Texas, oh Texas.

Historically, I have been known as a homebody. And while I do enjoy traveling more now than I used to, I would still say I like to be home, in my own space, with my routine, feeling comfy and cozy. So, when I say that I wasn't in a huge rush to head home, after 9 days in Texas...that is saying something. We seriously had the best trip. And because I don't feel like I can adequately give it words, I'm just going to post pictures with a couple comments...starting from the end and I will work my way back to the beginning.

We spent the last weekend in Houston with Katie and her family- and I knew it would be great to see her- but I don't think either of us realized how well our kids would get along. At one point, Brayden looked at Katie and said "So this is what it feels like to have a brother...I love it." And both of my kids said multiple times "Mom, I don't ever want to leave my new friends. Can we just stay here?" My heart nearly burst out of my chest.

The four of them: Holden at 4, Brayden at 7, Davis at 6 and Callie at 5.

The boys wrestling- as they did all weekend- and not a single complaint or injury.

Holden was so happy that she and Callie both had princess gowns to wear to bed. How much does Callie look like Katie? It kills me.

I love this pic- Holden's face is pure joy that she is a) getting to have a sleepover and b) it's in an Anna and Elsa bed!

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And then, of course, the next day Holden woke up feeling super sick and we had to take her to a doctor. She had an earache- but I think there had to be something more because she is still at home with a fever even though she has been on antibiotics since Saturday. Poor thing.

Davis being tossed into the air to do a double back flip (??) by Ray.

The three big kids goofing around while we waited for pizza...

The boys wanted to dress the same. I don't know if there is a sweeter kid than Brayden. He is so kind and thoughtful. His smile reminds me so much of his mama. And Callie is all spunk and personality- also a total sweetheart, but a little fire in her too. 

I would be fine if they grew up and decided to fall in love and get married. 

Saturday night- their community pool had an ice cream social...with real ice cream and then at one point they threw all of these adorable floaties in the pool- giant donuts, ice cream cones, huge Smarties candies, and all sorts of things. Holden was in heaven...and the cool water felt good to her fevered skin.

We had so much fun. I was sad for it to end...but I do see some family trips together in our future. And can you believe we didn't get a single pic of Katie and I? It's driving me crazy!!!