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A Surprise Trip to Oklahoma

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It started with a text message from Clay – “I have a surprise for you when you get home.” It was the Friday morning of what had been a horribly awful week. Needing something positive to think about, I spent the rest of the day wondering what Clay could be planning to cheer me up. Given that it would have to be pretty drastic to actually work, my thoughts drifted to things like a spotlessly clean house, a shopping spree, or an entire gallon of my favorite ice cream free of judgment for singlehandedly consuming it over the course of the weekend (hypothetically, of course). However, when I arrived home that afternoon, it was quickly apparent that my surprise involved going somewhere. Clay told me to pack a weekend bag with comfy clothes (in other words, not the things I normally wear) and to pack Sydney’s (our dog’s) bag while he took care of a few other errands. This was certainly a promising way to begin a weekend!

Soon enough we were loaded into the car, me still clueless as to where we were going. Of course, if I had any sense of direction, I would have noticed we were driving north, which would have been clearly apparent to a normal person as the setting sun was to our left. I, however, did not realize Oklahoma was our destination until we actually arrived in Oklahoma.

Perhaps I was distracted by the vast amount of food Clay had packed. I know we enjoy food and clearly he was planning on cooking most of our meals for the weekend rather than going to restaurants, but did two people really need two bags of chips, over a pound of fajita meat, along with hot dogs and hamburgers? And did he really think I could eat two pints of ice cream over the weekend (ok, maybe this one could actually happen, especially after my horribly awful week). Not one to be bothered by this detail when there was a weekend getaway to consider, I quickly moved on to thinking about what our destination could possibly be.

Three short hours later we, and a very excited Sydney, pulled up to a most inviting cabin in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, just outside of Beavers Bend State Park. I excitedly began exploring the cabin as Sydney excitedly began exploring the woods around it. Neither of us was disappointed. The cabin came complete with a fully stocked kitchen, indoor and outdoor living spaces, and more room than the two of us (plus Sydney) possibly needed. There was a master bedroom on the first floor and two more bedrooms upstairs. Although the inside of the cabin was lovely, the best part was outside – a hot tub with a fireplace, surrounded by lots of space and plenty of trees. Clay knew exactly what I needed. I needed to get away (far, far away) from the city (and grad school!), to relax, and to spend time with my love. It was perfect!

large_IMG_1046.jpgThe road in front of our cabin

The road in front of our cabin

large_IMG_1067.jpglarge_IMG_1070.jpgThe kitchen

The kitchen

Living room

Living room

The master bedroom

The master bedroom

The second floor walkway - one bedroom was located at each end

The second floor walkway - one bedroom was located at each end

Checking out what was upstairs

Checking out what was upstairs

One of the upstairs bedrooms

One of the upstairs bedrooms

After testing out the hot tub (we had to make sure it was working properly!) and enjoying the delicious steak dinner Clay prepared on the grill, we were just relaxing on the couch when Sydney suddenly wanted to go outside.

Friday night dinner

Friday night dinner

large_IMG_0950.jpglarge_IMG_0965.jpgClay's disapproving face because I shared my ice cream cone (cone, not the ice cream) with the pup

Clay's disapproving face because I shared my ice cream cone (cone, not the ice cream) with the pup

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Clay went outside with her and, to my utter and complete surprise, walked back inside with my brother, his wife, and my nephew (who, just so we are clear, is just about the most adorable kid in the whole world). I have mentioned previously that Clay is not great at surprising me – well, this time he was successful! I almost could not believe they were there (for context, I live several hours away from my family and I had not seen them in months and I was really missing them).

Best surprise ever!!!

Best surprise ever!!!

If you need help picturing my truly shocked and surprised face, just imagine a teenage Justin Bieber fan Completely.Freaking.Out. I was jumping up and down, fanning my face, crying, and saying, “Oh My Goodness!!!!!!!” over and over while on the verge of hyperventilating. When I finally could put together even a moderately coherent sentence, all I could manage was, “I knew there were too many chips!” as I hugged my sister-in-law and nephew. I was soooo surprised and overwhelmingly happy. When I compare this response to my usual “surprised” face, it is glaringly obvious that I do not fake a surprised response very well, at all. Just as I have been pretending to be surprised for years, Clay must have been pretending to be convinced.

Although I thought the weekend was perfect before my brother and his family arrived, it was beyond perfect once they were there. We had the best weekend doing quite a bit of nothing. We stayed up late talking, ate really good food that Clay cooked on the grill, took naps, and explored the beautiful Beaver’s Bend area. We watched Sydney run around, in doggie heaven with the opportunity to roam through the trees, and spent lots of time loving on my nephew, who is growing up oh-so-quickly. We sat in the hot tub (for hours) and drank wine before roasting marshmallows by the fire while talking some more. It was a blissful weekend and just what I needed to recover from my week. We are already planning a return trip, although I can do without the horribly awful week next time!

The hot tub - we definitely made use of it during our short stay

The hot tub - we definitely made use of it during our short stay

Saturday morning was beautiful - sunny but still cool

Saturday morning was beautiful - sunny but still cool

View from the back porch

View from the back porch

Sydney loved running around outside the cabin

Sydney loved running around outside the cabin

The fire pit

The fire pit

large_IMG_1010.jpgCutest kid ever <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Cutest kid ever :)

large_IMG_1025.jpgThe boys enjoying the hot tub Saturday morning

The boys enjoying the hot tub Saturday morning

large_IMG_1048.jpgLunch was hamburgers and hotdogs grilled to perfection by Clay

Lunch was hamburgers and hotdogs grilled to perfection by Clay

large_IMG_1071.jpgExploring Beavers Bend State Park

Exploring Beavers Bend State Park

large_IMG_1080.jpglarge_IMG_1082.jpglarge_IMG_1091.jpgLove him!!

Love him!!

large_IMG_1097.jpglarge_IMG_1100.jpgSaturday's dinner was delicious fajitas

Saturday's dinner was delicious fajitas

We loved the outdoor fireplace

We loved the outdoor fireplace

large_IMG_1123.jpgRoasted marshmallows <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Roasted marshmallows :)

A warm fire on a cool night

A warm fire on a cool night

large_IMG_1139.jpgMy perfectly content and happy face

My perfectly content and happy face

I miss my brother - so sad for the weekend to be over

I miss my brother - so sad for the weekend to be over

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Posted by cgplatt 18:05 Archived in USA Tagged sydney family oklahoma surprise

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