After a long drive in the pouring rain and a flat tire (if you followed that hour on twitter, you remember how God provided like NUTS!), we arrived at Chris, Kelli and Caroline’s house damp and tired. I loved Kelli immediately–such a sweet, happy, beautiful, charming gal. I was a little curious about the red spots all over her feet, but we figured that one out later. The girls loved Kelli too. She was like “The Fun Aunt.” Wii-playing, tote-bag-painting, puzzle-doing, gift-bearing, grin-wearing Kelli.
She and Chris made us scrumptious fajitas for dinner. Then Miss Amanda drove across (over? under? through?) town to spend some girl time with us. What a doll! And bless her hubby, Curt, for keeping the kiddos and not minding her leaving when they were getting ready to go out of town the next morning. I loved meeting Amanda after reading her blog for so long. She’s everything you see on her blog–witty, candid, sweet, smart–and then some. You’re even more gorgeous in person, Amanda. And tall! I don’t know why I’m always surprised when my blog friends turn out to be tall.
We chatted and chatted. And laughed and laughed. Then Amanda went home, we put the girls to bed, and the four of us chatted and chatted and laughed some more.
Up early for the zoo. We told Chris and Kelli we completely understood if they wanted to skip out on the zoo since it was raining. They said no way. And we had the best day in the rain! Rainy days can be a bummer for my photographer, but we had so much fun. No crowds. $72 worth of free food. Are you kidding me, Houston Zoo?! You rock! And stuffed red pandas for each of our girls. Man alive.
We came back to their house after the zoo to change into dry clothes, do some laundry, and clean out our van. A rare afternoon of downtime. It was wonderful.
Kelli wrote a post about my girlies last week that melted my heart. And her timing was perfect, because I needed the reminder that day that they are indeed capable of behaving and not bickering. I’ll be printing it out and putting it on the bulletin board beside my desk.
Thanks, Chris, Kelli and darling little Caroline! We love you! Pleeeeeease visit us this summer if you go to Michigan!
A friendly little Wii competition.
Amanda, Kelli, Me. See how tall they are?? (I’m 5’9′ or 5’10”.)
My daughters were in HEAVEN. Bless you, Kelli!
Look at this doll baby! So gorgeous. And can you believe those eyes?
This really is the HOUSTON zoo. Really.
This pic reminds me that I haven’t fed a giraffe in ages. Withdrawal.
Pretty zoo. Pretty girls. 🙂
This little guy wasn’t very old. I still haven’t seen the baby elephant at the C-bus Zoo!
Aren’t they the most darling little family?
Meet Jonathan. Such a distinguished looking fellow.
The birds in Texas have no shame. And there was no one at the zoo to bother but us.
See, I told you we were at the Houston Zoo.
Special thanks to Brian Hill, Director of Public Affairs at the Houston Zoo. Your generosity blew us away! More pics and tales tomorrow! Just Sea World and 2 zoos to go! Happy Tuesday!