I never knew the temperature in hell and in Texas were one in the same some days. We have a few more days here and then back to La La Land where it's much cooler and you don't need 5 coats of deodorant!
I don't blow dry my hair in Texas anymore for 2 reasons:
1- I start sweating immediately even with the AC on, thus defeating the purpose of a shower which we all know is a real treat when you have a baby.
2- My hair dries faster outside than it would with the dryer. I am all about saving the environment and conserving electricity so this works out great! Two birds, One stone. Done.
I grew up in Texas but never really remember the scorching summers full of temperatures over 100 degrees everyday SINGLE day. When 92 degrees is a cool day for people there is a problem!
Our visit here has been fantastic and we have gotten to see so many friends and family members and I REALLY don't want to leave! Picture a little girl stomping her feet and saying "I don't wanna!" like 10 times in a row. Yeah, that's me. Little braids and all.
Don't get me wrong, I love where we live. We have a group of amazing friends that we do a lot with and have become very close to. We all have kids close in age, too. Huge bonus because we all know that most of your friends that don't have kids all of the sudden become non-existent. Like you have the plague now that you have a kid or something.
LA is an amazing city with a ton of fun stuff to do. We are never short of activities to partake in as a family a baby. Whether it is a free Jazz Night at the LA County Museum or a trip to the Farmer's Market for produce and lunch, we never fail to find something that is family friendly and guaranteed to bring the fun. Plus we live 20 minutes from the beach. Added bonus!
And while I do like LA and our life there, I miss both of our families something crazy. It has always been hard to be away from everyone, but now that I have Baby D it is extra hard. And I promise it is not because we would have an instant babysitter if they lived close by. Although that would make it a lot easier for us to take that trip to Vegas!
I always grew up close to family and spent a ton of time with all of them. My cousins were my brothers and sisters since I don't have any. We spent all the holidays together and those are some of my fondest memories. Opening presents on Christmas Day, eating ham and turkey on Thanksgiving, and hunting a ton of Easter eggs. I want Baby D to have those same memories with everyone. Those same family traditions. I want him to know that family is everything and to know that they will be there for you when you need them most. I promised him I would do everything I can to make that happen and to help him have the best family memories. Even if it means taking a flight with him that is an all day affair with no help, lots of bags, and a stroller that is hard to collapse! I will make it happen! I might need a drink (or two) on the plane, but we will make that trip for the sake of some fabulous family photos and a ton of memories.
For now our life is in California and it is a good one at that. We are happy, healthy, and so blessed to have the life we do there. But I guess you could say the rest of my life is "Deep In the Heart of Texas" and we will be back to fill that heart with more great family memories very soon.