16 May 2011

Road trip!

Hubby Bob and I hit the road for ten days and just arrived back home on Saturday afternoon. This is the first vacation (unpaid, of course) we've taken since the kids were small and Bob's first time to visit my hometown of Angleton, Texas.

I won't bore you with all of the details; just some of the high points! :D

The purpose of this trip was to visit my folks in Angleton, but since several of our kids live along the path, as well as a brother, we did a lot of visiting enroute. First of all, my brother James, and his family live in Kansas City, MO. He and his family are active participants at the International House of Prayer there and he works as a bookkeeper. We haven't seen each other for about 27 years!! Needless to say we had a fantastic time catching up on old and new times. There was a lot of chatter and laughter and it was wonderful to renew old ties.

Our daughter, Tammy and our granddaughters Esther and Victoria live in Haskell, OK. It's been many years since I've seen them, though Bob saw them a couple of years ago. We ate breakfast at IHOP (the "other" IHOP)and had a great time.

My two sons, Jordan and Josh, along with Josh's wife Jess and baby Nathan, live in Joshua, TX. We enjoyed two meals (Chinese and Mexican) together, got to meet Jess's folks and siblings for the first time, and went to church with them on Sunday. It was so good to see them all.

Our time with the folks (Glenn and Mary) was very restful. Glenn cooked up a storm and we had fun just chilling together for three whole days. Mom and I enjoyed watching our favorite movie "Inkheart". We also drove to Galveston Island and Bob saw the Gulf of Mexico for the first time. We ate some wonderful seafood at Fisherman's Wharf and just had fun sightseeing along the way.

On the trip home we drove through East Texas and Western Arkansas. Bob was surprised to see how many trees there were. He thought Texas was all sagebrush! Arkansas was so gorgeous. We stopped in Kensett, IA to visit the grave of Bob's great-grandfather, Hans Langseth, who is in the Guiness Book of World Records for having a beard that's 17 1/2 ft. long.

I've never seen so many armadillos in my life! Wish some of them had been alive. When the armadillos were replaced by raccoons we knew we were home in Minnesota. (Isn't that gross?)

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