23 FebSweet time with family and friends

 We had a very low key weekend following our vacation week recovering and resting. Chris worked on school and work Saturday and Lisa went into work on Sunday but we managed to throw in some fun too. Friday was dinner and games with the Talley’s. Saturday evening, Mimi, Sara, and Katie came over for dinner, fellowship, and games. Then Sunday afternoon the Rhoads and Mimi came over Sunday evening for a early dinner and fellowship. Blessed to have sweet time with our family and friends!  

19 FebComfort’s First Ski Trip … Salt Lake City, Utah

There was little sleep on Thursday night knowing we were waking up to leave for the airport at 4 am but we made it there a little earlier than Chris even wanted Thursday morning. The flights were good and we got into Salt Lake City a few minutes early to get the Jeep Wrangler we rented for our trip. Thankful for the early check in at the hotel to drop off bags and unpack before making a reservation for a snowmobiling adventure. Before we made it there though we needed to lunch since there were a couple that were getting hanrgy ;). We stoped at Cafe Rio on the way for quick bite of Mexican. (Mindy had recommended a few places in SLC and three was one of them; good recommendation).

Next stop was Wasatch Excursions. We got to finally touch the snow which the girls had wanted to do since we saw it from the plane. The girls started throwing snowballs and making snow angels as soon as possible. We had to wait about 45 minutes for the tour to begin so gave us plenty of time to play in the snow.

Snowmobiling was fun and we got some great views. The girls even got to drive on one of the openings with Chris sitting behind them, Lisa couldn’t see over their heads to ride with them. The girls were getting tired towards the end but we asked the guides for a nearby recommendation for dinner.

We ended up at “Midway Mercantile” for our valentine dinner. It was a nice place with great food. We got a cheese fondue for appetizer since everyone seemed hungry. Ivy enjoyed salmon while Lisa, Chris, and Leia shared a steak and Hunters delight plate. Of course ivy took a few bites of ours too. We even ordered a brownie delight to share after dinner before heading back to the hotel to call it a night. 

On our way to have a little fun


Lunch at Cafe Rio

Waiting for our first adventure in Utah
 


Valentine fun 




The girls got to drive too
  
What a gorgeous view

Valentine’s Day dinner with our little family

Saturday morning the girls were up at 6 ready to watch a Disney show, Zombies 2 that was released last night. They piled in the bed with mommy while daddy slept to watch it. We were all up filling our bellies at the hotel breakfast early though to leave around 8 to go up the mountain. We (Comfort girls) were a little nervous and excited for our first time skiing ever.  

Traffic was heavier than we thought but we still got there in plenty of time to rent skis for ski school. The girls went to their class and Lisa went to hers while Chris started hitting ski runs. Lisa was next to the girls during part of the lesson and enjoyed watching them learn.  We all ended up on the bunny hill together towards the end of the lessons too so got to see each other’s skills.

We’d originally planned to do afternoon lessons to but we were tired so called it a day about 1:30 and headed back to the hotel. The girls went swimming for a couple hours while Mommy worked on organizing the list of stuff friends recommended in Utah. Chris joined us for a little bit too in the hot tub before we sent him back to rest since he said he was exhausted.

We ventured out to Thai Spoon for dinner and had a cookie for dessert at Crumbl (a recommendation from Mindy). When we got back to the hotel we played a fun family game of uno. Loved hearing the laughter and talking about our day And looking forward to a rest day Sunday.

Piled in the bed watching Zombies 2
 
What a gorgeous view

Getting ready for our first ski lesson

Mommy and the girls lessons were next to each other in the beginning. It was fun to watch the girls learn

Mommy was in her lesson and noticed the girls and Chris coming up to go down. Chris said it was by chance he got to ride with Ivy and her instructor

Daddy skied by to watch us too so mommy snapped a quick picture
      
The girls were excited to swim! 

Mommy and daddy were happy with the hot tub

Dinner with our favs

Yummy cookies at Crumbl
 
Family Uno night

Sunday morning Lisa and Leia were up before 6 again but stayed quiet to let the other bed sleep. They didn’t sleep long though and we were all up by 7am. We spent a leisure morning after getting out early the last two mornings. We enjoyed the snuggles and watching Disney in the girls phones.

