Keeping Up with the Joneses

A glimpse into the busy and very blessed life of the Jones Family!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Thanksgiving Adventure

Elfie, our Elf on the Shelf, arrived last weekend. We had just finished the last touches on the tree when he suddenly appeared while we were eating dinner. The kids were a little more than excited to see him.

He came with a special surprise....train tickets for our own Thanksgiving adventure. The train was leaving the station at 0600 hours on Tuesday morning.

We boarded our first Amtrak train experience in SA bright and early on a cold, cold morning. The kids were great sports about standing out in the freezing cold temps waiting for the boarding call. We had so much luggage and only Chris and I were really able to handle it all- needless to say, being over-packers was a bit of a hinderance on this trip.

Excited boys!

Little turkey girl!

Me and my seat-mates.

Once in Waco, we warmed up with a lunch at Chewy's and ventured out for a little Christmas perusing at Toys r Us. Emily was smitten with this little gem.

No trip to Waco is complete without a trip to the exotic pet store- here is Blake holding a legless lizard (aka snake if you ask me and Ick!)


We had a good two days before the rest of the crew was there so we had a good time just running around and playing at the house. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving day at Steve and Kathy's. more pics are on my phone of that fun day.

Friday- we hit the road after lunch for Fort Worth....

We had a great weekend at Brandon and Summer's and the kids just played nonstop. We ha a fun dinner at one of their favorite neighborhood spots, visited by the fire, had yummy breakfasts of tacos and donuts, lots of animal playtime, cousin games and silly antics....the fun was endless.

Saturday we geared up in team colors to head to the Baylor/TCU game. After some tailgate time we made our way to the top (and seriously it was the TOP) of the stadium and enjoyed the first half. Then we spent the rest of the game at the tailgate and were relieved later when we found out it was a Baylor victory!

Kids in their purple- only Emily was in BU green and gold.

Sunday we made our way back to Waco and boarded the train for our last leg.....

....which is where I am writing from. Hoping its a quick trip- we are ready now to be home.

We are SO thankful for our family, such a fun week, our fun travel arrangements, and just getting to spend such a wonderful week with each other. We couldn't ask for more!

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