We took a quick little 3 day weekend trip down to Dallas this past weekend. We have family and friends that all live in the Dallas area. I realized earlier this year that my nephew had just turned one and I had never even met him. Then I got to thinking about it at little more and realized it had been 2.5 years since I’d last seen my brother! So we decided to make a Dallas trip at some point this year… well that point happened to be this past weekend! Here are some highlights:
I loved getting to see my little sister’s apartment where she lives all by herself (so much braver than me. I can’t imagine living alone with just my highly active imagination to keep me company, haha!) and meeting her friends and catching up on her life. We actually got to spend some time in prayer with a few of her friends and it was really powerful. It made me realize several things and take a moment to step back and re-examine some things. It was so great to hear how well she is doing. Texting and talking on the phone just isn’t the same as curling up on the couch together and talking in person. Love my lil sis!
There is something so easy about spending time with my brother. I have never felt like I have to pretend to be something I’m not with him. When I was an awkward pre-teen he accepted me as-is. As adults we don’t get to see each other much, but we do text/chat a ridiculous amount. I think that’s actually why I didn’t realize it had been SO long since I last saw him (3 years at this point!) – it just felt like we were always together since we talk so much. And getting together with him again (even after 3 years), we easily pick up just where we left off. Like I said… easy.
I LOVED getting to meet my nephew Austin and play with my little niece Kaitlyn. They are just so precious. Their gorgeous long eyelashes and beautiful strawberry blonde hair… just love ‘em to pieces!
Kaitlyn wanted to fix up my hair for me – you can see how much I trust her in that first shot. Sorry the pictures aren’t great. My flash was doing crazy things that night, haha!
Not only do two of my siblings live in Dallas, Christopher’s brother, Michael, lives there too! Michael and his wife, Katy, showed us around their neck of Dallas on Saturday and we had a great time just visiting with them and exploring (um, Ikea store… brilliant!). Christopher and Michael really are two peas in a pod in many ways. The two of them were close growing up and roommates all through college. They are hilarious when they get together. Michael and Katy let us stay at their place over the weekend which was great. We really enjoyed getting to spend time with them.
On top of family in Dallas, we also have some close friends from college who live in the area. We met up with Chase and Ashley for lunch and spent a couple of hours catching up on life. We try to keep in touch via Facebook and texting, but it’s just so much better to talk in person! I had forgotten just how much I love Ashley’s honest look at life. So often she voices the things I’m afraid to say… she’s a great friend to have. And Chase and Christopher picked up right where they left off from the last time we saw each other a couple of years ago.
So you guys know how we take photos of us in all the fun spots we visit? Well, we completely managed to forget all weekend long! We visited Dallas, McKinney, Allen, Euless and Plano and didn’t manage to get a single shot of just us! Just before we crossed the Texas border, we stopped to take some photos. This is us in Texarkana! You like the photo in the middle? That’s one where I fell over after doing a handstand and and we weren’t sure if the timer was still going so I was going back to fix it. Sometimes it takes multiple tries to get good shots and I thought you guys might get a kick out of us laughing at ourselves.