Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Hi!  Our weekend was good!
Jean, Amy's mom, was in town over the weekend (Thursday through Sunday), so it was good to see her and get a chance to hang out.  The kids were super excited to have Nana visit!  She's like a celebrity when she comes to our house.  Kiddo, who was supposed to be asleep, literally leaped to her feet and squealed out "Nana!" when Jean poked her head in her bedroom.

Friday was Valentine's Day.  The kids had parties at school, and Amy and Jean went to the school to do a craft with them and hang out for their parties.

Nana's back!
Friday night the five of us went to La Posada for dinner and had a nice time.

Stories before bed with Nana
On Saturday Amy and Jean ran around and took care of some stuff in the morning while I took the kids to Hoppin House for Truett's birthday party.  The kids had a blast, and I had a nice time talking to Mary, Chad, Katarina, and some of the other parents.

Who likes cake?

I thought Kiddo would be afraid of the foam pit.
I was wrong.

Uncontrolled descent.

Kiddo leads the way to the top of the big slide
Saturday afternoon we played around at the house, mostly.

Saturday evening my parents came over and took the kids out to dinner and babysat them while Amy, Jean, and I went out for dinner.  We went to Cypress Grill, and we had a really nice time.  The food was great.

So much grandparent love for these kids!
On Sunday we mostly just played around.  Amy and Jean went for a run, and I played with the kids at the house.  Amy and I assembled a new cantilever umbrella that we got for the back yard.  It wasn't a huge job, but it did involve putting around 200 lbs. of sand into the base of the thing.

Sunday sidewalk chalk

waiting for the popcorn to pop
Jean left to head back to Arizona on Sunday evening.  After getting the kids showered and fed, I headed off to band practice.
We had a pretty good practice.  I had a hard time dialing in the sound on my 12 string for some reason, but that happens sometimes...

Monday was President's Day, so we had the day off.  The morning was warm, humid, and rainy.  We took the Kids up to Mt. Playmore so they could work their wiggles out.  They had a lot of fun.

playing the floor stomping game at Mt. Playmore

In the afternoon we got groceries and mostly just hung out around the house.  Amy grilled some burgers and veggies for dinner.  Good stuff.

And that was out three day weekend!

Thanks to Jean for coming out!  It was good to see you!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Howdy! We've been busy!

Last Monday night Amy, Frank, and I went to see Wolf Parade at the Mohawk with Land of Talk opening for them.  Both bands were good!  The show ended surprisingly early (maybe due to noise ordinances at downtown outdoor venues on weeknights?), but that was kind of great because we got to rock AND get some sleep.

Land of Talk

Wolf Parade

Friday was Amy's birthday!  Shelly got her a cookie cake at work, congratulating her for being every bit the stable genius that Donald Trump has turned out to be!

When your friends really get you
Friday night we ate pizza and hung out at the house (we did the more grow-up birthday dinner the week before).

Amy and Raylan take the Jeep for a spin on Friday

Amy helps the kids decorate their Valentine's Day
boxes for school
On Saturday my parents had us out to their house for a birthday dinner for Amy.  Ryan, Jamie, and Susan came out, as well.  We had a really nice afternoon and evening hanging out with the family!

Grandpa and Raylan build a new marble run

Uncle Ryan teaches Raylan about some new stuff-
I know that King Kong and the Marx Brothers were

There's something about Amy that inspires
wacky cakes
Amy receives some cards from Kiddo and Raylan that they made
with Grandma's help.  They were very proud.
Sunday night I went to band practice and we rocked out.  We sounded pretty good.  I enjoyed it.

Sunday night pre-practice dinner with the kids 
Monday night we had another concert!  Mom and Dad took the kids for both of these concerts, so HUGE THANKS to them for doing that!

Monday night's concert was the New Pornographers with Diane Coffee at Emo's.  
I had never heard Diane Coffee before, but I enjoyed them.  Lots of energy.

We've seen the New Pornographers before, but I felt like this was one of the best shows I've seen by them.  The sound was really good, and they played really well.

Diane Coffee

The New Pornographers

And that's the update!  I hope everyone is doing well!

We're almost to spring!

Monday, February 03, 2020


Hi! Hope everyone had a good time on their Super Bowl weekend!
We didn't watch the Super Bowl, but we had a good time.

On Friday night we let Raylan decide what we were doing for dinner.  He said that he wanted to go to Doc's so he could eat a hamburger, play on the playground, and get frozen yogurt afterward.  I met Amy and the kids there after work.  We checked all of Raylan's boxes, and had a nice dinner.

wrapping up the Friday night special
On Saturday we mostly played around the house in the morning.  In the afternoon I took Raylan and Kiddo to Diego's birthday party.  Apparently Raylan remembered Diego's party from last year, because as soon as I told him where we were going he asked in there would be a pinata.
And there was a pinata!
Ruben and Miguel threw a nice party, and the kids had a lot of fun.  I had fun, too!

Diego tries to push the Mickey pinata.

Kiddo gets a few whacks at Mickey with the pinata

Eating the cake
Saturday night Amy and I got a sitter went out for an Amy birthday dinner at Launderette.  I guess it's been open for a little while, but it's still relatively new.  Upscale American cuisine.  
Ashli, a beloved former teacher of Kiddo's, watched the kids.  We don't get to go out to dinner as often these days at nicer restaurants, so it was a nice change of pace to go on a nice dinner date.  The food was great, and it was really nice to spend the evening with Amy.

my beautiful wife at her birthday dinner!
We had a very nice meal.  I really enjoyed it!

