Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Back home, safe and sound

Well, we made it back home, safe and sound on Sunday afternoon.  #2 daughter and husband have only a few boxes to unpack and get rid of the flattened boxes.  Their dog Dart and bird Harley have settled in nicely.  Son-in-law has already been to work.  Daughter has a second interview for a new job on Thursday.  We all have our fingers and toes crossed for her.

The trip went really well, only one glich.  Son-in-law was driving the 26 foot U-haul, my husband drove our Tahoe with our stuff and I drove with my daughter and their dog in her Honda Fit.  We left their house on a Saturday morning and were to pull up to their apartment in Austin on Monday afternoon.  On Sunday morning during a routine rest area stop, we discovered we had a flat tire.  Some very nice men changed the flat for the little donut tire in the trunk.  We limped to the nearest town and found a Walmart Tire Center.  Had the flat patched in under two hours and we were back on the road.  We counted ourselves lucky and blessed.

Got into Austin about 4 p.m., started unloading the truck.  Set the beds up first.  We got the truck unloaded and then pooped out.  The next few days were a blur and busy.

There were lots of tears when we pulled away from the curb.  My husband and I had done the same kind of trip from our families over 30 years ago.  Sad, exciting and thrilling all at the same time.  I've never texted so much since I got my phone.  I told her I would see her on Facebook, they post almost every day.  Guess I'll have to sign in more often.  My husband actually has taken to Facebook quickly.  He fought it for some time, but then some of his online buddies were on so he took the plunge.  Our daughter got him up and running in no time like she did for me.

Before turning the car west, we drove to San Antonio to see the Alamo, it was awesome.  I always wanted to see it.  Wish we could have brought our daughters there during one of our road trips.  And, I was impressed with San Antonio.  Riverwalk was great; would like to have taken one of the flat bottom boat tours, maybe next time.  I'll tell ya, Texas really knows how to make a Ribeye steak!  Both my husband and I had the best steaks we've ever tasted.
Today is my birthday.  Both daughters and my brother called me to wish me a happy birthday.  My sister came up and went to breakfast with my husband and I, then we spent the day together.  Daughter #1 will come here after work and we'll all go have dinner together.  Have to go back to work tomorrow.  It was great to be off for so long.


  1. Hugs to you, mom. I know this was tough. Your post touched me greatly, though, because I did the same thing as a daughter. Guess there will be some more Texas trips in your future!