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Monday, March 5, 2012

Amarillo by Morning

     The Purdy's needed a getaway but didn't want to go to far. So we opted to go to Amarillo for the weekend. It was our first overnight stay with our family of four.  I remember when I was little just staying in a hotel room with all of my family was fun enough for me. It seemed to hold true for Rylan too. We checked in on Friday and played in our room until it was time for dinner. Tyson and I were talking, and neither of us have ever been to The Big Texan. We decided to go there for a delicious steak, also we figured Rylan may be entertained and we could actually have a good eating out experience. Let me be honest in telling you that all of our eating out experiences aren't very enjoyable (some tell us it is his age). This dinner was great for all of us, Rylan enjoyed everything about The Big Texan.  He was great, Reesey was great, and the food was great too.
     The next morning we lounged around the hotel room just enjoying being a family. Being out of Muleshoe and out of the house was refreshing.  We went and did a little shopping after that and then we went and had some much desired Vietnamese food. We love Vietnamese food and we haven't had any since we moved from San Antonio. It was just as we remembered. But, our dining experience wasn't the greatest this time around. Thank goodness we were the only ones in the Restaurant when Rylan threw an eggroll on the floor (remember I said I wasn't going to portray my life as perfect, because it is not).
     We knew that we wanted this trip to involve something hands on, fun and planned specifically for Rylan. More than any of us he needed this. He has been so good since his sister has arrived. He loves her, is gentle with her, and gives her plenty of attention, as do the rest of us. It was now his turn for some attention and fun. We went to the Discovery Center (a children's museum) and stayed for almost 4 hours. They had so many fun hands on things for the kids (and grown-ups, Tyson and I jumped in for some play). Rylan was awesome the whole day, seeing his mind work and try and figure some of the stations out was his Daddy's favorite part. My favorite part was watching him make three baskets in a row into the hoop at one of the stations. Reesey was perfect and she slept the whole time.
     After the Discovery Center we loaded up and headed to Friona for Cole StClair's birthday party. That was a perfect ending to our trip. Some time with our friends and Rylan getting to play with his friends.  We are already looking forward to our next getaway!
The horse outside of our hotel. Rylan wouldn't stop talking about it so we took a picture with it.
Rylan, Reese and Daddy outside The Big Texan posing with the "BIIIIGGG Cow" (as Ry said).
The restaurant had musicians who walked around playing for tips. Rylan was very entertained by them, so we let him pay them and have them play just for him.
This was his face when they first started playing for him.
Rylan and Reese having fun at the hotel.
Who knew that a luggage cart could be so much fun?
Rylan and Mommy lifting weights at the Discovery Center.
Daddy and Rylan discovering a pulley system.
My favorite, the basketball station.
Our little Reesey enjoying the Discovery Center in her own little way!

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