I find myself sitting here, sort of halfheartedly watching Burn Notice on Netflix and finally getting around to getting some photos from our trip to Texas together. Yay! This trip was really fantastic, hands down. My niece came down from where she lives, my brother and his family came to stay in their RV and craziest of all, Alan's parents came from Arizona! Confession time... We got married after a really short period of dating, here in NYC with none of our family. Over four years later we still haven't gotten around to having that vow renewal celebration so there just hasn't really been a good time for, well, our families to meet. Crazy, right?? His mom had spent an evening at my folks' house while driving a house load of stuff from Florida to Arizona but that's it. When my mom and I bought the plane tickets for this trip (Southwest Airlines, great service as always) my mom suggested we invite them to come too. Heck yeah! And guess what... It went smashingly. So, basically, a whole load of the people I love spent 5 days hanging out around the house, chatting and laughing, swimming and fishing and just generally hitting it off and having a blast. It was great. So great. Can't wait to do it again.
Traveling crazy early is crazy, y'all. We left our house around 5 or so? Which of course required waking up at 4:30 or so. We hopped on our plane to rush to St. Louis for a three hour layover. Yay! This is the face I made right after this gentleman behind me backed up real hard into my chair. At Chili's. Breakfast at an airport Chili's. Pure class.
So this guy bought an iPad just so he wouldn't have to deal with his laptop while on the road. He started out skeptical and within a day or so was completely obsessed. I still haven't played with it, so I'm still a bit skeptical. Just sayin'. (Check out that sweet Salt Surf bag! Perfect size for carrying all the clothes one needs for a long weekend in Texas.)
It was seriously so special to see my niece. The first time I spent a significant length of time with her was when she was nine months old and even at that age she was a bad ass. Now that she's about to turn FIFTEEN she's even more amazing. We just click. Love that gal. We had a blast going for jogs together, going on a little shopping trip after fueling up on breakfast tacos from Tacos to Go in Kerrville (seriously, their tacos may be the best in the entire state of Texas), almost getting kicked out of H-E-B for taking photos of the Whataburger ketchup and just generally hanging out as much as possible. She also whooped my butt at Sorry.
Husband was so super happy when his parents arrived. He immediately lit off down the hill with his pop. Oh, and just FYI, I've never worried about Alan not aging well because he's a carbon copy of his dad.
The big event Friday night was the family excursion to Crider's for their summer Fridays catfish fry. YUM. So super good. Even my mother in law who does not like fish loved hers. Yeah!
Don't forget to check everything for scorpions. Mom found this when she pulled out her food processor to make breakfast. The next afternoon she found a centipede in her shoe. Texas, y'all... Creepy crawlies abound.
Seeing my brother's kids playing with his old toys is pretty cool. The paint job might not be holding up so well but those old 1970s toys were made to last!
Also super cool: my almost five year old nephew has mad photography skills. Super impressive! And when your photographer is 3 feet tall and cute as a button and so small he can barely hold up the SLR, it's super easy to relax.