brown eyed fox

we made it to TEXAS without busting

celebrating, loving, travelingcarissa fox25 Comments

 it was a long 19 hours of driving to GET there 

BUT the girls were GREAT & the drive was GORGEOUS!
i am always amazed by West Texas... the Lone Star state actually has MOUNTAINS!

The drive back was... UGH... i just keep reminding myself that we MADE it...
took us FOREVER... but we MADE it...
there were travelers that had to stay in Red Cross shelters due to the storm we passed through!  
The Vail pass can be HAIRRRRY...
long hairy hair...
white knuckle...
hold your breathe...
please Lord get us through this...
hairy...
no matter how you slice it...
no matter HOW great of a snow driver you are... 
snow is ICE...
and ice is HAIRY! 
:)
Thank you Lord for your protection!

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we were off... early enough to just stay in jammies

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seen on our drive among all the energy windmills in New Mexico
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we knew we had made it when there were more ANIMALS in the room than people... LOVE YOU dad

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straight to the trampoline...
mind you... this is a trampoline WE had as kids... REALLY...
new springs & pads every so often... good as new

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my sister had us over for dinner one night to her precious home in New Braunfels...
this is a peek of her new OUTDOOR shower... she's fun like that
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just a cute llama i love... in my sister's home

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doors to her barn... workshop... awesome space

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just what you FEEL in her home... LOVE & PEACE

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my dad... laughing his head off... soooo funnyIMG_8321

nonny (my step-mom) with the grandkids

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sweet & silly cousins

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we didn't want to say goodbye

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next... Kerrville... granmama & granpapa's home (my mama & step-dad)

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cheers
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oh YES... Flying Saucer Pie Company...
THANK YOU Billy for waiting in the LONG line
the cherry was THE BEST EVER

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thank you Lord for cooks who know what they're doing...
ALL the food was INCREDIBLE... i should have had a SECOND helping... oh wait i DID :)

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some of the colorful goodness

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my VERY neat cousin Pam

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i don't know WHO they are... :)
my cute aunt Suzi... my ultra-talented uncle Hut...
my flipping awesome cousin Libbye

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40 people in all... FAMILY...  loved ones... gathered at my mom's home

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the chairs were set...

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oh YES... some turkeys played musical chairs... hokey pokey too
THANK YOU Tio for ALL the fun... you're THE best...

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Melinda & her sassy fishnets

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true HAPPINESS

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she got a chair

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LOADS of hugs for granmama's pockets...
she "stores" them up to pull them out later when we're gone 

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aunt Julie (my sister) & Riley

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the day was BEAUTIFUL...

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take off your shoes kind & REALLY enjoy...

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football on the GOLF course
 
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could he be ANY cuter...
my cousin's little boy... ALWAYS has a smile on his face... ALWAYS
  
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i'll race you...

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gotta love it... no dress by this point

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my FAVORITE uncle again... HUT

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LOVED this... i think he was watching the Dog Whisperer... gotta love that Cesar 
 
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Gretel even got sugar... my sis again... is she not SO pretty

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we ALL had moments of plain silliness

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campbell's art AND my thoughts EXACTLY...
we miss you ALL already!

It went by in a FLASH... just too fast!

Once on the road & heading back my heart always seems to sink a bit...
i can FEEL us leaving all the LOVE...
FAMILY behind!
I am SO thankful for the time we share...
i just don't want it to end!

i stored up some of the goodness in my pockets though... 
plan on pulling it out here & there...
to remind me of ALL we have to be thankful!

I sure hope YOUR week was special too... 
we was SO close to SO many of you on our trip...
sure thought about you ALL a ton & and am so VERY thankful for your friendship!