Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter in Texas

A few weeks ago, I woke up on a Tuesday morning to a text message from my sister Sarah. It was the cutest picture of my little nephew Henry smiling as if to say, "Hi Aunt Mary! Don't you want to come kiss my chubby little cheeks?" I quickly replied, "That's it... I'm booking a flight to Texas."

So last weekend I was home for Easter for the first time in three years. The whole family was together in Waco, which was exciting because that only happens maybe twice a year. We didn't really have plans for the weekend - just hanging out and having Easter egg hunts with the kids. My list of things I wanted to do while in Waco included: soak up some sun, eat Mexican food and drink margaritas (which I accomplished every single night), see my friends Hannah and Anne, go to my favorite shop Roots, swing by Common Grounds for a cup of coffee, get Chick-fil-a, and spend as much time with the kiddos as possible.

Sunday afternoon, I drove back to Dallas with Emily, Brett and the girls and even got to see lightening for the first time in quite a while (it's funny how you miss those little things). That night I had dinner (Mexican food, of course) with Uncles Les and Jennifer and cousins Lisa (with her pregnant little belly), Luke, Laura and Ryan. I woke up Monday morning at 6:45 to Hannah standing by the couch staring at me... she does that sometimes (a little creepy). Later that morning we met up with Aunt Judy, very pregnant cousin Claire and her kids Genevieve and Anson, hopped on the trolley that goes through Uptown and had brunch at Bread Winners.  It was so great to get to see so much family in Dallas!  I was apparently pretty exhausted from the weekend and ended up taking an hour and a half nap with Alice Anne.  Then we went to a park, played Uno and cooked dinner before my flight back to Portland.

What a great weekend of just hanging out with the family. I'm so glad that I was able to make it back to Texas to see everyone - even if it was just for a quick weekend.

the picture that inspired my trip - I mean, seriously... have you ever seen a cuter little boy (even with a bucket on his head)

the kids with the Easter Bunny (who according to Hannah and Alice Anne lives in the North Pole with Santa and the Tooth Fairy)

sisters and kids at the Saturday Easter egg hunt at Ridgewood
we caught Carter in the middle of a sneeze

Mom and I at Common Grounds

girls' afternoon out - shopping at Roots

the kids and I on the trolley in Dallas

Monday afternoon at the park


  1. What a fun weekend! So glad you were here! Can't wait until we get to see you again.

  2. So glad you got to go home for Easter! Looks like you guys had a blast! Sad I missed you though! I was there Friday through Monday. :( Hopefully I can see you on your next trip to Waco!

  3. Really! Buckethead pic!?!? That poor child is going to hate you for that when he's older! Was a fun weekend! I was tired too! So glad you came home!