Friday, November 9, 2018


We got back on Wednesday from a great trip down to Dallas.  We usually go every fall but had to skip it last year because of Tatum's birth so it was nice to get back down there and also have him with us.

After grabbing our bags and rental car we headed off to find some good food for lunch.  We had plans to go to Rally Day at the stadium (which I shared yesterday) so we went in that direction and found Texas Live! something similar to a place we have here near the stadiums.  

After checking in we did a quick change to get ready and go out for dinner as Sunday was also Derek's birthday!  We went to our favorite restaurant in Dallas, Nick & Sam's.  We went on the earlier side as we had Tatum with us - when making the plans I'd forgotten about the hour time difference and that it was the start of daylight savings so Tatum ate his mac n cheese, watched a few minutes of a show and then fell asleep in Derek's arms.  We let him sleep in between us in the booth until we were done.  He held up well, got to be at the birthday dinner and we got a little bit of a date night in too.

Monday morning we were up early with the time difference and after stocking up on some items for Tatum at the CVS by the hotel, this mom was off to the first spa appointment of the day while the boys did breakfast and Tatum's nap.

We had some time to kill that morning so we went over to the Perot museum downtown - we knew Tatum wouldn't be able to take part in that much but the kids center seemed fun and when we got there - he loved it!  Especially being away and needing a spot to play, it was a great way to kill some time and the first time we'd done something like that with him.

We went to lunch at a Mexican spot by the hotel in downtown Dallas and after a little browsing at the flagship Neiman Marcus, we made our way over to Top Golf - another usual spot.  Tatum treated us with a nap in his stroller for the first half of our time there while we played then we traded off playing golf and playing with Tatum.  

When we finished up we went back to the hotel for a bit of relaxing before getting ready for the Cowboys game - that was shared yesterday!

Tuesday morning we went over to check out the new Ford Center at The Star - it's an impressive facility where the Cowboys headquarters are and we enjoyed the tour.  Tatum seems pretty comfortable on the turf - maybe a future football player!

Another favorite & Mexican meal was Mi Cocina for lunch in Highland Park - we had a leisurely lunch and then strolled Tatum through a few stores before driving around and looking at houses.  Next we did something we rarely do on vacations - slowed down and relaxed!  Tatum played around the room and hotel, napped and we relaxed. 

We wanted to make sure to let Tatum get to bed early on our last night and had been enjoying the low key time so we took him for a little walk around downtown Dallas then did dinner at one of the restaurants by the hotel.  Derek and I each grabbed a drink to take up to the room and watched tv.  It was nice and I think the new normal for some nights of traveling! 

Wednesday we were up and out early to get back home.  It was a busy and exciting morning at the DFW airport I guess because Leigh Anne from Real Housewives of Dallas was behind us in the security line then we passed Cary and JoJo from the Bachelorette later (Stephanie and Brandi were flying out of the gate next to us as we ate breakfast so we just missed them) but they were all heading for the reunion in NYC. 

About 5 minutes before we were to board our flight got delayed two hours but Tatum handled the extended travel as well as the flight well!


  1. What a fun trip!! He sounds like he's such an easy-going baby, too. Love that you saw some of the girls from RHOD. LeeAnn has become one of my favorites and when the show first aired, I couldn't stand her!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. What a fun trip to Dallas! So glad he (and y'all) loved the Perot. That children's area is THE BEST! And seriously, you always see the best people! I LIVE here and never see anyone -- and we are at the airport twice a month taking/picking Brandon up for his work trips. Ha!

  3. I love all the sightings you had - such a bummer you just missed Stephanie and Brandi - I love them! You guys have the best traditions with your yearly trips!

  4. What a fun little family trip! Tatum sounds like such a travel trooper and I love the adorable photo of him with the Dallas cheerleaders! Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis