Friday, October 2, 2015

Labor Day in Wacky Waco

We spent Labor Day Saturday in Waco, Texas.

Q: Why in the world Waco?

A: We wanted to see our friends from Dallas, the Wallis'. We did not want to fight traffic all weekend. We determined that halfway from Austin & Dallas is - WACO. 

We built up a list of solid adventures to keep us occupied for the day.

1st Stop: Baylor University
A real gem in Waco. A private Baptist university with beautiful grounds,  2 real bears on-campus (Baylor Bears) & a new business building that is breathtaking:

New Business Building

The Baylor Welcome Center had a fun photo booth ... with props. 
Brother & sister shenanigans caught on film.
 Next Stop: Lunch @ Vitek BBQ

Cultural Stop: Dr. Pepper Museum

Lauren finally gave up with Kit as a pillow.
 Last Stop: Magnolia Market - from HGTV's Fixer Upper. 
(Apparently we missed a visit from Former First Lady Laura Bush & Chip & Joanna Gaines - stars of the show - by just a few hours!)

I'm loving all the old county courthouses found here in Texas:
McLennan County Courthouse

Bell County Courthouse in Belton, Texas 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lauren: 5 Months

Rolls from back to stomach & gets stuck . Hair is filling in on her head . Constantly watches Mom . Gets a little diva-ish when we are eating & she is not . Likes to watch football with Dad & Kel . Getting better at napping . So alert & curious - doesn't want to miss out on a thing.

Watching Sunday football 

Feet are awesome

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

1st Day 3rd Grade

Happy Keller. Happier parents. We all survived summer.

Keller gets to ride his bike to school nearly everyday & loves it.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Summer 2015

Our Summer 2015 List:

What we accomplished:

ICE CREAM PARTY {Family Fun Night w/friends}

Cupprimo: They competed on Food Network's Cupcake Wars

GO TO A RODEO {We scored some great tickets to a PBR Rodeo close to home}

Other Summer Adventures:

Georgetown, Texas
Most of the Texas counties have beautiful courthouses.
This is the Williamson County Courthouse.
We took a tour, went to a street fair & ate at Monument Cafe.

360 / Pennybacker Bridge

Visited St. Edward's University {Austin}
St. Edward's University

Visited the Austin Zoo
{I would hardly call it a 'zoo'; more like an animal rescue. But - it kept us busy for an afternoon.}

Found the BEST 'New Orleans' style sno cone stand on South Congress in Austin

Spent a few days snacking on treats, in PJ's, playing games

Celebrated National Cheesecake Day at the Cheesecake Factory 
{Try the new Smores Cheesecake - Will not disappoint!}

Played with friends
{This was Candy Science Experiment Day}

Had our own version of Cupcake Wars one afternoon, this was the aftermath in the kitchen:

Went swimming ... LOTS

Tagged along the youth in our ward to see Hairspray at Zilker Park

Hosted a taste test of the newest Lays potato chips:

Took an overnight trip to Dallas: Stayed with our friends - the Wallis', visited Ft. Worth, rode a trolley in downtown Dallas, drove by Mark Cuban's house, played at Nickelrama and a few other adventures:
Had to stop at Bucee's in Temple - 1 of the largest convenience stores EVER.

Visited/toured The Money Factory {The US Department of Engraving & Printing}.
Learned that half the US paper money is printed in Ft. Worth, Texas. Who knew?

On the way to Dallas I took the backroads & my heart was happy.
My grandpa always says, 'Never go the same way twice.'

Had a marching band power right through our neighborhood one Saturday morning

Visited Laguna Gloria - The Austin Contemporary Museum

And many other activities that included reading (Keller read 800 minutes with the Cedar Park Library Summer Reading Program), watching movies (introduced Keller to Space Camp & Donny Osmond's Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) & playing with Lauren. It was indeed a busy summer.