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Monday, August 17, 2009

The Ella Tour Comes to An End......Texas and Home

Well.......after 4,300 plus miles....we are finally home. Well, we actually got home two days ago but this is the first time I have had to catch up my blog. It sure feels good to have a regular computer again!! I just don't do well with laptops and therefore didn't always have the patience to get on and read blogs or update my own. I left off my last post when we were in East Texas just outside of Houston. The next day, both Ella and I came down with colds so that put a little damper on the next few days but we still had many amazing visits with friends. We finally made it to McKinney, TX where we used to live and where part of our hearts still remain. We had a big pool party where we got to see all of our old friends from school. It was so great to see everyone and even though it has been over two years since we left, we felt like no time had passed at all. The next day, we got to meet with more special blogging buddies. Kele and Presley had us over to their house along with Cheryl and Ruby and Heidi and Henry. It was so much fun to see them all after having been reading their blogs for all this time. It was also a great ending to our road trip. The next morning, we hit the road for our final leg. We spent two and half days getting home. We arrived home about 3:30 in the afternoon on Saturday and got to Abbey's first soccer practice at 4:00......whew!!!! The trip was so wonderful and the kids were amazing in the car. I can't imagine it being any better (and therefore would probably be afraid to do it again :)

Abbey hamming it up in the pool

Most of the McKinney Gang (a few had already left)

Friends since kindergarten

Abbey and Karoline in their Hollister shirts

Kele and Presley

Heidi and Henry

Cheryl and Ruby

The four darlings!!

Ella and Henry (and I thought Ella was big!!)

Henry and Ella playing together

Fascinated with something!!

Moms and kids

Henry can't control his girls


Kristin said...

Yay for meeting more blogging friends!! And glad you made it home safe!
To link something... just highlight the words that you want to link and then click on the button that looks like a sideways chain link with a green circle underneath. A box will pop up to type the url that you want to link to. I usually open a second tab first to the site I want to link to so I can go back and forth to copy the url and paste the link I want. Did that make sense??

Kristin said...

P.S. The link thing is done while you are typing or editing the post.

The Lehnick Family said...

What a fun and FULL-Filled trip! I am so jealous you got to meet up with so many from the blog world! That is great! Glad you are all back home safe and sound...welcome Home! Great pics too! I have been bad lately updating my blog too! You did great on your trip! I didn't even open a computer on my trips! lol

Tina said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip, hope both you and Ella are feeling better? We are down with colds too and Saira had a terrible night last night...anyway thats material for my next blog!
A room full of 4 lovely babies, I feel like squeezing and hugging each one of them. Must have been very very special.

Heather said...

Welcome home!Sounds like a fabulous trip.Just had a great time with the Ruggs tonight.Felt like we have known them forever.Wish you could have come.Hopefully we'll talk soon.I'll try and call tomorrow.

Kristin said...

Nice job on the links :)

stephanie said...

Welcome Home! What a wonderful collection of memories!!! Love the pictures. How great that you met so many bloggy friends. Next year the East Coast!

Michelle said...

Glad you are home safe! Great photos! Hope school goes well and hope not too long til our next visit!

Emily said...

That is awesome! What a fabulous trip you had! I don't know any of those bloggers... I better start blog stalking! Glad you made it home safe and sound!

Heidi said...

Welcome back! It sure sounds like you had a great trip! I'm so glad you were able to meet up with some more blog friends! What fun!

Mama Mason-Mann said...

Wow, what an amazing trip! I'm sure it feels good to be back home, but what a wonderful time you must have had! Looking forward to that East Coast trip of yours too. ;)

Kim said...

Glad you made it back safe! Looks like you had another successful meeting with lots of cute kids.

Tim and Kelli said...

Wow, you guys covered some ground! Looks like it was a great trip.

Anderson Family said...

Oh so much fun! I loved the pictures of your new friends from the blogging world. I haven't ever seen them either - I will have to go read their stories. How are you ever going to pick out a boyfriend for Ella - she has so many to choose from!