Friday, February 4, 2011

Visiting the Nichol's

This past weekend Jeff & I went to visit with his sister's family in Texas. It was fun to see their house and visit with family. The kids are growing so fast.


Jacob is in second grade. He loves to have fun! He has great handwriting and reads with great inflection in his voice.  He is a huge teaser just like his daddy and he loves to have FUN.


Lily is in kindergarten.  She loves to wear skirts! She is an excellent reader and a great big sister. She has a beautiful smile and likes to make you laugh.


Kali is two and a big daddy's girl! Kali loves to color and dance. She wants to do everything her brother and sister do and she "can do it by myself." She also has a great sniffer (she lets you know when something is stinky! (lol)

Steve was on call and had a four-day trip while we were there. But we did get to see him Thursday for about 4 hours, Sunday night for dinner and Monday before we left.  He only has two more weeks before he starts Southwest Airlines!!  He's very excited bout it!!

Mandy is a great mom, a great listener and she has a strong spirit about her.  I was very impressed with the way she lives the gospel in her home every day. Mandy is Mandy!  She shines :) This weekend I learned a lot from her.  She taught me to be me and let my inner Cindy shine :) I was inspired to keep trying with the scripture study every day and to help my kids with scripture power.

Mandy was a great hostess and took us on all sorts of adventures. She had heard about this whole other town UNDER Houston. So . . . . . on Friday, while the kids were at school, we had to go check out the tunnels. That was SO crazy. You felt like you were in a shopping mall! Lots of places to eat and different businesses as you go through these tunnels.  We kept thinking how weird that we were totally under ground.

That turned out to be a lot of fun and very cool. Part of our adventure included riding the elevator up to the 60th floor of the JP Morgan Chase Tower and look out over the city.

It was amazing up there.  You could actually see the curvature of the earth you were up so high. WOW!!

We also explored Herman Park which is a huge park that includes the zoo, several museums, an outdoor theater and a Japanese Garden. It was beautiful.

Saturday we went to the Brazos Bend State Park Home of the American Alligator. It was an overcast day and we were nervous that we wouldn't see any alligators, but we saw tons!! It was really pretty awesome.

Sunday we went to church with Mandy and the kiddos and then we went for a drive over to the Houston Temple.  It is a beautiful temple and the grounds are so pretty.

Then Monday morning it was time to fly home.  We had a great time and were so glad to see her family in Houston before she moves to Nevada.  Hope to see her Nevada home lots more (she'll be so much closer yay!!)

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