When we did head to the car we figured out the roof leaked on the rental :-/. We also figured out a lot of businesses in SLC close on Sundays. Chris did find us a breakfast spot called Landmark that was open. The rain turned to a mixture of snow and rain while we were eating but not enough to play when we weren’t on the mountain.

After breakfast we headed to the Gateway area to explore. We looked at the Temple square from the car since the rain was getting heavier then ventured into Clark’s Planetarium when it opened. We got to explore it, build rocket ships, land space crafts, defend earth from mentors, and watch “Perfect Little Planet” all free thanks to our McWane membership. We learned several cool facts about the planets. Jupiter is the biggest planter and Mercury is the smallest. The hottest planet is Venus and Mars is dry and cold. 

The Requena-Comfort group arrived while we were at the show so we headed to meet them at In-and -Out for lunch as soon as it was over. After filling out bellies, we headed back to the hotel. We ended up playing a family card game of eights while they ran to the store. All the kids, Kelly and Diego got in the pool/hot tub for a little bit before we got showers that evening too. aunt Kelly and uncle Diego are always fun near water!

The little girls worked out a little bit in the ‘yoga room’ before we all met up to head to Top Golf for a little family fun time. It’s hard to tell who won since we all hit for each other since there was 8 of us and only 6 names on the screen but we all had tons of fun. We hung out in the lobby watching basketball and kids playing for a little bit until retiring to our room. We had a Comfort family uno game again before calling it a night. 

Sweet Ivy gave tired mommy and daddy a massage before we headed to a planetarium 

Girls found a fun game

Daddy told us for school he coded something similar so wanted to play too

Defending the earth from meteors 

Having fun in the biggest elevator we have ever saw

These girls played in a rocket and build one to fly 

   
Our McWane membership got us a free movie too

Before leaving our girls decided to act like tornados

The Requena-Comfort’s arrived so we met them at one of their favorite places, “In and Out” before they ran to the store for supplies and we went back to the hotel
 
We decided to play cards while we waited on our cousins to get back to swim and play 
 



Family time at Top Golf


      
Before we headed to bed we played another quick game of uno. Family game night is so much fun! 

Monday morning we woke up to meet the Requena-Comfort’s down stairs for a early breakfast. We left the same time as Saturday but traffic was even crazier on the way to the mountain. It took twice as long as Saturday. Thankful we made it in time to rent skis and to go to our second ski lesson.

It was a much better ski day than the first day. We actually enjoyed it; the first day was questionable. The three of us had a 1/2 day lesson then met up for lunch with he whole family. While it was better for us it may not have been as great for the other half of our group, we found out that Adrian was jumping and knocked his goggles on his knee so he had a cut under his eye and puffy eye/nose. He still rallied and all were still able to go ski with the whole family. So much fun all getting to do it together! 

Ivy and Leia took off down the mountain; they like going fast. Lisa on the other hand is slow (very slow) or feels out of control. Thankful Kelly and Diego were willing to take turns going slow and very encouraging. Our little family was wearing down though so we headed back a little before Diego, Kelly, and Adrian.

Our girlies got in the pool to start playing then the rest of the family joined us to soak our muscles in the hot tub. Diego and Kelly suggested, ‘The Pie Pizzeria’ for dinner. The kids played a Uno while we ordered and waited on the food. The food was fabulous! We order way too much but everyone left with full tummies.  

Our girls ready for their second day of lessons

First time on a ski lift with our little family

Thankful Diego and Kelly took a few pictures since Lisa was so stiff skiing there was no way she would take her phone out to get them 
 


Heading back 


Love watching these 4 have fun

Tuesday morning we woke to get ready to go ski again with the Requena-Comfort’s but got a text that Kelly was taking Adrian to the doctor instead since his eye and nose was really swollen. Thankfully nothing was broken and the Requena-Comfort girls got to come meet us at lunch to ski. Adrian and Diego decides to sit the day out, got sushi, and enjoyed a rest day to let the swelling go down a little bit more.

