Thursday, January 22, 2009

Road Trip

Alright everyone can breath. We are back from the beach and back from our road trip. No this road trip did not last 8 months, just the MLK holiday. This is one of the many things I love about my husband. Friday afternoon he was sitting at the computer, turned to me and said let's take the boys to Dallas. They love Dave and Busters(big kid arcade), and who doesn't love an indoor water park! We stayed at Great Wolf Lodge. Lots of fun. Tons to do. Our first stop however, was Shreveport. I get about a gizillion offers a week and this particular weekend they were offering a free shopping spree to Best Buy. They closed down the whole store and gave everyone a spending amount some alot more than others. I know what your thinking, WHAT!!!! This is their ploy to get people there to spend money at their casino. No such luck for us. We spent our Best Buy money, went to Jack Binion Steakhouse(one of Hunter's favorite) and went to bed.

Here's Maddiboo outside the steakhouse. She had no interest in eating and wanted to play out in the lobby.

After we got back to the room, this is what the boys did.

And this is what Maddi did, her new thing is trying on everyone's shoes. There are shoes everywhere at our house. She has learned to go into our closets and pick out her favorite ones and take a walk in them. She will for sure have a shoe thing as do most of us girls!

While we were there, guess who we ran into? MIMMIM. Don spotted her and papaw at Best Buy. We couldn't get her attention, so Hunter called her. The moment we got back to the hotel she came running up to play.

Yeah Mimmim, she has caught on to this game. Look Maddi refuses to take them off. Trust me don't try, she gets a little cranky.


Now we are at the lodge. I wish I would have gotten more pictures of our trip. I have a ton of Maddi just because she was with us at all times. The boys were off at the big boy slides and water basketball. We didn't see much of them until they got hungry.





Madison loved the waterpark. She played and played. After she got comfortable she let go of our hands and off she went.
Hey look Hayden made an appearence, but no Hunter!

After the waterpark we headed to Dave and Busters and spent the next 6 hours playing. We had a good time. I have since realized my boys are getting big and these little weekend trips are not as easy to take. So we will squeeze them in as often as we can. Since I didn't get any pictures of Hunter, I will share this one. Isn't he handsome? Can you guess what is missing?
NO BRACES!!!!!! He got them off tues. and is so excited to show off his pearly whites. Of course being the teenager that he is, he has already asked about getting his teeth whitened. Lord help me. I told him sure, just go out back and grab a branch off that money tree we appartently are growing.


I couldn't sign off without a picture of everyone's favorite blogger. Hey Mo, you still holding your breath???????

I have alot of catching up to do. So bear with me. I am trying to get the hang of this blogging thing again. I wasn't very good at it before, but have already learned some new things. No wide spaces in between pictures, YEAH!!!!!!

23 comments:

Amy said...

Hallelujahhhhhhhhhh!!!! I didn't think I could hold mine any longer!
Glad your back!!! We've been missing you in the blog world. Madi is so precious!! Looks like ya'll had a good ole time in Dallas. Never knew that something like that existed. I'm going to have to look that up! Thanks for the update! :)

Jeni said...

Glad you are back!!! Can't wait to see what Mo says about this tomorrow!

Your children are beautiful. I have teenagers myself and I know what you mean about the family trips. We go to the water parks in Wisconsin Dells every year. We have stayed at the Great Wolf in the Dells many times. This year we went to the Kalahari and that one is nice too.

Dottie Phillips said...

YEAH!! You made it back from the beach!

Sounds like ya'll had a great trip to Dallas.

Love the pics - a beautiful princess and two handsome boys!

Rhonda said...

Oh my gosh - you are BACK!! We are from Rockwall (east of Dallas) and guess where we went for MLK weekend?? The Horseshoe in Shreveport!! How weird is that?? The only difference is that we haven't hit the jackpot there! We showed up there about 6 months after you hit your jackpot and I saw your big ole' picture plastered across from the money wall at the Horseshoe!! We are thinking of doing our daughter's 11th birthday party at Great Wolf Lodge - a sleepover/water park party for a few girlfriends. I have heard it is great! I love the pictures from your trip - Maddi is such a pretty little thing! I can't say that for the last picture though (of Mo)!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Carrie said...

