While we were in Texas, we took a road trip to Oklahoma to visit more of Ru's family. They live in Perry, which is about an hour north of Oklahoma City. The trip should take about 5 hours, but we stopped at various and sundry places (more later) on the way up and on the way back, so the drive was considerably longer. Signal was a fine traveler though, so all was well.
On the way up to Perry from Dallas, we stopped in at the Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City. Ru and I both think that this is pretty much the best bookstore ever. No, it doesn't have the same selection as a Chapters or other chain place might, but it has ladders and free coffee and a kids room. It is so cool! Ru and Signal and I all picked out some new reads, and then we headed to Panera's for lunch before the last leg into Perry. Lunch was tasty, and we were then ready to complete the trip.
We arrived in Perry and got to check out Gigi's new house. It is a lot bigger and newer than the old place, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Signal was very excited that we were going to be staying with Gigi and her bird Casper. He really took to both of them! We had KFC for dinner, and then just had a quiet evening.
The next day we went out to Stillwater to visit Eskimo Joe's. Eskimo Joe's is a restaurant and clothing shop that has been around for a good many years, and in all the time that I have known Ru, I'd never been! So out we drove, and got matching t-shirts for the whole family. Cheesy, I know. But totally cute :) Pappy also surprised Ru and I by getting us t-shirts that we had to promise to wear the next time we see my mom.
When we got back, we too a trip to the "Evil Empire" to print out some pictures of Signal for Gigi. I found some inexpensive frames for two of the best ones. Poor Gigi's house is being overrun with photos. I suppose that is the peril of being a great-grandmother. Signal also had fun playing with the telephone that M'amie bought for him. It was cute - he had a grand old time "calling" the cat and the puppy and the horse. Unlike me, he loves the phone.
We then went for supper at Pizza Hut, where Signal was singularly unimpressed by the lack of pizza for him. Poor sweetie. He had to be content to play with napkins and spoons.
After dinner Signal got to meet Aunt D and Uncle H, and Ru's cousin C and her husband B. We have no pictures of them. How sad. So generally camera happy, and we managed to miss them entirely. We suck. Sorry! I was glad that C and B were in town though, because that meant a Cherry Limeade from Sonic. Woo hoo! Thanks for treating us, Uncle D.
On our last morning in town, Signal discovered Gigi's wind chime. With Pappy's help, he made that wind chime sound and sound and sound. He just banged away on the wooden chimes, much to everyone's amusement. I guess maybe he'll take after Aunt P and have a wind chime collection when he gets older.
So back we headed for Dallas. On our way home, we stopped in at Ru's Uncle B and Aunt C's house in Norman, Oklahoma. Even though Ru and I have been together a good long while, I'd never met them. It was a lot of fun. They had great snacks (who can argue with peanut butter stuffed pretzels?), and it was nice to break up the trip a bit. Then back on the road it was. It would have been a faster trip home had we not had to stop twice to chance Signal's poopy diapers But such is the nature of travel with an infant.
Tune in tomorrow for the last episode of deep in the heart, and the details of Signal's 6 month check up.