Pioneer Natural Resources Office building and famous Las Colinas Mustangs Statues/Fountains
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
- The first time we saw rain in Texas.
- The first time it was in the 80s since we have been here!
- The first time we went to a Texas OUTDOOR playground, due to lower temperatures.
- The first time we attended a RODEO. Yeeeehawww! Ride em' cowboy (and cowgirl!)
- The first time one of our family of four has gone to the ER (yes, that is Emergency Room) and NOT been admitted to the hospital.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
...and it is "my pleasure" to remind you that we are so glad we can eat items at Chick-fil-A and play in the air conditioned play places!
Today, my dad had the great idea of taking the kids on the Las Colinas Area Personal Transit System. It is a free above ground tram, like a monorail since it is up high on a track, that almost circles Las Colinas. I am not sure how it is funded since it is free and we were the only passengers on the 10:30 tram but we had a great time! We got to see Donny's office building from up high, look at the clock tower up close, get a great view of the canal and Lake Carolyn, and even see a gondola (the boat kind) and its passengers on the canal! The waterfalls were beautiful as well. However, the best part of the trip for all of us was when Mr. Larry, the tram driver, asked the kids if they wanted to DRIVE the tram!! Boston got shy, yes, I did use Boston and shy in the same sentence, but Liv jumped right up and sped us around the track!!We had a fun morning together, seeing the "sights" and becoming a bit more familiar with the layout and history of this part of the city. Mr. Larry gave us many tidbits of trivia that we wouldn't find anywhere else!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
- The seat belts get SO "BURNING HOT" (Boston's words) after the car has been in the sun for a bit.
- At the Chick-fil-A drive thru, there is a person standing outside with a laminated menu who comes to your window to take your order during the lunch "rush hour."
- The population of Nicholasville is 30,000. The population of Dallas is 2.5million. Just a small difference...
- You don't leave the house without a drink because you are always thirsty!
- U-turns are a way of life here because of how the roads are set up. The kids call them "curly turns." I call them "pains in the neck" because my car does not have the best turning radius!
- The lizards here are FAST, you know, compared to all those lizards climbing on the outside walls in Nicholasville! :)
- EVERY sign is written in both English and Spanish.
- Much to the kids' amusement, the grocery carts at Tom Thumb have TVs in them which play Mickey Mouse shows.
- The grocery carts at Aldi cost 25 cents to use and you have to bring your own bag for your groceries. This fact is not a problem IF YOU KNOW AHEAD OF TIME! You should have seen us carrying our produce, meat, crackers, etc. to the car in our arms! Does that say "out of towners" or what?!
- There is just no use of wearing make-up when you will just sweat it right off. This has been rather freeing, actually...
- You'll get a kick of out this one...as do I...NOW...you have to really read closely the free magazines near the exits of grocery stores to see what they are about before just picking them up. The other night, at Whole Foods, I saw one called Dallas Spice and thought it looked like it would have good places to visit or good coupons in it. I started looking through it the next day and the first page I turned to was an ad for men's skirts! Yep, I had picked up the "Dallas Pride" magazine! Donny and I had a good laugh over that one!
- It gets pretty lonely when you only know the people that live in your house... We sure miss you all!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Olivia was so excited to see a little girl, who come to find out is also seven, playing in the pool. I was SO PROUD to watch her ask little Brissa to play. What a big step for her-this has been such a "growth in confidence" year for her! The two girls spent the next several hours playing and swimming in the pool together and set up another play date for Tuesday afternoon. Once again, God showed that He is here and answering the prayers of those of us in our thirties and those of us who are seven.
Liv and I also made that delicious banana pudding I mentioned in yesterday's blog for Donny to enjoy. We ALL were glad to help Donny enjoy it after dinner and despite the fact that I didn't bring any "fancy" dishes down here, it still tasted wonderful!(Donny IS wearing clothes...hehe!)
The kids are getting in to this blogging thing and asked to be the ones to take pictures of our movie night so I will end with their take on the night...enjoy!
Saturday, June 19, 2010