I'm not the most optimistic person about Houston, or Texas for that matter, so I decided it was high time I made a list of some of my favorite things about Houston.The Beach: Never in my life have I lived 45 minutes to a beach. It's awesome for an afternoon of mini vacation. The kids LOVE it, I LOVE it, and Jon LOVES it. How can you go wrong?!
Real Sporting Events: We have real teams here! We went to an Astros game about a month ago and sure we sat in basically the highest/steepest/scariest seats possible, but we were there for a real game and the hot guy from Desperate Housewives threw the starting pitch. Very cool.
Our Friends: Basically friends make a world of difference when you live so many miles away from family. We have had the oppertunity to meet some of the greatest people here. Our best friends the Polls (Sevy's BFF Kenzi) just moved away from us to start real life back in Utah. Just looking through our pictures with them, we've gone through a lot together. We camped out together during the aftermath of Ike. Jeni and I took the kids to the park, "Chickalay", the mall, or each other's houses basically every day. We had mulitple Sunday dinners, date nights, and game nights with this family. We also had another slumber party with them when they were homeless and ready to leave Texas. It was like girls camp all over again as we played games until way late, and then Jeni and I stayed up talking until way too early in morning! We've been blessed to have the Talbot's here with us still! They are the greatest and love to play games as much as we do, and love the beach as much as we do, and are willing to help at the drop of a hat. How bleesed are we!The Branch: I know we talk about and frankly complain about the Branch all the time, but really, it's what makes our Houston experience a true experience. This is a picture from our Memorial Day Barbeque. This is basically everyone who comes to church minus the Boston girls, and there are a couple of random people in the photo who just come for the food (which was GOOD!) The big kid in front is Timmy who I always have stories about, and all the younger kids are my primary! The building behind us is where we go to church. Like I said, an experience.Awesome Parks: I don't know what I would do if it were not for awesome parks that usually have a splash pad. Sevy could go every day and never get bored. This is the beloved Kenzi. Sevy's BFF. She asks to go to her house every day, and now that I answer that Kenzi lives in Utah, she wants to go to Utah every day.
There's just a few of the things we love about Houston. Not listed are: Ikea, LA Fitness, Pearland's Chick-fil-a (they have the nicest ladies who come around personally to refill your drinks, always respond "my pleasure" and really make you feel like it was their pleasure!), Queen's Bar-b-que, The Galleria, and Gringo's. Doesn't this make you want to come visit?!