Tres Trips To Texas

Spring break is here again, and we’ve got a pretty decent thang going the last three years in heading south to spend the week with our Waller buddies. We weren’t sure if this year it was going to work out with some important appointments this week, but we decided sorta last minute to make it a reality to head down to Texas! With Jason and Lauren having a new baby a few months ago, and knowing it would be this summer before we’d see them and meet their sweet Ruth (who knows if it will be all of us together even then!), it was worth it to make it work. No regrets!

We hopped in the car on Saturday after a crazy week at school and a million hours of packing the night before, and made it for dinner and the KU game that night. Pork butt and catch up time made our evening full, and with Sunday morning booked with churchy things, we finally got to relax a bit that afternoon and evening. I love how each of our family members can just pick up where we left off with these friends. Glad to get some quality time with Lauren amidst the cooking and such. Long distance is just not quite the same.

By day, we made some time to get out to the Botanic Gardens in downtown Fort Worth (DSLR photos courtesy of Lauren and the lovely garden backdrop), ate out at Rodeo Goat, and skipped back home for a neighborhood Easter egg hunt and backyard play time. The guys enjoyed an evening out at Top Golf, and the girls got after it at the Tanger Outlets one morning. The kids just plaaaayed. Games, trampoline, water, sand, dinos, shows, reading, snacks, bone-shakers (who knows?). Olan loved to give baby Ruthie hugs and he also discovered the next phase of toys that the big boys are playing with these days. Real looking dinosaurs, trucks, and helicopters, what!? Evie, Hudson, and Nolan just loved playing together. Evs is now suddenly into PJ Masks. She loves people.

By night, Rack-O, Hedbandz, Phase 10. Our evenings consisted of games, along with snacks and 90’s music reminiscing and cutting up together. We watched Wonder on our last night there while the guys talked video and nerdy stuff.

Wednesday morning, we had another wonderful meal made by Mrs. Waller and said our goodbyes. We loved our time together, friends! Thank you so much for housing us and taking such good care of your guests. You are rockstars.

As for the traveling, our children were honestly angels for the road time (about 8 hours when it’s all said and done). Evie’s been really into audiobooks on trips, and enjoyed hearing the woes of Amelia Bedelia via Hoopla this year. Olan played with his helicopter and sucked on a pacifier forever. Thankful to get some quality time with my family and basicallyfamily. God was good when he made us for community!

Texas Year Two

Golly gee, I miss my friends. Texas isn’t that far, but it’s far enough away to not take trips that often, and with two children, a six hour drive becomes 8-10 hours pretty easily. So our trip down south might just be a yearly one, but it sure is cool that we can just pick up where we left off with our Waller buds and have a ball together anyway!

We started off our time on Saturday evening with dinner (did I mention that my friend is a dinner connoisseur? Every meal is something to write home about), and playing outside. I love how our kids play so well together. Very little drama! Those little boys even love hanging with Olan! Sunday was church and chilling out, watching KU dominate.

Monday was the guys’ day out (Gather coffee, Babe’s and Home Depot… wow) while the ladies took the kiddies to the Fort Worth Zoo. We also went out and did a photo shoot of our family, courtesy of my talented photographer friend. They might just be my favorite photos ever.

Tuesday Lauren and I got to paint the town by seeing Beauty and the Beast (what a delight!), eating at Torchy’s Tacos, and shopping. That night we actually hired a babysitter for the children and all four of us hit up a place called Taverna Rossa for pizza and then stopped at Gigi’s Cupcakes for dessert. We even got to peruse a kitchen specialty shop before heading home to get the kids ready for bed! I scored some new dish towels and a set of metal measuring cups. Excitement, folks. Gotta treat yo’self.

Wednesday Jason and Logan headed to work (it was take a friend to work day.. ha ha) and they worked on their new stage backdrop until nightfall. Lauren and I packed up the kids and went to the park and the library and back home for naps. That night we did a puzzle and watched Nacho Libre for nostalgia’s sake, and finally finished at midnight!

We got to do a bunch of things, but Logan and I both agreed that the sweetest times were when the kids were peacefully sleeping and we were just hanging out, playing games (lots of dominos and Rack-o), drinking coffee, chatting, and cutting up together. Oh, the good old days!

Thanks for the vacation hot spot, friends. We treasured our time with you!

Spring Has Broken!

Spring break for the last three or four years has been characterized by the Henry family traveling! This year, we have gone no further than the lovely westerly state of Colorado! We stayed in a little suite called Hideout at Frontier Ranch (Buena Vista). It’s  where Christian Challenge Manhattan calls home every spring break, and they asked Logan to come along and make a sweet video of their experiences in 2015. With Logan comes a wife and kid though… so here we are!

This ranch is over the top. It sits right up in the Mount Princeton area, and this week, the weather has been awesomely perfect. Well, actually, I’m cold. It’s been perfect mountain weather, I should say. I didn’t really prepare well, since in Kansas right now there would be no need for a coat, and barely a jacket. It’s been warm in the day, but cold at night and in the mornings! I actually dug Logan’s dirty sweater out this morning (I know, gross. I was desperate. But I guess you can call that sweater a bonafide boyfriend sweater now) because it was COLD and I am just silly enough not to have packed enough layers for me to be comfortable! The food is nothing like what you might envision camp food to be like. It’s more than fancy, and it’s really a good thing they serve it family style, because if I didn’t have to share that big plate of roasted feta chicken, I wouldn’t have. And God only know how I had the will power to eat just one chocolate chip cookie yesterday at lunch. Holy smokes.

While Logan shoots video at all the sessions and at the events that are happening on site (hikes, giant swing ride, Summit games, etc.), Evie and I are on one adventure after another. Mostly, she has fallen in love with basketball, since our cabin is set right in front of the full court. “Ketball” is probably something we’ll have to invest some more time in when we get home. She shrieks with joy anytime “we” make a basket! So cute.

We also have a sweet little private playground to ourselves that sits directly to the left of our cabin. It has a baby swing (“fwing”), a big slide, a sandy area with toys, a little wooden tipi, and a playhouse that Evie just loves. I say “ding-dong!” and she says “come in!” There’s also tons of stairs that Evie is really into climbing up and down. There’s a hot springs pool, trails to hike on, and mountains to ooh and ahh at.

Our good friends and college mentors Brian and Mindi Sturm have been playing a game of who-can-make-Evie-like-them-more, so she’s getting spoiled with lots of attention. She has also drawn quite a bit of attention through her charismatic outbursts during worship sets. The music here she loves, but it’s been real contemplative and serious in the mornings when we go, so there’s been some times of silent prayer, and a general feel of quietness in worship. Evie has knocked that out by saying “AMEN!” super loud, and today her “YAY!” after the song finished got the crowd to chuckling and “ALL DONE!” had similar responses. Embarrassingly cute. Sigh. I heard she even got a plug from the main speaker (Steve Williams) during the evening session! She’s famous!

This Summit Retreat has been a refreshing blessing to be at! Between getting an afternoon to ourselves thanks to Mindi and Brian, spending tons of quality time with the Evster all day, and getting to read, sleep, and blog, it’s been worth the miles. Not to mention the energy that college students bring… it is matched by few other groups of people. Thanks to the KSU Challenge for inviting us along this year!



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