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:
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!