Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oklahoma is OK!!-- Bar Induction Ceremony

It’s not very often that we are able to take off mid-week for an adventure but we recently had an opportunity to travel to Oklahoma City for a Bar Induction Ceremony. We were gone just a little over twenty four hours but we squeezed a lot in that very short amount of time.
We started the night with the best pizza from "The Wedge" if you are ever in Oklahoma City you must try it.

They have a nice area called Bricktown to walk around

Congratulations Daddy!!
It was a challenge to keep little man still during this part - but he did great thanks to lots of animal crackers and pretzals.

What a cute little man!!

If you have ever traveled with Jill then you know that she researches and is able to find some great things to do. On this trip she may have reached an all-time high as she found a museum on homing pigeons. At first, I was very hesitant and was thinking of about a hundred other things that we could have been doing instead --- but then as we started learning more and more about the birds it quickly became an experience that we will never forget. By no means is this a comprehensive list of what we learned but we will provide some highlights:

· People buy pigeons and pay to have them trained so that they may race against one another – the typical cost for this training can be several thousand dollars.

· Pigeons can sell for as much as $75,000 or even more depending on their ancestry. The highest priced Homing Pigeon was sold for $225,000.

· Racing Homing Pigeons have been clocked flying 92.5 mph average speed on a 400 mile race.

· Pigeons are the only bird in the world that do not have to lift their head to swallow water.

Kellen loved all the birds!

Arn't they so clean looking?-- for a bird

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

3rd Annual Branson Getaway

It’s always nice to get away with friends. Recently we were able to take advantage of an open weekend at my aunt and uncle’s rental in Branson for our 3rd annual getaway. So we loaded up four families, with all of their baby/toddler items and took over the place. Thankfully it is large enough for everyone to have their own space and for the kids to run as wild as they would like to. However, we had five kids, all under the age of two, so even with all of the space it is understandable why the place was a madhouse at times but overall the weekend was a great success.

2011 Crew -- Amazing to see how this group will grow in the future!!

Flashback to 2009

Flashback to 2010