Lisa, Leia, and Ivy all took a ‘turn on green’ lesson. Leia and Ivy are fast skiers that didn’t like to turn so their instructor took them thru trees to get them to turn. Lisa is a little timid and likes to go slow so her instructor worked on getting her more confidence and took her in wide open spaces to increase her speed. The girls said they went down majestic once and got to ski between hills. Lisa’s instructor took her down 5 times and said we did not stop on the slope.

By the time Lisa made it to the bottom after the lesson Chris and Kelly had gotten the girls lunch. Lisa was shaking and exhausted but Kelly provided comic relieve when she said she had accidentally grabbed Adrian’s boots instead of hers so she had to rent them; thankful there’s were some to rent and she didn’t make the drive for nothing. Lisa debated if she was going to ski or not but  wanted to do one last run with the family. Lesson learned don’t ski when your exhausted!  

The last run was the slowest and worst that Lisa felt she had skied down majestic almost the whole time; not the way she wanted to go out but there is always next time. Chris was skiing down with the three girls and having them go through trees. Unfortunately, tiredness got Leia too and she fell which helped Leia decide she was done too. Chris was Getting tired and was smart to decide to call it instead of skiing tired so Chris, Lisa, and Leia headed back down while Kelly kept Ivy and Alicia to ski a couple more runs.

Kelly ended up taking Ivy on a blue run and said she did amazing. Lisa started packing when we got back to the hotel to get a jump on it while Leia talked Chris into playing Uno. We all headed to the pool and hot tub when Kelly got back with the kids for one last swim and soak this trip before we got ready for dinner.

It took us 3 Mexican restaurants before we found one that was not so packed that we could do dinner with out escape room reservation. We ended up at a fabulous Mexican restaurant called, Chile-Tepin. We did not order too much this time but the beer ordered was huge; none of us had ever saw one that big.

We made it to the escape room just in time to sign the waivers and go into the Peter Pan room. We did not quite make it out but in time but had fun trying; next time we will escape. We said our good byes after our fun since they would be sleeping when we left for our early flight.

Cold start to the day but looking forward to having some fun.

We did a few runs on the bunny slope before we started our lessons


Love this girl and the joy she brings to our little family. She headed down the mountain with mommy and daddy so we got a little one on one while Ivy stayed to ski a couple more runs with Kelly and Alicia

Love, love, love that Ivy requested this picture be taken after they finished skiing

Family selfie before dinner at the request of Leia

The beers were the biggest ones we had ever saw

 Excited to experience a escape room with our precious family for the first time


    

Wednesday was an early morning with the 3:15 wake up call. We all rallied and made it to the airport in plenty of time for the flight. Thankful Starbucks was open for coffee (adults) and cake pops (kids). The coffee did not help keep headaches at bay; we had tired headaches.

We had a long layover in Detroit so we decided to get a nicer lunch at Chili’s. The girls impressed us with how much they ate and branching out a little to ask for and eat cheese and bacon fries. After a couple more hours we were on our way to Birmingham. It was random that on our descent into Birmingham, “Sweet Home Alabama” came on Lisa’s Spotify. We were all thankful to be home safely and very, very tired. 

Chris says that Ivy snuggles but Leia likes to snuggle too

The girls loved the light tunnel in the airport. We thought it was funny Ivy rode the walkways listening to music while Leia read to pass the time during out layover

We asked the girls what were there favorites and got several responses: frozen water fall, Top Golf, spending time with family, lot of good restaurants, escape room, and last but not least skiing. It sounded like the whole trip was their favorite with the list. 

13 FebIvy’s Class Valentine

Late Sunday night Lisa got a call asking to help with Ivy’s class Valentine party sine ht person who signed up for it decide they could not do it. We knew it was a busy week getting ready for our ski trip and finish up everything at work to be off but we rallied to throw a fun Valentine for her class. We ended up having pin the heart on the fox, heart tic-tac-toe toss, ring toss, valentine bingo, made gliders and Valentine cards for someone special. All the kids said they had fun so that was a success. Leia was given the choice of attending her party or not since she said her Christmas party was a disappointment so she elected to get checked out early. 

