Thanksgiving in Texas

December 11, 2008

This Thanksgiving, we took Michael’s week of vacation and went to Texas.  Our good friend, Jon, lives there and has been wanting us to come visit for awhile.  He has been here to Kansas City several times, including Thanksgiving last year,  so it was our turn to travel!  We got up early Tuesday morning and Liam told us his stomach hurt.  His face and lips were as white as a sheet which is a sure sign that he is not feeling well!  We grabbed a bowl for the car and headed out, praying that our day and week would not turn into a nightmare! ( Thankfully, he was MUCH improved by lunch and felt fine the rest of the time. ) We drove all day and arrived at Jon’s house around 7:15pm-12 and a half hours after we left our house!!

On Wednesday we pretty much relaxed.  We did take a walk to the peacock farm down the road from Jon’s house and we were able to find a few feathers on the road for our science notebooks.  We did a little Thanksgiving dinner preparation including making Bing Cherry Salad.

Thursday was Thanksgiving and Jon fried two turkeys.  Everything was good and we had a nice day eating and sitting around! Later, Jon and Kibbie took the three oldest kids to a 3D movie (Bolt) which they thought was great and Dresden even wore the glasses around for the next 2 days!

On Friday morning we all headed out to San Antonio, about 2.5 hours south of where we were.  Our three biggest kids wanted to ride with Jon and Kibbie so Michael, Megan and I followed in the van.  We went to the Alamo, walked over to Fuddruckers for lunch and then went to the Riverwalk, which was beautiful but kinda crowded and a little difficult to maneuver with a stroller!  After that we headed back to Jon’s but decided to make a stop at IKEA just north of Austin.  Since there are no IKEAs anywhere near Kansas City, that was a treat.   We were all tired when we got home and we slept in on Saturday.  After lunch on Saturday, we headed to Waco to go to the zoo there, which was very nice, and then Jon took us out to eat Mexican.  Then we went to meet the family of Jon’s fiancee and they have a Wii so that was a huge hit with the kids!  Alley and Liam boxed and bowled for quite awhile and Michael took a few turns, too!

We were originally planning to head home on Sunday but we really wanted another day to rest (and do laundry!) so we decided to stay til Monday.  We left Monday morning EARLY in order to avoid rush hour in Dallas/Fort Worth.  The kids slept, I slept some, Michael drove and listened to talk radio and we only stopped twice.  We made it home 11 hours after leaving Jon’s.  We had a great time and we were glad to see Jon again since he will be leaving for Iraq in just a few weeks.

We always enjoy trips we can take as a whole family since so often the kids and I travel without Michael.  We also enjoyed doing some educational sightseeing (the kids had a stack of books about Davy Crockett and the Alamo to read on the way to Texas!) and just getting away from daily life and regular responsibilities for a few days.  dscn1907

The girls and Jade

The girls and Jade

The sun was in our eyes!

The sun was in our eyes!

Jon, Kibbie and the kids.

Jon, Kibbie and the kids.

Thanks for everything, Jon and Kibbie!


One Response to “Thanksgiving in Texas”

  1. Jana said

    Glad you had a good trip! If you were doing Christmas cards, the picture up top (the one with the blog title) would be a great one! It’s really good of all 4 kids! Love you and can’t wait to see you in 16 days!

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