This past Friday I loaded up our Honda Fit while I waited for Jimmy to get home from work. It had been a long week and I was excited to head to The Woodlands to spend time with mom, dad, Kase, and Eric for Dad's 58th birthday. Jimmy got home and we headed out. Took us an hour to get from north Dallas to I-45. I hate traffic on Friday's. We finally made it out of town and I proceeded to annoy Jimmy with my song choices for three hours :) . (My new favorite song right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJtDXIazrMo)... check it out.. I like to try and hit them high notes! We made it to mom and dad's and just hung out relaxing that night since it was a late arrival.
On Saturday we got up, ate some breakfast, and headed down to Reliant stadium (or NRG stadium now) for the Houston RV show (kind of a random family outing, but that's us!). Of note, Reliant stadium was kind of weird and disappointing. I feel like whenever I have gone to the Cowboy's (yuck) stadium you can tell and feel that it is the home of the Dallas Cowboys, even in off season. There are silver and blue stars everywhere and you know that Enterprise-looking spaceship is Jerry's world. When we got to Reliant, there wasn't a single thing linking that stadium to the Texans. I just kept thinking, geez! Have some respect for your home team people. Parade those navy and red bull horns around all year long... Bulls on Parade, and what not! Oh well, I always knew being a Texans fan was going to be hard, but they will ALWAYS be my team!
Ok, sorry, back to the RVs! We entered the building and RVs were everywhere (I guess that's the point). Big ones, small ones, long ones, tall ones. There were about 20 I would have bought right then and there.
A lot of your probably don't know, but our family grew up camping. We had a pop-up trailer and we took it everywhere! Some of my best memories from childhood involve camping. We'd pull into the spot, check out the area and already start scheming about what all we could get in to. Kase and I would help mom make the beds and cut veggies for our over-the-fire pot roasts. The boys would cut fire wood and set up the camp site. Gosh we had so much fun sitting around the fire, making smores, and then climbing into our beds snuggled in our smoky pajamas. We would get up the next day and do it all over. We would play games, go swimming, toast hot dogs right over the fire, and enjoy the outdoors. I constantly tell Jimmy that I hope we can recreate many of these memories for our children one day. I think it is important for kids to see the outdoors and to learn how to live within it.
I think that is why we all really enjoyed the RV show. No, we never had one of those giant bus-looking RVs, but we had family. Walking around the giant show room, it was like giving me a glimpse back to a care free time of my life where the only thing that mattered was having holes in my pajama pants from sitting too close to the sparks of the fire. I know plenty of people have traditions with their families and camping was ours. It was nice to be reminded of that for an afternoon. After we left the RV show we went to Pappas Burgers. Man, I wish we had one of those in Dallas.. they have some nom nom burgers. We headed back to mom and dad's stuffed full. That evening dad made a fire out back and we all sat around it and talked about what is to come. Mostly we talked about what the plan is once Kasey and Eric's twins come and mom comes to Dallas to help out.We all had some beers and snacks and enjoyed the evening.
Of note, Caleb told mom about this brewing company that you can now get
in Texas. I'm normally a Texas beer drinker, but I liked everything I tried from this company. Check them out! http://odellbrewing.com/
On Sunday, I was able to spend time with one of my best friends, Lana. She bought a house right around the corner from mom and dad and I had never seen it. Her house is ADORABLE. She's got such great taste and she has made her house a home. I love all of the work she has put into it and I am so proud of her. Lana and I have known each other since 7th grade and even when we don't see each other for awhile, we can always pick up where we left off. We have been together through the best times in our lives and the worst. A lot of times I feel like I am not the best at keeping in contact or being there for Lana. So, Lana, just know that no matter what bogs me down in life or how busy we both become, I'll always be there for you. I so admire your strength in trudging through this world that has dealt you horrible cards. You are an inspiration to many and I am honored to call you my best friend. Love you lots and lots!
Weekends with family always go by so fast. It drives me nuts how a work week can feel like an eternity, but time laughing and loving with your people flies by in an instant. I've learned a lot from nursing, but what it has taught me the most is to not take advantage of the time you have with your family. Last night we gave dad some gifts and one of his favorite desserts from Nothing Bundt Cakes (yum). We sang him happy birthday, ate a delicious meal, and drove away sadly. I will see all of them again soon, God willing.
Until next time,
Some pics from this weekend...