Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Last day in Texas!

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It's been such a relaxing and restful trip, we've gotten to enjoy seeing family again, laughing and reminiscing, sitting around the table talking about good times, but we also have gotten to enjoy some of the most stunning scenery you could ever come across.

It's true, Texas has never been one of my favorite States but I think this last visit is kinda sorta maybe swaying me in the "I could learn to like Texas" way.

So we're spending the last night here, tomorrow morning we begin our road trip back home to Arizona and though we will miss the family, we are also eager to return to our own home. I'm sure you remember my post about being such a homebody, there's something about that wonderful feeling of returning to your own home, seeing the familiar surroundings and being in your own bed.

We'll be taking our time getting back, there is no rush and we do hope to enjoy some of the beautiful scenery of New Mexico and stop here and there, of course there will be tons of photos to share.

So I leave you with the last few visual memories of Texas and the promise that by Friday morning I will be back to blogging full time and telling you all about our vacation, or whatever I didn't get to share the past two weeks. Please remind me to tell you about how much I hate Chiggers. UGH....UGH....UGH! I'm sure if you're from Texas you know exactly what I'm talking about.

By the way, there will be no Slow Cooking Thursday this week, I'll be on the road and not sure if I'll get another chance to log in until we arrive in Arizona, even if I do get some Wifi at the hotel, I doubt I'll have the time to compile a post for you all. Slow Cooking Thursday will be back next week though :)

Have a blessed day and keep us in your thoughts as we make our way home.

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If you look closely in the middle of this photo you can see two fireflies. There's one in the middle and one right by the tree.
It's been one of the kids favorite things to do at night, chase fireflies.

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Living in Arizona means that everything I'm used to seeing is brown and dry so I can't get enough of the luscious greenery I'm finding here in Texas.

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This next set of pictures I think pretty much depicts what we've been doing a lot of here, watching, admiring, observing.

These photos have become one of my favorites and I'm planning to have them enlarged and framed.

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Have you ever heard of Bodark Apples or Hedge Apples? I hadn't until I got here, my in laws have quite a few trees of these around their land. I find them absolutely stunning to look at and apparently, according to them, the local horses around here love eating these apples.

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My kids are fascinated by these frogs at the neighbor's pond. We spend many hours just watching them.

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11 comments:

Mari said...

What a beautiful bunch of pictures. I've never heard of those apples but they are neat to look at!

Michelle said...

Glad you're having a great vacation w/family and can take your time getting back. Too bad we're not still in NM - we might have been able to meet you somewhere on your way back! Wow that is one HUGE frog!

Leigh said...

We had these trees at our previous house here in TX and we always called them horse apples!

Donnetta said...

Some great shots!! Happy Traveling...

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Have a safe trip home. I'm glad you enjoyed my home state so much! Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Elenka said...

Sounds like you guys are having a lot of fun!! I never even heard of chiggers! Sounds like deer tics here in Maine, altho tics suck blood and I guess chiggers don't. It's funny how different parts of the US have their 'thing' to feel yucky about.
What kind of critters do you have to worry about in Arizona??

Susanne said...

Seeing we probably will be having a staycation this year, I'm living vicariously through your lovely pictures and descriptions, Sandra!

mindingmomma said...

I'm so sorry you met the chiggers. we moved to texas in sept and in october we met the chiggers. We were miserable. I hope you got rid of them and don't pack any with you!!!!!!!

Can't wait to see more photos on friday!

Bonnie said...

I can see why you want to enlarge and frame those photos ! They are fabulous !!

Strange Mamma said...

Beautiful pictures. I can never get 'out the moving vehicle's window' ones to work out.

Sarah in England said...

Amazing pictures. So glad you are rested and had a lovely time!

xxxxxhugs