If you're looking for locations with more construction going on - Houston or DFW would both be great locations in terms of your hubby's opportunities. Skilled trades are in great demand. However, I think Houston has a better nursing employment situation at the moment.
I would recommend that you FIRST get your TX license. Employers have so many applicants that they basically aren't interested in dealing with anyone who isn't "good to go" already. Since you're an RN with experience, you should be a very attractive candidate for most hospitals. However, if you don't have a BSN, that may be a limiting factor because so many of the larger facilities are either Magnet or moving toward Magnet - so they have very limited opportunities for AD nurses. FYI, all of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) facilities are Magnet. If you want to stay close to a 'beachy' area, you may want to look at the NASA-Clear Lake or other areas (south of Houston) or a community between Houston & Galveston.
Houston is pretty huge - with a wide variety of attractive housing alternatives in most areas. I would suggest that you find a job first, then decide where you want to live after looking at all of the possible commuting issues - LOL. Some areas that may 'seem' to be far away from your work site may actually have a shorter commute. If you have kids, you may want to focus on areas that are NOT located in HISD - it is an enormous school district, with all the usual problems that this entails. Houston is extremely diverse (#1 in the nation, according to the latest census) so if this is has an impact on your housing preferences, please be sure to ask your Realtor about it. When you are ready to purchase, be sure that you thoroughly understand the issues that are uniquely Houston (Flood Control zones, Municipal Utility Districts, Home Owner Associations, etc.) Houston has no zoning... it comes up on the ballot every once in a while, but always gets overwhelmingly voted down - so everything is pretty much rules by the HOAs. On the upside, this means you will probably never be very far from a mini-mart or Starbucks!
Climate in Houston will be very similar to what you are already used to - still no need for a winter coat! - and you already know the Hurricane drill.