Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Port Arthur Trip

As summer break began, the kids and I loaded up and headed to see our family in SE Texas.
First stop was Granny’s house, complete with Uncle Bubba to play with. Silly Bubba wanted to give me a funny face…
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But I managed to get a smile out of him anyway!
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And on to the wrestling…
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After a great visit with Granny, and even an afternoon with Jenny Featherston, we met Uncle Mike and Aunt Peggy in Galveston. The Pier had just opened, which is a carnival-like area open year-round.
Chan found a way to keep cool in the muggy heat…
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Uncle Mike is the “fun uncle” who has won the boys’ hearts. They ask almost daily how long it will be until they can play with him again…
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Charlie braved this one by himself! He’s in the middle, with the orange cap on.
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Chance could’ve driven the cars all day. They even had smaller ones for younger kids!
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Aunt Peg hung out patiently on the sidelines, holding all the loot.
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She also took pictures for me!
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And then we enjoyed feeding the sea gulls on the ferry.
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Which was on our way to Mike and Peg’s cabin. This time around, Uncle Mike was there to teach the boys to surf.
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After a night enjoying the beach, we headed to Port Arthur, where I was able to meet up with some old friends. Meet Kaley, who was a little girl with white-blonde hair when I moved away. Now she’s a beautiful young lady!

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She was teaching Charlie how to best throw a ball.
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Kaley and Jennifer, and Jen’s 2 sweet girls. As you can see, Chandler took a liking to Jen’s oldest, Avery.
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That evening the family met up for our traditional reunion at Chili’s. I LOVE that we get together like this!
Uncle Jimmy and his precious Joe Ann. After losing Aunt Delores, it’s good to see him smiling again!
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The whole crew.
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The next day, Aunt Mimi (my sister Maribelle) invited us out to a festival in Nederland.
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They had all sorts of fun activities for the kids!
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Aunt Steph and Charlie
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Eating pieces of watermelon…
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Watermelon smashing. Yes, this truly happened. And the boys loved it!!
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My sisters Randi and Mari, hanging with me at Mike and Peggy’s.
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We also got to visit my beloved Dodo. I know it’s complicated, but she was my step-grandmother growing up, and we never let go of the relationship. She lives in a nursing home now, and I enjoyed getting to sit and visit for awhile. Chance took this photo.P6107661

One late evening, my beloved friend from middle/high school came over to chat into the wee hours of the night. That Sunday we joined her family for church, and I was blessed to hear her lead worship. Then we had lunch before we had to say good-bye. I am blessed with some great friends!! I miss you, Aliceson!

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The kids and I went on a little tour of my home town and I showed them the old homes that I once lived in. They’re all still there!  So many memories and stories to tell. It was a great trip!

2 comments:

Mom said...

this is an awesome post ..thanks Babe !!

Salina Hancock said...

You take such wonderful pictures! You have a beautiful family :)