Thursday, November 20, 2014

Donkey Day

Today we met up with friends at Berry Springs Park and Preserve.

There were two donkeys. Skye was impressed with the donkeys and spent a good bit of time petting and feeding them...



There was also a very shy cat that was impressive to the smaller kids....


...and to donkey....


We took a little hike through the trails....







Pecan trees are everywhere. We all picked up a few pecans along the way but Toby picked us a loot of pecans.....



Did a little geocaching....



Stopping off for a break and some meditation at the bird watch area....



AND.....back to the donkeys.....




The historic cemetery and homestead...



 Good company, good fun, the outdoors, animals, and good weather. This is my idea of living the life.



Friday, November 7, 2014

Together Again

I got some awesome news a couple of weeks ago. After trying out public school for a couple of years, our friends we used to hang out with are back to homeschooling again!!

Me and Skye could never quite find anyone we meshed as well with as we did them and ended up being sort of recluses socially. I'll admit, me and Skye both were a bit ecstatic when we got the news.

Even after being away from each other for an extended period of time, it was just like old times again....moms' included. :-)

We met up at the park and the girls entertained themselves with geocaching....







They also took advantage of the skate park...


It was nice to see my teenager out being active. It was a good day.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween

We had a good Halloween this year.

First we picked out a pumpkin and carved it....



We were a pretty scary threesome this year....



We went trick or treating with the neighbors around dusk...but not before mama had her a little Halloween cheer....


We must have all had fun. I woke up to empty liquor bottles, clothes, candy wrappers and Halloween costumes strewn everywhere.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Past Few Weeks....

The past few weeks have been filled with a little bit of this and that.

Skye and I went to Chilifest in Pflugerville. We had fun walking around checking out all the booths and eating samples of chili and drinking fresh squeezed lemonade...


We also took a weekend to support our local Crowe's Nest Farm. Each year the farm has a Family Fun Day fundraiser and we have supported them for the past 7 years. Skye even attended a camp there one year and loved it. The owners of the farm are very nice people and I love the fact they are an animal rescue farm.






The fall weather has been ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. Most the time there hasn't been a cloud in the sky and the weather has been warm and dry during the day and cool and comfortable in the evenings.





Even the grasshoppers were enjoying one particular beautiful day. Grasshopper love perhaps???


All three of us have taken to sitting outside at night watching for shooting stars, the space station, satellites and any other sky anomaly.

As Skye gets older I'm really trying to relish the things she is still willing to enthusiastically do with us. From experience, I know that the days will become fewer and far between that she thinks it's cool to sit out with mom and dad and sky watch.

We also finally purchased Skye an IPhone. She has requested one for the past couple of years but I had never felt the cost was warranted until recently. It got old leaving my phone with her every time we went off solo or having her consume mine with countless apps.


I can never close a post without posting pictures of my fur baby....


I'm hoping for a fall camping trip soon. I'm having to work around avoiding a full moon so we can star gaze and making sure there isn't a burn band so we can have a warm, cozy fire.

Crossing my fingers it works out.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Dallas: Round Two

After our last trip to Dallas, we were looking forward to giving Dallas the second chance it deserved.

After we checked into our hotel we headed downtown for a self-guided tour of the city.

Our first stop was Reunion Tower.


In my personal opinion it was was a bit pricey, but if I had to do it over it was an interesting enough attraction that I would pay the admittance again. The view from atop was absolutely beautiful...




After the tower tour, we headed down the streets of Dallas in search of a bite to eat.

Rested and full we took in a little shopping in the market area of downtown. I'm not sure what significance this establishment had, but apparently it was popular. Everyone was taking pictures of the outside of it so we did the same....


Here are some more pictures from our walk around downtown Dallas....





I estimate we walked a few miles that day.

In the room that evening while we lounged, Bo fixated on me for awhile. Usually when he stares at me it means he wants something and I can pretty much guess what it is. I never did figure out what he wanted and he eventually gave up. Maybe he wanted to go home to his familiar surroundings???



The next day we did the State Fair of Texas. More walking and TONS of it, but we had a blast....

The State Fair Ferris Wheel is the Largest in the U.S.





BIG TEX is the main icon of the State Fair of Texas

Funnel Cake
The State Fair of Texas is HUGE. It took us a whole day and a lot of walking miles just to look at the exhibits and attractions. I guess a ride on the Ferris Wheel will have to wait until next year.

Dallas did not disappoint us this time.