There was a school delay on Tuesday so we got to see cousins before school. So much fun! 

Tuesday, Mommy decided to do lunch with out littles too since we have been working to organize everything for our trip and focused on work so much for a few focused minutes on our girls
 
While mommy helped with the Valentine party Mimi surprised the girlies and had a special lunch with them before coming back to help with the party

Coleman’s Valentine Party fun

 

The girls gave Mimi a valentine too

The girlies opened our valentine early since we were leaving really early on valentine

  

 

09 FebWeekend Fun

Leia had sweet friends birthday party to attend at the zoo on Saturday so mommy and Ivy had a little date at the zoo too while daddy studied for his test.



Of course after the party Leia hung out with us a little bit too

We went to Mimi’s afterwards to visit a little bit. We ended up going to Target and the girls bought themselves a new toy for their dolls then Mimi gave them their valentines early since we were going skiing on Valentine. Of course Mimi also sent them a valentine to opinion the trip too

07 FebThankful for our village when the week is long

It was another long week with Chris traveling and long work days. Mimi spent Sunday night so mommy could go in early in hopes that she’d get ahead of the Monday craziness. Unfortunately that did not happen. Thankful for our little village that afternoon. Lisa texted Stacy to ask her to pick the girls up. They ended up eating, doing homework, and getting baths there that night. After the crazy Monday Tuesday, and Wednesday aunt Stacy still picked up the girls but Lisa did not get off as late. We still joined the Rhoads for pizza and cheese/cracker tray Wednesday and great fellowship. Thursday morning the girls ended up with a 3 hour weather delay so we all got to have a more leisure morning although mommy worked from home. Alex Ann rode to school with us and on the way as a little happy we stopped to get a cake pop for a little morning fun. Thankful that afternoon mommy was able to pick up from baton on time and daddy got home earlier than expected. Friday morning we had a full house since Sara and Katie came for breakfast and we took them and Alex to school that morning. Chris went to lunch with the girlies as a little surprise too. That evening Mimi joined us for dinner then she and Lisa went to an auction for a school fundraiser while the girls and Chris went home for a chill night.  

Thankful for family to help out when work weeks are long and daddy is traveling

They even let Lisa eat too

Tuesday and Wednesday fun

Thursday after baton Ivy got get give her sweet teacher a big hug and play with a friend while we went to get Girl Scout cookies to sell 

Thursday morning treat after a 3 hour delay
   
Chris enjoyed lunch with the girls while Lisa waited on our new bed to be delivered

 

03 FebLeia’s Girl Scout Troop Trip to Great Wolf Lodge and Super Bowl Sunday

Leia’s girls scout troop took an overnight trip to Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, GA and we were lucky enough to go and spend time with some fabulous little girls and their moms. It was a very low stress, do what you want kind of trip. Leia and Lisa drove over just the two of them. Lisa was surprised on the way Leia told her she left her phone at home so we could just talk and spend time together; love that girl and some quality time with her. The scouts had three rooms, each with three girls and their moms in the room. We checked in for our room since we were the first ones there so Leia got to claim the top bunk. We roomed with Alice/Courtney and Lillian/Leslie. Alice and Courtney got there now long after us so we all headed down to the water park together. Leia and Alice headed straight to the lazy river while the moms looked for chairs. Lisa had to give the key to Leslie and get an ear plug but was heading up the stairs for our first water slide as soon as she got back to the park. We did the family slide a couple times but other than that Leia opted to play in the last river, wave pool, and chill in the hot top. We were water logged by the evening so we took quick showers and went to get Leia a Wolf Pass to do the ropes course, arcade, and magic quest game. The troop did have dinner together and did a photo scavenger hunt that evening before we all called it a night. Breakfast was more by room the next morning except Lisa and Leia woke up two hours before everyone else so we had breakfast on our own then played the magic quest game a while as we waited on the others to wake. We did sit with the rest of our room later that morning while they ate then the kids played magic quest and bingo as the moms took turns loading our car. We were home at noon on Sunday to get ready for the week ahead and see sweet Ivy and Mimi a little. 

