Our Trip to Texas


Maura traveled by airplane for the first time this past weekend! We took a family trip to visit my parents in Houston, Texas (and my sister flew in as well, but from London). It's a long story, but I grew up in Pennsylvania and my Dad recently transferred to Houston for work. So my parents left my home town, and now my Dad lives year round in TX while my Mom divides her time between being with him in the winter and spring and staying in their Cape Cod house (only 45 minutes from us) in the summer and fall. This was our first time visiting their new apartment in The Woodlands - a master-planned community with over 150 restaurants, a public waterway, 185 miles of hiking and biking trails, a bustling downtown, mall, outdoor concert pavilion, 2 cinemas, and other awesome ways to celebrate an indoor-outdoor lifestyle and a love of nature. We had so much fun:)

We flew in on Thursday night and left Sunday afternoon. It was a short but great trip filled with lots of family bonding time. We ate some really good food (both out and home cooked meals by my mom), enjoyed the hot and humid weather (so nice after it snowed in Boston last week), took lots of walks, shopped, and kayaked. Maura loved wearing warm weather clothes and exploring the outdoors...since she was born in September, she hasn't experienced summer yet and she was so little during the nice days of the fall. (I can't wait until the weather gets better here at home and we can really start to play outside!)

Here's a few pics from the trip:

{ha! pajamas and shades}

{that's my dad pushing Maura, my sister, Paul and my parent's dog Cleo}

{my Dad making the most of his time with his granddaughter}

{these guys were enjoying the waterway too}

{kayaking while my mom babysat}

{shopping for cowboy boots}

{mom trying to find the perfect pair}

{Maura trying on a pink cowgirl hat...excuse how terrible I look in this pic, we had just come from kayaking}

{shopping downtown}

Hope you guys had a great weekend too!


  1. Awesome, looks like a great getaway! Oh to be wearing shorts and kayaking...can't wait for the warm weather!


  2. So so cute! I love Maura rocking those sunglasses. Sounds like you had a great get away!


  3. Looks like you guys had a great time! I love grandpa and baby bonding they sure do know how to wrap those little fingers around grandpa's right away! Avery has and loves Sophie too!!!

  4. 1) You look fantastic!
    2) Maura is ADORABLE.
    3) Maura looks so much like you!

  5. Looks like you all had an amazing time! And I've just got to say it again, Maura is just perfectly stunning :)

  6. Looks like you guys had fun! Such cute hats Maura has- I've been looking for some for Kylie but haven't found any I like yet.

  7. I can't get over how much Maura has grown already! But then again, Baby G. seems bigger every day, too!

    And I can't believe you were in Houston (my hometown -- and current residence)! Hope you enjoyed the weather; looks like y'all had a great time! Oh and Maura looks great in a cowgirl hat. She's an adopted Texan already!

  8. Great pictures, everybody seemed having great time; your baby is just adorable!

  9. I grew up in The Woodlands! My family still lives there but I am now in VA. I hated it growing up and called it the bubble. Now whenever I go home to visit I (and my husband from VA) can't believe I left. Hope it was a great trip. Your daughter is adorable!


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