22 March 2013

Breaking Spring

For the first day of Spring we took the kids to see Oz the Great and Powerful. This was the second movie that the whole family went to and the kids behaved really well...just like last time. No crying, no talking through every scene. Probably because we loaded ourselves down with snacks to keep our chew holes busy! We thought the movie (it's a prequel to the Wizard of Oz) was a family hit.

The next day we drove South to Pauls Valley for a day of surprises for the kids (the littlest ones anyway) starting with a trip to the Toy & Action Figure Museum. Until a couple of weeks ago I didn't know this museum even existed. I was researching options for day trips in Oklahoma as my plans for a trip to the Great Salt Plains State Park were thwarted by the park not being open until next month.

TMNT Chopper
TMNT Happiness
Spidey Girl

Lots o' Action Figures
Caught Daddy Playing
Caught Daddy Playing

Cruisin' with Raphael

The museum is not very big (but it's still very cool) so we were only there for about 1.5 hours. Plus we were starving so we headed over to Punkin's for some BBQ and catfish.

Punkin's Catfish

I hadn't been to Punkin's in about 20 years so I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were still open. They moved to a new location down the street but they were going strong as ever. We filled our bellies on fried green tomatoes and pickles and sweet tea and then catfish and BBQ. None of what we ate was healthy and what's worse is that we boxed up the leftovers and repeated the gluttony at home later.

To finish off the outing, we visited the Bedre Chocolate Factory which also had a new location.  Scott and I visited Bedre before in 2006 but we hadn't taken the kids there.

Bedre Basket Shop

Now we can check that off our list of things to do...or we can just keep it there and come back again and again. The location moved from Pauls Valley to Davis, OK right next door to the Chickasaw Welcome Center (Exit 55 off I-35). We picked up some chocolate goodies - meltaways, chocolate covered pringles, a chocolate scented pen! - and then we checked out the welcome center for ideas and inspiration.

We left there with some cool jams made in Oklahoma by the Prairie Gypsies - Strawberry Lavender and Pear Pecan - and a hankering for roasted pecan butter!

What a fun day with the family!

I grabbed more literature for things to do in Oklahoma including u-pick-em farms (I didn't know they had those in OK! I used to pick strawberries and tomatoes etc at u-pick-em farms in Florida so I'm super excited about visiting local farms with the kiddos now.) so we're looking forward to more day trips in the near future (including digging for crystals in the salt plains).

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