Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A few days in Texas

Hard to believe it's been more than a week since we felt warm Texas air on our faces. What I wouldn't give to have a little bit of that sent here!

Looking back through my photos I realized A) I never took my Nikon out of the suitcase and B) I don't have a single picture of baby Katie – probably why I didn't use the camera (only my phone) – I was holding her the entire trip. Couldn't resist.

We didn't "do" much but spend time together the three days we were in TX, exactly what we had hoped for. The girls played in the backyard, happy to soak up some vitamin D, and spent time at the park (so many of them to choose from!)

Allison and Josie - they look like sisters!

Eleanor – looking so grown up.
Grandpa Kirker – the climbing spotter

Saturday was my favorite day, by far. The girls did a little shopping while the "boys" (Kyle, Chris and Grandpa Kirker) looked at cars…surprise, surprise. They "stumbled" upon a $70,000,000 car collection owned by one man. I swear that once we all met up for lunch, Kyle spent the entire meal mumbling "seventy…million…dollars."

Sunday morning, Amy and I slipped out for pedicures and an hour to ourselves while the dads were home with the girls. That afternoon Kyle grilled ribs, Allison and Josie played together like angels, and Amy and I polished off a bottle (or two) of champagne while sitting in the backyard. Unfortunately, Ellie spent most of the day in bed. The poor girl woke with a fever, and didn't do much more than sleep the entire day. Josie and Allison were so sweet and shoved numerous "get well" pictures under her door while she slept.

Who wouldn't feel better after this many get well pictures?
Sunday night, after a delicious dinner and too much champagne, I packed suitcases and fell into bed by 9PM – thank goodness! Four hours later Ellie was in the bathroom, vomiting until we had to leave for the airport at 6AM. Needless to say, Monday was a very, very, very long day. But…it could have been so much worse.

When we arrived at the airport, the woman at the counter warned us that our flight was on "weather delay" and that the remaining flights to Chicago had already been cancelled for the day due to the blizzard the mid-west was facing. By the time the four of us were on the plane (only 45 minutes behind schedule) I was already saying prayers of "thanks" for getting over our first major hurdle of the day. Now, to get to Chicago without Ellie being sick, and then beat the storm home.

By the way, Josie lost her other front tooth while we were gone.
Ellie…not loving life in this picture.
We made it to Chicago, grabbed a quick bite to eat, then spent the next SEVEN HOURS driving from Chicago to New Era – a trip that usually takes 3-½ to 4 hours.

Saying it was "white knuckle" driving is an understatement!

I love Josie's use of the neck pillow she insisted on using. 
I was so happy to finally pull into our drifted, snow-filled driveway! There was at least 2' of snow drifted across the drive and in front of the door. The road in was even worse – school was already cancelled for Tuesday by the time we got home.

While I unloaded the car, the girls snuggled on the couch. The house was a balmy 42˚ when we got home. We heat with wood, and didn't realize the furnace pilot was out, so it never kicked on as secondary heat while we were gone. On the bright side, we didn't burn any propane while we were away!

It was an early bedtime for us all Monday night – followed by a long week of full work schedules, sick kids, sick parents, and load after load of vacation and puke laundry. It's behind us now, thank goodness. Despite the battle to get home and airplane germs we brought home with us, I'm so glad we were able to spend a few days with Grandpa, Chris, Amy and their girls. We miss them already!


  1. So awesome to spend time with family. Wish we could all do it more. Pictures are great, story line fun, except where Ellie got sick.

    Glad you had fun and made it home safely. Now, SPRING TIME WEATHER for michigan please!


  2. Glad you had a good time, minus the puking! Being sick while traveling on an airplane is the WORST.


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