Chef Ivy helped cook breakfast before mommy and sissy left for Leia’s Girl Scout trip 
 

Group picture of the troop girls that got to go. They were missing 5 of their sweet friends

All ready for some fun! 


    


 
Our little monkey was excited to get a wolf pass


Dinner with the Girl Scout troop 

Looking at the photo scavenger hunt pics

Momma/daughter breakfast

Bingo with friends before we left

Daddy took a couple pictures of his and Ivy’s day. He said they went to Hobby Lobby and Micheals looking for a bracelet set Ivy wanted then had Habanero’s for lunch before coming home to watch a movie. Ivy headed outside to ride bikes and play with Alex before she and Chris went to Yummy Bowl for dinner then back home for the evening. Ivy decided to clean out a cabinet that has been needing cleaning out for quite some time then she and Chris watched some shows before she fell asleep and he went back to do school work.
 

Sunday morning, Chris had to catch a flight early. He seems to normally travel on Super Bowl Sunday.  He took Ivy to Mimi’s house so she could hang out until mommy and sissy got back. Mimi and Ivy started off their morning painting Ivy’s finger and toe nails then played beauty shop before going Ivy requested to go shopping at Target. Of course they also rode the golf cart a few times and explored Mimi’s yard too since it was a nice outside. Thankful Mimi said she would just bring Ivy home and come spend the night with us to take the girls to school Monday morning so Lisa could go in early. Plus, it gave Lisa and Leia some time to visit Mimi too, blessed 🙂  


Girl night … are we watching the super bowl or not??? 😉

 

31 JanLong work week, ending in celebrating Sara’s 12th Birthday

It was a long work week! Thankful for friends and family to help us out on weeks like this!
On Monday, Kathryn let Ivy go home with Evelyn after girl scouts since Lisa ended up having to work later than planned and could not get to her. Chris and Lisa left about the same time so he grabbed Leia and Lisa picked up Ivy on the way home. Chris also picked up dinner for us so we did not have to think about that when we got home and had the evening to spend together

Tuesday, was another day where both Lisa and Chris had to work later planned so we could not get Ivy to gymnastics. It was Mimi  to the rescue kind of day. Unfortunately, Ivy’s nose was bleeding so she did not get to go to gymnastics but got sweet time with Mimi, sissy, and her cousins. Mimi treated us all to  dinner at Tazeki’s before she headed home too. 

Wednesday, Chris headed out of town on a work trip and Lisa went to work again with the same fate as the previous two days. She was ready to head out to get the girls after 8.5 hours but life happened and she had to work a little longer so called Stacy to get the girls. Thankful Stacy got the girls and had plenty of dinner for us all to join them since Lisa was starting to feel run down. By the time Thursday morning rolled around Lisa could not speak and throat was hurting. With over 30 hours logged in at work before on Thursday Lisa decided not to let work get in the way again this week and have let the next couples day have more R&R time. Thursday Lisa spent hanging out with Mimi and inviting the Rhoads over for dinner. Sweet time with family and Chris coming home that night made Thursday great!  


 


Friday was another low stress day for Lisa while Chris stayed home to do school work so he would not be stressed either. Lisa went to lunch with the girls so the house would be quiet. Chris stopped his school work just before it was time to pick up the girls then we had a home afternoon before heading to the Rhoads to celebrate Sara turning 12. It was the first time in years chris was in town for Sara’s birthday in several years so it was extra special. Best part was we all spent the afternoon together without work or school clouding out focus. 
 Lunch time with the girls
 
Sara’s birthday celebration

26 JanRequena-Comfort’s Visit

We had not saw Alicia, Adrian, and their parents since last year in October so we were long overdue for a visit to celebrate Leia’s birthday and Christmas together. They came over after Adrian’s basketball practice. The girls had asked several times when they would be there but had finally chilled out watching TV so were surprised when they walked in since mommy was sitting outside and they got to walk on in without ringing the door bell. We opted to stay in Saturday night so we had time just to visit. It was an evening full of indoor snowball fights, yummy food, and great fellowship. 

