Crockett and I have become quite the Texas travelers these days! As soon as school was over this past Thursday, Crockett and I packed up and drove to Dallas. It was a LONG drive (5.5 hours!), but we knew we were in for LOTS of fun! He actually did so good on the drive, completely exceeding my expectations. We stayed with Rachy, or Riris as Crockett calls her :) I warned her about Hurricane Crockett, but she wasn't worried! He brought lots of trucks, tractors and cars to keep him occupied and Rachy recorded Mickey Mouse... what more could a 2 year old little boy need?? Not much, because he was wonderful!
On Friday, Rach was supposed to go get her car, but it wasn't ready, so we decided to take Crockett to the aquarium. I had promised him that he could see SHARKS, and he did not forget, so he was very excited when we got to see them. He really liked them, but did not want to get too close without momma. Rach and I got to pet the stingrays, but he wasn't gonna get close to that. We saw lots of fish, including Nemo and Dorie, a 75 year old turtle that Rach and I could swear was dead, and an octopus that was so scary/fascinating. We had such a great time! After the aquarium, we were all pretty hungry, so we went to California Pizza Kitchen, one of our FAVES! After a yummy lunch, it was naptime. We decided to stay in for the evening. We made some yummy dips and queso (Crockett's favorite!) and watched UP! What a fantastic movie. We all loved it :)
The next day, we got up and headed to Burleson for Rich's 2nd birthday party! It was a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party and we all had to wear pink or blue depending on if we though Rich was having a brother or sister! FUN! Rich and Crockett have gotten to see one another quite a bit lately, and it is so fun watching them play. Crockett asked me all week, "Where Ruch go?" So he was excited to get to play with him again and Nathalie and Emily (his other cousins) were there too! We all ate some lunch, the kids played, Rich opened his toys... although he would have stopped after his 1st gift (golf clubs!)! Rich is going to be a BIG BROTHER in January, so Sara and Chad did the baby's gender reveal at the party too! It was so fun! Rich's smash cake was pink or blue... too bad he wouldn't smash it :) Sara had told me she was worried about that happeneing! Sara finally had to shove his fist in to reveal that Rich was going to have a BABY _________!!! They are in New York right now and going to be in the crowd of the Today Show tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 15) with a YELLOW poster telling the sex! So I can't reveal what Rich found YET!! SO happy for them :) It was a great party! Definitely one to remember!!! After the party, we headed back to Dallas with an exhausted Crockett. Or so we thought. By the time we were at Rach's apartment, it was 4, so I decided to try to keep Crockett up and not take a nap. I was a little worried, but didn't want him to stay up forever either. We thought we would grab an early bite to eat and bring it home since he was so sleepy. On the way, we stopped by Gap and oh my, they had the CUTEST clothes! We tried hats on Crockett, which he hates, and he just got the biggest kick out of this precious blue hat! So instead of being the grumpy toddler he usually is, he was this laughing, smiley, funny kid! Rach and I were amazed! We got dinner, went home and watched a movie. At about 8:30 that night, Crockett told me "Momma, night night." He was a real trooper that day! What an AWESOME kid I have :)
On Sunday, it was time to go home. We left pretty early since we had such a long drive home. I love spending time with my youngest sister. She is such a wonderful person, fun to be around, loves my baby... she is awesome. It is hard on her to be so far from all of her family. I am so glad we were able to go spend the weekend with her. Thanks for having us Rachy! We had a BLAST and can't wait to do it again! Love you!!
On another note, Sunday was September 11, 2011. As we were driving home, I listened to Fox News on my radio as they played stories about families affected by the attacks, parts of the memorials at all 3 locations, and some of the news from that day 10 years ago. So much has happened in those 10 years, yet as they were talking about all that happened that day, it was as if it was yesterday. I remember being in the Foreign Language building at Texas Tech and I remember watching it unfold all day and over the next months. I can't believe it has been 10 years, but I will NEVER forget. God Bless America.