.   Georgia and I raced down the water slides at her pool and I lost.  I had to pay her 50 cents.  HISS BOO!

Then Thursday rolled around and we loaded up in Pop's red Tahoe and headed for Rocky Mountain High in Colorado.  We chose to caravan with baby Elin and her parents.  William is a champion car rider so I had no doubt he could handle the 10 hour trip to the Broadmoor.  To keep everyone sane and maintain the positive experience, Pops and Bebe planned to break the trip into two days.  So, the first day we headed out around 2:30 pm and stopped in Amarillo for dinner at the Big Texan.  It's a well known dining establishment out yonder.  The big thrill here is watching greasy fat people try and eat the 72 ounce steak, a.k.a. "the Big Texan."  Seriously. Gross.  To top off the challenge, the contender not only has to eat the 72 ounce steak, but they also have to finish ALL 4 side dishes in ONE HOUR!  B.A.R.F.     And, just our luck - there was a greasy dude on stage when we got there and by the time we left, his fork was moving in slow motion towards the first side dish.   NOT A CHANCE MAN! HURL!

We departed our dinner thrill and headed to Dumas where we settled in to the Hampton Inn for the night.  Mom Mom, Dada and William love a good Hampton Inn.  William was happy as a clam and just enjoyed the entire ride in Pop's big car.  He watched a few shows, took a nap, ate some grub, played I Spy, played a few games on my phone, and gave an endless play by play of the scenery around us - all while sporting his pilot uniform.   Shocker.

Friday morning we had a hearty breakfast that would put the greasy dude from the Big Texan to shame.  Yet another perk to why we like a Hampton Inn.  Great breakfast included with your stay.   William and Elin played together and then we rolled ourselves out to our cars and geared up for the last leg of the drive.  Our pilot was thrilled to be back in the ol' Tahoe and the journey continued.  We made it to Pueblo, Colorado home of Jessica's favorite pizza place, The Do Drop Inn.   We enjoyed some very delicious pizza and then headed for Colorado Springs.  

45 minutes later we pulled up to paradise!  The Broadmoor at Colorado Springs is our favorite family destination.  Spending time with my brother and my sister and parents is priceless.  We are all in life stages that are demanding of our time and energy not to mention the fact that we are in OKC, Washington D.C. and New Orleans.  However, none of us would ever miss the chance for all 5 Johnstons to be together again.  And let me tell you, it was F.U.N. F.U.N. F.U.N.!


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