Surprise they are here

Leia got to open her last 10th birthday present

The kids were all excited to open the last of their Christmas gifts

We stayed in and grilled out that evening enjoying time by the fire table on the back porch then shared lava cakes for a special treat
 

 
These two were excited to decorate Christmas cookies together

These girls finish products were amazing

The older two joined in the fun for a few minutes 

Sunday Lisa woke up early to sweet snuggles from the three little princesses before cooking breakfast. We all chilled out a little bit before we decided to head to “Do It Yourself” to paint pottery. There was lots of creativity! Ivy and Adrian shared painting a dog, Alicia painted a unicorn, Leia did a goblet, Kelly painted a coffee mug, and Lisa created a birthday plate. Once we finished our creations we called Chris to meet us at Yummy Bowl for lunch. Kelly and Lisa headed out as soon as we were done while the guys took car of the checks to set up to do s’mores since we had told Alicia we could do them before they headed home. We had so much fun and the day flew by; thankful we will get to see each other again in a few weeks in Utah. 

Loved sharing breakfast together Sunday morning 
    
and snuggles on the couch, Buddy our bearded dragon even joined in

We took the kids to ‘Do It Yourself’ to paint pottery then lunch at Yummy bowl


Before they headed home we did s’mores and enjoyed a few more precious minutes together

 

18 JanMommy’s trip to TX

For Christmas we gave Mimi a mother-daughter trip to Austin and Waco, TX. It took a little prep getting there with Lisa working 11 hours Monday and several hours Tuesday between appointments and getting everything ready to go. Wednesday morning though we were ready and at the airport bright and early for our 6:15 flight.

Lunch with my favorite girls Tuesday before leaving Wednesday

Wednesday morning we were up and at the airport at 5 am. Early flight means we got almost a full day enjoying TX. The flights were smooth and we arrived earlier than planned which gave us plenty of time to get our rental car and make it to Waco for our lunch reservation at Magnolia Table. It was decorated as we expected from watching ‘Fixer Upper’. The burger and jalapeño jam was fabulous! The hash browns and bacon yummy too but the eggs were a little bland for our taste. Of course we took a few photo ops before leaving to head to the silos.

It was a little smaller than we expected but had a great atmosphere and green space to hang out. Of course, we visited the bakery too. Lisa took a picture of the bathroom floor per Leia’s request since she recalled them saying people would come in just to see the floor. As a surprise we also got cupcakes to take home to the girls. We went to Harp Design and original location of Magnolia Café which now housed, Little Shop on Bosque. They use it now as a clearance store.

Next on our tour of Waco was the Homestead Craft area. We walked thru pottery store and general store before Lisa was finally adamant she was going back and making pottery. We all made bowls. Can’t wait for them to ship the finished products to us after they are fired. They were each so unique. We stopped by a cave and cheese place to check it out and taste yummy cheese before going to a rooftop winery for a glass of wine and chill time then went to a local place for fajitas before finally going to the hotel and checking in for the night. Comically, Stacy noticed 9 other Mexican restaurants before we drive 2 miles to the hotel; I think they have a heavy Mexican influence. We called it an early night after the early morning wakeup call but looked forwarded to the adventures the next day held.

Checking out our rental. It was a step up from ‘Big Blue’ on the last trip

Welcome to Texas

Lunch at Magnolia Table. Thankful we were able to get a reservation and did not have a couple hour wait

Welcome to Waco

Visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos. The store was not quite as large as we expected but loved the outdoor area and the relaxing atmosphere

Of course we visited the bakery and took a pic in the bathroom per Leia’s request

So much fun doing pottery! This was a highlight of the trip. Loved doing something new and excited to see how they turn out after they are fired

Roof top wine bar in Waco was so relaxing and fun 

The server at the wine bar recommended a Mexican restaurant for dinner. Nice sharing fajitas and enjoying a good drink

Grandpa came to hang out with the girls while mommy was on her trip and daddy went to a plant for work. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that Leia sent a selfie of them on the couch!!

