Sunday, September 09, 2018


Hey!  How is everybody?
We had a sort of long 4 day week (there was a bit of stress about whether we were getting a foster child placement last week, but it didn't ultimately work out), but a nice weekend.

On Friday night I went to a docket for the attorneys, judges, social workers, and doctors who work on the Travis County mental health dockets.  It was fun!  It had been a number of years since we did something like that. We had happy hour at a place called Fixe.
Mallory, Brooke, Kathryn, and Bill, closing out the happy hour at Fixe

Angelica, Kathryn, me, Jeff, Suzanne, Brooke, Krista, and Jill outside
of Fixe
After the happy hour a group of us wandered over from 5th Street to 4th Street to a gay dance club called Rain.  Jeff and Mallory led the charge to go over there, and we all charged right along with them.  We got there at like 9:30, which is apparently way too early in the evening for a place like Rain (it took a while to fill up).
Anyway, we hung out and had drinks, there were some predictably ridiculous dance moves, and then I stumbled into an Uber to get home (I couldn't get my RideAustin app to work).
It was the latest night I'd had in a while.  Had a bit of a headache the next morning...

Our gang dances while I consider how I ended up in a gay dance club
that doesn't even serve craft beer 
On Saturday morning we went out for breakfast.  Afterward Shelly, Kit, and baby Spencer came over.  It was a little overcast out, but we still put the kiddos in the baby pool.  
It was good to see them and hang out.  Spencer is a cute kid.

Spencer eyes the hose.  Raylan encourages Amy to turn it on.
Saturday night my parents had a 90th birthday party for Uncle Donald.  It was fun.  Susan was obviously there along with her friend, Lindsey, and Donna (a cousin on Donald and Susan's side) with her husband, Steve.  My parents also invited the Leihs and the Neelys (who have gotten to know Donald well at gatherings over the years).  
Raylan loves a party, of course, and he had a blast.

Raylan figures out the party blower!

UT football game (we beat Tulsa!) and Donald opening cards

A pretty lady being harassed by some ne'er-do-well

Aunt Jamie and Uncle Ryan receive a lesson on magna-tile construction

Raylan was briefly posing for a nice picture with Uncle Donald.
As usual, that moment passed before I got my camera ready... 

(from left) Judy, Lindsey, Don, Uncle Donald, and Donna
We got home Saturday night, and I watched the end of the UT game.  I was, of course, happy we beat Tulsa, but they are a very mediocre team from a small school, and we still struggled for our win.  We have some big games coming up, and I'm a little scared.

On Sunday it was raining.  We got up and decided to take Raylan to an indoor playground.  There's a new one in Oak Hill called Epic Fun.
Epic.  Fun.
Once we learned the name, honestly, I'm not sure we had any choice about whether to go.

Amy and Raylan load balls into a cannon so Raylan can shoot them
at other kids.  Shooting things is part of what constitutes EPIC FUN!

Having watched his father drive in Austin traffic for years,
Raylan had an innate understanding of how bumper cars worked.

Raylan, driving the bumper car with his feet!!!
(including going backward by pulling on the levers with his toes)

serious about mini bowling
So Raylan did a lot of cool stuff at Epic Fun.  In addition to the mini bowling, bumper cars, and indoor playground, they also had a thing called TimeFreak, where the kids run around a room smashing down buttons as they light up on the walls.  It has cool sound effects.  Raylan enjoyed it.

In the afternoon Amy went to the gym and Raylan took a nap.

It rained pretty much all day on Sunday.  Raylan did some playing and watched some Paw Patrol.

And I think that was pretty much it!  Amy made some good tortilla soup for dinner.  
We had no band practice because Reed and Frank were both out.

We had a nice weekend.

I hope that everyone has a good week!

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