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Toodles, Texas!

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Here's your tidbit of useless knowledge for the day...

Origin of "toodles"...a shortened version of the spoken word "toodaloo," from the French phrase "a`tout a`l'heure" which means "see you later."

(How fun...first time I've ever gotten to use that ` symbol key!  It's the little things, folks!)

 

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Texas boasts such beautiful wildflowers in the springtime.  Our last visit was prime time for bluebonnets, and I was disappointed they had already bloomed when we were there in early April. But still some lovely ones to enjoy...

 

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The butterflies enjoyed them too!

 

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Look at this pretty wildflower!  Seven-year-old Scout loves unprompted, impromptu posing for Aunt Terry.  "Take my picture!"

No one has to tell me twice...

 

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I think the Easter Bunny lives behind this fence...

 

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Knitting...

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Mama and Scout were always knitting...

 

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And when they weren't knitting, they were untangling yarn.  How can this even happen?!

 

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Food highlights (because isn't food always a highlight of any vacation....???)...Sunday brunch at a fun tiny restaurant called Union Street Station, where Mark knew (of course he did...New Braunfels is a big place, but Mark seemed to know people everywhere we went) the owner. Great pancakes!

 

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Nabs.  Mama ate lots of nabs.

Does anyone else call these "nabs," or is it just my Mama?  I think it must be short for the original maker "Nabisco"...however these nabs were made by Austin.

Does that still make them nabs?  Inquiring minds want to know...

 

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Swallows were nesting on Mark and Alli's porch, and they fussed at us in their little bird-chirpy-voices every time we were out there.  Which was a lot...

 

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A morning visit to the oldest bakery in Texas...

 

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How does a girl even choose???

 

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Buc-ee's, the largest convenient store in the country.  Eighty-some gas pumps....

 

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A brief visit to New Braunfels High School, where Mark runs the Junior ROTC program.  This is just outside of his building.

 

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He needed me to take his official photo to renew his ROTC teaching license.

Mark keeps himself in great shape...looking good, Baby Brother!

 

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Love him!  As a 9-year-old girl with 2 sisters already, when Mama was pregnant I prayed every day for a BOY.  I have to remind him often that I prayed him into existence, that he owes his very life to me!

 

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Mama with her baby...and only son.

 

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Thanks for your hospitality, Mark and Alli!  We had a great time!

Now it's YOUR turn to come to Indiana...

Until next time...

Toodles, Texas!

 

 

Comments

Terri Chapman

Great pics and stories....thanks!

Earl

I Remember "mans"

They came with the cracker stacked. I believe 4 crackers wraped. Served in big glass containers with a big silver metal lid. When working in tobacco we would have a Pepsi and Nab about 1000hrs. And another one about 3 pm if still working.

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