Sunday, August 28, 2016

Birthday #42

Toby's 42nd birthday was uneventful, but relaxing.

We headed down to Barton Springs for a little hiking then on to the flats to cool off afterward.








While I was roosting on a rock, I spotted this little guy roosting next to me....


Afterward, we headed to Baby A's for some lunch and a couple of Purple "Rita's.

Then home to finish the day out in the pool....



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Brother, Baby and Babbling

We recently had a visit from Toby's brother Charlie, his wife Tennelle (yes, as in Captain and T) and their 3 month old daughter, Ryleigh.

The visit was both nice and stressful at the same time. It was very hard choreographing activities for visitors with a three month old in tow in the middle of Texas's August 110 temps. Toby and I are more outdoor types, and we found out really quick that Charlie and Tennelle weren't interested in getting hot or walking much...understandably, with a 3 month old in tow.

Me and Toby ended up holding the baby a few times...mostly Toby because I think Ryleigh liked Toby's cushioning better. I didn't mind though, because she reminds me so much of Skye when she was a baby...




We even baby sat her one night for a couple of hours. I won't lie and say it was fun, mostly because of the screaming jag she went on that only Toby was able to pull her out of.  But hey, what are families for, right??



And Bo was just like, what the hell is going on here? I hope that thing isn't here to stay...


Trying to keep cool, we went to the Texas Memorial Museum and the Capitol Visitors Center...



I always like to have our photo taken in front of this display, because Texas has been such a positive move for us...

There's a photo bomber behind us
Here are some more photos from the week...





The one and only time Skye gave the baby the time of day...


Although I can still hear baby babble talk in my head, I enjoyed seeing Charlie and meeting his wife and baby. It was a nice visit.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Birthday Week

For my 52nd birthday, I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of both my brother, his wife, my son and his wife, along with my own little family, help me celebrate. It was one of the best birthdays I've had in a while.

I wish I had gotten more pictures than what I did, but I was so busy enjoying my company that I didn't really think much about my camera.

Thanks to my other selfie loving family members, there were a few captured moments.

On my birthday, my brother treated me and my family to Southside BBQ. Diep pulled out her handy dandy selfie stick and captured a memory for us...


It's been a while since I've gotten a picture of these two curtain climbers together....


Lucas and Emily spent their spare time lounging in the pool....


 .....and venturing some of the area bike trails...




.....and we all took a hike on Barton Creek....



Only my strange teen would wear long pants to a creek in 100 plus temps....




I think the most fun we had was the night before Lucas and Emily headed back to Alabama. Toby and I bought tickets to Esther's Follies. We ate dinner and one of our favorite restaurants downtown before we walked the block to Esther's for the show.

Esther's has a reputation for randomly picking a member of the audience to participate in their comedy skits. Lucas happened to be that "lucky" member. It was HILARIOUS!!! He's such a good sport and has just the personality for his "part".

Unfortunately, no videoing is allowed in the theatres so the memory will be forever ingrained in our minds rather than the digital world.

It was a non-stop week chock full of family fun.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Moon Walk

Here are a few pics of our walk downtown last week. We really didn't walk too much because it was an extremely hot day and our original motive was to grab a couple of items from the downtown Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and the medical supply store.

A little pup waiting patiently for his master outside of P. Terry's....


Paddlers enjoying the lake..


I love the design of  Pfluger Bridge, especially the spiral portion.....


Bike rentals...


Even though I have walked by this area a few times, it's the first time I ever noticed what appears to be a large picnic table and some lamp-like lights....


Today we headed to McKinney Falls. It's a beautiful state park and it's been awhile since I've been there.

Because of all the rock, I always feel like I'm on the moon...









We got out of there just in time for the bus loads of day care kids and scout campers.

Other pics from the week:

The teens enjoying a sunset swim....




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fun In The Sun

We had a successful July 4th celebration. We invited a few neighbors over for a swim and a fancy dinner of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.

I was too busy having fun with my adult conversation/beverage to take make any memories via photos, but I did think about my camera when I saw this nice sunset....


In comparison to last summer, we've been having a good one this year. Our daily life stress levels are lower on the Richter scale. We've all spent a good bit of family time swimming in our pool this year. It was a lonely pool last year.

Today Toby and I had to run an errand in NW Austin, so we mixed in a little fun by taking a hike in and swim on Bull Creek.

Even though the annual drought has already began, our creeks are still flowing nicely from our abundance of spring rains...



 





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Toby spotted a lost tube, most likely left over from July 4th creek celebrations...


I've uploaded a couple of videos I took onto my YouTube channel. I've added this link for you to view or subscribe if you are interested in videos.