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The Kansas Experience

November 20, 2012

As previously mentioned I travel a bit for my job.  Some destinations are glorious, some…not so much.  I had the pleasure of fulfilling my duties to a destination that would fall into the latter.  Wichita, KS.  Nuf said.  I believe I was in such excitement about my destination that I decided it would be the best idea in the whole world to pack up my two toddlers and my husband to share in my road trip experience.  Looking back, it was not my finest decision, but what the hey.  I am all over adventure, and adventure we had.  We set out to complete our 6.5 hour road trip late in the afternoon.  After naps.  Meaning my lovely children would be awake during the whole journey.  In retrospect, I believe that is when I had officially lost all sanity.  They were troopers, and it wasn’t all bad.  There was the throwback to my childhood with the park in Parsons, KS.  I love all the non-OSHA approved equipment!  The slide even shook when you went down!  I will admit, it brought back some great memories!

The jail like swing.  It always reminded me of a cell door clinking shut.  If you want out of the swing, you better move fast or that metal bar will leave a dent.

The shaky slide.

The old wooden “seeder todder” as Ainsley calls them.

And really a no trip through the heartland would be complete without an appearance from my creepy windmill friends.

Once we arrived at the hotel, we proceeded to park our truck in the parking structure which is when I proceeded to SIDE SWIPE A CAR WITH MY DOOR.  If you hear the rumors about the wind in Kansas–ALL TRUE.  There were small dogs flying though the air that night and that is what caught my door and gave the neighboring car a new paint job.  We left a note on the car and we are fixing it, if you are wondering.

Once we checked in, we started the daunting task of getting the kids to bed.  Except, they were not tired.  Of course they were not tired, they essentially sat on their rumps for the previous 6.5 hours.  It was time to par-tay!  They eventually went to bed around 11:30 and my son tossed & moaned all night (he had the beginnings of an ear infection) with his final wake up coming at 4:45 am.  What do you do with a toddler in a hotel at 4:45 am?  I am not sure, but we were all up for the day.  The only problem is that I had to give a presentation to my closest 300 friends on very little sleep.  I give you exhibit A–sleep deprivation.

Suffice to say, I had A LOT of caffiene that day.  I was essentially twitching when I gave my presentation.  Needless to say, we ripped out of there right after it was finished.  We did arrive home safely that evening with a lot of memories.

Oh Dorthy, there is no place like home!!

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