Sunday, February 6, 2011

pieces of dallas

hard to believe it's been over a week since i've returned from dallas.  the five days i spent visiting sister lyg, hubby deric and nephew luke were incredible and went by in a flash, as i knew they would.

the last time i visited dallas six years ago, lyg was out of school, working and single.  many things have changed in six years, so this was an altogether different trip.  and unlike most trips, which i often tend to over-plan, i had two simple goals for this trip -

spend as much time with 6-month baby luke as possible
spend as much sister time with lyg as possible

well, i certainly accomplished my goals and then some.

some of the highlights and some of the MANY pictures from the trip -

discovering a new passion: consignment store shopping!  maybe it's a dallas thing, but my oh my, there  are women's clothing consignment shops galore, and they are FABULOUS!!  we had planned to do some shopping, but decided last minute to hit up a few consignment stores instead.  we mapped out all dallas/fort worth consignment stores, decided on our route so as to most efficiently visit as many as possible, and off we went, armed with our 'plan of attack!' 

until you've experienced dallas consignment store shopping at its finest, it's difficult to explain what it's like (because we certainly don't have it's equivalent in the portland area!)  but there's something so incredibly thrilling about finding new or close to new designer clothes, shoes and accessories for a fraction of a fraction of the retail price!  each store was better than the one before, our favorite being one with racks and racks of designer dresses and gowns, of which we, of course, tried on many and may have purchased one or two...

i'm fairly certain i'll never be able to pay full retail price ever again! 

eating, eating and then eating some more!  really, was there any doubt that when lyg and i got together, food would be consumed and mightily enjoyed?!  while we never did get around to finding a decent bbq place - apparently, the dallas area isn't known for it's bbq - there was still plenty of eating to be done. 

we had amazing sushi, thai and so much more, but my our favorite dining experience was a fabulous little 'country fusion' (?) place called 'kathleen's sky diner.'  trying the 'smoked chicken chilie relleno with southern rice & beans' was a no-brainer as was the enormous piece of german chocolate cake we took home and shared while watching 'the bachelor' later that evening.  i didn't even attempt any semblance of healthy eating while in dallas and i must say, my stomach thanked me!

giraffes and zebras - not even sure where to begin with this one.  what i do know for sure is that seeing a mounted giraffe's head and zebra-skin rug at the home of friends of lyg & deric was more than a little unsettling.  even after it was explained to me that in africa giraffe and zebra are nowhere near extinct and are often hunted, etc, etc., seeing them in a home in the states was more than a little bizarre. 

only in texas. 

but most of all, for me, dallas was about...

luke: kissing him, cuddling him, singing to him, and definitely photographing him!  i simply couldn't get enough of the little mister, his sweet cheeks and baby blues, and i savored every minute of it.  in some ways he had changed quite a bit from when i first met him at thanksgiving, but his sweet nature and hilarious personality captured my heart all over again. 

someone REALLY didn't like tummy time...

 but he sure did love to read.

looks like he's going to be a caffeine addict, just like his mama!

some good-bye photos my sister snuck in at the airport

pieces of me remain in dallas. 

i guess that just  means i'll have to plan other visit - maybe in july when little mister luke turns one. 

i like the way that sounds.


Leegee Lou said...

oh tabs, we so loved having u here! Luke says that you can come cuddle and kiss him anytime you wlant! as long as you promise to do it all day long like you did this time!

and i know i say it all the time, but you really take some beautiful pics! and your narrative is so funny! i have to say that the tummy time pic is my favorite. you really captured how much he hates it! :)

Rachel~Wildflower Photography and a little bit vintage said...

Oh my goodness...he is adorable! I know exactly what you mean about leaving family. :( My sis and her fam live about 8 states away and my parent live about 4 states fun.

Bobi said...

Tabi... wow! The photos of Luke are so beautiful, so crisp, so full of emotion and fun and so much more. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed looking at them. My friend you are a true artist and I love your work. Great photos and I am so glad you had such a wonderful time, makes me want to take a visit to Dallas.