Harper and I had such a wonderful trip to Texas this past week. We left Monday and came home Thursday night and had a great time spending time with my parents and my Aunt Linda and visiting all of our relatives in Dallas. Harper got a LOT of bonding time with her grandparents. If I had a nickel for every time my dad said "Is she not the most precious thing you have ever seen in your life?" ...... I could retire in Hawaii early. (By the way.....SHE IS!)
Harper spent her first time in a hotel and she was really, really good. She was good on the 7 hour trip there and back also. (It doesn't really take that long but when you stop a lot with a baby - it does). ha! The pacifier and turning 6 months seemed to do the trick and she is a whole new child!
We got to Dallas on Monday night. Tuesday we got up and went to visit my Grandma who is now living with my Dad's sister, Kathy and my Uncle Tom. This is their daughter, Molly, pictured above with Harper. She just graduated from college.
Molly and her brother Jackson. Jackson just graduated from high school. My Aunt Kathy has been super busy with their graduations, selling my grandmother's house, moving her in with them and they are also building a new house that they will all move to soon. We got to go see it and it is so pretty!
This is my Aunt Kathy and Harper. I always called her Aunt "Sacky" because I couldn't say Kathy.
Tuesday night my brother Chris and his wife Carrie had all of us over for a cookout at their house. They live in the cutest house. They cooked some great burgers and made two really good dips. I need to get the recipes and share. Carrie made a blue cheese and bacon dip (yum) and my brother made the BEST guacamole. So good!!!
This is a very special picture to me. It's Harper and her Great Grandmother Shirley. I'm so thankful we could get them together and I will treasure that. I want Harper to know how great our grandparents were. I know she will love hers as much as Scott and I both loved ours.
This is my beautiful sister-in-law Carrie. She was such a perfect hostess. I'm so thankful Chris married her. She just fits in our family so well and is SO sweet.
Dallas has some of the coolest "old" neighborhoods with amazing trees. My favorite things are all the pink crepe myrtles lining so many streets. Chris and Carrie live in one of these neighborhoods and their house and street are so cute. I walked Harper up and down the street once it got past her bedtime and I enjoyed looking at all the houses. I was trying to figure out where the mailboxes were and then realized they all had little boxes near their front doors. How cute is that?
They re-did their back yard and it looks so great! We would have sat outside but it was in the 100's even at night and it was hard to breathe much less eat.
Wednesday morning we ventured out to Sam Moon. I have never been and have always wanted to go. It is amazing but extremely overwhelming. I ended up buying one bracelet and a wallet because I was so overwhelmed and also Harper had a mini jewelry meltdown and I had to take her out.
One of my other favorite places to go in Dallas is Central Market. We went to get Harper some baby food and to look around. When you love food as much as I do - you could just wander around and spend hours looking at all the different things. Here I am holding some Okra Chips I bought. They are like fried Okra but crunchy chips. So strange and SO good!
My family all went shopping at North Park Mall that afternoon but Harper took a much needed 3 hour nap at the hotel and I stayed with her and just rested while they were gone. That night we went to eat at one of our favorites - Matt's Rancho Martinez.
Me and My Aunt Linda. She was mine and Harper's roommate for the week. Bless her heart. She endured the middle of the night feedings and was a lot of help to me. I enjoyed spending time with her.
This is the best cheese dip ever - it's cheese dip with meat AND sour cream AND quacamole. Not exactly fat free but oh so heavenly.
Harper was so good until Uncle Chris decided to hold her. He might need to take some Baby 101 classes before they trade up from Coco to a "little Martin". Can you tell how happy she is? ha!
We stopped by to see Grandma again before we left on Thursday and we took a 4 generation picture. We loved seeing everyone in Texas and hope to go again soon. I'm a big fan of Dallas. I think I could stay for a month there is so much to do. (Amanda Jones - if you are reading this - I REALLY wanted to go to JD Chippery's and I think we were staying right near it but it didn't happen. So now I have to make another trip and make SURE I go.)
Harper and I were both SO glad to get home and see Daddy and Dawson. We missed them almost as much as they missed us! :-)