The title of this here post is already slightly indicative of the subject matter, though not entirely true. If you've been a reader of my blog for the last year or so, you'll know that my mom and I are very close and we love to visit each other whenever possible. So I was thrilled when she and my step-dad decided to make the hike from Dallas to Houston to stay a weekend with the husband and I, and also celebrate their six-year anniversary with a day trip to Galveston.
They always prefer to drive in the Godforsaken hours of the morning when taking a road trip. Well, that's really more my step-dad. He knows that whatever time he intends to leave, he needs to tack two hours onto that and then he's got himself a dadgum accurate-as-a-bullseye departing hour. My mom (and myself) are never ready on time, rarely arrive anywhere as scheduled and are always scrambling to finish other things on our way out the door. But my sweet-as-pie step-dad is rarely bothered by such details, and simply works around them, sparing only a shoulder shrug and a silly grin.
Meanwhile, I cooked and mashed (and ate) some garlic mashed potatoes...
Both dogs got some yummy ham treats, then received extras from their doting grandma! I love how my mom laughs and squeals when these giant dogs clobber her with their noses or lick her arm to death. It's so cute and such a relief, when so many others clamor to get away from our
The evening held plenty of entertainment as we ate, drank and talked with our neighbors and soaked up the cooler summer night air (basically, 99 degrees instead of 110). My mom even had her first beer! A Shiner Ruby Red made with hints of grapefuit. She's still not a beer-drinking fan but she did enjoy the brew.
Before packing up to head off to Dallas, my mom and I took my two dogs to the dog park. Even though it was hot, they had a blast swimming, running the obstacle course and finding some huge mud puddles to get into!
Of course, all of that muddiness led to a hose down... they both acted like little kids that had been put in time out!
I'm bouncing around cities this week and have quite a bit going on - including family time, a casual dinner party, a 5:45am flight to catch and some vacationing up in Toronto and Niagara - and I hope to be able to share some fun photos and details on it all. So stay tuned and have a great week!