Our trip to Dallas was so much fun, not just because we got to see my mom get an award and play with my mom and dad, but also because Daci and I got to spend a lot of alone time together! Its crazy, for three straight years Daci and I were alone pretty much all day, every day. I never went anywhere without her or did anything without her. When the babies were born that all changed. It felt so weird to be alone with her again, even though I had done it everyday for three years just six months earlier! I think she loved having mommy all to herself and that she didn't hear, "After I feed the babies" or "When the babies go down". She was really good on the trip and I had so much fun with her!
The other great thing was that I got to have an awesome babysitter as well! My dad did so much with Daci and kept her entertained pretty much the whole day the second day so that I could go watch my mom do her classes and then go dancing with her that night! It was so nice to have a little bit of a break from 24/7 mommyhood :)
|On our way to TX, she got her wings :)|
Daci thought the hotel was the greatest thing ever! She has never stayed in a hotel and didn't quite understand what it was. When we landed I said, "Now we are going to the hotel." The whole way there she kept saying, "Where's the show and tell, Mom?!" Haha. The second we walked in our room she excitedly went to town. She was fascinated. She grabbed all the pillows off of the bed and kept building little beds around the room. She closed the curtains and turned off all the lights and said, "Good night, Mom!" Then she would jump up and run to another bed she had made. Going to bed has never been so fun :)
|One of her "beds"|
|She was really excited when I ordered room service for dinner (we had to stay hidden from my mom so we ate in the room rather than risking running into her in the halls). She couldn't believe we could have dinner brought to our bedroom!|
After dinner we got all fancy for the award ceremony. My dad got there a few hours after we did and when he came to the room Daci flipped out! He was knocking at the door and calling, "Daci!" and she was so excited she didn't know what to do. She started running in circles by the door and yelling, "Mom! IT'S GRANDPA!!!!"
After the ceremony we walked across the lobby to where the party was. They had these elephants in the lobby and everytime we walked by Daci had to run over and touch them.
After the party we were starving! So we went back to the room and changed and headed down to one of the hotel restaurants. By this time it was 10pm. Daci was so hyper and didn't show any signs of stopping. She said she "reeeeeeeeaaaaaaalllly" wanted to go eat with grandpa so we went down.
About thirty minutes into it she started rubbing her eyes and saying, "Mommy, I'm so tired." I told her as soon as the bill came we were going to go. She said, "Ok", took a bite of bread and fell asleep mid bite! It was absolutely hilarious! She slept against the chair with her bread in her hand for the next 15 minutes.
Then my dad carried her back up to the room...
The next morning she was ready to go! We went to breakfast with my dad (mom was teaching at Extravaganza all morning and afternoon) and passed the elephants again.....
Then Grandpa said he would take her swimming while I went to watch my mom's class
|She was only a little bit excited :)|
After the class I went out to snap a few pics. They were having a blast!
|Jumping off the ladder to grandpa|
|They had these duck floaties. She was obsessed.|
|He talked her into letting him take her under the water.....she didn't like it all that much :)|
|The kangaroo. He would bounce around the pool with her on his back.|
|Just chillin' by the pool|
That evening mom got to meet up with us and go to dinner!
We weren't sure where to eat so I looked up "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" to see if there was a restaurant that good ol' Guy Fieri recommended that was near us. There was one just a mile or so away. We got a cab and drove out to this gem. It was pretty sketchy looking from the outside. In fact, we pulled up and all had second thoughts. The cab driver acted like we were idiots. He said, "Get back in the cab and I'll take you to a good restaurant!" Haha. We decided to have an adventure. So glad we did. THe food was delicious! I knew Guy wouldn't lead us astray :)
|I'm such a fan :)|
|My mom next to her star.|
|Messing around. She may just kill me for posting this. Ha!|
|One last iphone session :)|
|On the plane ready to take off|
|Watchimg Little Mermaid|
|And eating her big sucker grandma got her|
|Right before we started descending we were in the biggest, fluffiest, whitest clouds I've ever seen. It was beautiful!|
We had a wonderful trip! So fun to spend time together, and with my parents! I'm very grateful to Close to my Heart for allowing us to come to the convention!!