Obligatory Vacation Pictures

So, earlier this month the family and I enjoyed a week-long diversion in sunny, humid, lovely Fort Worth, Texas. Time was evenly divided between family and friends. 

We visited the Ft. Worth Japanese Garden where my dad is the head landscape architect. Several summers I spent “volunteering” my time at the JG, silently cursing the misfortune of my birth while trimming asian jasmine. This is my dad in his work togs.

Isn't he handsome in a Sasquatchian kind of way?

Isn't he handsome in a Sasquatchian kind of way?

This is Lola next to one of those ornamental drippy things whose name I will never remember. Back in Nippon they put them in front of tea houses and restaurants so you could wash your hands in them.

JG-Lola&DrippyThing

And to round off the JG portion of our little travelogue, here’s the Suzuki Garden which my Dad built. I remember renting the miniseries Shogun so he could study traditional retaining wall configurations.

That rock grouping in the back there looks like a penis on purpose.

That rock grouping in the back looks like a penis. On purpose.

We also went to the Ft. Worth Zoo, which is spectacular. They had this walk-in aviary full of parakeets. You could buy a stick with some seeds and honey stuck on the end to feed them.

No humans were shit on in the making of this family memory.

No humans were shit on in the making of this family memory.

Our dear friends, the family Wilkes, joined us on both of these excursions. Lola and the eldest Wilkes lad got along famously as exhibited here:

Nothing says 'a good time' like awkward posing.

Nothing says 'a good time' like awkward posing.

And here:

OurHappyDead

And, of course, here:

Lola&Preston

Sadly, the youngest Wilkes lad seemed disoriented and moist for the duration of the visit:

"Oh man, I got no idea what's going on."

"Oh man, I got no idea what's going on."

We also had an awesome FFXI land party where we were forced to eat this mind-bending terriyaki chicken/mashed potato goop (no pictures), threw two raucous dinner parties (no pictures of the parties themselves, just of children playing in the pool and, really, haven’t we seen enough pictures of adorable children?), saw the movie Up (google the damn pictures yourself), and spent some quality time with the grandparents (who I did manage to snap a good picture of but whom I will spare the exposure). In all it was a great trip and I miss everybody terribly but we’ll always have our memories and that extra five pounds.

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