Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Deep in the Heart of Texas

We had a wonderful trip out to Texas for the week of Thanksgiving. We left Friday afternoon and drove to El Paso. Then we drove all day Saturday to make it into Austin. Once again this just shows how big Texas is that you can be driving at 80 mph for 9 hours and just cross part of the state. The drive was long but went well with just one minor throwing up mishap.

Sunday we went to the Shoal Creek Ward and saw a few of the families that are still there from 5 years ago. We ate lunch with our friends the Wikles and stayed for a few hours. Then we drove to our friends the Joneses and ate dinner and stayed for a few hours. It was just so nice to talk and play and the kids all did great together. It reminded us of why we loved Austin so much.

On Monday we did a few of our favorites in Austin while showing Garret's family around. Some of this was just a driving tour pointing out memories to our kids. But we did see a museum, the Capitol building, and play at Zilker Park.

And of course we ate at Rudy's. We have missed good BBQ. We could smell the goodness when we drove up. It was so good we also went to Rudy's in El Paso on the drive back. Between those 2 visits we ate a lot. Man I love that creamed corn. They also have good potato salad and peach cobbler and the cheap white bread is always good for the kids and sandwiches. Beans only just okay. And the meat - we had all 3 cuts of brisket plus turkey, pork, and pulled pork. And it was delicious.

On Tuesday we headed up to Dallas where we first stayed the night at the Great Wolf Lodge. This is a hotel geared for families and kids. David stayed with us and Rhianna and David particularly liked the MagiQuest game. It is kind of a interactive magic game where you solve puzzles and use a wand to complete quests throughout the hotel. After the 2 days they made it to Senior Magi and would have loved to go on but the rest of us were worn out.

The other big part of the hotel is an indoor water park. We went for about 1 1/2 hours on Tuesday and then about 6 hours on Wednesday. It was so fun. They had a kiddy part and wave pool that were great for all the kids, but especially Seth. Steve took Rhianna and Rand to the obstacle course pool. And I did all the slides with Rhianna and Rand and David. They were really great slides and I was glad both Rhianna and Rand liked them. Only Rhianna was big enough to go on the 2 biggest slides that always had the 2 biggest lines. So at the very end we went on those 2 slides and now we know why everyone liked them. They were super awesome and freaky and fun. I had never been on slides like that that put you into a funnel or whirlpool and drop you down a hole and we screamed and enjoyed it.

Then we headed to Garret and Heidi's house to play and relax for the next few days. The kids did great together and had fun playing games and with toys. The kids took turns at night sleeping on the bunk beds or in a little tent and it was just a fun few days. Heidi made an amazing Thanksgiving feast. Really. All I made was the cranberry sauce. This is what she did: Turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, homemade rolls, sweet potatoes, Dixie Salad, pumpkin pie, and blueberry banana cream pie. It was so delicious!!

Again on Friday most of the time was spent just playing at home. We did all go out to the movie Tangled (It was great!) and to the park to play. And then it was time to head back. 9 hours again from Dallas to El Paso. Then on Sunday the last 5 hours across New Mexico and back to Arizona. Thank you once again to our friends and especially Garret and Heidi and David, Garrison, and Andrew. We loved coming back to Texas!

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