Sunday, June 26, 2005
More Thrilling Adventures in Texas
When last I left off we were just getting to the Paul Family Reunion at Camp Wanika. The set up is really nice. We get to eat in air conditioned comfort in one of their meeting lodges.
This year was my cousin Marvin's sixtieth birthday so his sisters hired one of their favorite singers to entertain everyone at the reunion. She was pretty good. She had a nifty set up and didn't need a backing band. She also liked to sing Patsy Cline songs, which was a good thing.
We ate a little lunch then left mom to chatting with her cousins and we went to the lovely, big pool. This is our favorite thing about the family reunion--swimming for hours. Cal, Duncan and Mikayla had a blast. Mike and I swam too of course. Justin swam a little but then went in to hang out with mom and chat with relatives. He's so much better than me. I hide out with the kids.
Everyone started to leave around 4. The pool was going to be locked up by 5 so we went back to Priscilla's house and hung out for a bit. I had floated the idea of taking the kids to see The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D. Unfortunately Cal fell asleep on the way home and I *really* wanted to take him to a movie while he was tired from swimming and kind of mellow. I figured he might sit still for most of the movie.
I was good and let Cal sleep. Mike was all for going to the movie but I didn't want to leave him behind and I knew after being fresh from a nap he wouldn't want to sit and watch a movie. My solution? Take the kids to McDonald's for dinner and let them play in the tubes.
After McDonald's we did baths and the kids played until bedtime. I watched most of X-Men 2 and went to bed around midnight.
Sunday we got up and ate breakfast. The kids played while I started packing up our gear and getting the van ready for everyone to ride for several hours. Oh, we also gave Mike his Father's Day cards.
We pulled away from Priscilla's around 11:00. Our plan was to make it to Dallas, rent a hotel room and hang out. We finally found a room. Had to pick up a Dallas map to get there because the first Marriot Residence Inn we checked was full up.
We unloaded all our gear and then headed out to find some place to eat. It was late enough that we figured treating Mike to a late Father's Day lunch would be a good idea. After driving around for a bit we picked a local BBQ joint (can't remember the name) that wasn't too bad. Their BBQ sauce was okay. Not too sweet but not hot enough. Actually it wasn't hot at all.
After lunch we went back to the hotel. Cal and mom dressed for swimming. Mike searched the movie section for a theater showing Howl's Moving Castle. I think my brother was hoping we'd pick Batman Begins at the IMAX theater but I'd already promised Mark we'd see that with him the next weekend. As a result, Justin stayed at the hotel to study and swim with mom and Cal. Mike, Duncan and I headed off to see Miyazaki's latest flick.
Howl's Moving Castle was really good. Not surprising. I have yet to be disappointed by a Miyazaki film. We saw it at a 24 screen AMC. The Howl's Moving Castle theater wasn't very crowded but everyone in there seemed to enjoy the movie.
The movie ended and we headed back to the hotel. Everyone was back from swimming and watching tv. We were getting a little hungry by this time so Mike and Justin bought some sandwich fixin's at the grocery store across the street. I chatted with E on the phone and ate my sandwich. The rest of the evening was really quiet and I think everyone was in bed by 11:30 at the latest.
Monday morning Cal woke up at six freakin' thirty in the morning. I still managed to stay in bed until almost 7:30. Truthfully we did want to get up at a decent time to avail ourselves of the free breakfast that ended at 9:30. We stuffed ourselves and then packed up the van and headed to Half Price Books.
We browsed there for about an hour. I bought a few books. Mom bought a few books. Duncan wanted a book on Rasputin (blame the Hellboy movie for that). Somehow I don't think this book is going to show up on next year's AR reading list.
Finally it was time to push on through to OKC. We stopped at a Burger King for lunch around 2 to let Cal run off some energy. Once we arrived in OKC we first had to drop off my brother. Then we drove to mom's and unpacked her. Cal succumbed to his 6:30 wake up time and was asleep by the time we got to mom's. He even slept through us unloading the van.
Now somewhere on the road to Oklahoma City I started to have an allergy attack. This was an allergy attack to end all attacks. I popped antihistamines to cut it off at the pass and by the time we arrived at our house I was well on my way to snooze land. Yep, I slept right along with Cal while Mike and Duncan unloaded the majority of the van. I wasn't faking. Honest.
So that was our trip to the Paul Family Reunion. I bet my brother got his fill of children and might think twice about accompanying us next year.
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