Friday, September 17, 2010

Summer Travels - Herndon Family Edition

Family trip #2 was with my family.  My folks took us to The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.  I can't tell you how wonderful it was to spend Oklahoma's hottest week of the summer in the mountains of Colorado! This trip was pure luxury.  We played at the pool, ate great food, took the kids hiking at the Garden of the Gods...The girls visited the spa; the guys played golf nearly every day.  And of course, we spent one evening having a devotional time together, singing praise songs from our trip songbooks--a long-standing family tradition.  It was a great way to end the summer of 2010!

The kids and I really spent most of our time at the pool.  Here's Sis on the water slide the first day.

Corben making a splash...

Riding paddle boats with Adam, Misty, and Dad...

Hiking with the kiddos at the Garden of the Gods--They loved it so much, we went twice!

Girls Spa Day...ahhhhhh

Back at the pool chilling in a cabana...

Corben enjoying a vanilla milkshake at the poolside...He doesn't like many sweets, but this is one of his faves!

One of many family dinners...

Singing Together

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Summer Travels - Knowles Family Edition

I thought I'd reminisce about our last two summer trips that we took with each side of our family.  First, we went to River Bend Lodge near Turner Falls in southern OK.  It was fun, but SO HOT!  The highlight of the trip for my kiddos was the grasshoppers.  Fortunately, we went equipped with our bug hotel, net, and magnifying glass.  They literally spent hours catching bugs.  We hiked around Turner Falls, took several nature walks to the river's edge near the cabin where we stayed, and fished in the pond on the property.  It was a nice meeting place with Ben's family since his folks live in the Ft. Worth area, but I don't think I want to go back in July.  I've lived in Oklahoma my whole life but had never visited Turner Falls.  I'm glad I can cross it off my list of OK To-Do's; the kids really enjoyed playing in the water.

The Knowles fam (minus me and a stubborn Cianne behind the camera)

This is an Oklahoma beach for you--who needs white sand when you've got nice red dirt?

The beginning of the bug collection: No kidding, she filled two bug hotels that day.  They probably caught 50 or more bugs on our nature walks.

Corben throwing sticks in the river.

I don't know where he got that from...

The big catch

Those blue eyes & curls...she's irresistible!

The cousins at Arbuckle Wildnerness before heading home.