Nicholas' family came to Austin to visit this past week. Initially, it was just going to be a "girl's weekend," but then it turned into a week, and then his dad surprised us by leaving at three in the morning and driving the 17 hours with their two sweet dogs in order to spend the week with us. We didn't know he was coming until we heard a knock on the door. It was such a sweet surprise! These were some of my favorite parts of the visit:
Walking around downtown and tasting macaroons:
Visiting Inks Lake State Park: with blooming cacti, hiking, carrying around out littlest explorers (the dogs, of course), picnicking, reapplying sunscreen like it was my job, scrambling over rocks, cliff jumping(!), and Sonic milkshakes on the way home.
Supper out, and a walk around the restaurant's neighborhood, watching for fireflies at dusk.
We lounged at home, and Teddy/Ted/Tedbear (the lighter-colored pup) slept in our bed every night.
The rest of the week, we ate tacos and barbecue and ice cream, relaxed by the pool, played dominoes and rummikub, picked out sunglasses in the Warby Parker bus, and drank quite a lot of coffee.
On the last day, Nicholas' parents left early in the morning to drive back to Indiana, and Nicholas worked, so I spent the whole day with my sister-in-law, Katelyn. We went thrifting, and visited Gourdough's and Seventh Flag coffee, but also saw some new-to-me Austin sights, like Hope Outdoor Gallery. And that evening the three of us went out for our favorite pizza, and then coffee on the lake.
All told, it was such a wonderful week. Whenever we see either of our families, it is really hard to say goodbye and transition back to loving from afar. This week left us with anticipation for the next time we visit, or the next time we host. But most of all, this week left us with happy hearts.
Today, the air felt different. Cooler and more crisp. Filled with anitcipation. The last several weeks since my last "life lately" post, have been filled with a lot of summery fun and they've felt full. I might be getting ahead of myself, since it was in the upper eighties this past weekend, but decidedly, I love the shift that comes with slightly cooler weather. Nevertheless, here are some things we've been up to in recent weeks:
Looking back at my recent posts, I realized it has been a long time since I wrote a little post about "life lately." I've written about things in our life, yes, like Cooper turning four, a visit to our friends in Bloomington, a visit from my family, a trip to the beach and the one year anniversary of my mother-in-law's passing, recent knitting and other creative projects, and some updates about our garden this year. But I haven't written a post with the little mish-mash bits of life since early June. So here I am now, playing a little bit of catch up.
It's been awhile since a "life lately" post where I write about all the little bits and pieces of our life. This spring has been a rather cold one, but just this past weekend, we are seeing much warmer temperatures and the weather seems to be catching up with the date on the calendar. As someone who enjoys the colder months, I will say that spring and summer feel a bit magical with kids, and logistically, lots of things just feel easier as the temperatures are more mild.