On Friday Jean flew into town for a quick visit from Arizona.
Amy picked her up at the airport Friday afternoon.
Later on Friday afternoon, Jean and Amy got the kids and brought them to my office for our annual trick-or-treat office party. The office got decorated, some of my co-workers wore costumes, and just about everyone handed out candy.
|We ducked into my actual office for a moment to take a|
quick family snapshot. Raylan was Catboy from PJ Masks
and Kiddo was a ghost.
|Kiddo patrols the backyard on her bike, looking for crime to fight|
|The kids inspect their Nana loot. They were really happy to get the toys, and|
equally excited to have Nana in town to play with them
Anyway, the food was good, and we had a nice time.
On Saturday we went to a birthday party for Spencer (thrown by Shelly and Kit) at Hoppin' House. They rented the whole place out, and the kids had a blast. I got to talk to Shelly's family a bit, and I ate a couple of breakfast tacos.
Saturday evening my parents came over to babysit Raylan and Kiddo (they took them to Olive Garden for dinner) while Jean, Amy, and I went out to dinner at Cypress Grill.
|Raylan scales the wall over the foam pit|
|Kiddo does some climb on an obstacle course|
|The kids at the party all pose for a picture|
We had a nice time. The food was great (as usual), and we had a nice chance to catch up and have some grownup conversation. We had a really nice evening.
Thanks to Mom and Dad for making it possible!!!
On Sunday we took the kids over to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. They were doing Fortlandia, a yearly deal where they have these art installations that are meant for kids to play on and explore. The weather was beautiful, and the kids really had a blast. We spent a long time out there, enjoying the forts and just being outside at the Wildflower Center.
Everyone took naps after Fortlandia. I got to go for a bike ride. There is a bike and pedestrian bridge that goes over Loop 360 along Mopac. I had heard that the thing cost almost $15 million to build, which I thought was a little bit silly, but I wanted to see it. Well, it's hard to find the southern (southwestern?) entrance to the bridge, but I'm here to report that the bridge itself is pretty darn cool. It's a long bridge which stretches over Barton Creek, and it sits down below the traffic bridge for Mopac itself, so it makes for this nice, calm, scenic, elevated ride that allows you to look out over the greenbelt. It's one of the most scenic little pieces of riding that I've done in a while.
|Kiddo and Raylan on some sort of boat-themed fort|
|If you look closely, you can see Raylan's hand and face in the top window|
of this cool house
|Raylan and Kiddo both had fun crawling through this |
sculpture of fabric bands
|One of many cool swings, hanging from the giant|
|Mom, Raylan, and Dad at the top of the tower.|
(Jean, wrestling with a feisty Kiddo, no pictured)
On the other side of the bridge you cross over 360 and can ride into downtown (or, in my case, to Zilker Park) along sidewalks or road shoulders for the service drive for Mopac. The riding along that section could stand to be improved a bit. Actually, there's this one very nice section, but the sidewalks and bike paths on either end of it could stand to be improved pretty dramatically (which is kind of weird because, like I said, there's this one extremely well designed section that is very comfortable to ride on in the middle). The ride isn't really dangerous along the sidewalk sections, but it's not very comfortable, either (tall riders, ahem, get tired of dodging low hanging tree limbs that hang over sidewalks).
Anyway, I had a nice ride, and the weather was beautiful.
|Hard to believe that this is in the middle of a busy city, right?|
I got home and we played with the kids outside. I walked with Jean over to Central Market.
Amy made a chicken orzo soup for dinner that was great. Jean flew out later in the evening. Amy took her to the airport while I was putting Raylan to bed.
And that was the weekend!
Sunday was the 6th wedding anniversary for Amy and me.
Amy, I love you so much! You're my best friend, my teammate, the love of my life, and an incredible mom.
I'm still amazed all the time at how lucky I was to find you. I really can't believe it.
Happy anniversary, Amy! I love you so very, very much, and I love our life together!
I hope everyone has a great week!