Some observations after our Dallas/Fort Worth road trip:
1) The simple four-hour drive between Irving and Houston is no longer simple. Jackson officially entered the "Are we there yet?" stage on Saturday morning. He asked it four times, I kid you not, before we got on the freeway. Mom congratulated me by saying that I am now truly a parent. The drive never really bothered me before, but now that we have two kids to fill the car with the lovely sounds of "Juice!" and "Annabeth's looking at me!" and "Ehhhhhh!" and "Whaaaa!" things have changed a little. I swear to you I will not leave this city with my children again until Christmas. And even then I might have to be sedated.
2) Our corn dogs weren't that great. They were okay, but nothing to write home about. Sad, right? Curt said that driving four hours for a corn dog might set one's expectations too high. He's probably right. Did y'all know that they had fried butter at the fair this year? When I saw the sign I almost threw up. I love butter just as much as anyone else, but there is one word for that - grody.
3) The Cheesecake Factory has very good hot tea.
4) Ob la di, ob la da, life goes on... We've been gone from Irving for a year and a half. In that time, some of my friends who had babies right as we were leaving already have another baby or are expecting again. It's hard to believe that we've been gone long enough for that to happen. First Irving has had a major growth spurt and that was awesome to see. Also, our old house looks a lot better than last time. We were told that it was sold to a family whose home was torn down for the new development. I'm so happy! Our cute old house and the enormous oak trees will remain.
5) If it's raining and you just leave your hair down instead of pulling it back, it will recover better. Who knew?
6) Seeing old friends is fun, but it only makes me miss them more!
7) If this post is a bummer, I'm going to blame my sinus infection. And the fact that Houston's heat index is 110 this week. (I wrote this post on Monday. We're finally getting cool temps tomorrow!)
8) Let me make it up to you. Here are some pictures.
It was our first time to use the tandem stroller without Annabeth's infant carrier. She loved it.
Notice the artistic application of mustard. I think the problem was that cornmeal was too crispy and hard.
The main stage is flanked by Chevy's.
Annabeth amused herself by sliding her little feet around the wet footrest.
The car show is every big and little boy's favorite part.
One of Jackson's favorite Monster Trucks.
"Little Hands on the Farm"
Sweet little kangaroo
Dad, does this not look like Beanie and Geli? Seriously!