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My daughter & I had a great time during our visit to Texas, although the first couple of days were really hectic. My family isn’t happy if things are not chaotic, and believe me, at first, they were. We arrived about 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Before making it to my parents’ house, we made a rest stop about an hour away, which is where I took the photo of the soldier statue. I didn’t read the inscription, so I can’t say what it’s about. We also had a stranger take a photo of both of us standing by a large Texas-shaped stone, then we got back on the road again.

Friday night, we went to eat with my parents at Cracker Barrel. I hadn’t ever been before, and surprisingly, I liked it. We had a great waiter and after the traveling, it was good to sit down and eat something.

We spent the entire day Saturday taking my sister running around because her soon-to-be-ex-husband was out car shopping with my mom. They’re both truck drivers and were only going to be home until Sunday, so I ended up driving my sister around so she could get some stuff done. It was an all day event–one that left me frustrated and exhausted. That’s all I’ve got to say about Saturday.

Sunday, we got up and headed South towards Arlington to spend the day at Six Flags. I hadn’t been in years, and neither had my daughter. I have a niece and nephew who had never been so this was their first trip. We had a good group going: me, my daughter, my mom, my brother and his wife and their three kids, and some friends of theirs. We got to the park a little after noon, and it was already very hot. My daughter took off with two of her cousins, and I walked with the rest of the group. I hadn’t really had anything to eat or drink, and I lost track of time. Before I knew it, I was about to pass out, and the park paramedics came to where we were to take me to the infirmary. My mom went with me, and we were both thankful for it because of the air conditioning. It was so cold in there, I eventually ended up wrapped in a blanket. I ate a pretzel and drank some water, and about an hour later, my sister-in-law was calling my mom on the cell phone to tell them to come pick up my daughter because she wasn’t feeling well either. She and the boys had caught up with everyone else by this time. So, off the paramedics went to get my daughter. We all three stayed in the infirmary for another hour, waiting for time to pass and the sun to start going down. It’s actually funny now, and we did end up having a good time in the several hours we had left. One of my nephews, a baseball all-star, won my daughter a huge stuffed frog that she wanted before we headed to the front gate to go home. It was tiring, but it was all fun.

 

While standing in line to get some food, two little girls were in front of me counting their money. I figure they were probably 10 or 11ish. One of them said, “No, we can’t do that. We wouldn’t have enough money for tax.” I told them I’d give them a dollar to help them get what they wanted. They were shocked. “Really, you would do that?!” they both said amazed. “Sure,” I said, and they thanked me then told me they’d lost 10 bucks somewhere along their way. I was going to give them ten, but I only had a five, so I gave that to them. They were both amazed. I told them there was one condition with me helping them, and that was that they had to do something nice for someone else. “Oh, we will!” they chimed. Then when they got their food, they thanked me again. It was sweet.

On Monday, we were all too tired to do much. My daughter went to visit her biological father, and I took my youngest nephew and niece to play indoor putt-putt and to eat. Then on Tuesday, my mom, my daughter, and I went shopping. We were going to go back to KS on Wednesday, but we decided to go ahead and stay an extra day and head out on Thursday so we could get a good day of rest in and get our stuff together before we headed back.

It’s the first time I’ve ever driven the trip alone, and it was actually a fairly easy trip, one I’m sure my daughter and I will make again when my husband can’t go with us.

My mom has Zoe’s (our Boston Terrier) mother and brother. They’re both very loveable and really enjoy attention. They’re chubby lil’ things but so cute. We tried letting them both sleep with us one night. Sassy, the mom, did really well, but Hank, the brother, has a hard time breathing under the covers since his nose is pushed in a bit more. I eventually ended up taking him to the couch, where he and I slept just fine. He doesn’t like to have his picture taken, so everytime I tried, he turned his head.

 

I didn’t get any crocheting done, nor did I get to visit the yarn shops I wanted to. Things were always go, go, go, but just never in the direction I wanted to go. Ah, well, maybe next time.

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Road Trip

My daughter and I will be leaving tomorrow morning after we enroll her in school (wow, yes, it’s that time of year again!) for a road trip of sorts. My family still lives in Texas (I’m in KS), so we’re making the 7-8 hour drive to make a visit for a few days. This will be the first time my significant other isn’t going with us–he’s going to stay home and take care of  the dogs, house, and business–and this is the first time he won’t be the one driving. I think it’ll be a fun trip for my daughter and me to make; I just wish I’d actually done the driving a time or two so I’d be a little more knowledgeable of the drive. It’s a straight-shot for the most part; the only place I’m likely to have a problem is in Oklahoma City, but I’m aware of what I need to do to avoid missing my turn. Anyway, I’m looking forward to a girl trip and some time with my family, and my daughter is looking forward to actually doing something this summer before school gets underway.

We’re planning a trip to Six Flags on Sunday with my mom, my niece, and nephews. I haven’t been there in years! Last time I went, I skipped work to go with a friend and his daughter, and I’m here to tell you that paybacks are hell: I ended up with a cracked rib that was mistaken for a gallbladder malfunction. It was removed, and it wasn’t until a couple of weeks later when I was still in pain that I found out what the problem really was. And yes, it was caused by a roller coaster, I’m sure of it. I remember feeling the sharp twinge when the thing first took off. Anyway…I just hope the heat stays at bay that day so we’re not all too hot to enjoy it. And I do plan to stay away from most of the coasters. 😀 That’s really the only thing we have “planned” to do, although, my family isn’t the type to sit still, so I’m sure we’ll end up doing more running around than I really want to.

I’ve done some searching, and I’ve found a couple of yarn stores I want to visit while I’m in Texas. There’s one called “Fiber Circle”  in Farmersville, a small town near where I grew up. There’s also another one in Plano – “The Woolie Ewe” – that looks promising. I know there’s several others in the Dallas area, but I don’t plan to be driving that far into the state other than to make the trip to Six Flags, and I really doubt I can talk anyone else into making the drive with me, since I’m the only one in my family who gets excited about yarn. I know there’s a couple of others along the way before I ever even get out of Kansas, but I don’t plan to make the stops. Perhaps another time.

I’m hoping this will be a fun vacation. I’ll be taking three of my current WIPs with me so I can work on them when I get stressed (yes, my family stresses me…lol) and when I want to escape into my own little world. I may be on vacation, but my crocheting will just vacation with me, especially since I’ll be leaving my sanity (my SO) at home.

-a bird’s eye view of Six Flags-

I just had to try out the “Insert Map” function on my Windows Live Writer!

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Around the Block Afghan

We spent our Memorial Day weekend in St. Louis visiting family. I didn’t get any crochet in, which is fine by me, considering I sat up until 1:30 a.m. the night before we left to get this afghan finished so I could give it as a gift to one of my husband’s daughters who recently got married. This is called the Round the Block Afghan and is alot like a giant granny square, with a lacy edging separating each color. It’s from the book 24-Hour Crochet Projects.

I also gave his other daughter, who is expecting her first baby, the baby items I’ve made her so far. (more…)

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