Monday, January 08, 2007
A Texas December
In mid December, we took a vacation to see Don's side of the family out in Texas. It had been about 6 months since his parents had seen them. They came out for the boys birthday in May. Most of his family had not even met the boys yet, so we were excited to go visit. The original plan was to drive out there (almost a 24 hour drive) but fortunately we found airfare for half the price (after hotels, eating, gas, etc), and only took a fraction of the time. Wyatt, Jaxon and Lucas don't do well on car trips still. Anything over an hour they start yelling, tears start falling and it takes a good hour to get them back to "normal" -and even then, they will scream when they get strapped back into their car seats. They are little and hate to be boxed in, preferring their freedom instead. So the low flight prices were a blessing for us.
My sister in law (Heather) and I were in cahoots and decided for Don and Jeremy's (his twin brother) birthday, we were going to surprise both brothers with Jeremy meeting us out in Houston. Heather didn't tell Jeremy he was going until the night before he flew out, so it was a big surprise for them both! Don couldn't believe Jeremy was standing right in front of him, just kept yelling. He had the biggest smile on his face and couldn't believe we were able to surprise him like that.
To keep the boys busy and happy, we took them to a park only about 5 miles from Don's parents house. They loved the energy release, climbing up and down the slides and steps. Jaxon would even hang from the bar over the slide! There were lots of pine trees and pine cones, the boys were amazed by the cones. It is amazing to see how everything is new to them. Grandma Vicky came with us once and we got some great pictures. The boys really loved being with her, they definitely weren't shy!
The next week and a half was full of hanging out with Don's mom and dad. On the weekends the rest of his family was able to make it over to visit with us. I finally got to meet all of his cousins. They are all great people and seem to be pretty close knit. We had a great visit and are excited to see everyone again!