texas trip recap

we survived our big trip to texas without too many snags in the plans, and it was so.much.fun.  the girls were (mostly) angels on the planes, which made things much easier for this mommy.  we flew standby on passes (read: we flew for FREE), thanks to meghan and the best airline ever.  it could have potentially been a huge disaster, but we didn’t have any issues (unlike the man next to us at check-in who was trying to fly his family of FOUR on ONE ticket and couldn’t understand why that was an issue).

we arrived on thursday afternoon and had lunch with aunt meghan and uncle erin.  leslie had her first taste of “texas cookies” (a.k.a. – sopapillas), and they were a huge hit.  then we went to aunt bridget’s house and had a pretty low-key rest of the day, which was perfect since we’d been awake since 4 that morning.  it was an early night for all of us.

on friday, we went to play with amber and her girls.  leslie was in heaven…bunk beds + princess dresses + two new friends = most awesome day ever.  we played for the morning, and then fixed a picnic for the park.  we fed the ducks, played on the playground, and leslie made new friends with every child she ran into.

lucy spent her time on the smaller playground, and by the time we left she had figured out how to climb up the steps and go down the slide all by herself!  such a smart girl.

from the park, we went to get ice cream at coldstone.  we decided on cupcakes that were completely edible…a combination of chocolate, ice cream, cake and frosting.  seemed like a great idea, but the logistics were kind of tricky and our kids ended up covered in melted chocolate and ice cream.  but they loved it, and the clothes washed, so it was fine.  after ice cream, we headed to borders to look at books for a little bit and then back to aunt bridget’s house.  this is what the girls looked like after their day with amber & co.

saturday brought a day of all kinds of fun.  first, a trip to the zoo to meet more new friends.  on the way, leslie fell in love with bridget’s youngest brother jacob.  he, however, did not share her affection.  i don’t think she minded too much though…the zoo was exciting enough to take her mind off the heartbreak.  we saw lots of different animals, and when the kids had reached their zoo limit, we stopped for some lunch (and dancing).

sunday morning we went to church and then leslie chose wendy’s for lunch.  deborah brought ellie over to play, and play did we ever!  there was hair straightening, nail polish, make-up, high heels, veils, and flowers.  oh my.

it was a busy afternoon of dress-up.  that night we went to bridget’s parents’ house for dinner.  leslie and lucy were completely entertained by the many blinn boys, and dinner was delicious.

aunt bridget went back to work on monday, so we spent the day with uncle erin.  there was shopping, eating, and picture taking.

the weather was great, and the company was perfect.  in case you missed it, leslie loves her uncle erin.  lucy was so tired from our morning adventure that she slept all the way through kroger.  awesome.

we dropped uncle erin off at her house and headed back to bridget’s for a quick nap and to get ready for dinner.  after we picked bridget up at work, we went to visit some family.  michael’s dad’s cousin and his wife live in dallas, and we’ve always said that if we ever made a trip to texas we would stop and see them.  we had a great time and lots of yummy food.  leslie entertained us with her piano playing, and lucy finally had someone her own age to play with.  johnnie and tommy’s grandson (the 5th thomas in the family!) is about 2 months younger than lucy, and he joined us for dinner with his parents.  it was another fun evening, which i unfortunately did not manage to get a single picture of.  johnnie snapped this one during leslie’s musical entertainment:

the next day the girls and i drove to tyler, tx to pick ma up from aunt louise’s house.  we didn’t get to spend much time, but did manage a trip to chick-fil-a for lunch and a photo op before we had to head back to dallas.

on the way home, lucy talked to her daddy:

that night was dinner at fireside pies with 3 of my favorite blinn ladies.  after dinner (and dessert…hello, delicious brownie and butterscotch ice cream!) we took a picture.  unfortunately, the person we chose to take said picture was clearly not the best choice.  observe:

attempt #1 – fail.attempt #2 – but where are meghan and leslie?there they are…still not great, but at least we can see everybody’s face!

wednesday was another day of traveling.  up at 4, at the airport by 5:30, and back in ky at noon.  we had a great trip, but are really glad to be back at home…even though the bathroom looks like this:


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