So my mom was scheduled to fly out here (CA to TX) and visit us for this past week while Dad was away for work. And then in August both Mom and Dad were supposed to come visit when dad was off. So last Tuesday I headed off to the airport to pick up Mom. She walked around the corner of the aiport exit smiling and I waved and next thing I knew DAD was walking around the corner smiling and flashing his camera...SURPRISE!!! Dad came too!! Aparently a week before Mom's trip his work thing cancelled and he booked a ticket to fly out with Mom...and in all fairness of me showing up to surprise him for his retirement party, he decided to surprise me!
We had them here for a week and had a wonderful time. The big kids loved having two of their favorite playmates around and Carter even warmed up to them right at the end too after perking up from being so sick when they first got here. When Josh got home for the weekend we did some more tourist-y activities with Mom and Dad. First thing was first...NASA for Dad! Then we went and played along the shore of the Gulf. Mom was floored by the teensy tiny shells she found on the beach. Since "everything's bigger in Texas" she was expecting some more significantly sized beach collectibles LOL. And after getting salty and sandy we took in the sights at Moody Gardens Aquarium and Rain Forest Pyramids.
Of course a week flew by too quickly and I dropped them back off at the airport early yesterday morning...but not without tentative plans in place for them to come back out to visit around Thanksgiving (YAY!!).