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Weekend in Dallas, Part 1


We took our time getting packed and loaded Friday morning for our big trip up to Dallas. Usually we are rushed and that leads to tension and silly little fights as a result of stress, so this time we just went at our own pace and it was much better. We tried to time it so we would leave right before the twins’ 11 AM nap time so they would hopefully sleep most of the ride up to Dallas. That worked until we hit Waco (about halfway through our drive) when we needed to stop for gas and lunch.

There is one thing that you absolutely cannot do to Carson — wake him when he is sleeping. There will be all kinds of hell to pay, and that’s exactly what we got. He fussed, cried, refused to sit in the high-chair at the restaurant in Waco. He made a scene and Mark could barely eat his lunch. This entire weekend Carson only wanted Mark. Not me. He would fuss and toss around as if I were a stranger if I tried to hold him.

So, we weren’t off to a good start with Mr. Carson, and I can’t really say it improved after that.

We finally made it to Dallas, and checked into a hotel near his mom’s house. We had decided not to stay with at his mom’s house because (a) it’s a full house anyway, and (b) we thought the twins would do better with just us at night. We we rested, showered, and just decompressed after the long drive while waiting for his mom to get off from work. Once again, it was nice not to be rushed. We had time to get the Pack-n-Plays set up and the twins also had a chance to relax in the new environment before being whisked off again.

We had a great time at Mark’s mom’s house. We got to see his mom, his nephew Dakota, his sister (briefly), his brother-in-law (briefly), his niece, and his great-niece. I loved watching the twins interact with Dorothy (Mark’s mom). Kate immediately went to her (and everyone for that matter), and put on a cute show of laughing, dancing, and talking. Dorothy made us dinner, and we enjoyed just being able to visit with everyone.

The kiddos crashed in the car on the way back to the hotel, and slept until 7 AM the next day. (These are the kids that usually grace us with their presence at 5:30 AM, so this was a treat for us.) We headed back over to Mark’s mom’s house early in the morning for breakfast and more time together. We left around noon and drove across the metroplex to my friend Amanda’s house.

Mark, Carson, Dorothy & Kate

Kate with her cousin Dakota clapping and yelling “yay!” She loves to cheer!

 Cousin Dakota (14 yrs old), Kate and Mr. Fuss Pot Carson. Dakota was our ring bearer at our wedding. I can’t believe how fast he has grown-up!

Kate with her grandma (“Madame”) Dorothy. I think they have the same shaped eyes.


Big Fun in Big D

First of all, isn’t Kate just as cute as a button?

We got back this afternoon from our weekend trip up to Dallas to visit Mark’s family. With the exception of his mom, this was the first time the rest of his clan had seen the twins in person. Here are some photo highlights…

There is Mr. Carson with his cousin (Mark’s niece) Erica.

Mr. Carson with his cousin (Mark’s nephew), Dakota. Dakota was the ring bearer in our wedding, and we can’t get over how much he has grown and changed since we last saw him in July 2006. He has gone from a boy to a teenager. Dakota was great with the twins, he even taught Carson how to sit unsupported — it’s a miracle!

Mr. Carson with his 2nd cousin Brooke (Erica’s daughter). She is as cute as a bug too even though she only wants to eat donuts for lunch! 🙂

So, I know you are thinking…‘But Shannon, where are the photos of Miss Kate?’

Well, as usual, she did a good deal of sleeping. Mark’s mom (Dorothy) has the magic touch with Kate. Every time Dorothy held her, Miss Kate would be snoring within minutes!

I guess I should explain that photo a bit. The long standing joke is that Dorothy ALWAYS has her eyes closed in photos. Honestly, I don’t have a single photo from our wedding with her in it and her eyes open. So Mark was telling her to open her eyes open like a crazy person; see above.

And then Erica decided to assist by holding up her eye lids; see below.

Anyway, we had a great time. Dorothy cooked a wonderful roast, and we had some good family time. We also got to meet our new brother-in-law, Bob, for the first time. Mark’s sister Tammy remarried this past summer, and this was our first chance to meet the newest member of the clan. I didn’t get a photo of them with the twins, so here is a wedding photo. (I’m jealous they got married in Hawaii. I’m trying to convince Mark that we need to renew our vows on our 10th anniversary on a beautiful beach somewhere.)

Last night we met up with my good friend Amanda who lives in Ft. Worth for dinner at Humperdink’s (a sports bar & grill that Mark and I used to go to when we lived in Dallas). The last time she saw the twins was in the NICU a week after they were born. Afterwards, we went out to see her new house that she bought this summer. Her pad was gorgeous and spotless. After seeing her house, I truly realized how badly I need to step-up my house cleaning efforts.

We didn’t get a photo of her with the twins either because they fell asleep in the car going over to her house. 😦  But here is a silly photo of a hyper Kate outside of Humperdinks…

It was too short of a visit. We could spend a full week in Dallas and still not see all of our friends there. We need to plan something again soon.

The twins did pretty good on the trip. Carson is a car sleeper; Kate is becoming an insomniac (except when I pull out the camera, of course). Neither got fussy, and given the amount of travel, new people, new places, etc., they did fantastic.

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