In the past our family vacations consisted of a beach somewhere, but as we planned our trip this year we decided to rent an Airbnb in Greenville, Texas (a suburb of Dallas) due to its proximity to downtown Dallas and our son's apartment. Now the decision has been made, we had to load up the Ford Edge (luggage for four adults, a baby stroller, full sized pack-n-play, baby sized luggage and a variety of toys for our one year old grandbaby) and drive south to the lone star state. It wasn't long when we realized the car was cramped, but since we already had everything packed and were on the road, we just kept going. Note to self, next time, rent a large SUV.
Once we arrived to Dallas we met up with family and friends and had a late lunch. It was hard to contain so much excitement, especially when Ellis is the newest addition to the family is present. Afterwards, we had to locate our "home" for the week, so we could take a little nap. We drove a few short miles to our Airbnb, in Greenville. It was a cute little gingerbread house built in the early 1930's with an adorable front door painted a canary yellow with a pea green glider to sit and perhaps enjoy a cup of coffee with twinkle lights strung all along the porch to add to the ambiance.
Meanwhile, indoors, I am trying to stay up to date on the heart of practice challenge with Jessica and thousands of other yogi's worldwide. One thing you learn as a yogi, is not to be shy, and take pictures of yourself in various poses anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity. Luckily, my husband does not seem to mind snapping a pic here and there, at least he has never said anything to me, yet.
We were able to stay active on our trip in part due to our daughter's ability to creatively plan, and provide an itinerary packed full of activities and the spontaneous yoga poses. We visited the Perot Museum of Nature & Science, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza, Fort Worth and Dallas Zoos the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and finally the Dallas World Aquarium.
Since we had a one year old with us, nap and bed times were important and may I say, justified?! We had a "date night" while Jordan and Sam stayed with Ellis, Steve and I met Maddie to watch A.Z. play a couple of sand volleyball games in Deep Ellum. It felt like it was 120 degrees, sun beating down (where were the misters?) there wasn't a breeze anywhere to be found (maybe back in Oklahoma) as the sun began to set and the temperature declined, it actually became quite bearable. The moment I took this picture of the Dallas skyline, it was beginning to cool down quite a bit and was quite nice.
Before we started our journey home, we met for breakfast at Breadwinners in Uptown (one of my faves). We stopped at IKEA (the store that does not seem to have an exit) to get a few necessities then we were Oklahoma Bound. One thing I always look forward to after a trip is coming HOME!