Fun times in Texas!  It was great.  We drove to Dallas to have a little Keith family get together for Thanksgiving!  On the way down, we first stopped in Amarillo, to spend the night at Mark & Katie’s house.  The next day, we made the rest of the drive to Dallas, to stay at Jacob & Lori’s house.  The kids LOVED playing with all their cousins!  We don’t get to see these cousins very much, so this was a great opportunity to see them.  Jacob & Lori prepared an excellent Thanksgiving dinner.  I enjoyed going on a run that Thanksgiving morning through their neighborhood.  At first, I thought I was just feeling pretty good.  Then I realized my average pace was about a minute faster than usual- that’s the beauty of going to a much lower elevation!  It was awesome- I should do it more often- ha ha!

We went to see the Fort Worth Stockyards and had lunch there at a little place and this guy made Texas long horn cattle balloons for all the kids to wear on their heads.  Well, most of them chose the long horn hat.  Some had flowers or other stuff.  They were pretty cute!  Truman was totally into his.  He wore it most of the day!   

We had fun seeing some of the sights of Dallas!  But mostly, it was just really nice to spend time with family, interacting and playing games at night, etc.  We had an exciting trip home too!  During the night before the next day when we planned on leaving, Hannah got sick and threw up- at 3:30 AM.  In fact, she threw up all over her cousin, Maddie.  We’ll never forget this story for years to come I think.

We decided it would be best to leave as soon as possible at that point, in order to get any sick kids out of the house and not spread it around.  Plus, we were wide awake after cleaning it up.  So we packed up and left at 4:30 AM.  We were making pretty good time until we got a flat tire 40 miles before Albuquerque, NM.  So, three hours later and after getting both back tires replaced, we were on our way.  Then, Kevin got pulled over by a cop in Colorado and narrowly avoided a speeding ticket.  He explained to the officer that he was just speeding up briefly to pass a large truck with a trailer before lanes merged again.  Luckily, the cop was pretty nice about it and didn’t give him a ticket.  Maybe he noticed the sleepy & cranky kids in the back just trying to watch Scooby Doo!   

All in all, it was a trip we’ll never forget!  Thanks for a great time, Jacob & Lori!  You guys are the best.