Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Washed Out Wedding

Last week we traveled to Alabama to witness my one and only son tie the knot. 

The whole week we were there was a whirlwind of wedding agenda and family busy-ness.

We got to see Toby's parents and his Omie (grandmother)....

We took a trip across the bay to Daphne to see Lucas and his home.

 His home was even nicer in person than in the pictures. I was impressed.

We ate lunch at the Original Oyster House. Emily was out celebrating her last days as a single woman with her friends so she didn't join us....


Rain was in the forecast for the day but we all silently had our fingers crossed that it would dissipate or pass us on by. No such luck. 20 minutes before the outdoor wedding was to begin it came a downpour chock full of thunder, lightning and wind.

All the parents of the bride and groom were out in the covered RV carport setting up for the reception. We tried to move everything toward the center of the carport but the wind and rain persisted until everything was drenched...including us.

We ended up making quick arrangements to hold the wedding inside of the home.

The bride and groom took it in stride and just went with the flow.

The ceremony was nice. I can only imagine what I'm going to look like in the family wedding pictures. I seriously looked like a drowned rat. Memories were definitely made that day!!

Cutting the cake. I can thank my dear hubby for these photos. I was so busy with idle chat that I missed them cutting the cake. My sweet man knew those pictures would be important to me and took it upon himself to capture those moments while I mindlessly chatted away....

More memories from our trip....

Me, Lucas's dad Frank, Lucas and Skye

A selfie at the beginning of the trip...before everybody got tired and cranky!

Bo photo bombing
One of the highlights of our trip (for me) was our morning walk with Bo. There happened to be a section of wooded area close to the room where we were able to unleash Bo and let him run his energy out freely. I'm pretty sure it was private property and it was definitely inhabited by a few prostitutes and drug addicts but what the hey, we ain't skeerd.

I loved that our room window faced the woods. Made me feel at home. :-)

I took this picture of the bride and groom while they were having their professional pics made.
 The property was beautiful. Emily's family are very nice people. Behind the home was a huge pond (which looked more like a lake to me and Skye) which the wedding was suppose to take place until the rain made it's entrance...

Toby and Frank chatting before the rain

Lucas and his dad, Frank

Bo said this is the most boring car ride I have ever been on.

Although I had hoped for a really good time, for whatever reason this trip was exceptionally draining for me. I really didn't get to spend as much time with Lucas as I had hoped either.

The wedding was nice though and I certainly wouldn't have missed it for the world.

All that said, my home looked like a GOD when we pulled into the driveway. I was ready to get back to my normal routine.

Friday, April 17, 2015


Thursday Summer and I met Angela and her crew at Balcones District Park for a hike. I have only been to this park once before several years ago so I couldn't really remember much about it.

My motive for choosing this park was the fact that the Northern Bike Trail system's trail head begins (or ends) at this park.

I've enjoyed riding the Southern Bike Trail so much that I'm anxiously awaiting for the north end to be done and I wanted to check on it's progress.

Angela and I are like two peas in a pod when it comes to exploring around the trails.

We hiked only a couple of miles through the woodsy, shady trail and the mosquito's were getting the best of Jordan.

I enjoyed the trail and it looks like a good place to come back with Bo and explore more.....

Some pretty Verbana
There is a nice clearing with some picnic tables

Some ball moss
I've spent most of the past few weeks prepping for our trip to Alabama. I'm not looking forward to the long drive, but I am getting excited about seeing family members and a couple of old friends.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Southern Walnut Creek - East

Looking for a bike ride today, Toby and I set out for the Southern Walnut Creek Trail again. This time we took the opposite path than we did the last time.

I enjoyed this path much better. There are a few less hills to climb than the other path which made for a much easier ride for me. We rode approximately 10 miles down winding, foliage lined paths...

Two anoles dueling for territory rights

Indian Paintbrush
I'm trying to get in as much biking as I can before it gets too hot.

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Our morning walks this week led to some pretty wildflower sightings. Not as many as I would like, but Spring has just began so I'm sure I will have more to add to my collection soon.

Texas takes great pride in their Bluebonnets...hence, them being our state flower I suppose....

A hike through the disc golf trail at East Metro Park....

At the park I also came across this very pretty flowering tree......

On our morning walk around the neighborhood we passed this large patch.....

We also came upon some Primrose. I think these are almost as pretty as the Bluebonnets....

My hummingbirds are also back along with our bat family that like to use our pool as their watering hole. They can drink as much as they like since they help keep the mosquito population to a minimum.

We spend as much time as possible outdoors at this time of year.