We’re hoping to update our blog more frequently, now that the holiday season is complete. Bring on 2014!
A week back in England, and I think we’ve finally sleep shifted. This year we went back home for two weeks. Going home, plus a holiday season, is definitely a working vacation!
On our trip back home, we were lucky enough to get weather and maintenance delays causing four extra hours of travel to our ten hour journey. Long day, didn’t end there! We went straight to Tex Mex dinner to meet great friends. I’m pretty proud of Derek, nicknamed “Pumpkin” for his inability to make it past 10 pm; he was a champ, and made it to 10:30 in a time zone six hours away. The second day of trips back home, Derek and I always wake up early a few times. First, we wake up in our own time zone, which is 3:30 am in Texas. Then we finally get out of bed at 5:30 am. Leaving the house before 7; in the pursuit of all that is good in Texas…. Whataburger breakfast taquitos—whoa my mouth just watered. 😀 It was so good, but short lived for me, as I was very ill the next 2 days with what we believed to be a mild case of the norovirus which I caught on the plane and so graciously gave to my entire family within the next week. Tis the season for giving!
Christmas Eve was spent at church and with the Heyls. We were very happy to see Pastor Jon (who married Derek and me) and get to see my mom sing in the church choir. MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Derek and I hosted (in the Jordan kitchen) our second Christmas morning brunch. We always have too much food, but on Christmas – that’s ok.
Fast forward a few days to flying to St. Louis, MO and quick two and a half hour jaunt up to Hamilton, IL, to see my family (cousins, aunts and uncles). Memories of many cousin Christmases flashed through my head and it was a really nice feeling. Thank you Jake and Missy, for hosting family Christmas!
Cousin Crew together again! Sara had the baby on Jan 1st!
Back to Texas for New Years and week two of the “Work-cation.” We were driving from Houston to Dallas/Ft. Worth to visit Derek’s family and friends. For those of you who don’t know, Houston and Dallas are 300+ miles apart and it takes about 4.5 hours to travel this span. Luckily, the speed limit is 75mph most of the way and the roads are straight. Sadly, it doesn’t help much, because the drive is so BORING!!! I try to think of the reward at the end of it—Derek has pretty great friends.
Derek’s Best Man, Chip organized an event for Derek to see people we haven’t seen since our wedding day and some I hadn’t met until that night, but had infamously heard of (you know who you are). It’s always great to see old friends.
The gang’s all here!
For those of you outside of Ft. Worth and didn’t know, Dallas and Ft. Worth are actually two very different cities. Derek is from Ft. Worth, not Dallas!! The rest of our trip was spent in the Famous “COWtown.”
We were able to visit with lots of family or as Derek would say… “Kin folk.” Totally serious right now! We got to see new babies and babies to come! New Years Eve was spent at the Montgomerys. I just love them, and it was so good to hang out! Thank you Montgomerys for a great evening and for serving me a baked potato (jacket potato in British English) larger than my head… Everything is bigger in Texas!
Before leaving town we stopped for a proper Southern breakfast at the The Ol’ South Pancake House for biscuits and gravy. For our British friends, yes we said biscuits and gravy, and it is AWESOME! When you’re over here (in the Southern US) you must try it, you will not be sorry!
Left, American Biscuit
Right, British Biscuit
It was our last time to see Derek’s dad or as we like to call him PeePaw, ‘cause he loves the nickname so much! Be sure to greet Peepaw the next time you see him.
Back on the road to Houston, still boring… what to look forward to— oh it’s Quathy and it’s a beautiful thing! Cathy and Quad are great friends and each time I see them my face hurts from laughing so much! Miss you two!
The next day, last minute shopping needs were fulfilled with the following: Rotel, Velveeta, and corn bread mix. You laugh, but they all make us very happy, by the way… we had nothing to do with the alleged shortage of Velveeta.
One last Tex Mex fix in the International Terminal in IAH– Thank you Pappasitos for tacos and Margaritas!!!
Although I call it “Work-cation,” it really is fun for us to see everyone when we are home. We try to see as many people as we can while we can. The visits are never long enough. There’s no place like home!
Happy New Year from us to you!