Over the weekend we flew to Dallas to meet with one of our showrooms for the Heartfelt Collection {our boutique line}. We missed our first flight and from there things seemed to unravel. I forgot all my makeup at home. David’s medicine exploded in my suitcase. And Matthias left his treasured blanket at the hotel. {We were able to recover it, thank goodness!} But despite all of the craziness we did have some fun. We got to see my brother, his sweet wife and their amazing twin girls. And twin sister was there with her twin daughters too.

Traveling with the boys was imperfect. I love having them with us–and they were fabulous. But when I’m working I feel very pulled between meeting their needs and getting things done. It’s just real life, ya know? Crazy and fun and sometimes super stressful.

I hope I never, ever have to use my cushion as a flotation device.

Sunrise somewhere between California and Dallas.

My gorgeous niece, Clara.

The cousins had a good time. Cousins rock!

We went to church with my brother and his family. David was determined to go through every pew.

Walking back to the car. Such a sweet uncle and auntie!

Lunch at Tin Star. Yes, please!

Lots of cuddles from auntie Janine.

We visited the Perot Science Museum. The dinosaur floor was incredible.

My what large teeth you have!

My niece, Clara opened a foot massage salon. She is is 11 years old and she works from inside her home. Tips are appreciated. I got a foot soak, foot rub, shoulder rub and hand massage. It was awesome.

That’s Megan adding just a liiiiitle bit more whip cream on top of her chocolate chip pancakes.

Yum. I love family traditions like special breakfasts.

Janine, Chrissie and I snuck out for a super quick thrifting expedition. I found a pair of gold, leather cowboy boots. So yeah, I was stoked!

Now we’re back home, doing laundry and trying to get into the swing of things. I think I need a vacation to recover from the trip!

When we get back from a trip, we unload all the dirty laundry before we take the suitcases upstairs. It makes unpacking so much easier. Then I try to get the grocery store first thing to make sure we have fresh food in the house. But of course, I still have sleep to catch up on! Going out of town is fun {I love it actually and we do it a lot!} but it can make life crazy too.

How do you get back into the swing of things when you return from a trip? I’d love to hear!