So, yeah, things have been quiet around here lately, haven’t they? My apologies for not giving you any warning about that! We’ve been out of town for the past week — living it up in Austin, Texas.
Remember when I first met Beth of ThinkLiz? Well, it turns out what started as a blog friendship has turned into a really beautiful real-life friendship — not only for Beth and I, but also for our families. Jason and Brian get along swimmingly; Jude and Parker love each other to bits; and as couples we couldn’t be a better fit. We’ve got all the right things in common, with enough differences to keep things interesting. So, when Jason suggested we come down to Austin as a birthday gift to Beth, we were all for it!
The view of beautiful downtown Austin.
Easiest plane rides ever. Parker watched the iPad and Nolan slept and ate. So nice.
And, my oh my, what a wonderful trip it was. We ate, talked, ate, explored, ate, laughed, ate, watched the kids play, and ate some more. We had the most amazing food ever. Like, really, the best meals I’ve ever had in my life. And that’s coming from a foodie!
At Uchiko enjoying the best meal of my life. Words cannot describe.
On our date night, exploring more of downtown including the lake, the capitol building, eating at Second Bar and having drinks at Midnight Cowboy.
The boys eating tacos at Torchy’s.
The kids were ridiculously cute. Beth shared a few pictures here on her Toddler Tuesday post. It made for the most relaxing time for the parents. We could just sit and talk, uninterrupted for the most part, and just watch them play. It was such a nice break from the constant barrage of toddler neediness in my everyday life. Sigh. I can’t wait until Nolan is bigger so they can play like that!
The boys in front of the big fish painting outside of Chuy’s.
And believe it or not, Texas is more than just desert. Or, at least Austin is! We really enjoyed the hill country, taking a hike overlooking the lake, and spending time in the many parks. I especially liked Zilker park, which had a train that ran through parts of it — something the little ones loved!
On the train in Zilker park.
What a wonderful, wonderful time. It’s been a little hard to be back, to be perfectly honest. And it’s not just the I’m-back-to-real-life-after-vacation feeling. We really love our friends in Austin and it’s sad to be so far apart. Especially for Parker. He keeps asking for Jude all day long. The trials of living in an age where we can make friends who live so far away! But, all in all, I’m so thankful for the internet since it introduced me to Beth and her family. We love you guys!