Welcome to our little corner in this big state called TEXAS! As you can see from the title of my blog we are Misplaced Midwesterners. My husband and I grew up in Kansas and Missouri. After we were married we lived in two places in Joplin, MO; moved to Nashville, TN; then to Eau Claire, WI; to Lisle, IL (right outside of Chicago); back to Nashville, TN (lived two places there); back to Springfield MO (where home really is and lived in two places there); down to Bossier City, LA; to Arlington, TX, and yes, we are in our second home here. We moved here on Labor Day weekend (September) 2007. Please go ahead and read all about our move or should I say our pilgramage here from Louisiana (where we only lived 9 months) here. I'm sure you will find it quite humorous as we do now looking back on it. Even though our address is in Arlington, TX, we feel as though we really do live in Mansfield, TX. If you look at the map below towards the bottom you'll see the city of Mansfield. We live less than a mile from the city line of Mansfield. Our son goes to Mansfield schools, we shop in Mansfield and we go to a wonderful church in Mansfield.
As you can see from these maps TEXAS is big and we live in one of the biggest metroplexes in the state. We are the 5th largest metroplex in the United States. It really is a great thing. We have the feel of a smaller city (Mansfield is just a little more than 50,000) but we have all the benenfits of living near/in a big city. I know that 50,000 may not be small to some but when you put it in perspective with the fact that the DFW area is over 5 million you can see why we feel like this little corner is small. Arlington itself is right around 1/2 million! So either way where we live it seems much smaller. We live equal distance from Fort Worth and Dallas. In fact we live the exact number of miles away from the Fort Worth Zoo and the Dallas Zoo. I love that we have 2 great zoos right here. We've only been to the Fort Worth Zoo so far and it was great the times we went. Here is one of my favorite pictures:
Arlington, TX, is now the home to the Dallas Cowboys. Yes, they are called the "Dallas" Cowboys but their new stadium is here in Arlington.
Not to mention that right down the street from this new stadium we have the baseball team the Texas Rangers:
Go down the street a little bit further and you have Six Flags Over Texas!
Now imagine that all three are open at the same time. Yes, it does happen. When it does happen it's not fun trying to find a place to park. That is when we stay completely away from that area of Arlington.
A little bit about us: My husband, Andy, and I have been married for 18 1/2 years and he truly is my best friend. We adopted our son, Sam, when we lived in Nashville, TN, and he was only 4 months old. He is the light of our lives. He is in Cub Scouts, a book club at school, the drum club at school, a running club at school, not to mention the activities at church. I have quite a few hobbies myself but one of my favorites that I like to feature here on my blog is my love for photography. I also love to read and in fact coming up very shortly I'll be doing some review on some pretty awesome books and with most of them there will be a giveaway. So you know that you'll want to put me in your blogroll/fan me/follow me so that you'll know when those are. I also do some products and have some of those coming up too. In the meantime here is just a small handful of my favorite photos:
There really is so much to see and do in this little corner of TEXAS that I can't even begin to put it all in one post. So, please take a few minutes and peruse around this little blog of mine and get to know me a bit better. I thank all of you Blog Trotters (and anyone else as I love all of my visitors) for stopping by and I'll be by your place really soon!
P.S. And yes, we've been down to Waco and have visited the Shrine!