Archive for May, 2011

2011 Summer Bucket List

May 16, 2011

Although the official first day of summer isn’t until June 21st, it has clearly already begun here in Texas. The almost daily 90 degree weather makes me long for shaved ice, corncobs on the grill, days on the lake and the smell of sunscreen. Some might say that our southern state’s sweltering heat is a bit overbearing, and at times I would have to agree…but when I have the ability to lay out by the pool in late March, it makes it all worth it. And since our summers last a bit longer than most, I intend to take full advantage of it by {hopefully} doing everything on my first Summer Bucket List.

A few of these things I have done in previous years but most I have never experienced before. My goal with this is to get out there and explore parts of Austin and the surrounding area that I’ve never seen before!

Memorial Day on Lake Conroe {2010 here} – check!

– Eat peaches and go antiquing in Fredricksburg

– Float a river

– Grab some kolaches at Green’s Sausage House

– Host a poolside cookout – check x3!

– Kayak on Lady Bird Lake

Take rowing lessons {I’ve always wanted to try sculling} – check!

Climb Mount Bonnell – check!

– Watch the bats fly from the Congress bridge

Shop SoCo on a First Thursday – check!


Friday Funny

May 6, 2011


This is what I picture going through Jack’s head every time he jumps up on the desk and lays on the laptop in front of me.

Easter Fun

May 5, 2011

This year we headed up to my parents’ for Easter weekend! Our family doesn’t have many resurrection day traditions {except for chocolate pancakes} but it’s always nice to have an excuse to get together and spend some quality time.

Turns out Mark has never dyed eggs before…I know, I couldn’t believe it either, poor kid…so of course we had to rectify that. I myself hadn’t colored eggs in years so it was really fun to be a kid again, drawing with the “magic crayon” and mixing colors.

We tried something new too; by cracking the hard boiled eggs all over and then submerging them in {food safe} dye, we got this…

They made the prettiest deviled eggs!

Speaking of eggs, or egg layers, my parents recently got a couple dozen chicks to add to the farm. Over the years their older hens dwindled in number so it was time to freshen the flock. Aren’t they cute?

Am I the only one that thinks chickens’ ears are really weird?

Camping: McKinney Falls

May 4, 2011

I love camping. There’s just something about removing myself from the day to day and being outside for hours on end that rejuvinates my spirit. I love breathing the fresh air, hiking in lieu of working out, seeing the stars at night, exploring trails and waking up with the sun. It’s no wonder that as soon as the temperatures become favorable I start planning a trip to a nearby park.

We camped for two days at McKinney Falls State Park and had a great time despite the burn ban which prevented us from partaking in the traditional campfire hot dogs and s’mores. Thankfully, my parents had a camp stove that we borrowed to cook on; throughout the weekend we made grilled cheese sandwiches, fajitas and breakfast burritos…yum.

Due to the current lack of rain in the area we didn’t see many wildflowers but the cacti were blooming like crazy.

Mark and I went on an almost 3 hour hike Saturday morning {not entirely intentionally, we forgot the map}; we hiked around the upper and lower falls, stopping off at the old McKinney family residence. The water-worn rock is similar to what I imagine the surface of the moon to look like.

Sights like this amaze me…can you imagine how long it took for the river to carve those curves out of the solid rock? Nature is simply amazing.

Mandy and Jake joined us for the second day and, after a night of card games played by the light of an emergency glow stick, we went out hiking again, this time stopping to wade in the falls and soak up some sun. I could have laid on that rock with my feet in the running water listening to the falls for hours. This is what camping is all about!