The next 3 posts are going to overlap some. I would do one long post, but it would take me days to finish it and no one but my mom would actually read the whole thing. We went to Dallas, I celebrated my birthday there, then on my actual birthday EK started her first day of preschool. I’ll try not to repeat too much.
So, we woke up at 3:45 Friday morning. It was an ungodly hour, but no kids were awake…so that made it a little easier. We had a friend come over at 4am and get the run down about EK’s ears and such. She stayed with the kids until Jeb’s parents came into town that night. We are so very thankful for friends and family who are willing to hang out with our kiddos while we get some time to ourselves.
We boarded our plane around 630am. Being up that early while only caring for myself wasn’t bad at all. I don’t know if I ever realized how much easier it was when I didn’t travel with kids. Jeb did Sudoku, I read magazines (and here’s where Jeb would pipe up and say, “if by read you mean looked at the pictures” – and he wouldn’t be lying).
When we got into Dallas we got our Chevy Malibu and headed over to Denton to see some of our favorites, The Vicks! The McGuirks were visiting them as well, so that was double the fun. It was shaping up to be an awesome weekend already.
We ate brunch at a local cafe called “Cafe Loco.” It was so very yummy. I decided on steak tacos…which turned out to be a theme for the weekend. I’ve ruined Mexican for myself for at least a week. I ate it approximately 2 meals per day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We chatted at the Vick’s house and then went to a neat little artsy section of Dallas. We had to head out early because Jeb was taking me out to a fun birthday dinner. When we left Denton we headed to our hotel to check in and change clothes. We noticed some people who were dressed in an interesting way, but we didn’t think much of it. Once we got into the hotel we noticed TONS of them. Turns out there was an Anime Fest Convention at our hotel. Seriously? Yeah, these things happen to us. Not sure why, but they do. I do love a good story though.
Not only did we have Anime-palooza at our hotel, but we also seemed to book the official Michigan hotel. For every 10 Michigan fans there was approximately 1 Alabama fan. I’m not even kidding. It took us what seemed like 10 years to check in because…did I mention there was an Anime Fest going on? Yeah, they all had to check in too.
The restaurant was recommended by Dana, and it was SO good. It’s called the Capital Grill. We had the best wine we’ve ever had and the steak was absolutely to die for too. I wish I was eating it right now. Sadly, if I ate steak with crab meat and cream sauce every night, I’d weigh 300 lbs.
We got back to our hotel, dealt with the heat in our room because of the “green initiative” they have in place (the air conditioning doesn’t come on until you enter the room)…I know first world problem…but I want my air conditioning…WE PAID FOR IT.
So, that brings us to Saturday…GAME DAY! It was the day we’d been waiting to come for over a year. As soon as we heard Alabama would be playing at Cowboy stadium we said we’d be there…little did I know, we actually would be there and we’d have tickets to sit in a BOX!! Gameday was on in our room and the thought of fall was in the air…the feeling…not so much, it was approximately 132 degrees outside. Dallas is the hottest place I’ve ever been in my life…and I was determined to wear my new cowboy boots Jeb got me for my birthday.
Like I said, there were about 10 Michigan fans for every 1 Alabama fan. It could have been really ugly if we had lost. Southern Hospitality is just that…southern. Mom and Dad picked us up to head over to the stadium early. We wanted to take in all the ambiance it had to offer…however it was HOT…did I mention that? We ended up in the McDonald’s in Walmart. Keeping it classy.
And we passed the time by looking at our phones, eating ice cream, and drinking diet coke. We stopped by to see a few friends on our way into the stadium, and then saw a few more after we got in. Strangest thing…we were cheering doing our thing in our box, and looked at the box next to ours and a friend from college who works for Tyson in Arkansas was over there! So crazy!
This is our view. My word, it was wonderful. We had shrimp, salad, chips, dip, some sort of fried cheese mexican blessing from the Lord, steak fajitas, fruit, pizza, dessert bars, brownies, ice cream, and cute little personalized M&Ms that said Cowboys, oh and all the drinks you cared to partake of. The whole experience ranked up there with top 5 of my lifetime experiences (you know not counting, marriage, babies, becoming a Christian…only counting entertainment). I think this would take a close 2nd to the U2 concert we went to last July.
This is Jeb, my parents, and I excited after our victory. Good times. But the weekend wasn’t over! We still had more family to see Sunday and more friends…Dallas was so fun.
We met my Aunt and Uncle and 2 cousins at Abuelo’s Sunday for lunch. I am sad to say I didn’t get a picture of us all. We had lots of fun catching up on college, new jobs, family stuff, etc.
Jeb and I headed out to try to see a few more friends before they headed home, and then spend some time with the ones who were staying. I get anxious about…well, you name it and I can get anxious about it…boots closing in on me so that I can’t ever get them off? check. Caden hitting me in the neck with a floor pillow and hearing my neck crack and automatically thinking of the 2 cervical spine fractured football players from the day before? check….so, any who, I was a bit anxious about hanging out with people on the day we were flying out of town. Yeah, we were flying out at 8:30, but I still thought we needed to be NEXT TO THE AIRPORT…JUST IN CASE. However, I fought every anxious bone in my body, and we hung out. We went to Starbucks, Freebirds (which I hear it’s a travesty that I had already eaten and didn’t even try food from here), and then back to the Vicks.
Best picture ever.
We enjoyed fellowship and encouragement. I got to talk to Kelly about cochlear implant stuff (her son has had them much longer than EK). We ate food…lots of food. We watched the Grape Lady video on you tube multiple times. We laughed a lot. We talked decorating. We talked about churches and Jesus. It was so refreshing.
Me, Kelly, Rachel, and Dana
Josh, Ryan, Jeff, and Jeb
We came home refreshed, encouraged, and ready to see our babies. We haven’t really been without the kids for any length of time since…well, mom and dad kept them when we moved to Cullman so I could get unpacked, Jeb’s parents kept Caden when he was the only one and Jeb and I went to Disney with my parents. Other than that, it’s been a day or two here and there…that’s all we could get worked out schedule wise. So, we are very thankful for our friend working it out so she could keep the kids until Jeb’s parent’s could get here, and then for Jeb’s parent’s keeping them AND fixing a leaky faucet that had caused water damage in the basement, and for my parents for the AMAZING seats at the football game. We are so very blessed with friends and family. I’ll be back soon with more birthday and EK’s first day of school. Oh, and just in case you were wondering…we got to the airport in PLENTY of time. No need to worry.