Monday, July 28, 2014
The reunion was a success. My husband and I got up early Saturday morning and did our 2 mile walk and had breakfast at the hotel. The event at the park was supposed to start at 12 noon , so we started heading over there a few minutes before 12. When we got there a few of my cousins had the grills going. They brought this big grill from Louisiana and this guy who works the grill. He grew up with my cousins. They also had a grill from somebody who lives here in Texas. They had barbecue ribs, chicken, hot sausage, beans, bread, and cake and peach cobbler for desert. We all had a good time. There were several games of cards and dominoes going and some of the younger family members were playing basketball, even though it was really hot. My cousins also brought a generator and several huge fans from Louisiana. There wasn't much planned by way of entertainment. But everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves just reminiscing with family members. After the event at the park, a lot of us met back at the hotel. They had this room where we could play dominoes and just sit and talk. One of the hosts, who is also a cousin, brought a poker game. So a few of us played poker. Of course I lost all my chips. My husband seemed to be enjoying himself. When we left, at around 11;30 pm, family members were still there. I told my husband I wanted to go to church this morning and I knew if we stayed too long, he wouldn't want to get up and go. This morning we did our walk, ate breakfast and then went to church. I didn't go to church with my family from the reunion. I went to my mom's brother's church. He is the Pastor there and I already heard him speak last week at the other reunion. But this was my first time staying in Houston and I couldn't come all this way, and not visit my uncle's church. My other uncle who is a deacon there told me church started at 11:00 am. I said okay. He said he was teaching Sunday school at 9 am. I said okay, I will be there at 11. He laughed. I knew I wasn't going to make it to Sunday School. After church we went to the uncle house, who is the Pastor, for lunch. My aunt, who is married to the Pastor, my mom, and my mom's sister went into the kitchen to get the food ready. All you could here in there was loud talking and fussing. My husband told my uncle, you have to laugh, otherwise you would go crazy. My uncle agreed. Then he said to me, "you could go in there and fuss with them." I said no thank you. My husband said, "no, that's not her." I tried to explain to my husband that my aunt is as sweet as anyone could be. She is just pushy. And my other aunt is the same way. My aunt asked my husband to bless the food. She didn't ask, she told him to do it. He told her someone else could do it. She said no, you are going to do it. He did and it was very nice. Two of the Pastor's sons came over to eat with us. They are comedians. One of them is a preacher and the other is a musician. As we were getting ready to eat, my aunt told us all to go wash our hands. One of her sons said, "mom", Ernie didn't wash his hands." And the mom started fussing at Ernie. Of course he had washed his hands. But it was funny how she just took the younger brother's word for it. We had a good time over there cracking jokes and eating lunch. They went back for a second service at church and we came back to the hotel. On the way back to the hotel my husband stopped at a place called a Flea Market. We went inside and saw that is was what we call a swap meet. So, we didn't look around too much. We just came back to the hotel. I don't know what's on the agenda tomorrow.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Yesterday we took our morning walk, 2 miles. No sign of rain. It was like it never happened. After breakfast we went downtown to look around. We have seen downtown Houston from a distance while on the interstate but we had never been down there. Then we picked up my grandson from one of my uncle's house and went to this famous mall, the galleria. Man, talk about a high end mall. They had all these high end stores, like Prada. I can't even name them because I have never bought from them. Anyway after window shopping at these stores, we come upon Payless Shoes. I had to laugh. That's my kind of store. We didn't go in though. We had lunch in the food court, Raising Cane. I saw their advertisement in the mall and I wanted to try it. My husband was supposed to be getting Chinese food. I ordered a 6 piece meal and we all had 2 pieces of chicken tenders, shared the fries, my grandson and I had half a slice of toast and my husband ate the coleslaw. The people around us must have thought we were broke. After the mall we went to the bookstore. My husband bought the book called a Pound A Day Diet. He wants to lose 50 more pounds, quick, fast, and in a hurry! Then we went to several other stores to look for a battery for my fitbit. It was hard to find. We went back to my uncle's house and had dinner. Then we came back to the hotel. One of my Aunts said, you guys just come eat and then leave. I should have asked if she wanted us to spend the night.
Today my husband wanted to see a movie. After we walked and ate breakfast, my husband found a theater online and followed our GPS to the location, only to find the theater was not there. He was a little disappointed, but I wasn't. I wanted to take my grandson to the movies with us. Anyway, we had lunch and then I contacted my sister, who got in last night, to see what she and her husband were up to. They said they were going to the Boardwalk. So we decided to go too. I also text my grandson to see what he was doing. They were leaving one uncle's house to go stay awhile with my other uncle. But my mom's sister, who is from California, asked us to pick them up so they would have a reason to leave. The Aunt they are staying with is really pushy. So, we go to picked them up but they change their minds when they find out we will be walking. So only my grandson went. We walked around the boardwalk and took pictures. It was really hot. Afterwards we came back near the hotel and had dinner. I told my husband I had to go all the way to Texas to hang out with my sister, who lives about an hour away from us. Afterwards we went to the meet and greet for the family reunion. It was really nice. My husband and I played dominoes the whole time we were there. I was surprised we stayed so long. We will all meet at the park tomorrow. I hope it doesn't rain.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
My husband and I walked two miles this morning. We left our hotel at about 7:30. We were about half a mile away when I felt a little mist. We keep walking. When we got a mile away, it was sprinkling. As we turned to head back to the hotel, the sprinkles came a little harder. I told my husband we were walking away from the rain and since we turned back we were walking into it. Sure enough before we got half way, the rain was coming down. I told my husband I wanted to start jogging so we could get in out of the rain. He said let's go. He couldn't keep up and he kept stopping to walk so I stopped with him. By the time we made it back to the hotel, we were soaked. We went in to have breakfast at the hotel and we took our walking jackets off, dried off as much as we could with paper towels, then sat down to look at the rain. It was coming down much harder than it did while we were out there. Then we went back to our hotel room for some computer time. After the sun came out, we went to Galveston to a pier and to a look out point. When we came back to Houston, we had to go wash a load of clothes, then we went to Fry's Electronics, Walmart, and then dinner at a barbecue place. We had a nice long day.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Yesterday we walked, ate breakfast and then drove to a few of my cousin's houses. We chatted for a while and then my husband and I drove to Bossier City to a couple of casino's. The first casino, we broke even. The next one, we left a couple of dollars. After we lost the money we were prepared to spend we called it a day and drove back. This morning we walked two miles and then ate breakfast. Then we checked out of our hotel in Natchitoches and drove to Houston. We had the same experience in our current hotel as we did in the first. We are all the way in the back, upstairs, just like the last hotel. As soon as we checked in, I decided to use the hotels laundry facilities, which consist of one washer and one dryer. I washed a load of clothes for a dollar and then put them in the dryer, for another dollar. The clothes didn't dry. I put another dollar in and they still didn't dry. My husband and I decided to find a laundry mat to dry our clothes. It only took 15 minutes for our clothes to dry at the laundry mat. Then we went to one of my Uncle's house, where my mom and grandson are staying, for dinner. Tomorrow we are thinking about going to Galveston Beach.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
My husband and I got up at 7:15 am and took a 2 mile walk. Then we had the free waffle breakfast at the hotel. Then we went to the church service with the family.
We have several Pastors and preachers in our family so we never go to anyone's church. We just have church at my Uncle's banquet hall. It was a good service. Afterwards my immediate family went to one of my Uncle and Aunt's house for lunch. They live in the back woods. We have a cousin that lives across from them and there is a large pond behind her house. Someone put an alligator in it and we all went over to see it. My cousin has been feeding it. I told her I hope she has a shot gun handy.
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