On Saturday I stayed home with the kids while my husband and two of his friends spent the day volunteering out of town updating the internet infrastructure at a Boys & Girls Club of America. After my husband returned home, he said that he wanted to take our kids on a weekend getaway. We packed our bags and loaded the kids in the car and headed for Wichita, Kansas. Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas, where we live.
It was a long ride. Oscar became bored in the backseat and cried. He was only consoled by holding my hand, which was uncomfortable. My arm was numb for about an hour, but that’s what moms do.
We arrived in Wichita at our hotel around 10:00 p.m., which is pretty late for the kids to be awake. They had slept in the car for over an hour so they were reenergized, while my husband and I were very tired.
We stayed overnight at A Loft, which was a very nice and very clean hotel. Our room was very modern and posh-looking.
My husband went down to the bar to have a beer and wind down a little bit and I attempted to get the kids settled and into bed. The kids were excited to be somewhere new, so they had fun running around our room and trying to jump on the bed.
The one thing about the hotel I did not care for was that the lights didn’t dim or have a separate light in the bathroom that I could turn on while we were in bed. When the lights were off the kids were scared because it was too dark and when I kept one on it was too bright to get them to sleep. I ended up downloading a nightlight app on my smartphone so we could have a little light but not illuminate the room too much.
We shared a king-sized bed, which was nice, but also annoying because my daughter wouldn’t stop messing with her brother or lay still and she was jealous that Oscar was lying next to me. I would have slept in the middle but both kids roll around a lot in their sleep and I was afraid one of them would roll off of the bed.
It was after midnight when I finally got the kids to sleep. I have to admit, Mom was very tired and very grumpy by then.
Sunday was a very busy day. First, we ate breakfast at Hurts Donut. Their donuts are amazing. There are so many different flavors and types to choose from.
I didn’t get a photo, but I think the doors for their restrooms are hilarious; the women’s restroom door is decorated with an image of a round donut with a hole in the center and the men’s restroom is decorated with an image of a long John donut. A little tongue in cheek humor that some might not notice.
The Sedgwick County Zoo
Next, we headed to the Sedgwick County Zoo. We hoped to see most of the park before it became too warm. The kids enjoyed seeing the animals. I enjoyed this trip to the zoo way more than our last- the last time it was really hot, I was very pregnant with Oscar, and I had swollen feet.
Urban Air Trampoline Park
Abby and Kyle had fun jumping at the Urban Air Trampoline Park. Oscar and I sat on one of the sofas. He fell asleep on my lap and I watched some Netflix.
We went to Towne West Mall. There is a large carousel that we knew the kids would enjoy. While there we rode the carousel and the kids rode a couple of other toys. I did not get a photo of the kids on the carousel because all four of us rode on it.
There are so many fascinating items on display, like the Odyssey command module from Apollo 13, the Liberty Bell 7, a moon lander and moon rover, a German V1 and V2 rocket, American and Russian spacesuits, and so much more. I am a huge space nerd so it was hard not to touch everything in sight.
After the Cosmosphere we went to AJ’s Grill at The Alley and ate pizza. I had a cocktail, which was delicious. Our food took a while to arrive because a waitress and another worker carrying a beer keg collided and our pizza fell on the floor. She had another pizza made and gave it to us for free, which was very nice.
The Alley is a large entertainment center with a bowling alley, laser tag, bumper cars, and an arcade. It was incredibly loud between the bowling, the music, and the games. We spent some time playing games in the arcade before heading home. I was happy to get out of the building and into the quiet of our car.
The kids were asleep in the backseat before we left town. We arrived home at 11:30 p.m., which made for a long day. The kids both slept through the night and didn’t wake up until 6:30 a.m (about an hour later than normal – yay!)