We had so much fun when my dad and stepmom came to visit. We packed our days full of activities. Therefore, it will take two posts to get it all in!
Wednesday we ventured over to Ft. Worth to the Stockyards. We saw the longhorns walking down the cobble street, went into some cute shops, and ate lunch at Cattleman's Steakhouse. We took a look inside Billy Bob's Honkey Tonk, where the handprints of singers line the walls.
Then, we drove to the other side of Dallas out to Southfork Ranch, where the tv show "Dallas" was filmed. I remember watching "Dallas" as a kid and my parents loved the show. We took a tour of the house and walked around the grounds. It was a little sad to learn that the inside of the house wasn't used in the show at all, just the outside. Everything filmed indoors was done on a set in CA. It was still neat to see all the memorabilia and walk around the house. Of course, we listened to the theme song as we were there.
That evening Joel took my parents on a tour of the GFA office before picking up some pizzas for dinner. After dinner, we celebrated birthdays!
Since Grandma & Granddaddy were not here for the twins' birthday in January and would be leaving a few days before Rylee's birthday, we made cupcakes and the kids all opened gifts.
Rylee got a tea set in honor of her 5th birthday and party. Jenna got some diapers for her baby dolls. Asa got a spiderman costume (yeah, no more tu-tus for him!). They also got a few other individual things, cool new toothbrushes, a digital camera for kids, and some movies. They were very excited!Thursday morning Joel and Rylee left for work and school, and then Granddaddy and Grandma hit the road to drive back. We were sad to see them leave, but we had such a great time while they were here.
It was such a wonderful visit. Our kids have grown and changed so much in a year and a half. We aren't going to let that much time pass again. And, though we got to see Grandma & Granddaddy, we haven't seen my siblings and nieces and aunts and uncles and cousins.
So, we're planning a road trip to NC for July. We know it will be an 'adventure' with all our kiddos and that much driving, but we just have to make the journey. So, watch out NC (and all states in between)...the Fletcher gang will soon be on their way!