OH. MY. WORD.
I’ve been trying for WEEKS to put up this blog post! WEEKS I tell you! I finally got the whole, “my-pictures-wouldn’t-upload-and-I-don’t-know-why” problem solved. GEESH. So excuse me if this post is, like, SO old news. Mkay? Mkay.
I’ve been to Texas and back, people. Listening to my good ol’ country music and wearing my cute cowgirl boots all the way!
Some things that made this particular trip wonderful?
1. BLUEBONNETS! I was hoping I’d get to see these little Texas beauties this trip, and I did! I hit it just right and they were sprinkled all over the roadsides for me to see.
2. Family. Family is always good.
3. Quality time with my dad. He had to tear the roads up to pick up and drop off and shuttle around my sister and I. In hindsight, we probably shouldn’t have flown in & out of two different towns on four different days.
Yes, that’s right. I flew into Dallas on Thursday, and my sister flew into Houston on Friday. Then my sister flew out of Houston on Monday and I flew out of Dallas on Tuesday.
Needless to say my dad was glad to see us leave.
4. Nobody on this planet finishes a prayer the way my 86 year old Granddaddy can. Nobody. It’s good stuff.
Someone in my family needs to get this video taped before we can’t video him anymore.
(You hear that family?)
5. Old friends are good friends. Very good friends. And seeing old friends is good.
6. Catching an Astros game at Minute Maid park with my dad.
I hadn’t been to an Astros game since High School. And their new stadium is SO nice.
|(*Fun fact alert!* I’ve been going to Astros games since I was 6 months old!)|
Incidentally, they also sell Blue Bell Ice Cream there. *swoon*
My favorite part of the night? Singing “Deep In The Heart of Texas” with a stadium full of Texans while looking at the Houston skyline at the 7th inning stretch.
Did my little pea-picking Texas heart good.
7. Seeing the newest statues around my hometown. (There were two additions since I’d been there in the Fall.)
The Nacogdoches Statue Trail provides visitors and townspeople alike with an understanding of some of the people and events that have played central roles in the city’s history. (From the Visit Nacogodches website, mind you.)
The new Michael Boyett one blew my mind!
Totally captured the settler spirit.
The mother holding the baby was absolutely. amazing. (These pictures do it no justice.)
Nobody does statues as good as Michael Boyett. Nuh-uh. No sir!
(And okay, I may have dated his oldest son at one point.)
(And okay, his youngest son may have threatened Lazy Dad the night he came home from our first date. They were roommates. And there were guns involved.)
8. Eating my Aunt’s famous chicken and dressing. You know she’s right famous for it!
9. Seeing all my cousins again and meeting all their children at my Papa’s 85th birthday celebration. Up until my last Texas trip in the Fall, I had never met a single one of their sweet kiddos.
10. Hearing my Papa share his salvation, baptism and wedding story in the very church it all happened in.
12. My Aunt’s Texas-style birdhouse.
13. Going through a tub of old keepsakes and stumbling across some old New Kids On the Block fan magazines!
Yup, all those things made this trip home to Texas extra special this time around.
That, and the fact I got to go alone! (Shhh… don’t tell Lazy Dad… or my kids.)
And when I was a little sad to have left God’s Country when I got back to Toledo, Lazy Dad got me some yellow roses to cheer me up.
The Yellow Rose of Texas is the only girl for me!
Oh, never mind.
The Lazy Mom
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