I just have to get my fix in sometimes :)
So, John's Grandpa Jack had his 80th birthday party in Dallas last weekend! We drove down on the scenic route - 540 to Fort Smith and 71 S to Texarkana then 30 W. The drive was beautiful! And so much more interesting than driving the interstate through Oklahoma! It was cold and rainy when we left, and as the rain let up, we drove in fog for a few hours. It was kind of eerie seeing all of the dilapidated rural Arkansas towns and homes on the back highway and bright purple buds all over the red bud trees all shrouded in fog.
As we drove further south I kept seeing wisteria growing. Eventually I became convinced that it grew wild, because there was no way people were planting that much of it in the woods. It was all in bloom and SO beautiful :) Just north of Texarkana we drove through Freedom, AR, home of Tracy Lawrence. We had no idea who that was - I guessed old movie star, John guessed country singer (saying that it's the only thing the south would be that proud of) and sure enough, he was right! Lol, should I know who he is???
We got in JUST in time to drop off kids and head to the restaurant everything was being held at. It was too short, but it was wonderful to see all of John's extended family (who I love and have adopted as my own very nicely!) and hear stories of Grandpa Jack from his friends and family. It was adults only, so Niko was the only 'kid' around (well, besides John's brother, Adam, who is 12?) and he got passed around the whole time. I tell you what, that kid is C-U-T-E! And gets more so every day!
That night in the hotel was a NIGHTMARE! By the time we picked the kids up, they were so hopped up on adrenaline, we couldn't get them to crash. I think we all got to sleep around midnight. But, NOTHING is more frustrating than having two hyper kids playing off of each other in the dark while you're trying to sleep. GAAAAHHHH!! That must be the root of insanity.
The next day John went back with his folks, and I took Kristen, John's sister, with me. We hung out with John's cousin, Jane, and her ADORABLE daughter, Georgia, who was born on Kate's 1st birthday. The two girls professed that they were 'best friends' - SO stinking cute! Jane picked kale out of her garden and made a batch of kale chips (kale sprinkled with olive oil and salt and then baked) for us. They were really good - kind of tasted like popcorn? But with the consistency of paper? Strange, but good, I'll make them sometime :)
After we left, we went downtown in search of good coffee, and came up with just coffee. Then drove to Frisco to go to Ikea. Oh, big shiny Ikea, how I've missed you! We were there WAY too long, and spent WAY too much money, but I got a guest bed/futon/play room couch out of the trip, so I'm super happy! We got out of there later than we'd wanted to, and then I got on a highway going the wrong way for a long time, so it was a LONG trip back in the dark. We got home at 1:30 :P
Since then, I've been assembling Ikea things, hanging shelves, pictures and what not and waiting ever so impatiently for the weather to get good again!!! I tried to go outside to build my chicken coop today, but my fingers went numb pretty quickly and I didn't want to risk operating a circular saw like that... probably a good move ;)