Well, well...welcome back Miss Staci! I almost couldn't believe it when I read that you had finally posted again. I love seeing the new pictures of the kids. Wow, are those boys growing into some handsome young men. And Maddi is absolutely adorable. Hope all is well and can't wait to hear more from you :)

Cherry said...

That Maddi is the cutest little thing..good thing she gets it from the Jones side....sorry Don...Also a good thing Mel isn't modest. Talk to all of you soon...

Lindsay said...

Hi There -- a lurker from CA who is just in love with you and your family :) So great to have both sisters in the blogging world -- and to see where your tone is so similar, you must be related, but also how it's different!!! Thanks for sharing your story, your joys, sorrows and HOPE with us all :) Lindsay in CA

charlene said...

What? You're back? yeppie. I am so glad you are back. It's good to hear from you and see your beautiful children and husband. I'm not sure if Mo can outdo that picture but I can't wait to see her try. You guys are great.

Beverly said...

Oh my goodness!!!!!!!! I've been almost holding my breath and it's such a relief to suck in air! I'm so glad you're back. I miss pictures of Maddi and the boys. And, yes, I think Mo loves them as much as you do and she puts plenty of pictures up but... well, I'm just glad you're back! Please don't leave again!

Mylissa said...

hey friend!!
I didn't know you were blogging! Great to have found you on here. my goodness, that lil pumpkin is just GORGEOUS...and those boys...oh my...bet you are beating the girls away :) So glad you guys are catching some 'fun'...blessings to you!

Ashfro said...

Hey, Staci!
So happy to hear from you! Thanks for checking out the Cubby Hole. Lillian is such a mess but also a constant source of entertainment for us as I'm sure you well know! I'm so glad I got to see you and Don at the Heroes party and meet Maddi. She is such a cutie! Tell Melanie that I said hey and I enjoy reading her blog, too. Take care and hope to hear from you again soon! Ashley

~*~Megan~*~ said...

can it be?? can it really be a post?! How exciting! I had to double check the blog when I saw an update!! haha!! Glad you are back!! Hope you keep it up!!

stephleighjenkins said...

So glad you're back and glad you enjoyed your "extended stay" at the beach. The kids are as gorgeous as ever and love the picture of Mo at the end!

Pepper said...

Glad you are back. I love hearing about your family. Looks like y'all had a great time.

Faith Hope Love Mama said...

Glad to see you are back from the beach. Love the pic of your sis. :)

Beth E. said...

Alriiiight! Welcome back! I've missed you, though I'm sure the beach was loads of fun.

Great pics of everyone. Your kiddos are growing up way too fast, though! Our youngest son is 17. He uses all kinds of whitening toothpastes, rinses, etc. Must be a teenager thing about the pearly whites. Hunter and Hayden are two good lookin' guys. Of course, Maddi is just adorable.

Lovin' the picture of Melanie! Haha

I'm still trying to learn things about blogging. Practice makes perfect, eh? ;o)

Blessings...

Sandy said...

Welcome Back Staci I am glad to see you blogging again. Maddi si just so precious. We all have been missing you in the blogging world. By the way I am the nut that found you at sfmc when Gabbi was born.

Mindy said...

That Mel pic is a riot! What exactly was in that glass she's holding????

Glad you had such a good time in our fair city! I only live like 20 mins from Great Wolf but we LOVE it! All the kids want to have parties there.

I can't believe how the time has passed these last few years. The boys have just changed and grown so much. I see more and more of Jake in Maddie with every picture posted.

Glad to see you back! I understand the blogging struggle.

Mindy H.

Q's NEWS said...

Finally! Back from the beach - yay! Your children are just beautiful and my one of my favorite pics in the world is of Maddi up in the air with those HUGE shoes on! Priceless!

Welcome back!
Susan

mffl_brian said...

Next time you and family are over in Dallas - give your cousins Brian, Shannon, and Eric a shout. We would love to come hang out with you guys

The Mommy said...

Loved the update and all the photos! I understand how those beach vacations can go on and on...and the recovery time too! I suffer from the same affliction. Regardless, I enjoy keeping up on others blogs.

You and your sister must have an awesome, "best friend" like, blessed relationship. It's so very refreshing!

The kid are gorgeous! Welcome back!

Tammy said...

Great photos, glad to see you are making more time for us! Just kiddin, Mo really took that one little picture hard, I thought she looks cute! lol Keep em coming! Hugs from Fort Worth!

Tisha said...

And the picture war has begun, lol!