I believe my first post within the past 7 days should be made to you, my most intimate keeper of my most not-so-secret thoughts.
Blogary, I returned late yesterday from a family trip to Coppell, TX. We visited my sister and her family, celebrating the high school graduation of her youngest son, as well as the college graduation of her oldest daughter. Fun was had by all.
Today, as I step into my first day back to work after vacation, I find I am drinking from the fire hose. Though I typically long to find distractions and diversions of the edible nature during ‘rushed’ times like these, I am actually enjoying the gushing work load and deadlines. [Blogary, please note, I am still finding ways to procrastinate and avoid the tasks at hand, but I am doing so without the help of food.]
We drove from Woodstock, GA to Coppell, TX in a rented mini-van, with my Mum as our guest passenger. We made the drive in two days, stopping in Minden, LA going to Texas, and stopping in Tuscaloosa, AL coming back from Texas. The drive was uneventful, which is a wonderful thing. Plus, I am thrilled to say the boys were fantastic in the car. And Blogary, as an added bonus, my Mum was fantastic in the car, too!
Some of my siblings also made the journey from Georgia to Texas, though they chose to travel by plane. [Whimps] Overall, our family trip could not have been better. The journey to and fro was easy and enjoyable. And, the time spent with family and friends was fantastically fun and enormously enjoyable.
Joe, Carson and Charlie. Note the black cups containing bugs.
Blogary, if you asked Joseph, our 5 yr old, I am fairly certain he’d say his favorite part of the trip was finding bugs in Texas. Please keep that in mind, as I review my trip with you.
We headed out West in a Chrysler not a Lexus.
“Mommy, do they have clover flowers in Texas?”
We stopped in Minden, LA for the night.
“Mommy, do these little black bugs bite?”
We arrived at my sister’s house Friday afternoon.
“Look, Mommy! I found a caterpillar cocoon!”
The boys spent many hours swimming in the pool.
“Mommy, I think the best bugs can be found at that school.”
Family and friends gathered enjoying food, laughter and hugs.
“Mommy, do you think Jack will help me look for more bugs?”
At night we lingered, holding off our good-byes.
“Mommy, can we stay longer and catch fireflies?”
Bribing for camera shots, oh how we did wheedle.
“Hey Mommy, come see this HUGE big, black beetle!”
The Family that Gathers Together ... (This is just a sampling of my family. Some folks could not make it to Texas.)
Come Monday it was time to travel eastward by car.
“Mommy, can I take these bugs home in a jar?”
We stopped in Tuscaloosa, and there we did sleep.
“Oh Mommy, did you see that cricket just leap?”
Tuesday afternoon we made it back home with glee.
“Mommy, I’m going outside to try and catch a bee.”
Blogary, though I had a great time with family and friends, I also had a blast watching Joe’s never ending quest for finding bugs.