Last month, Kevin and I took the boys to Texas for a fun, Taylor family road trip. Oh man, did the five of us did ever need a getaway. It had been a while since we took a true vacation, just our little unit, and really bonded in this way. Kevin and I hope to explore the country, and eventually the rest of the world, with our boys. We want to teach them about history, experience different cultures, sample different cuisines, make new friends— all while making some seriously awesome family memories.
The boys are at such a fun age right now… beyond diapers, strollers, naps (thank god!) and before hormones and eye rolling completely take over. They are old enough to somewhat appreciate the cost of travel and the planning that went into a trip like this. We really had the most wonderful time, and I am excited to share our trip with you in photos 🙂
We chose Texas as the destination this time because we wanted a warm location, plus Kevin and I used to live there after college and we wanted to show the boys where it all began for us. Once the state was chosen, the fun part began, planning our road trip.
First leg of the trip I got to sit with my buddy, Link. He was so pumped about heading out of town on this snowy, cold, Syracuse morning.
Sully all wet from a fountain near our hotel.
To fully appreciate these photos and the joy on the boy’s faces, you have to know that we were still dealing with the worst and longest, gray, winter months in recent history back home in Syracuse. So the fact that Dallas was sunny and 70 degrees when we arrived… well I think you can see just how wonderful that felt.
This was a really cool urban park we stumbled upon in the Mckinney neighborhood.
Back at the hotel. Seriously, a hotel pool is all they need to be content…and slightly inappropriate.
The next morning we went to the Dallas Farmer’s Market. It was one of our favorite spots, back in the year 2000 (literally.) Today, it was almost unrecognizable. Really cool, totally hipster. It used to be all farmers with their harvested goods. Now it’s filled with funky food trucks and “vintage” tee shops (which i also love, btw). And yes, I snagged some rad souvenirs there 😉
It was a little rainy that first day, so Kevin and I took the opportunity to do some drive-bys through our old stomping grounds. Below is our favorite apartment, 4930 Worth Street. It’s an old estate home that was divided into four apartments, and we loved living there. We tortured Nolan a little by asking him to take our pic in front of it. Everything we do all of a sudden is embarrassing to this kid.
One thing on the boys “must see” list?? Visiting the headquarters of their celebrity man-crushes, Dude Perfect. So in the rain, we dove north to Frisco. Of course the “Dudes” weren’t there (and never responded to the boys fan mail ;( ) but never the less, they were so happy to see one of their trucks parked out front. Seriously, Nolan was beside himself.
Dude Perfect! You should seriously consider offering a tour of your “office”. Little dudes like mine would pay top dollar for that! Maybe next time boys.
We just adored this artsy neighborhood, Bishop Arts. We went there to find We Are 1976, a really beautiful gift shop, but ended up walking around enjoying the scene and the sunshine.
Our last stop in Dallas (well, Arlington) was the Texas Rangers game. It was such a gorgeous sunny, and slightly hot day for these northerners. We had such a great time. The boys all got new flat brimmed hats because I forgot the sunscreen. Whoopsie.
Ok, our next stop in the Taylor Texas Road Trip?? Well, you have to come back and see! Check back on The Blog in a few days.
Talk to y’all soon!
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