 

Thursday morning upon waking Lisa looked around for Mimi since she was not in the bed. Surprisingly, Mimi was in the floor on the other side of the divider wall sleeping. She said that Stacy had woke her twice for snoring and she did not want to disrupt her sleep so she moved as far away as possible not to disturb Stacy. After that craziness we all went to the lobby to get a cup of coffee and work on our game plan for the day.

First stop was ‘Our Breakfast Place’ to fill our bellies before heading back to the hotel to pack up. As we were going back into the hotel parking lot we saw a tour bus then Mimi spotted a member from Oak Ridge Boys in the lobby. Afer we checked out we got a quick picture of Mimi and him in the lobby. Stacy requested we drive thru Camron Park so Lisa drove us thru it. Lisa suggested getting out and walking on a little but Stacy and Mimi didn’t want to sicne it looked like it could rain so instead we headed to the Dr Pepper museum.

We  knew when we started planning this trip and saw that Waco was the birth place of Dr Pepper and had a museum we had to go to it since that is the only soft drink Mimi drinks. It was cool to walk through it, to learn to be a “flavorist” you had to work minimum of 7 years, plus we got sampled it afterwards. Mimi and Stacy said the sample tasted watered down. Lisa said it tasted fine to her of course Lisa may drink a sip or two of soda a year so she is not a good judge. While we were in the ‘Pop Shop’ having our sample Lisa asked the attendant about a historical house to tour. The attendant quickly asked if we wanted a historical house or magnolia house then did a ‘cha-ching’ with her arm when Lisa said historical; apparently there is a lot of people who like to tour the houses remodeled by Chip and Joanne but we do not consider those to be historical in our definition.  

After our Dr Pepper tour we walked thru a couple stores before going to ‘East Terrace House Museum’ to tour a home that was built in 1872 by a successful business man named, John Wesley Mann. The home was beautiful and is being completely restored to reflect what it would have looked like after it was built. After that tour we decided to go try some Italian food at what was described as a authentic Italian restaurant, Barris. It was a good recommendation! The salad dressings were great and bread freshed baked. We started drive to Austin with full bellies.

Stacy requested we stop at Buckees since she could not believe the number of billboards advertising a gas station. It was a HUGE gas station with 127 pumps, a deli, bbq station and anything else you could want to eat, plus all types of specialty items. We spent 30 minutes there. The girls would have had a field day and might need an hour. Alas we were on our way though and opted to stop by ‘Blanton Museum of Art’ as we entered Austin. Stacy had looked it up and we lucked upon going on a day that had free admission.

We headed to the hotel from the museum and were greeted with a glass of wine upon check-in. We enjoyed feta and crackers with the wine. After sitting in the room a little bit we decided we should get out and enjoy the city to try to get a game plan for the next day. Turns out if you as anyone in Austin what to do everyone tells you the same thing: eat, shop, and bars at night. We walked around for a few minutes but itt started raining a little harder than we wanted so we stopped by a store to grab a bottle of wine and called it an early night as we retired back to the room all soaked. 

Yummy breakfast 

Dr Pepper muesum for my Dr Pepper loving family. Although both Mimi and Stacy said the bottled DP’s are better

Stopping by the biggest gas station we have every saw, Buccee’s
If we see one of these with the girls and have a hour to spare we will stop with them 

Getting our education on at the art muesum

Fancy hotel that gave us champagne at check in and brought water, chocolates, and candles in the evening

Exploring the city before it started pouring 

 

Despite the early retirement Lisa got minimal sleep. She was not tired when we first laid down and ended up playing on her phone until 10:45 listening to Stacy sleep talk telling us to stop snoring but the room was quite other than her talking. Finally deciding to call it a night Lisa was awaken at 10:55 with Stacy shaking her saying to stop snoring. So then it took another hour and a half to fall back asleep. Thankful that there is coffee set up on each floor at the butlers area when we all woke up the next morning.

