Warning: SERIOUSLY picture heavy post!
My sister Breanne got back from Taiwan, where she was serving a mission, a couple of weeks ago. Shortly after she got back, she decided to take a road trip to come and visit us! We had so much fun visiting with her and exploring different things. On the first day, we went museum hopping. Houston has a museum district full of interesting museums. On the second day, we decided to take a trip to the beach. We found out about a nature center/fish hatchery/aquarium on the way there that we stopped to see.
This was a really mean crab. Although his pincers had been removed, if you even moved your hand toward him he would violently poke your hand! Harmless, but kind of unnerving.
Talmage was very excited about all of the fish...
This one had some kind of tumor or something on its right eye...do you see it??
There were a lot of fish and even a shark swimming around in the tanks!
Walking around the wetlands exhibit
Is it just me, or does he look so mischievous in this picture?
His shoes had a hard time staying on...after he kicked them off for the umpteenth time I decided to let him go barefoot. He loved it.
Then we continued on to the beach! Talmage had a serious blowout, so after we spent about half an hour cleaning him up, changing his clothes, and rinsing out his old ones in the ocean :), we started playing in the water a little bit.
There were dead jellyfish dotting the shore! I was a bit wary of them since when I was 5 or 6 I had a nasty run in with some jellyfish tentacles and ended up with welts up and down my legs for weeks!
They felt really weird...
Before we left, Breanne had the brilliant idea to take jumping pictures.
The next day, we went to Houston's Chinatown (see the Chinese store in the background?), where we stocked up on Taiwanese food to try! It was so fun to have Breanne there, introducing us to that culture. And she even got to speak Chinese to people there, as well as at one of the museums we went to! Houston really is a melting pot. Then we went to the baptism of a woman and her son and hit Cici's pizza on the way home (all-you-can eat pizza, salad, and dessert for only $3.99/person!). My family occasionally went to Cici's pizza when we lived in Katy, so it was fun to go back with Breanne. On Sunday, we went to Church where Breanne sang a beautiful musical number! Then, on Monday morning, we were sad to see her drive away.
Breanne took this picture of Talmage...isn't it adorable? He loved having her here so much! She made him laugh so hard over and over again. He thought she was absolutely hysterical, and he definitely loved having someone to hold him all day long! Thanks for coming to visit, Breanne! We certainly enjoyed it.