We left bright and early the Sunday before last.
Said our goodbyes and loaded up the circus.
Everyone did really well on the ride...including Emma.
Finally started to see signs to Dallas.
We got to the house and showed Mom and the boys, but furniture didn't arrive until Monday. We spent the night in a hotel the first night.
Spoiler alert : Emma slept in the hotel and no one knew.
She didn't make a peep.
John took the boys swimming while Mom and I bought paint.
Monday was long with the movers. A bit overwhelming with all the boxes and a completely different house. Like there is no attic...I had lots in our attic in Collierville. It is taking time, but we are getting it put away! I like everything done right away, so this stuff is never fun for me!
John tried to take the kids to the neighborhood swimming pool after a long day of unpacking Tuesday. Of course we had no key at this point, so couldn't get in. We decided to take the boys on the trails in the neighborhood instead.
Learned our lesson and got the pool key the next morning. After another long day, we took the kids down there. There is a pool and a playground right there together.
And I guess since it is August and 100 degrees out, no one was out.
We had it all to ourselves.
Mason took this picture of Brody and the house.
Was very proud of himself.
The living room alone had about 6 colors of dark paint. It was rough. These TX houses all have textured walls too....it has been a joy to paint. Lol.
Well we finally had somewhere to go Thursday. It was Meet the Teacher. The school was great in getting all of our information via email so the boys would be assigned to a teacher by this night.
They were nervous, but did great.
It is a little bit smaller of a school than TOES (it also only goes to 4th grade). They both seem to have gotten really good teachers and we felt so good about it walking out of there. It could not have gone better.
After meet the teacher, we rode bikes in the cove.
Mom and I had decided to get the boys' school supplies Friday. Plus, they needed to have a fun day outside of the house. Unpacking/painting/no internet is NOT a good combo for kids. Unfortunately I couldn't order a box because of timing. And let me tell you, I would never do that again unless of course we can't. I had to order two items on Amazon after searching several stores.
We ventured out past Keller and saw a few other areas. You can drive around for ten minutes and end up in about 4-5 different burbs. Kids wanted Cici's, so we got Cici's.
They say it never rains here and we are going to melt. And I will tell you....that sun is HOT. If it comes through your windows in the house, you are in trouble. It is HOT. But starting Friday it began raining....and it hasn't stopped. All the people around here are so excited for all this rain, but we are not around here. Ha. It looks like it will dry up today.
Friday night we all went to Hard 8 BBQ. I had several patients recommend it. It was really good. You pick your meat off the big smoker and then go inside to pick sides. Really different.
It was in Roanoke which has the cutest little main street. We stopped in the ice-cream/soda shop after for a treat.
We had planned to put up the paintbrushes/boxes and get sucked into every tourist trap in Fort Worth.
We started at the Stockyards. They do the cattle thing everyday at 11:30 and 4pm, so we went that morning. It had been raining and would drizzle off and on. It was about 80 degrees. Crazy. We would rather have that than 115 degree weather.
It was worth the $5.
They have a gun show after the cattle come through....it was loud.
John had been to Joe T. Garcia's before and said we had to go since we were down there. It is basically all outdoors, so unfortunate if it starts raining like it did.....we all got pretty wet, but it was still good. That place is HUGE and been around since the 30's!
Eating in the rain.
We walked around downtown a bit after the rain let up. They have these beautiful water gardens right in the middle of downtown. They were gorgeous.
The kids couldn't believe it.
We also say the JFK tribute.
Saturday night, John found an arcade in Keller with $15 all you can play.....probably shouldnt have gone there the first week we were here.....my kids love a good arcade.
We have had a great first week and a half here. Mom and I have done TONS of work around the house. We wake up and start. But I think we have painted as much as we can for now....this is the tallest house and there are several walls we could only reach if we were on stilts on a ladder. I hired someone yesterday to finish up the job.
School starts tomorrow.
They have 7:55am start time, so these kids are about to have a RUDE awakening!