13 July 2007

austin, texas - mucho fun

who doesn't like austin? jack and i met in austin, it's a great short trip and it's laid back and fun. good food, biking, friends, ice cream and family.

we had a fun time...kinda crazy with 2 kiddos but we managed through breakfast with a squirmy annie, avoiding the ongoing rain in order to catch a very quick swim and fun dinners with our austinite friends.we had dinner with the boones...like old times [minus the wises]. i still remember our fun flying pig dinner when it was calm and we all had big bellies. now it's not so calm...well maybe if you are a boone. they are such sweet girls - i think my kiddos scared them with running around, climbing on things and going 90 miles an hour. funny story that sabra told me is that both her girls [3 years and 17ish months] both weigh 27 pounds. that's so cute. you can see the demeanor in the kid's picture...the boone gals just sat there and we had to act like monkeys to get our kids to pay attention. jackson and lt took a good picture - i think he was trying to hit on her...good thing boone was there to straighten out the situation with a few, "hey, watch it, jackson."
brad [match-maker of julie and jack] came also. i think we wore him out because jack and brad were supposed to hit 6th street that night and brad didn't make it past his couch when he got home.
we went biking around town lake and had a fun time with a few wrong turns. but, it was fun to enjoy austin as if we lived there. jack overheard someone saying, "keep austin weird" as we past with our bikes and buggy. don't know if they thought we were weird or telling us to leave because it was too normal to have a buggy. maybe if we had a dog sitting on top of the buggy then i could see us being a picture of weird. who knows...weird story.

we got some cute pics on our bike ride of the kiddos at our stopping point:
here's jackson's "natural" smile...
jackson made a friend who was feeding the squirrels. his new friend gave his a piece of bread to feed the squirrels. he must have been hungry because he ate the bread instead.here's a disappointment to us...annie hates swimming pools [and baths for that matter]. jackson loves swimming pools...maybe next year she'll warm up to them because it's way to warm outside of them during the summer.
we stayed at the omni - which caters to kiddos. they knew our kids by the time we left. [or maybe after being there for 5 minutes] i'm thinking it was their job...but maybe it was because how much our kids make themselves known at the hotel. but the swimming pool is on top of the hotel [not kid friendly]. but they were extremely catering down in the lobby. they gave us kids backpacks when we got there and always were offering us water or whatever we wanted. i tend to think that i'm a pretty easy-to-please person but i am a self-proclaimed hotel-snob...and i like staying in nice hotels and the omni was really nice. as compared to the last hotel we stayed at in austin. jackson was about 6 months old and we went to a ut game with holden. holden made us some reservations at the super 8 hotel. never go there...and believe me - you do not want any stories except that i would have rather stayed at holden's house with his 4 male roommates.
we ate dinner with my oldest friend critter - or amy stoker if i want to be proper - & her fam. it was "fun" and she knows why i included the quotes. we have a list at home of things or people that make us laugh so if we are ever in a bad mood we can go look at the list and crack up. after a night with the stokers and others we added a new name to our list....story not included.

the boys had fun with their bathtub mohawks...that never gets old. sometimes i find jack making his hair into a mohawk in the shower. [i'm trying to see if jack reads these...so far no comments from him]at the end of the trip we went to "God's country"....next post...

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