On Sunday morning Amy took Kiddo for a job in the stroller.  Raylan and I went on a bike ride.  I sort of tricked him into going on a shopping run to Kohl's.  But in the end he tricked me into buying him some walkie-talkies.  So I guess it all worked out.

rehydrating somewhere in Sunset Valley

When you're running errands with Raylan,
sometimes you have to literally stop and smell
the flowers
Sunday afternoon the kids ran in sprinkler in the yard.  It was like 80 degrees, and Raylan kept asking about using his kiddie pool or going to the pool, but it was February 2nd, and I couldn't wrap my head around starting pool season already.

Sunday evening, since no one in our house cared about the Super Bowl, we had our first ever family movie night.  We let Raylan picked the movie, and he picked Frozen.  We offered him several choices, but his friend, Dorothy, talks about Frozen a lot, so he wanted to see it.  I had never seen it before, so now I can check that one off the list.
Movie night was fun!  We had popcorn and chips and queso.
The kids were pretty good for most of the movie, but got a little squirmy in like the last 15 or 20 minutes.  They seemed to enjoy it, though.

movie night!

And that was the weekend!  
The weather was beautiful.  Very spring-like.  
It was a good one.

Monday, January 27, 2020


Well, it was a good weekend. Spring-like weather.

On Friday night we went out to dinner at Hyde Park Grill and the kids got Amy's Ice Cream afterwards.  There was much celebration.

Amy referees a debate at the dinner table Friday night

This cone was supposed to be smaller.

On Saturday morning we got up and went to The University of Texas Memorial Museum.  We met up with Robert, Marina, Lowry, and Mirabel (friends from the kids' school).  There were some Boy Scouts and naturalists doing some nature displays at some booths at the museum, and the kids had a fun time running around and looking at the dinosaur bones, animals, minerals, and other exhibits.

"Take my picture in front of the T. Rex head, Dad!"
Wish granted.

Raylan and Lowry, sort of posing for a picture.

Kiddo, Amy, and Raylan pose with Owlfred- who was, you know.... an owl....
After the museum we went to Crown & Anchor for some lunch.  It was kinda surreal to have lunch in one of the old law school haunts but to now have my kids running around the place.

Saturday afternoon my folks came over.  Dad helped me build some new patio furniture that we had ordered, and Mom played with the kids.  They were a big help.  Thanks, Mom and Dad!

On Sunday we had breakfast at La Posada.  Afterward we went down to Lady Bird Lake and walked for a bit around the hike and bike trail.  It was pretty fun.  There were a couple of times when the kids decided they didn't want to walk anymore, so there was some negotiation around that.  They both rode in the jogging stroller a bit.  Raylan brought his scooter and rode it for a while on the board walk.

Cool kid on the board walk.

Strolling with the stroller.
Sunday afternoon we went over to Mandy's house for a little while to hang out with Mandy, Spencer, and Darla Dog.  It was fun to chat.

We also played in our yard quite a bit.

Sunday night the kids had dinner, and then I went to band practice.

Finding  new ways to eat broccoli....
Band practice was fun, and we sounded pretty good.

And that was the weekend!  It flew by!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Update; MLK Day Weekend

Hi!  So we had a 3 day weekend this weekend for the MLK Day Holiday.

It was a good weekend! 

On Friday night, Raylanb wanted to "camp out" in a sleeping bag
in his bed room
Saturday was a little bit cloudy and wet, especially through the earlier part of the day.  We took care of chores, while the kids entertained themselves around the house.

laundry basket roadster

The ol' tortoise pen game.  Such a classic.
Saturday night I had band practice with the guys over at Reed's house.  It was a fun practice.  We sort of celebrated Reed and Eric's birthday.  Sort of.

Sunday was nice and sunny.  We went out to breakfast at Austin Java, and then took the kids to the zoo.

Kiddo and Raylan feed the llamas, with a little
help from Mama
There was some art time in the back yard...

Kinetic sand!  I don't know what it is, but the kids seem to love it!
Sunday night we took care of Mandy's dog, Darla, over night while Mandy and Donna Rene were out of town.  The kids loved having Darla around.  And Darla seemed pretty happy for all of the extra love and attention.  For the most part.  
Okay, well, sometimes she looked at me desperately for help when Kiddo would not stop hugging her.

Taking Darla for a walk

On Sunday we met up with Raylan's friend, Dorothy, and her parents, Cesar and Sue, at Dick Nichols Park.  Amy texted Shelly, and she met up with us with Spencer, too.  The kids played and rode their bikes and had a lot of fun.

All of the kids want to ride the spinning thing!
At the same time!

Kiddo, Raylan, and Dorothy enjoy the double swing
After playing, we all went for lunch at Flores on William Cannon.  They had Mexican food and... a playground!  The kids played, and we all got to eat lunch and talk a bit.  It was a nice way to spend the day.

Kiddo and Spencer share anecdotes over lunch
Afterward, we went home and played around at the house through dinner time.

That was basically the weekend!  
It was a good one.  Somehow it didn't feel like 3 days...