We made it to Texas!
After many, many hours of driving… and… well… a short two-day detour to Pensacola, Florida.
What? You don’t travel through Florida on your road trips from Ohio to Texas? Weirdo.
Okay… I’ll admit it. It was a weird detour, but totally worth it as I got to attend a memorial service for a wonderful man of God that meant so much to Lazy Dad and I.
Plus, seeing the town where Lazy Dad and I first laid eyes on each other, officially met, dated, got engaged and even got married, was a wonderful (and emotional) trip down memory lane. A lane I like to travel every once in a while.
I hadn’t been back to Pensacola since I drove off freshly married, so I had a great time showing the kids all the highlights of that part of my life.
And they totally laughed at me for sobbing over a bush and a door at the church where God radically changed my life. But the bush and door are special to me! (And yes, I took pictures of them. *smile*)
The kids and I spend almost a whole day on Pensacola Beach and got slight sunburns and soaked up the sunshine and warmth. Ahhhhhhh!
The weather here in the oldest town in Texas has been wonderful, too. I had to slather my kids down with sunscreen before I left them at my aunt’s house this afternoon; while I enjoy a blissful afternoon at a coffee shop and catch you up on my traveling adventures.
Have I ever told y’all about how my mom makes “welcome home banners” for us? Every visit we get a custom-made one of these bad boys:
At this point, if I came home and didn’t have a “welcome home banner” hanging there I think I’d finally get the hint that it’s time to visit other family members.
Since being home, I got to visit my childhood doctor’s office. This doctor delivered me into the world, so we have lots o’ history together. And he’s had these jars as long as I can remember….
I was really hoping he’d give me a sucker from his sucker jar if I was good. Which I mostly was. But there must be an age limit on those things. I don’t know why he felt I was passed the age limit…. I sure FELT like a little girl sitting in his office again.
I always enjoy bringing the kids to my hometown. As most of you know, I take them to places I went to when I was a kid. I have this insatiable need to plunge their little half-Texan hearts into all things Texas, since they are submerged in all things Northern the rest of the time. Plus, there’s just something about seeing them play where I played.
So far it’s been a great trip. More to come!
The Lazy Mom