Lone Star Visit

October 15, 2010 12:49 PM
We got back from a visit to my homeland about a week ago.  I love Idaho, but being back in Texas just feels like that is where my roots are.  I love it there.  The weather couldn't have been better, and we enjoyed every minute with my mom.

First of all, I flew by myself to Dallas through Denver with 2 little kids.  The best decision I made was to bring on board Lucie's car seat (thanks for the advice, Toria!).  She was still a handful, but at least she was strapped down.

I lost track of how many dum dum suckers the kids ate.  John started politely refusing them. Lucie never did!  We did really well on our journey, with our only low point when Lucie rolled around on the food court floor of the Denver airport.  Not too bad!

My dad moved to Massachusetts a year ago, so we didn't get to see him this trip, which was a bummer.  But we loved spending so much quality time with my mom.  Lucie calls her, "My Bobbie."

Activities included...

Riding scooters around Grandbobbie's driveway (a special treat since we don't have any pavement near our house...)

Going to the park by Grandbobbie's house:

Going to the mall, where the kids rode the carousel and ate frozen yogurt.

We went with my mom to her work so the kids could meet all her coworkers.  She works teaching nurses, so everyone at her work wears scrubs and name badges.  John was sure he was getting a shot.  He kept saying, "We're not gonna get a flu shot today, right?"  

We got to see my friend, Heather's, parents -- the Pratchetts.  I sure love them.  We've been close since I was 13, so they hold a special place in my heart!  (All photos taken with my iPhone, so not the best quality)

According to John, the highlight of the trip by far would be going bowling.  He LOVED it.

The funniest part was, John knew just what to do with the little fan.  After he'd bowl, he'd come put his hands over it to dry off his hands before the next round.  I have no idea where he learned that.  He was very serious about it.

Heather moved from Albuquerque to Tulsa recently, so we took a few days to drive the 4 hours up to see her.  It was a beautiful drive.  I had to laugh because all the signs by the freeway say, "Drive friendly, the Texas way."  If that is friendly driving, I'd hate to see unfriendly!  Boy, it's a dog eat dog world on those Texas highways.  I know where my road rage roots began. :)

It was so fun to get to see her and her kids.  As always, Lucie and Anna loved each other.  Anna showed Lucie a few new shows to watch on the computer.

And a few new hair accessories.

We took the kids to the park one day.

John LOVED playing trains with Parker and Grant.  He actually had a lot of fun with Grant this trip, which was cute to see.

Heather and I like to cook the same types of things, so we cooked quite a bit this trip.  Here are a few of the recipes we made:

Pasta Sauce (we used chicken bullion cubes instead of salt, added more tomato paste, and a few tablespoons of sugar, then when we served it, we added ground sausage)

Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins (I added a teaspoon of salt and a little vanilla.  Also, we used fresh pumpkin)

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

My mom made some chicken spaghetti that the kids (and I) loved.  We boiled the noodles separately and just put the sauce from the crock pot on the noodles.  

And this was a pretty quick, easy dessert that was very yummy.  Thanks, Mom!  We did use real whipped cream rather than cool whip, and you have to make a whole pint to cover the whole cake.  

It was such a fun trip!  Peter was in Spain for work, so we decided to take a little vacation, too, and I'm so glad we did.  

It's been a week, and I'm just starting to feel like things are getting back to normal.  It was John's 4th birthday yesterday, so I'll post photos from that soon.