Friday, July 6, 2012

Ridin' Around In My Automobile (South Texas Trip)

Well hey, hey, everybody!
We've arrived at the end of another hot, scorchin' summer week and whew! have we been busy.
Let me recap our last week for you:
Last Saturday we made the 12 hour round trip to pick up the little guy from Camp Huawni (where he had a BLAST!) and the big guy from Texas A&M.
Both were VERY glad to be back in the comforts of home.
It's nice to hear they missed their video games us.
But before that loooong trip, we took another one down to South Texas.
You wanna talk about hot?
That there place is H-O-T !!
And though we love visiting family, WE were glad to be back home!!
But while we were there, we love to shop the downtown district. We woke up extra early (cough..9 o'clock) and moseyed on downtown to take a few pics of some historic sites before the shops opened at 10.
Here are a few highlights:
The old Plaza movie theater
They now have a chain link fence around the front. 
It's fun to go and take a look at landmarks that are now closed but we can remember how they were back in their glory days :)
And the old has to make way for the new
shops across from the old theater

And while we were wandering around the area, the hubster pointed out a beautiful stone wall guarding a quaint little house,
 he and I are kindred spirits; admiring the diverse and beautiful architecture and conjuring up images of the people who've lived there and what their lives must have been like
This old house caught my eye:
And of course no trip would be complete without my hubby driving us down memory lane to the schools he attended as a youngster and even the church where he made his first communion:
He even drove me to the little house he used to live in and I liked picturing him as a cute little boy, walking home from school.
After this, he drove me to my old neighborhood and the candy shop where my cousins and I seemed to spend all our summers at. Sadly, it was boarded up. Just two years ago it was still open and my children and I bounded up the steps into the cool inside and bought some candy.
It still brings a smile to my face, that memory.
All in all a very hot but pleasant trip.
I'll post part two of our trip tomorrow.
Now, I've got to go to sleep. I've been procrastinating on finishing up the boys' rooms but I think I'll finally finish up the big guy's room this weekend.
How 'bout you?
Do you like to take your kids or spouse to your favorite childhood hangouts?
What do you miss most about your hometown?
I'd love to read about it in the comments.
Nite, nite :)


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