Tuesday, April 06, 2010

We Came, We Saw, We Ate a Lot of Tex-Mex

We're went to Texas for Spring Break.

We hadn't been back in a year and a half and apparently, it's been a bit too long of a time away for me since I kept crying at all the things I've missed, like friendly grocery store clerks.  (Seriously, I went to a grocery store in Dallas and the clerk offered to help me out with my groceries and I swear to Bob, my eyes filled with tears.)  (He, um, seemed a little nonplussed.)

We couldn't have chosen a more gorgeous time to come back to Texas --spring is in full bloom there and the weather was perfect. I mean PERFECT.  Not too warm, not too cold.  A little pollen-y, just to remind us all of the allergies we don't suffer in New York. The wildflowers are out all over.  I've about decided that wildflowers are God's great compensation for the wicked Texas summer heat.

We arrived Saturday night, late.  I'm not sure who was the most excited, but if I had to guess, I would bet it was my mother. First of all, she was still up at nearly midnight.  But also, she invited my entire family over for a pre-Easter Easter celebration on Sunday.

Y'all.  I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.

I took about 300 pictures, and about three of them have no one eating in them.  This is not one of them:
 (As always, you can click to enlarge to see our full mouths in greater detail.)


There was even an Easter (egg) hunt:

That's my GRAND-NEPHEW, Kaleb.  He is...well...I kept getting out a spoon to eat him up but things intervened.  Things like my older daughter, Ana (12), whom we have now titled The Kaleb Whisperer.

Why, yes, she IS 21.  Thanks for asking.

We hung out with the family, enjoyed the gorgeous weather and ate as much Tex-Mex as we possibly could.  For a while I was taking pictures of each meal but it got a little embarrassing. I did take THIS picture:

Yes, my first Texas margarita in almost two years.  Ahhh...

So, then we hung around my parent's house and did some shopping.  (Well, okay, we had to leave my parents' house to go shopping.  We hung around my parents' house and ALSO, WE DID SOME SHOPPING.) I bought some new clothes (I KNOW!) and Ana bought some new clothes and we spent every moment that we could outside and apparently, there was some snoring going on.

I will tell you more about this tomorrow.  (No, really! Snoring!)  Plus, I will tell you about our trip to Austin and introduce you to yet another cute baby.  I would do it right now but we came home to a large basement flood, an even larger mountain of laundry and some seriously spectacular weather and I need to run.

Snoring!  Tune in tomorrow!

9 comments:

Ei said...

Looks awesome,Barb. I have five grand nephews and two grand nieces and I curse my older sisters for starting so young because, dangit, that makes me feel old.

Tex-Mex...mmmmm....

Becca said...

Oh crap, a flood is no fun to ocme home to...

My hubby is going to San Antonio in a few weeks for work and I am jealous of the weather he'll have. it snowed here last night

Miriam said...

i got distracted by the margarita

Kathy said...

Maybe it's the "age we are" but I had the best time with my family this past weekend for Easter. Everybody was happy and the kids were so good and I SO enjoyed my niece and nephew. I had WAY to much wine but I think I would have had fun regardless. Hee hee. The weather was so spectacular that we even sat outside on the deck and had our Easter dinner. It was great!
So glad you enjoyed your time in Texas. The girls are probably already planning their next trip back!
So glad

Karmon said...

Looks like you had a great trip minus the migraine. Sorry to hear about your basement and car. That sucks:( I had to turn the A/C on today since it was HOT out today

Susan said...

Everything looks so beautiful and lush in Texas! Sorry to hear about the flood.

Hannah said...

This is a GREAT time to flee the icky leftovers of winter in the Northeast and get a foretaste of spring in the Mother Country! When we lived in MA, I loved coming here in Feb or March. It made me feel alive again.

Sherry Sea from Austin said...

Glad you had a good time!

TheOneTrueSue said...

Nooooooooooooooo - not a flood. Ick.

I can feel how much you love Texas. Are you starting to love New York too though, or - not really?

My husband just applied for a job in Austin. I don't know what to think about that. Although I'd be delighted if my kids had southern accents. Do yours still?

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