Friday, July 15, 2016


We just got back from a whirlwind of a week in Texas.  Sadly, I did not get to see many friends at all….we just didn't have any extra free days between time with family, trips to the beach and an Astros game!

We drove to Charlotte Friday night and spent the night in a hotel to catch our early flight the next day.  Thankfully everything turned out ok, but this travel day could have been a disaster.  First of all, the parking place was very backed up, and while they usually have a bus at your car before you even turn it off, we had to wait 15-20 minutes for it this time!  Then we got to the airport and it was a ZOO.  Worse than we usually see it at Christmas!  It was literally wall-to-wall people where you check in and drop your bags.  Thankfully, I have preferred status through work and I was able to check us in at the priority desk, which literally saved us.  I don't think we would have made our flight if we had to wait in the regular lines.

Abby was excited to have her own seat.  Well, kind of.  She sat there for take off and landing…spent the rest of the flight in my lap.  The kids were EXCELLENT travelers, though, and we got tons of compliments on their behavior.  We aren't always that lucky…ha!

 We made it!!

Day 1 in Texas = Mexican food for dinner.  Yes, Abby is eating salsa by the spoonful.

Cousins!  These two had similar swim shirts, so I had to do a double-take to see who was who a few times!

Clay thoroughly enjoyed this show he watched with Emily…ha!  Photo bomb by Brian's foot!

(And mom…I think Emily looks like her daddy here!)

I know it won't always be this way, so I am just soaking up their friendship these days.  They are too stinkin' sweet together.  (Most of the time…they do have their share of fighting, too!)

This is where we spent most of the time we were home!

Everyone loves Erika!

This kid.  He loves Sushi.  He ate probably 75% of what Clay ordered for them to share!  (And no, that's not all of it!)

This kid on the other hand is a little more of a picky eater.  He wasn't impressed with the fried rice and ended up falling asleep while we ate.

The boys have been begging to go to the beach.  So, although Galveston isn't exactly the nicest beach around, it was closer than we usually get to the beach, so we decided to take a quick trip down.  I found a last minute place on the beach on VRBO, and we made a mid-day trek down there so we could get a full beach day in, but split up in an afternoon and morning vs one long day.  On the way down, Kelly met us for lunch and a quick play at a trampoline park, which wasn't too far out of the way.

Abby helped me hold Baby Elle so her Mama could attempt to eat like a normal person.  She was really sweet with her and helped me pat her on the back.

It took a while, but she finally gave in to the car nap!

We made it!

Pure joy for these kids.  They absolutely loved it.  Connor, as suspected, wanted to swim out way farther than this mama was willing to let him.  I wasn't sure how Levi would react, but he loved the water, too.  (Well, until something grabbed his toe at the very end…at least it was then and it didn't ruin swimming for him since we were leaving anyway!)  I knew he'd love the sand.  Abby was also a big fan of the water and the beach!  When we got back to Conroe, she kept crying for the sand box.  Ha!  I can't wait to take them somewhere with a beach with blue water and white sand!

We left around lunch time and thought this would be the perfect way to cap off our little excursion:
It did not disappoint!

Fishies back in the water that afternoon!

Another favorite thing:  golf cart rides!  Those usually entail trips to the donut store or searching for deer!

We got to go to La Toretta for one morning!

That's quite a powerful bucket spill for a kid's area!

And just like that…the week flew by.  One last donut (or Kolache for the rest of us!) before we get on the plane.

This didn't last long.  Although the boys would play for hours if I let them, Abby really has no interest in electronic devices or TV.

On the BUS!  YELLOW BUS!  (Abby loves busses right now!)

Connor came home with a souvenir from Texas…a fire ant bite!  It had been a while since he's had one, but he still gets an ugly reaction!

The next day, we woke up bright and early for Connor to do his second triathlon!

Looking good so far…a few minutes later, he'd take quite a spill on his bike.  I am SO PROUD, though, that he got up and finished.  What a fighter.

Battle wounds from his crash!

Donuts make everything better!

And a random pic of Levi to close us out…just because I love that outfit on him!