One of Paul's favorite restaurants/landmarks is The Salt Lick in Driftwood, a legendary Texas BBQ spot just a few miles outside of Austin. For Father's Day weekend, we drove out there on Saturday night and Paul got the "All You Can Eat" plate, which the girls shared with him. Claire couldn't fit much more in this bite!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
This past week, the girls and I took a trip back to Houston to have some family time! We spent a fun-filled time, mostly in the water, and ate lots of Grammy's good cooking. The girls loved seeing Emma again, and we played outside in the baby pool almost every day.
It was funny how each girl kind of did their own thing...Emma loved the little sprinkler, Caroline kept washing her legs with the bigger sprinkler, and Claire...well, let's just hope she didn't drink anything suspicious.
Popsicle time! The faces in this picture are priceless! We need a good caption for this one.
Sharing some popsicle with Emma.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Once again, we had a fun, adventure-filled weekend all over Austin! There is definitely no short supply of all kinds of activities; it's just a matter of finding the time to fit them into your schedule. Yesterday, we decided to venture to the zoo/animal sanctuary in the morning, and because it's a very small rescue facility, we were able to tour the entire zoo in under two hours.
When we first arrived, we were greeted by this beautiful peacock, who then turned towards us, running and squawking, so we were not too sure how welcome we were! The entire zoo is not paved, so we were racing our little umbrella strollers as fast as we could on the rocks. I'm sure that peacock was laughing in his head.
Claire loved touching the goats!
After the zoo, we went home for naps, then later that afternoon, drove down to UT and went to a free music festival in one of their theaters. We arrived as the Celtic music was ending, but the few songs we stayed for were played by this Russian group. It was quite interesting! That giant guitar is called a balalaika, and they range in size from very small (man on left) to giant (man on right)! The music reminded me of a Russian mob movie, but the girls were waving their arms at the exact same time in tune with the music and it was pretty hilarious!
Monday, June 4, 2012
About 10 minutes from our house, in the next little town over, there is this great outdoor mall that was just built, and in the middle, directly in front of the library (where we had story time on Friday), they built an outdoor space with an amphitheater, splash pad, and Amy's Ice Cream! Needless to say, we have visited this area quite a bit already.
Every time we have visited, the girls have been enthralled with the fountains and have wanted to play. Many kids just get in with their clothes on, but I wanted to wait until we had brought our swimsuits just to make sure they felt they could get wet. So, yesterday afternoon, we packed up all our gear, changed into our suits, and headed on over to the Galleria splash pad.
I should have known that this would happen - after spending all that time getting ready, and then driving to the mall, the girls would not get in. They tend to be pretty cautious and aren't sure about trying new things (i.e. no face-painting), but when Paul stopped by, he suggested we just swing them into the fountains and get them started.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Last week, I joined a mom's group in the area, and now I have the choice of so many activities to attend with the girls. This group is really active; I can attend an event almost every day of the week if I want to. So far, we've met up at the park, gone to library story time, and then today, we attended the Lake Travis Library Summer Kickoff, complete with petting zoo, face painting, and balloon animals. This little petting zoo was set up really nicely - they had the kids come in and sit on stools, then hold a blanket on their lap to put the animals. The girls mostly held the bunnies and guinea pigs, but they had a hedgehog, turtle, iguana, and chicks. Their laps were pretty small, so the animals mostly slid off unless one of us helped hold them. Caroline was so thrilled to hold the bunny!