Farm Life

God Blessed Texas

Last week, I made the trip to Texas that I’ve been trying to make since 2009 when my friend Jessi got married there. It was a little belated, but I finally made it.

I left on Thursday and spent the first two days with my friend Jennifer. Jen and I were best friends from kindergarten all the way through high school. For over ten years, we did everything together, and to say I was devastated when she moved to Florida for college would be an understatement. (I can’t be mad at her, though. I was supposed to go, too, but a teenage pregnancy kind of threw off those plans!)

We’ve seen each other off and on since college, but never for very long, so I made sure I got to spend some time with her while I was in Texas. After she picked me up at the airport and took me to see her house, Jen and her husband, Adam, took me to an area of Houston called The Woodlands. We ate some amazing pizza at a place called Grimaldi’s and then walked around the shops.

On Friday, I had something for breakfast that I’d never heard of before. It’s called a kolache. Have you heard of it? It’s basically a really soft roll filled with breakfast food like eggs and sausage. Jen thinks they also put crack in there since she can’t go two mornings without having one.

After breakfast, we hit the mall. To shop for clothes? Nope. To play in the pet store with these guys!

God Blessed Texas

I also attempted to run in the Texas heat on Friday. I have a huge appreciation for runners in Texas now. Between the muggy air and the amount of snakes on the road, I barely got three miles in before I hightailed it back home.

The rest of the day on Friday, we just hung around catching up. Did I mention that Jen is pregnant with her first baby?

God Blessed Texas

We’d always planned on being pregnant together, but I’m a little bit of an overachiever and got started ten years early. :)

Anyway, the good thing about Jen being pregnant is that she was hungry all the time. This meant we got to eat lots of terribly unhealthy foods on Saturday morning for breakfast.

God Blessed Texas

Those are homemade donut holes, you guys! The same ones Jen’s dad used to make for us in elementary school, back when our metabolisms were high and we never crashed from all the sugar.

Jennifer’s pug, Dale, had a few too many donut holes for breakfast, too, and fell asleep watching TV on the couch, remote in hand and everything.

God Blessed Texas

After breakfast, Jessi, my best friend from when I lived in Singapore, came to pick me up. It was a little crazy seeing my best friend from Tennessee and my best friend from Singapore meet each other – kind of like two separate parts of my life colliding. There are, unfortunately, no pictures of this cosmic alignment.

Jessi lives in a trendy neighborhood close to downtown Houston, just like the ones you see on episodes of House Hunters. After she showed me her place, we went to get her car washed. (I am CRAZY on vacation, right?)

But seriously, this was like no car wash I’d ever seen. There was a DJ, a patio bar, and a hair salon in the car wash. It was really crowded, though, so we went antique shopping while her car was getting a bath. And that’s where I found this little treasure.

God Blessed Texas

A stuffed raccoon pushing a bullfrog on a motorcycle. God blessed Texas, indeed. I was so sad to discover there was no room in my carry-on to bring this monstrosity home.

It was a beautiful day, so we spent the rest of Saturday outside on the patio catching up. Around dinner time, we met up with a bunch of Jessi and her husband’s friends and ate at a place called El Tiempo.

Then they showed me a bit of the Houston night life by taking me to The Velvet Melvin. I can’t figure out if I’m supposed to think of something dirty when I hear that or picture a man named Melvin in a velvet coat. It’s a toss up.

God Blessed Texas

On Sunday, we spent the day hanging around her house and watching syndicated television. (Old episodes of Friends are the best!) Then, that afternoon, Jessi and Lula took me back to the airport.

In the space made free in my luggage by not bringing home the taxidermy raccoon, I tried to sneak in Lula, but Jessi wasn’t having it. Lula either. She’s a bit of a diva.

God Blessed Texas

I need more trips in my life. And old friends. No one knows you better than someone who knew you when you were young. I miss these girls like crazy, but it’s nice knowing we are only an airplane ride away!

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  • Emmymom
    March 13, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    So glad you had such a fun trip. And that car wash sounds crazy and very stranger, have never seen such a thing.

