|The kids with their beloved Mema and their second cousin. Honestly, between five kids and one camera-hogging dog, this was the best pic we could come up with.|
Her backyard was quite exciting. Luke found a tree that he swore grew giant green beans, which he is proudly holding below. Unfortunately, a swarm of mosquitoes or some other hard-to-see, skin-chomping bugs found it exciting, too. So, we didn't spend a whole lot of time out there.
The kids were just amazed that everyone who walked in the door was their cousin. They took up immediately with all of them, even though most were much older, and assumed that all these people had no greater desire than to play with and entertain them. Once, Jack was so immersed in his cousin/coloring book time, he walked right into a sliding glass door. And all of us laughed, except for kind Grandma, who was horrified that all of us laughed. But let's face it, there's not much that's funnier than somebody walking into a glass door. Aren't we a sweet, heartwarming family?
|The kids with Mema and her daughter, Grandma. With these two sweet ladies here to spoil them, it's no wonder the kids didn't want to leave.|
Just when we thought Mema couldn't handle anymore of the joy of having all of us staying at her house, we drove another two hours to Uncle Steve and Aunt Sandra's house. And if there's anywhere more fun than Mema's, this is the place. Let's face it, swimming pools beat out lots of cousins and old toys, lovely as those are.
Aunt Sandra is quite the hostess. There's candy galore, yummy food, a pool, a wonderful movie selection and, best of all, lots of couches for the kids to sleep on. Why is it that kids love to sleep in out of the ordinary places like couches, air mattresses, or the floor when grown-ups will do almost anything to avoid any of those sleeping scenarios?
Chris had two Texas wishes. Naturally, they both involved food. I must say, they ended up well for all involved. A few years ago, Chris discovered a taco trailer in his parents' hometown. We all made fun of him for hours leading up to his first trip to the questionable-looking trailer. Tacos from a trailer? The horror! But he proved us all wrong when Fannie's Taco Truck proved to be a seller of delicious, fresh Mexican food. So, we revisited Fannie this year, and she's still got the taco magic going for her.
When we got to Ft. Worth a couple of days later, Chris's one request was a trip to Dutch's. Though hamburgers aren't at the top of my Favorite Food List, I was thankful for the chance to revisit this place as the last time I was there a couple of years ago, I spent the entire time in the bathroom with a certain unnamed child who took approximately 46 minutes to complete his business. So, I ended up with a cold burger and soggy fries.
This time, I refused to take anyone to the bathroom and thoroughly enjoyed the ginormous burger that Chris and I split. I must say, coming from a non-burger girl, these burgers are amazing. Next time you're in Ft. Worth and are craving half a cow, go to Dutch's. And bring me back some fries.
|Anytime you go to eat with us, you're going to have to wait for the extra-long table. Sorry.|
|Me and my sis-in-law, Sandra. The hostess with the mostest.|
|Our nephew, Jerod, getting Max into the least flattering position possible for a photo. Remind me to never take a picture with him.|
Since Chris's grandfather died a few years ago, his Meme has been brave and moved from her hometown to the big city. She lives in an adorable neighborhood and seems to enjoy her new place. Our kids are so blessed to have two wonderful great grandmothers in Texas.
|Sam sporting a new do. I think he's representing the Lollipop Guild.|
|I'll never figure out how I got a girl who loves creepy crawlies.|
|I'm thinking these new fangled neighborhoods with pools and parks built in are the way to go. The kids agreed. So did the rest of the family who probably breathed a sigh of relief once we took our kids to the park and gave them some scream-free time.|
|The cutest fan at the game.|
|Sam sat through most of the game and didn't even complain. Angel baby!|
|Luke was kept in line through the cotton candy bribe. Whatever works.|
|I'm pretty sure terror struck within a two row radius when we sat down with all these kids. Little did all of us know, no one had anything to dread.|
|Meme and her girls.|
|Meme with her amazingly adorable great grands. I mean, whose are these amazing kids? :)|