With all our food souvenirs in tow, we bid farewell to our friends in St. Louis and drove eight hours back to Oklahoma to spend a few more days with my mother-in-law before heading home.
One day, we took the kids to the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in our former hometown of Norman. The museum features complete dinosaur skeleton models, which are quite impressive. Jackson, our dino lover, was enthralled. Imagine how enormous they appear to a three-year-old!
This smaller dinosaur was more to Olivia's liking.
A special exhibit about Chinese dinosaurs included an informational film. I laughed when Jackson and Olivia sat right down on the floor and started watching. Future paleontologists!
The kids tried to walk in the giant footsteps of some prehistoric creature.
As we left, the kids wanted to pose with the Oklahoma buffalo in front of the museum.
Afterwards, we took Tony's mom to lunch at Ted's Cafe Escondido. I had the spinach enchiladas with corn and papas, as usual.
Can't pass up free sopapillas for dessert!
The next evening, Grandma was nice enough to babysit the kiddos so Tony and I could go out to dinner on our own. We chose Victoria's, also known as the site of our first date some twelve years ago. It's crazy how their food has not changed at all over the years. That's a good thing.
We started with some stuffed mushrooms. Can you see them under all that grated parmesan?
I ordered the sampler, which lets you pick and choose three different types of pasta. I went with the marinara, pesto, and primavera. Again, I promise you they are somewhere under all that parmesan cheese. The marinara is my favorite. That is some exceptional tomato sauce there.
We left the next morning and arrived back in Austin ready to sleep in our own bed...and perhaps embark on a diet to make up for the past week and a half's indulgences.
My first dinner at home? Veggie burger patties. I didn't have buns and grocery shopping would have to wait until the next day.
Thanks for checking out my vacation pics, you guys. Are you looking forward to a fun vacation this summer? Where are you going?