I am going to indulge you with more in-depth stories of each cities we have since visited. I’m sure the recap wasn’t nearly long enough to satiate your interest ;)

We arrived in Dallas not even 20 hours after the precious baby, Aidan Michael Coakley, was born. We drove straight to the hospital and found our sister’s hospital room. We knocked on the door, and heard an unnaturally cheery voice behind the door. There was Giselle, our sister, walking around in her perfectly curled hair, beautifully natural makeup, and fashionable sandals. Ummm, seriously?! She put my post-labor self to shame. Did she really just have a baby?! Two months early? Au naturale??! I certainly wouldn’t have guessed so.

After visiting for a bit and seeing Matt’s brother and nieces, we left to find a place to stay for the night. We found a beautiful campground right next to a gorgeous lake in Lewisville, which was around 30 minutes away from our family in Irving. Matt’s other family- mother, father, and brothers- also came in to town to meet the new baby and visit with the family, so we got a bonus in being able to see them as well.

We made a two day trip down to Hillsboro to visit my great-grandmother (Cecilia’s great-great-grandmother) and family in the area. It was wonderful to spend time with them and marvel at my great-grandmother’s spunk and feistiness. She does not let those years hold her back

We spent the rest of our time in Dallas laughing and sharing memories, grilling, making s’mores, eating way too much TexMex, and Matt shooting and editing like crazy, of course. After two weeks and two inches onto our waists, we said our goodbyes and left for the Gulf.

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