Two days after I got back from Seattle, we went to Clyde TX to get Aidan and Ally for one more visit before summer was over. We picked them up, stopped for lunch, and headed back to Dallas in a driving rainstorm. I hate having to be on the road when it’s pouring down rain and visibility is poor, especially because people seem to drive like maniacs. But we made it!
We had a great week, as always. The first several days were spent with the Dallas cousins, playing at our house or theirs, swimming, eating together, a couple of sleepovers, lots of games, baking cupcakes, went to the park, took a little hike through the woods, Sarah and I took the younger ones to see “Christopher Robin” and all enjoyed that while Rich and Aidan stayed home and watched “older” movies on TV. They also went to see the new “Mission Impossible” another day while the rest of us hung out.
Toward the end of the week, Elle and Miles went to Oklahoma for a soccer tournament so Ally and I went to get pedicures to cheer her up for Elle being gone. 🙂 We went to the same salon near our house where we’d taken Sarah and Bonnie’s girls a few weeks before. I asked the man in the front if I could get a pedicure and Ally could get a “kid’s” pedicure. He said yes and told us to go pick out our polish. A few minutes later, he approached us and asked, “How old is she?” I said “11” and he said, “She looks like an adult.” What in the world!! She does not look like an adult! I told him no, she is a kid, and he acted like I was trying to rip him off. He then brought me the price list which showed children’s pedicures for kids 10 and under. Okay, sorry, I didn’t realize that, so just give her a regular pedicure! Then we went to sit down and the tech started to remove Ally’s nail polish and realized it was “gel.” Well, I had no idea about this either! Apparently her great grandmother (Corey’s grandma) had taken her for a pedicure a few weeks earlier and they got the gel polish. And apparently it is a big hassle to remove it so I was really on the salon’s sh#$% list by then. I was sitting there wondering how much this was gonna cost me! Finally we were finished and I was pleasantly surprised to see they did not charge me for removing the gel polish at least. I guess it was a small consolation for having to pay for a full price pedicure instead of a (10 and under!) kids’ one. 🙂
We had been looking for something fun to do with the kids and came across the Texas State Railroad, an historic steam engine that runs from Rusk TX to Palestine TX. Rich and I thought it would be interesting and the kids were agreeable so we drove to Jacksonville the night before, spent the night in a hotel, and caught the train the next morning. Before boarding, we took a little tour of the engine and the kids posed for photos. The train ride itself was a bit less interesting than we had anticipated. The tracks run through the Piney Woods which are pretty but there was little to see except trees all around and an occasional clearing. Luckily there was a snack bar onboard so the kids got drinks and snacks and that killed some time. 🙂 We arrived at the Palestine station and had an hour’s layover to look around and have some lunch. The line for lunch was a mile long and everything was very pricy so we convinced the kids to have another snack on the train and we’d get a late lunch afterwards. 🙂 The train finally left to return to Rusk, the kids had more snacks, and I have to admit that we all took a nap on the return.
We stopped at Pizza Hut and had pizza and salad bar before driving home to Dallas. It was a nice little change of scenery and a peaceful day and the kids were sweet about it even though I don’t think they had a fabulous time. It was our last night with the kids so we played games and chatted and then got up the next day to take them halfway home to hand them off to their dad.
It was another good visit and we are always sad to see them go.