We've been back at home for a week now, but life has been crazy and things are still far from normal in Houston. Plenty of places still don't have power. Plenty of stoplights are still not working, which makes traffic even worse than usual. My office building was damaged and out of power until late last week, so tomorrow will finally be my first day back at work. Samantha's school was out of power as well, and she starts back tomorrow too.
First things first, though. I'd like to share photos of our week in Kansas with my parents. It was a beautiful week -- an unexpected hiatus with family.
We packed so quickly for the trip (to get out of Houston before sundown/curfew, at which point the police would have probably turned us around and sent us home) that we forgot a few items. Things like Samantha's shoes and Jack's pajamas. So during our first day in Kansas we went to Target to get some things. Jack got Superman PJ's and put them on immediately. We played outside non-stop until bedtime -- a perfect midwest autumn evening:
First Day Pictures
Mo had a great time with the Kansas terriers -- Opie and Andy.
On Tuesday morning we went to a nearby playground, where 3yo Jack showed only a tiny bit of fear, and plenty of coordination, while descending the fire pole:
Later in the week Jamie took the kids to a farm/petting zoo while I helped Mom with some chores.
On Thursday night we met up with local friends and went to dinner and bowling. Samantha bowled over 90 in both games and hardly ever used the bumpers! My buddies and I had a good time making up funny names for ourselves, and in the final pic I circled my choking performance that sunk what could have been a great game.
On our last day the kids played football and then we went to my dad's annual company party. Although there were fun activities there for kids, I think their favorite was when their PawPaw gave them rides on the dolly. We also got a family caricature portrait done. So completeth the update!