Thursday, January 17, 2019

Day 4 1/2, 5, & 6: Paris, TX, OK, and My Birthday

After the wedding we HAD to make one last trek around town and see the claim to fame in Paris, TX. The Eiffel tower with a cowboy hat. 
We looked around for a while and found it. There she stands in her glory... and while we stood there I realized that we may have finally found hats to fit two of the biggest noggins I've ever known, aside from my own. And I was right! 



The hat fit Eli and Adam pretty well. hahahah!!! 

That evening we went back to the house, and cleaned, washed our clothes, and packed up to head out early the next morning for Oklahoma!


We got a BRIGHT and early start, venturing off by ourselves at this point to head towards Oklahoma to visit some dear friends. 
They knew we were coming, but I know they didn't expect us as early as we were gonna roll in that morning. 
Like I said in the past few posts, Eli had felt poorly pretty much the whole trip... but he was up and eager to see his friends. Counting down the miles til we made it to their house. 

He even took a few pictures of the windmills on the way.

We rolled in, before breakfast... bless their hearts. 





Games were brought out IMMEDIATELY! As expected! 
Catan was a must. 
Linz made me coffee and I sat in the kitchen and we talked as she whipped up a great breakfast for us all. 


After a while, they decided to take us to one of their towns claim to fame. 




It was really neat! We had a great time seeing all  the different action figures!
There was even a dress up room for little kids. I thought that was clever!

It was great fun, but I don't even think it would have mattered... everyone was so excited to be together we could have been anywhere. 







The kids pointed out that they thought this guy looked like Uncle Adam! I can see it!!



Back to the house that evening and more games ensued! 




We stayed that evening and around 10:30 pm or so we said our goodbyes and headed out for our 6 hour trek to Memphis. 

And when in Memphis... where do you go?
The mega Bass Pro Shop.



Weary and sleep deprived (that's me), but we made it!



It's my birthday and I decided all those presents looked nice, but I would like the tree best of all. hahah

Or maybe that fireplace? Swoon!!!!




Abe had his eye on a something a little fancier. haha

It was a great day a fun time to spend together for my birthday. 

Eli used his birthday money and bought himself a bow case. We bought some fudge and then we headed out for home. 





It was a wonderful trip. I'm so grateful to have been able to take it with the kids. 



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Day 3 & 4: The Wedding!


On Day 3, Eli and I stayed at the house where we lodged during our time in Texas, which meant we missed the family brunch and gathering. That was a shame, but thankfully he had improved some by the end of the day and it looked promising that he would feel up to the wedding on Sunday! 

Day 4 was the wedding! We made it!
The wedding took place at The Gibraltar Hotel in Paris, TX. 
A historic old building in the center of town, near a nice park and some distinguished old buildings.
It was GORGEOUS! 
Claire had picked out a neutral color palate with lots of whites and greenery in various shades. It was perfect for the location.

A pretty good sized crew to travel so far, I think. I love these people!


Pretty baby boy waiting on his bride!

Claire was lovely as usual. 

The happy couple.


There was some dancing. 

And some shenanigans. ;)






Look at these three! Aww.. my heart! 






























It was a wonderful day! We were all so happy to have been able to make the journey to Texas, not only did we have a great time visiting places along the way, we enjoyed a happy time together witnessing the wedding of Tyler and Claire. How blessed we are!

Our adventure is not yet over though! We have more to see!