We walked to grab coffee dressed in our ZaZa robes and chilled out in the room acting like ladies of leisure. It was after 8 before we got out of the room. We stopped by Mary’s for a ‘Green Grill Cheese’ which was not a item that we would of traditionally ordered if it had not been for a sweet, local lady in the restaurant who suggested it. After we filled our bellies we went to ‘Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm’ to explore homes and structures from the 1800s that have been relocated for various surrounding areas.

We were thankful that it did not pour the entire time we toured the farm but pushed thru the rain to walk around the whole farm before driving back towards the hotel. We elected to stop by ‘Graffiti Park’ to see that landmark then drove down Rainy Street where houses had been transformed into bars for an entertainment area. We headed back to the hotel to escape the rain again and park the car since a city is not the best place to drive and Austin drivers are not use to driving in the rain; we had saw several wrecks that day and locals had said it did not rain that often there.

We ventured out after a little bit when the rain eased up to try Coopers Barbecue since Chris said it was really good barbecue. We found where we were going tonight then headed back to the hotel to people watch and find a movie on the TV since we had not found much to do other than eat and drink in Austin. Stacy had made a reservation at Cru for happy hour at 4 that afternoon. It was just around the corner from the hotel. The bartender was fabulous and we chilled out there a couple hours or so just enjoying being together. Next we headed to a local coffee shop called “The Hideout” since Lisa had reserved us tickets for a show, “The Knuckelball” that night. The show was described as a “Fast and Furiously Funny Comedy from Improv Pros”; none of us had ever been to a improv show so it was something new. We sprinted back to the hotel afterwards to pack our bags since our flight home was the next day.

Coffee bar for the win

Quick breakfast at Mary’s. It was comical Stacy picked the joint next to the hospital, guess she was missing work

Exploring Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm. It might have been a little better if it were not so wet and muddy but we had fun just being together

Graffiti Park is closed since they are relocating it but we did want to see it although there was several no trespassing signs so we just snapped a picture from the road

Relaxing and exploring the hotel while it rained some more
  
Chris recommended Cooper’s Barbecue for lunch one day so we tried it. That night there was standing room only with the line out the door

We hung out in a wine bar for over two hours. How much fun just getting to spend time, fellowshipping with a couple of my favorite ladies
 
Enjoying a impromptu show. We were not sure what to expect but it was fun and funny

 

Saturday morning as we woke we noticed Stacy sitting in the chair on the opposite side of the room. Apparently, she had been up and down half the night unable to sleep. It maybe time to start getting two rooms :-/. Nevertheless, we all went to get coffee from the butler area and chilled a few minutes before going to “Snooze” for breakfast before heading to the airport to go home where we all hope to sleep better.

Enjoying the coffee bar on the way out

Breakfast in the city that likes to eat

 At the airport, ready to head home

There was a female pilot on our way home. Leia had mentioned on the planes we have rode on she had never saw a female pilot but that she might want to be one. So when we saw we had a female pilot I asked to get a picture of her but she insisted that I join her for the picture. I wish Leia would have been there to be in the picture! 

Loved my welcome home sign the girls made and Ivy’s dance

 
The rest of the weekend was low key! Other than cooking dinner at our house Sunday night with the Rhoads’ and Mimi, then having neighbors over Monday we chilled just us and our girls; thankful to have a long weekend!

12 JanWeekend fun

Friday mommy got to have lunch with the girls 

Sweet Ivy had fun playing with a Barbie she bought and found a new hair style she likes

Saturday was a busy but fun day for us! The girls went to girl scout cookie rally then to McWane for a birthday party. That evening Lisa went with Mimi to see “Les Misérables” while the girls chilled out at home with Chris. The play was was a fabulous but Lisa got home after her bedtime.  

Cookie Rally fun




At home the girls had fun playing with a science kit Leia got

   
We went to McWane for our neighbor, Elliot’s 4th birthday 

  

Happy on Sunday both girls had play dates with friends while Chris and Lisa both worked to try to help Monday not be so rough. Wish we could go to a 2 day work week and 5 day weekend. 😉