This past week was lovely, as Danielle invited me into her dad's home to hang out (slash go to three games of the Rangers/Mariners series in Arlington). Not only am I completely in love with her and her father (I was part of the family!), I don't think we stopped laughing the entire week.
We drove to Fort Worth on Tuesday, dropped our stuff off at her dad's house, and then headed to meet Sarah P. and her family to go to the Ms/Rangers game. Sarah is one of Danielle's friends that she met during freshman year, and Danielle is pretty close to Sarah's family (so much so that she's been on a few family vacations with them). Sarah's dad has connections and got us a centerfield suite for the Tuesday game, which was pretty neat for someone like me who comes from the humble baseball seated life. For some reason, I have no picture of the group that went--Sarah's family, Rachel, Danielle, me, and her brother and sister's friends--but we had a great time. And stuffed entirely too many people in an Escalade, but that's another story.
On Wednesday, the M's had another night game so we decided to go to the Fort Worth Zoo to kill some time. We were planning on heading over to Six Flags, but sadly it didn't open for daily use for another two days...ridiculous! Anyway, the zoo was a lot of fun, although it didn't compare to Point Defiance in Tacoma.
Here I am with Danielle, imitating the monkeys we saw who were picking lice off each other. Yay for grooming!
Then we saw two turtles doin' it. To quote the little boy behind me, "Ew, those turtles are making baby turtles!"
On the way back from the zoo, we passed a S. Lake St. and of course I had to take a picture!
Here's a picture of Rachel, Danielle and I at the game on Wednesday. It's edited because Danielle and Rachel both have light shirts on, and it was really hot that day (think sweating), so for their sake, it's antiqued. I kinda like it though...! Notice how I'm reppin' my boys!
Then on Thursday, the game was an afternoon game so we decided to stop at Sarah's place first to say hi. Is this not a gorgeous house or what?!
Then went to the game, and although we were only out in the sun for a little while, we both got sunburned. You think that Texas would give me a break, but apparently SPF 15 is not enough.
After the game, I was commenting on how Sarah's house was one of the nicest, biggest houses I've ever been in, and she told me that we were going to stop by her friend Jared's house to say hi (and so I could see what a really big house was). Here is a picture of his house...please note that this is only 1/3 (yes, 1/3) of his house.
The house was gorgeous inside and out, and his mother and sister were the most welcoming people I've ever met. Jared gave us a tour (they had a movie theater [!], a huge game room, and a pool with a waterfall) and then his mother fed us with truffles and cookies that they had made for a party the next night. Don't worry mom, you've taught me well, I made sure I commented multiple times on how gorgeous the house was and sent thank-you letters for Sarah's family, Jared's family, and George (Danielle's dad) to thank them for their hospitality.
After Jared's, we went back to George's place and he made us a yummie chicken dinner. Then Danielle's coworker Mo came because she had a 6am flight the next morning and was going to commute in the morning from Waco, so Danielle insisted that she spend the night and we'd take her in the morning. Mo had been to Fort Worth before but never to the Stockyards, and I had never even heard of them so George drove us around. Apparently the Stockyards are where farmers can go and buy cattle, or trade them, or learn how to ride longhorns, or go to bars. The bar in Walker, Texas Ranger is literally two blocks away from this picture.
Here is Mo, me, and George pointing at the "Stockyard Station" sign. Danielle was mad that we weren't more into it!
On the way home, we passed a Beer Barn, which is something that I had never seen before and had to take a picture. I wasn't going to, but George insisted we turn around and drive through it!
But sadly, in the two minutes it took us to turn around, it had closed! Basically you drive through the center of this building (the garage door opens) and it's a convenience store! Texas is one of a kind, that's for sure.
So that was last week! This week is going to be a bit more low-key; because classes are over and I don't have too many responsibilities, I borrowed a few books from Nathaniel and am excited to read them. My best friend Chelsea comes to visit on Saturday, and then Mom and Dad come Memorial Day! I'm sure my next post will be just as full of pictures. Love and miss you!
[And a warning, it's 10pm and I didn't proofread this, so no judging!]