  • smk053078
    March 13, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    How fun! I love in Texas and grew up in the Houston area…the humidity and mugginess is out of control, right? You should feel it in the Summer months!! Glad you ladies were able to catch up and relax!

  • Mrs. Match
    March 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    FUN!! I would so love a visit this summer from an old friend while I sit around getting more and more pregnant. Seriously that looks like such a fun visit. Glad you had such a good time!

  • Kerry
    March 11, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Ahhhhh!! Look at those donut holes, yummo!! Sounds like you had a really lovely time in Texas! Pity you couldn’t fit that *ahem nice ornamental raccoon in your bag (was it a raccoon?) would of looked great in your new kitchen.

    Friendships like these ones are such a blessing, you’re very lucky if you have good friends like this!

    Great pics :)

  • Amy
    March 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Ok.. Texas!? I just love that prideful state. I SOO wanna go someday.

    Secondly, how many pounds did you gain while being there? That food looks and sounds delish! Mmmm God bless pregnant women!

    Glad you had a great time. Dear friends are soo precious.

  • Marie
    March 10, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    So fun!!!!! I am so happy you got to nurture your friendships, they are so important. And seeing puppies would get me to the mall, otherwise I try and stay away.

    Oh the paint was Behr ‘Mother Nature’, I love it!

  • Amanda
    March 10, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Homemade doughnut holes?!? HEAVENLY! Glad you had such a great time visiting. Oh and that puppy? Too cute!

  • Random Musings
    March 10, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    I LOVE trips to visit friends. It really puts things into order and makes you feel so good!

  • Impulsive Addict
    March 10, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    You and your friends are so pretty. I love that you got to go hang out with them. I love time with my friends. I miss my Texas friends but they’re only 3 hours away. I still see them a lot.

    Snakes in March? Ugh. That makes me sick. I hate those bastards.

  • Macey
    March 10, 2012 at 5:45 AM

    Love the new header!

    It looks like you had a great time in TX! I love going to the mall so I can go to pet stores. My husband and I, before we were married, used to go to pet stores for dates. LOL

  • Nicole
    March 10, 2012 at 5:22 AM

    First of all, love the new header! Second, I am so happy that you got to go visit your friends! There is nothing better than seeing them after a long time, and you can just pick up right where you left off. I have a hard time here cause I don’t have any of those :( But that’s what phones are for! Hope you have a great weekend :)

  • Jen
    March 10, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    I’ve never heard of a Kolache either!

    It seems like you had such a great time!! What a disapointment that you couldn’t bring that raccoon thing home, I’m sure your husband would have loved the new centerpiece lol.

    snakes in the road while running?!?!!? oh my gosh.. no thanks.

  • Alyx
    March 10, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    Those donut things look so delicious!
    And I like your new header!

  • Jodie
    March 10, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Kolaches are the best thing… EVER!! So glad you experienced something so awesome! :)

    I’m to glad to hear you had a wonderful time in Texas!!

  • Jessica McCoy
    March 10, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    Isn’t TX great?! Well other than the muggy heat and snakes. ;) At least you didn’t come this week when we are getting 8inches of rain!! Sheesh!

    I didn’t realize kolaches weren’t all over the world! They are amazing and I had two for breakfast this morning! YUM.

    Looks like y’all had a great time!!

  • Janette Johanson
    March 10, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    you should have stopped by my house some how or some way!! That would have been so cool to meet you. Makes me sad that so many blog friends come through Texas but I never get to see/meet them!! I love your friendship story and adore relationship like that!! Snakes on the road? Gross, where the heck were you running? Glad you had a great time– even if you couldn’t bring home that atrocious raccoon.

  • Angie
    March 10, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Sounds like the best kind of trip! The cheese kolaches are the best. I love the new blog header. Looking good xo.

  • Liz
    March 10, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    HOW FUN!!! I’m so glad you got to do this. I envision late night chats and lots of laughs. And can I just say, that is a bummer you weren’t able to haul that stuffed raccoon home! Such beautiful decor.

  • stephanie
    March 10, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    so glad you had fun!! I love kolaches- how have you never had one?!?! please tell me you had the cheese one it is hands down the best!