Thursday, July 11, 2013

It's Getting HOT!

Wow, it's been a HOT minute since I've last updated my blog. I started a new job in Texas that has been keeping me pretty busy. While I'm on the topic of work... I am now working for National American University, a national online university, as an Admissions Advisor. If you or anyone you know is interested in furthering your education and changing your future, I am here to help! You can contact me at VJSmith@national.edu or leave me a comment with how I can reach you. It looks like we will be staying in Dallas longer than originally planned. We are really hoping to stay here long term since we enjoy Dallas so much! 

Now back to Dallas! As you can imagine, it has been getting REALLY hot here. Almost everyday is now above 100, and it is miserable to be outside for long periods of time. The only way to beat the heat is to relax by the pool. Luckily our apartment complex has two pools, and I've definitely been utilizing this amenity this summer. 

Hello, welcome to paradise 
All my pool necessities
All I need is a good book and the water
One of the things I've really been wanting to do since getting to Dallas was to go to the Dallas Zoo. I've always loved zoos and aquariums, so before it got too hot we made a day trip to the Dallas Zoo. Tickets were $12 each and parking was $7 so it wasn't really an expensive day. My favorite parts were the elephants and the giraffe feeding. The zoo was over crowded with screaming children and really hot, so we only spent a few hours here. If you decide to go, I recommend going early in the morning when the park opens since parking was difficult to find. Also, by mid-afternoon it gets too hot for the animals and the humans :)
An albino alligator 
"There's a tiger in the bathroom"
Elephant fountain just like the one at the Philadelphia Zoo!
Real elephants
Hello giraffes 


The giraffes eating lunch 
Sleeping lion
Welcome to the Dallas Zoo
We've also been going to a few FC Dallas Soccer games. I am not a real big soccer fan, but a friend of ours always gets free tickets. The stadium is only about 20 minutes from our apartment, so we enjoy going to get dinner and watching the game. Parking is free and tickets are usually pretty cheap. During the week, the stadium is pretty empty, but it gets busier for weekend games. It's a really fun way to spend a night out of the house with friends. The energy inside the stadium is awesome! I think this video pretty much sums up what goes on at the FC Dallas games.
video
Pretty empty during the week
Weekend games have a lot more fans!

I've been so blessed with the most amazing and supportive family. In May, my Mom made her first trip to Dallas to spend Memorial Day Weekend with me and my boyfriend. I had a great time showing my Mom the Dallas area, but more than anything I enjoyed just spending quality time together. She is my best friend, so being away from her is really hard. Although we only had one weekend together, we did a TON! We went to Reunion Tower, Fountain Park, the Asian Art Museum (free and free AC), JFK Memorial, and Villa-O for Sunday brunch. I've blogged about most of these places in the past. One new place we went was to the JFK Memorial in downtown Dallas. It is a high traffic tourist attraction with a couple different fun things to do. You can go into a museum and see where the shots came from that killed President Kennedy. More than anything I loved all the conspiracy theorist around the memorial who have some pretty solid evidence that things did not go down the way the government said they did. I am a sucker for a good conspiracy theory!  I'm so happy my Mom got to see where I live and I can't wait for her to come visit again soon!

Reunion Tower with my Mom
This view never gets old
It's a long way up
With my baby
Dallas on the ground
Back at Fountain Place
I wish the fountains were actually on :(
Momma <3
The 3 of us
I love you
Walking around Downtown Dallas 
I <3 water. It is a serious addiction 
Pretty flowers
When walking around DT Dallas, you'll need the free air conditioning... GO HERE! 
With the Buddha 
My Momma 
In the origami hall
Getting a quick drink :)
Where JFK was shot
X marks the spot
Stopping traffic 

The window where the shots came from... depending on who you ask
Sunday brunch
Mom
My favorite people


After my Mom came to visit the fun didn't stop! Next my step-mom, Nana Joy, and two sisters made a stop in Dallas! I hadn't seen my sisters in almost 6 months so I was dying to see them. They grew up so much in the short period of time that I've been away. I hate missing watch them grow up everyday, but it makes the time we have together even more special. I got to show my family the Dallas area and even had a sleepover at our apartment with my sisters. We went to Fountain Park (free), Perot Museum, and Klyde Warren Park (free). If you are coming to Dallas with kids you have to make all these fun stops! They all are kid friendly attractions and even really entertaining for adults too. I miss them so much already and can't wait to see them next month for our vacation in St. Maarten!
Lake by my apartment
Reece looking for fish
Logan and Nana Joy
Ducks
My boo
Feeding the ducks
"I like turtles"
My heart melts
Looking for more fish
SLEEPOVER!
We survived the night!
Fountain Park!
Finally the fountains were on! All 200 of them!
Enjoying the day in Dallas

Klyde Warren Park
Having too much fun
Take your kids here!
Nice way to cool down from the Texas heat
Such an amazing and free park
Park right in the middle of DT Dallas
At the Perot Museum 
Checking out the dinosaurs 
Handprints
Yes, that is a dire wolf for my Game of Throne fans 
They are real!!!! Game of Thrones! 
Tornado machine 
Girls giving the weather report
Reece stuck in a log
A mini Dallas skyline
Reece with the frogs
Playing leap frog




I just got back from Las Vegas for an awesome work conference and I can't wait to share all about it! Check back soon :) 
XoXo