Last weekend, we packed up and headed out for the ole' big D on Annie's first getaway. Now, before you go envisioning any Griswold family vacationing let me set you straight... that is EXACTLY what it was like. I might have married the actual Clark W. Griswold. I don't know how I feel about this.
Going to Dallas? You bring the luggage and we will bring the chaos. Four Kids, one dog that refused to sit down for 4.5 hours and three fantastic spotify playlists of driving goodness. You know what?! Much to my surprise, that little ole jaunt down IH-35 was quite enjoyable this go around.
Around 2.5 hours into the trip, we paused the dvd player and I instructed Molly and Gabriel how to stick their bony elbows out the window towards those tractor trailers for a little horn-tootin' good time.
Guys. THEY LOST THEIR MINDS. Gabe might have wanted to do this for EVERY truck that passed us on the road over the next 5 days.
It was in this moment that I remembered just how much more fun and silly I used to be. More of that, please.
Here we are in all our glory. No doubt rocking out to the Kidz Bop 26 version of Timber or something.
We so gangsta.
Our Dallas agenda was pretty simple. Family. Friends. Fair.
Except... in reverse order.
Why sit in class learning about multiplication when you could instead be riding the public transportation system and learning all about how to prevent the spread of EBOLA?
That train ride, though... ebola or not... was nothing short of magic.
If you plan to hit up the Texas State Fair this year, I highly recommend going on Senior Citizen day. 6 dollar admission... no rides for lines... SCORE!
Big Tex is back in all his glory.
I took very few fair pictures so you are going to have to be okay with that. Regardless of the age range in fair goers... that Midway still sent me into sensory overload... no time to point and shoot. I will tell you, Gabriel beat out Lucy in this game that scored him this awesome YOGA SIZED BALL that I conveniently forgot would have to come right back on the train with us to Allen... during peak traffic... in the wake of apocalyptic like storms. It was a bit of a parent fail... even if said ridiculously huge ball did in fact save Kelly's life when the train doors closed on him. Always an adventure, no?
Other than that... our week was spent playing at parks while visiting family...
And some incredible friends...
The rest of the visit of course was spent in baby town. Annie had a bunch of new little loves to meet...
Like Baby Emmy! She is still just so brand new and perfect.
We kicked it with Annie's older (17 days!) cousin Claire.
And even surprise brunched with one very adorable, John Elliot.
Way to not disappoint, Dallas. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it!