Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Just a few pictures from the first part of our trip to Texas...

These are the handful of pictures I took on my cell phone (sorry for the bad quality) from the first two days of our visit to Texas....  There are more pictures to come, but I wanted to post these to get started.

We left on Friday morning, and Sonia was very helpful.  Have Thomas suitcase, will travel!

For some reason, watching the DVD player didn't entertain Sosini for very long, but the SkyMall catalog sure did!

The primary reason for this trip was to celebrate Andrew's father's retirement with a surprise reunion with 4 of his 5 brothers.  It was so great to see everyone!  Sonia did not show her customary fear of strange men-- she seemed to sense that these dudes were all ok and she shouldn't be afraid.  Jenni (Andrew's mom) did such a great job organizing the reunion and keeping the surprise from Dick.  He didn't know we were coming, either!  One of the fun activities from the weekend was going to see a Texas Rangers game on Saturday night.  Sosini stayed with her Grandma JoJo & Grandpa Spike (it is so nice having both sets of grandparents living in the Dallas area!!!) while Andrew and I accompanied the brothers, a couple of wives, and Andrew's sister (Ali) to the game.

In the top row, starting from the left with the guy wearing the binoculars, is Uncle Roy, Aunt Cathy (Roy's wife), Uncle Bob, Aunt Anita (Bob's wife), Uncle Neil (aka Ralph), and Uncle Russ.  On the bottom row is my empty seat, Andrew, Dick, and Ali.

We had such a fantastic time!  The temperature was a wee bit on the hot side (upper nineties), but we were in the shade until the sun went down, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.  Plus, we got a sprinkling of rain while we were finding our seats!  That's a rare event during a Texas summer.

Andrew and his pops....

 Give 'em THE CLAW! (not sure what claws have to do with Rangers, but that's a battle cry of theirs)

A rare photo of me with my husband:

Sonia's Grandpa Dick and Aunt Ali, enjoying the game:

 The game ended up being pretty darn awesome....  The Rangers came back from a deficit to win in the bottom of the 9th, thanks to a walk-off 2-run homer by Josh Hamilton.  Woot!

More pictures and stories to come....  Sonia has been swimming like a fish in both sets of grandparents' pools.  I love watching that child enjoy herself in the water!

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