Last Tuesday at 2AM we peeled our eyes open, showered, hopped in the car and headed on a road trip. The excitement was so strong that within about an hour I had drifted back to sleep as Dave drove the car south for our 17 1/2 hour trip to Dallas Texas. I am not a morning person so sleep was the best place for me to be.
We passed this brand of truck many times and I snapped a pic because it's my dad's name. As excited as I was to be with my family in the south I would be missing my extended family back here at home.
We hit some rain along the way, but still made good time stopping only to get gas and take the much needed restroom breaks.
We had hoped to stop in Wagoner, Oklahoma to see our friends Susan and Mickey, but I was just so sick. Bless Leigh Ann's heart for letting Susan know we would not be stopping on the way down. I had to laugh how I connected with a friend in Pennsylvania to let a friend in Oklahoma know that we would not be stopping. Crazy? Maybe so, but it worked. (Thanks again Leigh Ann)
Later that day after much wardrobe deliberations by the girls we headed to a gorgeous spot to do some family photos. Our last family picture was taken at Alfred and Alicia's wedding over 3 years ago.
Lindsey and Beto set us up and got everyone in order. I had my little point and shoot along just to capture a few candids. The good photos are yet to be seen. Lindsey's working on that right now. I wanted separate pictures of the kids as couples and of Jenna. I haven't had a new photo of her in some time. She likes to change her look so my current ones don't really look like her.
These two have been married for over six years and are still crazy in love.
The whole gang.
After photos we headed to dinner. The place we wanted to go to was closed so we went next door to Tillman's. We had been there before, but not Alfred and Alicia. The meal was great and the dessert consisted of making your own smores at the table with all homemade ingredients. Such fun!
Dinner was outstanding. My girls did all the cooking and I was the head cleaner-upper. That worked pretty well in my book.
Saturday morning we all went out to breakfast before we hit the road for home. Lindsey came down with tonsillitis on Thanksgiving night and was a real trooper despite a fever and sore throat. She headed to the doctor right after we left.
Our long trip to Texas was over all too fast. Three full days together was far better than spending the holiday without any of our kids. Although I felt a ton of stress leaving my job during the holiday time my husband knew that getting me to Texas was the only way to have a happy wife. He was right! Some things in life cannot be done over. A holiday with the entire family just never works for us since we all live apart from one another. This Thanksgiving will be one to hang on to. We, as a family, never really know when will be the next time we see each other.
I look forward to Christmas in hopes of having the kids all home for at least a few days. Nothing is quite set in stone yet other than Jen has her plane ticket bought. I will just try to relax and let it come as it may.
I hope you all had a blessed holiday whether you were with loads of family or none. I've learned over the years that being together is best, but it's not always doable. I'm thankful that God in His goodness allowed the plans to be carried out and memories to be made to cherish for years to come.