It's no secret that I love Austin. I miss living there almost daily. There's just something special about it that Houston won't ever be. Yes, I miss the beauty of the hills, the laid-back, open-minded people, but most importantly- I miss the town where most of my closest friends live.
We don't visit nearly as often as I'd like, and we finally made our first trip since Ross was born this past weekend. It was a weekend that flew by, but we did a ton of things, and I got to see my Austin "crew", minus one of my best friends, Kim.
Packing for a family of five is...interesting. I could use other words like, stressful, hectic, unpleasant, and time-consuming, but I won't use those negative words. teehee! I started off by writing a list for every single thing that each child needed to pack. Mia's six and very independent, so I handed her her list and sent her upstairs. She checked off each item as she put it in her suitcase, and was finished in no time! By the time Jeremy got home from work at 6:00, I had the car loaded, and I had even packed most of his things. He was impressed. I think I deserve a "wife of the day" award for that one. Did I mention that I started packing around 1:00 with a 3:30 Dr. appt. for Ross thrown in there? Well... I did.
We got to our friends' house in Dripping Springs around 10:00 Friday night after a very pleasant car ride! Thank God for an amazingly patient and happy baby - not to mention iTouches and an iPad! Some drinks on Rhett and Elaina's back deck, shooting stars, and great company made an exhausting day all worth it.
Saturday was filled with kids playing (Rhett and Elaina have Eva (6) and Harrison (4)), bowling, Texadelphia, and a great restaurant called Freddie's Place. Freddie's has large oak trees for shade, misters to shake off the heat, live music (of course), and a playground for kids. You'd never find a place like it in Houston. Seventeen of us gathered for drinks, food, and tons of catching up. Exactly what I had hoped for.
On Sunday, we took the kids swimming for a few hours, and then Elaina and I headed downtown to Milk & Honey Spa. I had an amazing 75 min. sports massage! Much needed. We both walked out complete zombies. It was the perfect way to end my Austin trip. I'm already trying to figure out when it will happen again. I love you, Austin peeps...'til next time!