Monday, August 13, 2012

My Last Texas Vacay of 2012.

A week and a half ago was my last trip to Texas for the year.  Sad.  :(  I will be there for a couple hours in a few weeks when I fly in to drive with Donny and his stuff to NC, but that doesn't really count as a visit.  

Donny's birthday was Thursday, August 2.  I had told him that I would be flying in on Friday, August 3, but I actually had booked a flight on Thursday afternoon!  I also enlisted the services of Rachel and Monica to get him to a birthday dinner that night so I could surprise him.  My flight got in around 4:30pm, I got my bags and rental car by 5, but dinner wasn't until 7:30.  So, I did what any impatient person would do-- I drove to his apartment to surprise him there!  :)

He opened the door, and said "I knew it!"  Haha.  He had thought I might show up at dinner that night.  (It's possible that I might have accidentally left some clues for him... Oops.)  Either way, he was excited to see me.  And to open his birthday presents from me and my parents.  We went to dinner that night at Chuy's in Arlington with a bunch of our friends and had a great time.  

The next day, Donny had to work, so I had the day to wander around D/FW by myself.  I ate breakfast tacos at Taco Cabana, got a pedicure, picked up a cupcake at Gigi's, and went shopping at Northpark Mall.

Then, I had lunch with Rachel at Taco Cabana-- yum, yum.

And, since she had to go back to work, I went to Bedford to hang out with Lyn, who was on summer vacation from teaching and could hang out with me!  We went to Starbucks for a few hours, where I found this super cute card!  Of course,  I had to get one.  

When we got there, Lyn asked me if I wanted to sit outside or inside.  I know I gave her the strangest look-- um, it's 106 degrees!!  We stay inside!  At least, those of us who are used to non-Hades-like temperatures...

Then, it was time to take my rental car back and meet up with Donny since he was off work.  We headed out that evening to Uptown Village in Cedar Hill, where we had a delicious dinner at Patrizio and shopped for a while. 


Saturday morning, we got up and went on a wild goose chase for some restaurant for breakfast and eventually ended up at IHOP.  I don't remember the last time I was at IHOP, but it was WAY better than I remembered.  When we walked out in the parking lot, I immedately saw this vehicle.  These guys sure know how to advertise.  

And soon it was time to head to Cleburne for our wedding shower.  More on the wedding shower to come later this week, but it was so nice and sweet of these people at his church to put this together for us.  

Saturday night, we did some more book shopping (the guy can't get enough books...) and went swimming when we got home to the apartment complex.

Sunday, we had reservations at Texas de Brazil for brunch (yay for a buy one, get one free birthday coupon!), so we walked out of the apartment early to wander around the city for a while.  And of course Donny's car wouldn't start.  (ps-- this is the third trip in a row where either he or I have had some sort of vehicle drama.  I do not like this pattern...)  Thank goodness Rachel was running late for church and still home next door so she could run us to an auto store to get a new battery.  He installed it, and we were on our way!

We still made it to Fort Worth in time to hang out in Sundance Square for a while before making our way to the restaurant. And the food at Texas de Brazil was as amazing as always.  

On our way back from Fort Worth, we had to make a stop at the Walmart in Grand Prairie on a search for a movie and some groceries for dinner.  We spent the rest of the night hanging out-- watching the West Wing, reading, making tacos, etc.  

Monday was my last day, and we had NOTHING planned.  It was a perfect lounging around the apartment day.  The guy from Time Warner came out and fixed the cable, so we were able to watch the women's soccer match and some other Olympic events.  We did leave the apartment for dinner at Whataburger (a place I hadn't been in at least three visits) but quickly had to return home for baseball.  Although we ended up watching Michael Clayton instead.

Tuesday morning, my flight was at 5:15am out of DFW, so I was up at 3:15 and we were out the door before 4am.  Hallelujah it was our last airport goodbye!  I'm so glad to be done with them-- they suck.

On my flight back, the guy behind me talked the WHOLE way.  Not exaggerating-- before we had pulled away from the gate, he was yapping and didn't stop until after we landed except for maybe a 15 minute hiatus.  Way too early for that kind of energy.

And just like that-- I was back in NC and in the office.

PS-- thank goodness that I have a phone with a camera.  Otherwise, I'd never have pictures of anything!  Lol

Don't forget to head on over to Savanah and Ashlee's blog for an Erin Condren giveaway too!  :)


  1. Seriously early flight. Not sure how you do it. I can never get up that early! Glad you had a fun time and could be there for Donny's bday. Yay for last time visiting. Can't believe he'll be moving so soon and then it will be the wedding. The time is going so fast.

  2. So nice that you surprised him (even if he had an idea about it), I think it's super sweet! So glad you had a good time as your last visit there!

  3. Sounds like a great last trip and airport goodbye!! I'm not good at surprises either... I always let a little something slip.

    I bet you guys have a great time on your road trip when he moves to NC. I think that was the best part of our honeymoon. =P We drove from AR to NC and took it in 2 days, stopping to see some things (okay, okay, we stopped so I could visit The Hermitage in TN ;)). We had the BEST time just hanging out, listening to dumb music and talking. =)

  4. I've never been so glad to be running late for church before. So glad I'm not a person who arrives early to places. I knew being a procrastinator would pay off one day!!


  5. Sounds like a wonderful trip! :)

  6. Sounds like a wonderful trip! Love that you pampered yourself! Cupcakes and pedicures are meant to be together.

  7. Sounds like you had a great time!

  8. You two always do so many fun things when you're together! Glad that you had a great time, and I'm happy you were able to celebrate Donny's birthday together. Can't believe it's your last time in Texas -- you'll be together before you know it!!!