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10 on 10 – May [Heber Springs Photographer, Little Rock Photographer]

(10 on 10 …. Ten photos taken throughout one day or event, documenting that day or event, and posted on the 10th of each month. Photographers from around the world who met up through The Bloom Forum are participating.)

As luck would have it, my son’s class trip was just last week which meant…you guessed it…a perfect opportunity to complete my May 10 on 10 post!

Each year, the Gifted and Talented classes take a trip to a city out of state. This year, we headed to Dallas. We had a blast…all 200 of us, kids and parents combined. The only downside…the Dallas interstate construction. What are you people doing down there?! It seemed like every other exit was under construction. Grrrr! But we made it and the kids loved every minute.

So here we go!

We all stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX. If you’ve never been to one, and you have kids, I highly recommend it. It’s a hotel/waterpark/restaurant/ice cream parlor/amusement attraction/with shopping…shew!…all under one roof. There was really no reason to leave! (Here’s a photo of the water bucket that dumped every few minutes on the excited kids below.)

Mornings started with a much-needed cup of coffee in the morning and the wristband that served as our water park ticket, the key to our room and even as a credit card which was scanned for any purchases. Note the purple, sprinkle-covered doughnut in the background – the kids’ breakfast and something I’d NEVER allow them to eat at home.

The first morning, we all headed to Medieval Times for the lunch show. The kids loved it. Luckily, I brought my long lens to capture the knight in front of another school group across the arena.

Squeezing in a little game-playing on the drive to the next stop.

Afternoon at Legoland…check out the Star Wars guy in the background building with Legos.

The next morning was spent at the Museum of Nature and Science with a featured shark exhibit.

My oldest trying out the electricity ball…

Nights were spent playing Magi Quest throughout the hotel. Here’s how the website explains it… “MagiQuest is an interactive live-action, role playing game where players embark on quests and adventures in an enchanted fantasy world using real magic wands to solve the mysteries of the game.” Cool, huh? Almost every child played Magi Quest each night trying to finish enough quests to earn the right to fight the dragon. Here’s my oldest taking his turn with the dragon. The dragon WAS defeated.:)

(Photo below was taken with my iPhone.)

The last day was spent touring the new Dallas Cowboys stadium which was amazing! Price tag and all! And by price tag, I mean a billion dollars. The jumbo tron alone was roughly $40 million and is seven stories high. I mean, really! We even saw the girls trying out for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. (The husbands were plotting how to “accidentally” stumble into the dressing room.) And this is our tour guide explaining to some of the kids about the unique, extremely large windows.

A highlight of the tour was playing football on the field. Balls were sold at a table set up on the sidelines for $27… yep, a little money-maker for that billion dollar stadium. And of course you had to buy one if you wanted to say you played on the field.

Here’s my youngest climbing during the tour.

And then we headed home! Please continue on our blog circle journey by clicking over to Lisa at

Lisa, Lisa Tarplee Photography, South Florida Photographer


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  • Amanda Brogdon

    Awesome!!! Katie u take amazing pics– and a great story to boot!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my gosh! You all packed so much into that trip-super fun!!! WOW-that lens must have been long to get that knight on the other side!!! :) Great captures. :)ReplyCancel

  • What a fabulous trip!!! Something kids and parents will remember for sure!ReplyCancel

  • I love that first shot of the park. My folks lived in Colleyville for 10 years and I never knew this place existed! bummer! Now they are in Bella Vista. :) Love your captures!ReplyCancel

  • What an awesome trip! What an amazing place to stay for the kids! And Lego Land, fun!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, these are fantastic, love the composition! Looks like you had a really fun day!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! This looks like an amazing trip. Love your captures.ReplyCancel

  • What a fun trip! Just showed my hubby and told me we need to go there. Love that first one and the lines of the last one.ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Love seeing this Katie. So glad I was involved in helping to make so many memories for the kids AND parents! You are SOOOO talented!ReplyCancel

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