Monday, May 23, 2011

Weekend Trip to Kansas City

We loaded up and headed to Kansas City Friday afternoon for a work event I had to attend.  It was a regional truck/forklift championship.  It is a really fun event and a chance for employees from different branches to get together to hang out and compete.

They put everyone up in the Great Wolf Lodge.  This place was amazing.  There is an indoor water park, arcade, mini golf, restaurants, shops and countless activities for kids to do. 

We had dinner at my boss's house Friday night but I don't have any pictures.  I was too busy trying to keep Sawyer from breaking everything he got his hands on.

The competition started Saturday morning at 8:30.  Everyone met in the lobby at 8:15 to head to the Kansas City Speedway where the event was held.

Heading inside.

I was one of the judges for the forklift competition.  Basically it is an obstacle course set up for the participants to go through.  Whoever has the best time with the fewest penalty points win.

And the same thing is done with the trucks.

This was one of the forklift events - they had to pick up the basketball off of a cone and then try and make a basket.

While I was judging, Keith was entertaining Saw.  There were lots of kids activities set up ~ coloring, kites, balloon twisting, magician, etc.  But Saw was a little young.

They walked around the track.  Here he is in victory lane.

They stayed out at the track for a couple of hours and then Keith took Saw back to the hotel for a nap.

The event was over around 12:30 and we had free time until dinner that night.  After Saw woke up we headed to lunch.  I think he had the most fun running around and destroying the hotel room.  And turning the TV off and on.

After lunch, we decided to check out the water park.

This was actually Sawyer's first time in a pool and he really seemed to enjoy it.  Even all the water splashing in his eyes didn't seem to bother him.

After we got our fill for the water we headed back up to the room.  We played some more and then Saw actually took another quick nap.  Then it was time for the dinner.  All of these below pictures were taken with my phone - our hands were too full to try and pull out the camera.

This is Saw running around like a wild man.

During the dinner and awards Sawyer had had enough so him and Keith found their way to the arcade.  He loved it!

After the banquet was over we all headed back to the arcade.  Sawyer loved playing skeeball.

So excited...clapping when the game was over.

Then it was bedtime -- or actually way past bedtime.

We hit the road pretty early Sunday morning.  We were all worn out and Keith had a 6:30 flight this morning.  I wasn't sure what to expect with it being a work event and just never knowing how kids will do - but we really had a good time!


Kathy Jo said...

As always, I love your pictures, but I especially love, love, LOVE the one of Sawyer sitting in Victory Lane! I am sure Keith told him to "sit right there and I'm gonna go make your picture"!!! And I also love Keith's man purse going to the pool! :)

I know you guys had a great time!! It's incredible how some of those men can drive those trucks and forklifts like they do!

Starting to count the days til vacation!!!

Love to you all!!!

H2's Mommy said...

Looks like y'all had a fun weekend! You always make the best out of everything you do! Glad Sawyer had lots of fun! Can't wait for the beach with you all! LOVE you!

BeLLa said...

Tipper ~ love the pics of you and Saw in the fun. xoxo