After we made it through the craziness of Spring Break, we decided to add a little more crazy and do a pretty comprehensive cross-Texas roadtrip! The highways we'd be traveling are ones I know well, so I also knew to expect bluebonnets. I threw Madeleine's Easter dress in the trunk, and we were able to get some okay shots on the way to Waco. Madeleine had just woken up from her nap, so smiles weren't easy to come by. I might've bribed her a bit with some fruit snacks.
Bearathon last year, that I figured I'd do it again, and this time my sister Liz joined me on the run! We made it to Waco in time for me to pick up my packet, and Madeleine got to explore campus a bit. She loved going to the bear habitat to see Joy and Lady, and she peeked through the window to their cave to see them both snoozing!
Amanda and Erik's house around 9ish, and Madeleine was wired. She loved playing with their huge dog Tex, and didn't even mind the slobbery doggy kisses until about the third time he licked her face. We got to see baby Reed's nursery (he's coming soon!) and after putting Madeleine down, we talked late into the night. We loved that time with them. Finally I had to go to bed for my 5:30 a.m. wake up! The next morning, we left Madeleine sleeping and sneaked out of the house to pick up my sister near campus. Again, cold and windy!! We went into the SUB for a bit, and when we came out, just before starting, it had warmed up a bit, so we gave our fleeces to Cason. So many people were there! It was great to see the support for this race, and we even got to see Baylor's head football coach Art Briles out there cheering for the runners, especially his defensive coordinator Phil Bennett (who you will see in some later photos.) Can you tell Liz and I are sisters?
suspension bridge was mile 3, and the others were toward the end of the race. We found ourselves near Coach Bennett and his daughter throughout the race, and I made it a goal of mine to beat him! Seemed fun at the time. :) You can see him behind me on the bottom two photos.
We went on to Denton - Madeleine had her first stop at the Czech Stop in West, primarily to potty, but she got her first, authentic Czech kolache, outside of her great-grandparents' house. We made it to Denton around lunchtime. We got to visit with the Whites for just a bit before getting ready for a wedding in Dallas! One of my life-long family friends Kelley Caldwell was marrying Drew Brown (coincidentally the younger brother of a dear friend of mine, Lauren.) We left Madeleine with Nana and Pop for a fun evening there, and we went into Dallas for the ceremony at Park Cities Baptist Church and the reception was at the Arboretum. It was beautiful and lots of fun!
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