Omaha Vacation and Picture Dump

9 Nov

*I wrote this about a month ago, and just now got the pictures figured out to put in here. Ridiculous, I know! Without further ado…

Token zoo statue picture

Vacations are wonderful, aren’t they? They mean time set aside for just family, you don’t have to worry about work, and you can eat whatever you want! Wait, what? Don’t you give yourself a ‘free pass’ to eat whatever junk food is laying around when you’re on vacation? Just me? Well, I don’t do that. I was kidding.

The girl loves slides

I love this little girl

We left Thursday evening for Omaha, and after what felt like hourssss (that’s hours with multiple s’s), we made it to Katie’s house around 10:30 in the pm. Lakyn’s at that point in her life when she hates being in her carseat for long periods of time. That and the fact that every highway we traveled was under construction means we may never travel again….I kid, I kid!

Kisses for Charlie


Brandon still had to work Friday, so us girls had a lovely Girl’s Day! We went shopping, met Brandon for lunch on the patio of a cute little eatery/bakery, Lakyn had an afternoon nap (while Katie and I watched FRIENDS), took Charlie the dog for a walk, and played at the park. For dinner we made grilled pizzas. I wish I had taken pictures of our creations. They were yummy! After we put Lakyn to bed, us grownups had a glass of wine before heading that direction ourselves. Yeah, so what if it was early? We had to get up early the next morning for the zoo!!

She wasn't sure about sitting on this "branch"

Looking at some birdies with Daddy


Blowing kisses to the giraffes

This picture makes me smile

This penguin loved Lakyn. LOVED.

I used to think these bubble things were way cool when I was younger. Not so much now.

Crazy curls/borderline mullet

"Big fishy!"

Katie and Lakyn watching some sharks


I was really excited to take Lakyn to the zoo. She’s at that age where she’s really interested in animals and I figured she’d love it. I figured right, but I think she’s going to love it even more next year! She was so fun to watch. Her favorites were the giraffe, the monkeys (every kind of monkey), the butterflies, and the train. Yup, the ‘choo-choo’ may have been the girl’s favorite thing there! She was exhausted when we left and fell asleep on the way back to Katie’s house.

I don't remember what we were looking at!

I don't know why my husband listened to me when I insisted we'd need the stroller. Miss Independent.




Double Sweetness


Momma and Baby - Momma Monkey and Baby Monkey

Blowing kisses to the otters

Tired baby

We planned on leaving Sunday late morning, or early afternoon, but while we were visiting Katie got notice that her husband would be returning from his military leave earlier than expected. He was getting in at 9:30 Saturday night. How exciting for her! We really wanted to give them time together, so we decided to head out a bit earlier. We packed up and headed out (with a new route to take home) and pulled into our driveway at 12:20 in the wee morning hours. We had to stop once to soothe the screaming child in the backseat, but she did end up sleeping the rest of the way home (about an hour and a half).

Treats for Charlie

Charlie was so good with Lakyn

We had a wonderful mini vacay and we want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to Katie. She made everything feel like home for us. We’re sad we live as far away as we do, but we’re so glad she lives in a cool place that lends itself so perfectly to family-friendly getaways. We miss you already, Katie, and we may or may not be planning our next trip already!

Getting Katie's mail


Now back to reality.




7 Responses to “Omaha Vacation and Picture Dump”

  1. Kristin November 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Looks like you guys need a dog. So cute!!!

    • Afton November 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

      I know! She would love it, but I’m thinking we’re going to wait a bit longer on that one. I’m not ready to take care of a dog, too!

  2. jodi November 10, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    1. You’re hilarious. 2. I LOVE the photos. 3. Blowing kisses to the zoo animals? I’m dying!! So sweet.
    I love that last photo…you guys are adorable!

    • Afton November 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      Thanks Jodi! We were lucky enough to have Katie take some pictures of us, as well. So glad she got that shot!

  3. Tylie M November 10, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Love getting to see pics of your family! Keep these posts coming!

    • Afton November 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

      Thanks, Tylie! It’s getting a tad easier, but I’ve still got a ways to go if I’m going to be as efficient as you!

  4. Katie Warner November 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Oh my goodness, this was so fun to look at! I miss you guys! I had such a good time and really enjoyed getting to spend some quality time with sweet Lakyn (and you and Brandon, of course)! :) I really hope you guys get to come visit again sometime! You are always welcome!

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