Til next time, Texas

I’ve spent the last two weeks in Texas (with my first weekend in Tulsa, OK) with three of the four Olson kids and let me tell you – it has been such a great trip! We leave in “three more sleeps” (that’s how my kids gauge the countdown to events) and though I miss my hubs who is back home making that money, I’m sad to leave. I’ve done this trip before-a trip to Texas with the kids sans husband. But this time, it’s different. Four years ago, I came for three weeks and couldn’t wait to get back home to Alaska. I remember getting on Facebook and seeing what my friends and family were up to back home and wishing I was there doing things with them. I could not, for the life of me, enjoy the moment. I had such a hard time being content.

This time is so different and I know a lot of it has to do with the ages of my kids. Last time I came, my littles were 1 and 3. This time, they’re 5 and almost 7 (the 24 year old met us here for a week). Life isn’t as crazy this time. I’m not carrying around a diaper bag. I’m not stressing about cutting outings short to insure nap time. I am out of the trenches and have been for a while. Thank. You. Jesus.

We all have THOROUGHLY enjoyed this trip and I am already talking about coming back next summer. I’ve enjoyed the hot days. I’ve enjoyed the cool dark nights. I’ve enjoyed the outdoor pools (Gosh, I’ve missed them so!). I’ve enjoyed the FOOD. I’ve enjoyed the memory making. I’ve enjoyed walking down memory lane. I’ve enjoyed the late night catch up chats. I’ve enjoyed seeing my kids play with my best friends’ kids. I’ve enjoyed seeing my kids create memories with family here who they don’t see enough. I’ve enjoyed the tan lines and the process in getting them. I’ve enjoyed the shopping. Y’all, it’s just been good. So good.

Our final two days will be jam packed with more pool time, more shopping, squeezing in a trip to those restaurants that we don’t have back home (Red Lobster, anyone?), and more friends and family. Thanks for keeping those stars at night real big and bright. I’ll be leaving a piece of my heart deep in the heart of Texas. *clap*clap*clap*clap

Me and my beautiful step daughter decided to consume our weight in food and drink at a Texas Rangers game. Bad idea.

3/4 Olson kids

At the Ft. Worth Zoo

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