Sunday, July 10, 2011


We are home from our adventure to Texas! I have been absent from blogging while we were gone so this will be a super long post with lots of pictures to cover our whole time in the great state of Texas. I must say that I had a wonderful experience in TX. I really enjoyed living there for the short time we were there. The people there were seriously so nice. Honestly the friendliest people I've ever met. From the grocery store to the apartment complex where we lived I felt like people were very nice and you would meet them once and they would talk to you like you were long time friends. I have decided that I am going to be more friendly:) So here is an overview of our time in TX and all the fun we had.
Here is Peyton happy as a clam as we start our long drive. I didn't take anymore cause he wasn't as happy by the end. The drive out there he did really really well thanks to the decision to drive through the night while he was sleeping. Not so pleasant for Shaye and I but it was worth it to have a happy baby.
And this man wins the award, he drove pretty much the whole way! I drove for three hours while he slept but that is it! I kept asking if he wanted me to drive but he was going strong. He likes driving and I am good at keeping him awake, but I must say I did sleep too:)
Once we got to TX Peyton and I had lots of great bonding and playing time. Shaye was off working most of the time so Peyton and we had fun entertaining ourselves. Luckily MIkkel and her boys were there for us to hang out with cause we didn't have much going on in our apartment. I didn't take many toys for him and we had no t.v. or internet so played together on the floor a lot and took lots of pictures of ourselves:)
Peyton is growing up so much and getting around like crazy. Now that he is so mobile the trouble he can get into has majorly increased! So we had bonks on the head and tears every now and then but he is very excited to be discovering so many new things.
One of the funnest things we did while there was we got to go to an Astros baseball game. It was so fun plus they were playing the Red Sox so it was great! I always wanted to go to a Red Sox game in Boston but off course didn't. It was really fun and the Sox won! There were tons of Sox fans there which surprised me but it was great we fit right in:)

Go Red Sox, woohoo!
Hanging with dad before he is off to work. Daddy is definitely Peyton's best friend, he absolutely loves spending time with him. It is so funny he will just look at him and start this funny forced laughed like he is saying "come on Dad do something funny." Then Shaye will do something silly, (that really isn't funny) and Peyton will just crack up laughing like it is the best thing he's ever seen.
We got to spend the 4th of July in Texas and it turned out to be a fun 1st 4th for Peyt. Thanks to Mikkel who is good at finding fun things to do and planning stuff we went to a little parade that morning and Peyton was asleep before it was over. It was really really hot in Texas and it seemed to put him to sleep every time we walked outside.
Our Patriotic baby:) Thanks to Mikkel for painting the cute star on his face.
That evening we had a bbq with all our friends and it turned out great! Shaye enjoyed grilling the hot dogs and did a great job. Looks like he is enjoying eating them too:)
Here is us and Mikkel, she found out while we were there that she will be adding a baby girl to her family!! We are SO excited, can't wait to meet this little girl.
Sadly there were no fireworks anywhere in Texas because they are in a drought and have a no burn rule right now so we had the next best thing, glow sticks. Actually I think the kids liked that better, they had a great time running around glowing:)
Thanks to Brooke for sharing a glow stick with Peyton, he loved it!
And lastly what did we do the most in Texas...
that's right we played at the pool!! Peyton loved going to the pool which was good cause we went almost everyday! The pool was so nice and had great places for little ones to play. This was one of the few times that Daddy got to come to the pool with us.
So far Peyton is not scared of the water and he was always trying to put his face in the water. Mostly he was trying to drink the water and I would always have to stop him, yuck!
Loving summer time!!
On our way home from Texas we were able to go over to San Antonio and see the sites. We went down to the River walk and the Alamo. Some how we didn't even take a picture of the Alamo though but it was cool and we really enjoyed our time there.
The best part was we were able to stay with one of my mission companions, Jenny who lives there. It was so fun to see her and caught up as she showed us around. Thanks Jenny for the great time. I have a couple other friends that live in Texas and I wish I would have been able to see them too. If only Texas wasn't so darn big!!
Peyton liked looking at all the ducks swimming in the river.
This was a really cool church that Jenny showed us, I guess there are usually fountains going that are cool but all water features were turned off due to the drought I guess.
Jenny said we had to get our picture on one of the cute bridges. Now we are home and I'm kind of missing Texas. I really did have a great time and enjoyed all the people and I even enjoyed the warm weather. Except when sweat is running down your legs and my shirt was all wet from sweat, I guess that wasn't that pleasant. I still liked it though, thanks for being so good to us Texas!


Jonathon and Amanda said...

Looks like so much fun. Congrats to Mikkel. Your little guy is so cute! Hope to see you in Sept.

Ashley J said...

It really does look like fun, I bet Mikkel was so happy to have you come visit. I am still super jealous of their apartments. :) Peyton is such a cutie I love how smiley he his in all the pics.

Brittany Peterson said...

Peyton is looking more and more grown up. He's such a cutie! Glad to hear about your Texas adventures.

Hollie said...

Oh that little Peyton is the happiest little guy! So adorable! I loved all the mommy/son pictures. I was content last year when Jaxon was about that age to just play with him on the floor. So easy to make them laugh and so much fun. So I totally related to this. Loved his 4th outfit and I know for a fact Mikkel is sad your gone. I received a text saying you were missed. :) Have fun in Cedar. Can't wait to see you in the fall. :)

Malinda S. said...

Peyton really has the cutest eyes and smile! Lucky mommy!

Anonymous said...

Hey that is too bad I missed you! Glad to see you enjoyed your time here. Maybe can see you in Utah if we end up at BYU for school!

Kim and Aaron said...

Hey, I found your blog through Natalie's! Jayna is always trying to drink the pool water too, haha! Glad you guys are back :)

Mikkel said...

Well Texas misses you! Love to see all the pics. Mr P is so darn photogenic! It's pulling teeth to get my boys to look at the camera! San Antonio looks fun. I am cracking up you didn't get a pic at the alamo! That is funny. See ya soon!