Eight days in Texas:
Four very easy hours on the plane, courtesy of JetBlue airlines and the DirectTV feed in each seat which allowed mom and dad to read, write, and relax.
Three suitcases retrieved at baggage claim. One bag delivered eighteen hours later.
By day two: ten family members hugged, one Tex-Mex meal enjoyed with seven friends, one Sonic slush sipped, three scoops of Blue Bell ice cream consumed.
Six days to go with much more hugging, eating, and driving planned.