Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fall Texas Trip - Oct. 30-Nov. 9, 2009 - PART I

We could hardly wait for Brad to get home from work on October 30th. We had the van loaded (the van that Brad's aunt graciously loaned us for the trip) and were ready to go. We finally had everything together and ready to hit the road around 7 p.m. After saying a prayer for our safety, we began the 13-hour journey. It was a little harder this time, and we decided that would probably be the last time we would try to drive all night. But little did we know....(I'll save that story for later.)

We arrived in Texas around 8 a.m. We were too tired to do anything when we arrived, so we tried to rest as much as we could. It was Halloween, and Brad's parents had some friends coming over to go trick-or-treating around their neighborhood. Cari and Amelia wanted to go along, so they dressed up in some princess dresses they had brought and had a great time trekking around the neighborhood for candy. (Amelia wanted to go again the next day, but I explained that unfortunately that wasn't the way it works.)

We took some pictures and loaded them on a CD while we were there but forgot to bring the CD home with us, so I don't have photos of the first couple of days.

The next day, Brad's parents had invited over some family and friends, so I suggested we make it a birthday party for Matthew since we would be traveling home the following Sunday - his actual birthday. Everyone liked that idea, so Brad and I went on a search for the perfect birthday cake for a precious one-year-old baby boy. We didn't find it. So, we made him a chocolate cake with his name spelled out with M&Ms (actually, it had *Lil Buddy* on it - he gets called that much more than he does Matthew). We have some cute photos of him with chocolate cake smeared all over his face. But alas, they are sitting on a CD in Texas. If you're my friend on Facebook, you've probably seen them already as Madison did have the opportunity to put them on there while we were still in Texas. I could probably copy and paste them on here somehow, but I'll not worry about that right now.

That's all the vacation talk for today. I don't want to overwhelm you.

But there is one more cute thing I want to throw in. At Matthew's birthday party, I was curious to see if he'd like his cake or not. Why you may ask? It's Madison's fault. When she turned one, we had the pretty store-bought cake prepared for her, and when we placed her piece on the high chair tray, she cried terribly. She didn't like the Is that crazy or what? To this day, she still does not like the icing on birthday cakes. She likes the cake part, and that's it, which works well for her sisters who do prefer the icing over the cake. To make her happy on her 1st birthday, we gave her a hamburger bun, and that suited her just fine. Her pictures aren't nearly as interesting as it's pretty hard to make a mess with a hamburger bun. So hard to believe she's about to turn 14. Almost time to pull out the hamburger buns!

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