Dallas Trip – January 2017

This weekend we went to Dallas for Madison’s 1st birthday.


But before I talk about that, let me back track.

On Thursday, I had to take Layla to a doctors appointment.  The usual 5-year-old check up.  Plus she got a flu shot too.  Ezzy kept Layla company.


Since they both did a great job at the doc office, I treated them (and myself) to some Shipleys donuts!


Excess sugar means brushing and flossing right after.


I had to watch the kids till Sheena got home from her meetings at work.  Once she got home around noon, I headed to work.  While the kids played, made this video:

Later that day, there was a pile up…. of Abrahams


On Friday we planned to go to work and then around 6pm hit the road to make our way to Dallas.  We had a change of plans because of weather.  It got crazy cold and started snowing in Dallas.  There was also a bunch of ice on the roads.  We decided to go early on Saturday morning.  Since our Friday evening opened up, we headed to dinner to celebrate Pokie’s birthday!



We left the dinner early so we can get some rest for our big Saturday.  We planned to leave around 5am, but our actual departure was around 7am.  Go figure.

During the drive, Sheena and I talked about how we were missing a funeral of a church member that morning.  A nine year old boy from our church had an unexpected medical emergency the day after Christmas.  It was heart breaking to hear the news, but then to get the news that he had passed away was too much.  Now that I’m a parent, it’s hard for me to hear anything that deals with kids and sickness… or anything bad in relation to kids.  It’s all too heart-wrenching.  I’m Facebook friends with the father and seeing his openness about the situation and how strong his faith is was very encouraging.  Even in the announcement of his son’s passing, he was strong and kept the faith and prayed for others going through the same situation.  Frankly, it was pretty amazing.  Our thoughts and prayers go to the family.

Around 11am, we got to Sunny Uppapan’s house.  Just FYI, “Uppapan” means uncle, but more specifically means my Dad’s younger brother.  We freshened up there quickly and headed to the birthday party.


The place was packed!  It was great to be there to celebrate with Aaron and Nancy!  It was also great to see there awesome new house!


Nathan and Nissa were there as well, so Layla and Ezzy had a great time.


Aaron aired up the bounce house, so the kids didn’t want to leave!



Good times!


Later in the afternoon, we headed to Ron and Neema’s house.  They had just purchased a new home and had their housewarming party earlier that day.


Apparently, they move ever 5 years.  Unintentionally, but it happens!  Neema was absolute about the fact that this is their last house.. but I guess we’ll see in 5 years!

After spending some time with them, we headed back to Sunny Uppapan’s house to call it a night.  Jancy and Jisha are soo great with the kids and always have fun things for them to do.



Sunday morning, Sunny Uppapan and Sheela Aunty headed out to church.


Jancy, Josh and Jisha stayed behind to see us off.



Here’s a quick video re-cap of it all:

Overall, a quick but very fun weekend!

FYI, for those that remember, I’m tallying who’s been pictured on this blog!  The list is growing!  The more often you’re pictured, the better your chances at winning an Amazon Echo Dot!  Just for clarification, a mention doesn’t count.  Only a picture!  If you see me, make sure I snap a pic of ya!


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