Monday, July 27, 2009

mini road trip

We solved our transportation problem (more on that later)- so we took a mini road trip-
now I want to go on more. Counting down the weeks for back to school makes me sad- so I just won't think about it.

It was a fun week - Jay drove down to Texas with us on Sunday night. He could not stay the whole week but we figured that he could at least drive with us down there and then hop on the train back. Now truth be known- I wanted Jay's company. I wanted to be together for a mini road trip. But I also wanted him there for this:

OK- it looks fine right? WRONG! Click on the picture and see that sky bridge up kind of in the middle of the picture? That alone could keep me from driving to visit our friends.
Here is a another photo that we found on the internet looking at it from the other side.

Its tall, its unavoidable and it goes on forever. It reminds me of driving across the bridge in Portland Oregon to drive to Washington and how I almost froze out of fear. Or from our trip last summer to the Grand Canyon. I have a totally real fear of heights. Don't misunderstand. I am not afraid of driving. I have driven many a long-distance road trip, with kids, by myself. It's heights I am afraid of!

And here is the 2nd reason I needed Jay with me, (besides wanting his company!)
Jay took the kids for the morning, and while they went to the Texas Mint:

Donna and I went and each had a massage then lunch.

It was heavenly.
I was cashing in on my mother's day gift!
For mothers day I asked, I begged for a gift cert. for a massage from one of Donna's friends, Hannah. (who also does pre-natal massage, and no I am not pregnant-see here) I knew that we would be going to Texas sometime in the future. So Jay agreed.
It was a perfect day for a massage- rainy, misty.
To top it off, Jay took care of running to walmart to buy diapers and wipes. (I left the box, sitting in the garage that had everything we needed-oops!)
That night I dropped Jay off at the train station and he rode back home.
The plan was for him to ride back down at the end of the week and we could do some more vacationing together -(and no, I did not need his help for the way back- no scary skybridge driving on the way back to OKC!) but we tried buying tickets too late. So we will just have to take a few days here and there to get our vacation in!

The rest of the week was spent:


black beans & potbelly's hot peppers (I am so addicted to these right now!)

braiding hair

running- who knew I could run faster in Texas?

going to a water park

jumping on the trampoline in swimwsuits

playing in all the dress ups

playing make-up and hair
shopping for new sunglasses

rock band
star wars battlefront
played baseball
(and these next two photos have nothing to do with what we did, but would you look at those curls?!)

and a lot of hanging out and movie watching!

Somehow the older boys did not end up in alot of the photos- but all the kids were there, and they all had fun.
Thanks Ryan's for letting us come- and for "vacationing" with us!


vgsmom said...

Yea!! I'm so glad it all worked out, and you got to go on a trip. Great memories and great pictures.

Bren's Life said...

Glad Jay was able to go with you.. And that you had a great time... I seem to remember now your grand canyon trip??? Maybe. I've never been afraid of heights. Just clausterphobic. Did I spell that right???

Allison said...

I completely understand the fear of heights thing. A week-and-a-half ago, I was lucky enough to be in the Tyrolean Alps, where there was a bridge straddling a deep gorge. Kids, strollers, old people, young people - all were prancing across the bridge and peering down and admiring the view (it was breathtaking, I hear.) But not me. Ryan thought if he just held my hand, I'd step out onto the bridge - and I did get about 2 feet out, but then a kid scurried by and the bridge swayed and that was it for me.

Good thing I did the Grand Canyon when I was a kid and didn't know it was okay to be afraid of heights!

3boysmom said...

Wow, I thought my husband was the only one bothered by high bridges in Texas! The height doesn't bother me, but the amount of traffic there sure does! It looks like you all had a great time.

Meghan said...

I can't wait to hear about the new car situation. Looks like you had a lot of fun. Jon is afraid of heights too. I don't understand tall people who are afraid of heights.

April said...

I thought I should let you know that you don't have to go on that bridge to get here! It takes a few more minutes, but it is easily done. I'll let you in on the directions next time you come!
It was fun to see you and the kids!

Amy said...

I am so glad you visited and commented on my blog! Now I have you added to my blog list and I have to say, your family is darling! I love reading your posts and seeing how good life is for you all.

I am definitely going to make those "medusa heads" for my kids. I am sure they will love it!

Janet said...

We were excited to see photos of the Ryan kids (they never send us any! :) j/k). It's amazing how kids grow and change in just a year's time. So glad you all had a fun time. We Jorgensens are all very sad that we don't live closer to the Ryans. :)

Donna Ryan said...

Jorgensens, you could live closer if you'd more to TX! We love the bumper sticker that reads: "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here just as fast as I could." That about sums it up.

April, what are you talking about? She'd still end up doing the bridge at I20 and I35W. Unless she drives all the way to 1187 in Burleson. What are you thinking of?