Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
For your viewing enjoyment, I present a photo collage via Instagram of our trip to Austin this week.
It was in the 30s and 40s, with a hazy shade of winter cast over the city. We stayed downtown at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel, because we were in town for a state teacher testing conference representing Jed's school. Fisher and I did a lot of lounging around in our room because of the cold both weather and illness affecting us. We shopped and ate and enjoyed ourselves, and would love to go back when the weather is nice. Downtown is very walkable, and the city has so much to explore. I would choose a different hotel next time. The Intercontinental was nice and had lots of architectural interest, but our room was tiny and expensive (paid for by the school) and the mandatory valet parking was very pricey.
Where did we eat?
The Mellow Mushroom near the University of Texas campus was our first dinner stop. We were headed out to Hula Hut at the lake, but traffic was horrendous so we decided to stay close. We love Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, so we went for what we know. We had the Funky Chicken pizza and the soft pretzels. The key at MM is to order a side of the Esperanza house dressing. That junk is so good.
The next day Jed had a long lunch break so we went to Mellow Johnny's, Lance Armstrong's bike shop. My husband is a cyclist and could entertain himself in a bike shop for hours. He showed Fisher all the cool bike stuff while I shopped for Christmas presents for him. If you are into bikes, the shop is a must see. Many of Lance's bikes are on display along with a well thought out selection of cycling gear and accessories. It also has a cafe called Juan Pelota's that serves breakfast burritos and coffee.
For lunch we headed to the Taco Shack. I had a chicken torta with bread that melted in my mouth. Delicioso.
At the Taco Shack, Fisher had a big first. He sat up in a high chair throughout the meal. Yay!! He loved playing with his toys and sitting up like a big boy while we ate.
Fisher and I did a little more exploring, driving around the state capitol and South Congress shops. We picked up a few cupcakes from Hey Cupcake, one of the famous food trucks on South Congress. I surprised Jed with them when he got back to the hotel.
Fisher and I did lots of snuggling on the big king sized bed in our room. A sniffly baby makes exploring in the cold not so much of an option.
Our last night in town we went to Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. It rocked my world. It was cheap and delicious with a laid back atmosphere and creative menu. I had baked acorn squash with the chef's special pecan pesto on top, with a side of curried shrimp and veggies. Oh my. I was in broccoli heaven.
We came back to Dallas and were greeted by gridlock. We loved the feel of Austin and hope to go back and explore more when the weather is nicer. Where would you like to explore?
Here is our boy at five months.
His favorite activities right now:
bath time with Daddy
Mommy & Daddy serenading him
playing in his Johnny Jump Up and Exersaucer
walks around the neighborhood
His eyes are still a gorgeous blue grey.
He smiles and laughs so many things.
A few examples:
Jackson (our dog)
rubbing his belly with my face
when we smile or laugh
This look may be a preview of the teenage years.
He does push ups like a champ, but still isn't rolling over.
I blame the giant noggin.
He babbles constantly, especially when wanting attention. His little voice is so sweet, but he can get LOUD.
He sits up pretty well, but can come crashing down at any time without warning. Most of the time the crashes don't bother him at all. I wish I could have posture like his.
He is super easy going, and sleeps really well most of the time. He sleeps from 7 pm to 7 am with only one feeding at 10 pm in between. We are still exclusively breastfeeding, but are excited to start solid food soon.
We fall more in love with him every day.