Wednesday, July 30, 2008


So yesterday I thought we'd mix it up a little and head over to one of the neighborhood ponds instead of the pool (we basically live at the pool.) AJ is obsessed with catching baby frogs and I figured they'd be in abundance there–and boy was I right. Here is a little video of our adventure. A couple older boys were fishing nearby and decided we were having more fun than they were, so they joined us. Jack was in heaven.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hurricane Dolly

As many of you probably know Hurricane Dolly will make landfall today near Brownsville, Texas. Yesterday at the pool I asked a friend of mine, a native Houstonian, "So are you nervous about the hurricane?"

Her eyes light up and in her southern drawl she purred, "oh, noooo–we just luuuve a good hurricane."

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Awesome News...

So my brother and his fiance have
finally set a date in October.
Congrats Dane and Angie. We
LOVE Angie!!! And we are also
super excited because they are
having the wedding at Angie's
parent's house in Beaumont. Lucky
us! It is only a couple hours from
here. So we have something to look
forward to this fall. Can't wait!

Sunday, July 6, 2008


Okay, we had an AWESOME 4th! The Austin Symphony puts on a big firework show downtown that we really wanted to go to, but we didn't want to battle the traffic. So I had the brilliant idea to get a hotel room right across the street. SUCH a good idea...if I do say so myself.

So, Friday morning we got up and decorated our bikes for our neighborhood parade. Can I just say that I think it is SO awesome that MY neighborhood, had a parade!!! A nice change after the nonexistent 4th celebrations in Visalia. The parade was great, with a BBQ and bounce houses afterward at the pool.

So we headed out for donuts (a 4th must for me) and then off to the hotel. The kids swam for a couple hours, then we went out to dinner then walked over to the the park to wait for fireworks. And let me tell you, Austin really did it up with the fireworks. The symphony got it started with the 1812 overture complete with cannon fire. The cannon reports really took the kids (and adults) by surprise–I wish I had it on tape! Then a great firework show accompanied by the symphony and a grand finale to end all grand finales! AWESOME!

We walked back the the hotel and passed out, overslept, and has to frantically rush to the Biscuit Brother's concert the next morning, but it was worth it. It was a great concert and Jack got his pictures taken with both Brothers (AJ was in time-out in the car, that is another story!)

We had so much fun and we felt like we went on a big trip. That is the way to go! A vacation 10 minutes from home, I can handle that. Can you tell how much I love Austin?!? Let me just make it clear: I LOVE it here!!!