Mango Grilled Chicken

Tonight is a Mango Grilled Chicken sort of night. Our nights here in Austin have been just beautiful lately… We want to spend every moment we can outside. photo-2


Cedar Fever

Cedar Fever.  Have you ever heard of it?  If you’ve been around the Central Texas area during December – February-ish time, surely you have.  You see, we’re inundated with these beautifully green Cedar trees.   Amidst the deadness of winter, there is always the beautiful green of a Cedar Tree.  This is a small interesting article about Cedar Fever.  If you have a minute, go read it.  It’s written well; not just from a medical perspective … but from a personal one as well.  And she hits the nail on the head.

“But cedar fever is not just any allergy. It’s a scourge”  2nd paragraph, 1st sentence.

I completely agree.  Cedar Fever — FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER — has stricken me with its death.  Michael and the kids only have minor allergy problems right now, and I’m truly thankful for that.  I don’t want anyone to feel like I’ve felt.  My symptoms?  Body aches, chills, sore throat, sinus pressure {so much so my teeth hurt and I can’t open my mouth fully}, headache, lost voice, a stopped up nose and a constantly drippy runny nose … all at the same time and all with no fever.  As many times as I take it, there’s no fever.

Check out this video someone in Austin took from his balcony as he overlooked the Hills.  Y’ALL!!!! That is craziness.  All the Cedar Pollen just floating off into the sky.  Craziness, I tell you. *Craziness*.

I write this post to let all of you Austinites know … I sympathize with you.  I do.  I understand that feeling of exhaustion you get, you know, from just opening your eyes in the morning.  Yes. Just waking up is exhausting.  Anything you do is exhausting.  Yet, when you try to get a full nights sleep, it’s a crap shoot.  Maybe you will, maybe you won’t?!?! Will you be stopped up so much that you can’t even sleep? Maybe.  Will you snore so loud that you sound like Darth Vader and actually wake yourself up from it?!?!   Maybe. Will your KIDS actually be disgusted by all the snot and mucus coming out of YOUR nose?!?!  Maybe.  Any and all of these might actually be possible.  {um, I’d like to say none of this is pulled from personal experience, but I’d be lying.  It’s been a rough week.  Sorry, kids, for all the mucus. And most of all, I’m so sorry, Michael, that you have to actually share a bed with me in this condition.  I thought 3rd trimester pregnancy was bad!}.

Thus far, it’s been killing me.  But as of last night, I’ve found a special concoction of regular allergy and allergy-D medicine, along with occasional ibuprofen for the body aches and so far … I’m killing it.  At least for the past 15 hours.  We’ll see how the rest of the next 4-5 weeks go.  Here’s hoping for the best.  What are you doing to ward off the evil that is cedar pollen this time of year?

A Beautiful Autumn In Austin

Yes, It’s January and *sometimes cold here in Austin, but I’ve just got to tell you about the beautiful Autumn we had here this year.  The lack of rain and intense heat we have been feeling the past few years has left us with mostly dead trees come Autumn, so everything is basically brown before it has a chance to even turn a pretty color.  BUT this Autumn was amazing.  Here are some pics for you to enjoy: More

31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 29: Pumpkins & Messiness!!

We carved Pumpkins today! It was great.

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31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 19: Go Have Fun!

It’s Saturday!!!! YAY!!!  Let’s Just Be Honest: Sometimes I need to remind myself to just go have fun.  Funny isn’t it?  Well, I wanted to remind you to do that today.  Go with your friends or roommates or kids or family and do something fun.  Walk into Party City and try on their fun sunglasses and look at Halloween costumes.

















31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 17: I Feel Cool

photo-1Let’s just be honest: I feel cool wearing this bracelet.  

Austin is a cool city.  We do cool things like enjoy bats and pull off the world’s best outdoor concert every year.  Did you know that? We do.  It’s called Austin City Limits and this was my 3-day pass bracelet for it.

I’ve taken the bracelet off now; I took it off Sunday night, in fact, after being somewhat sad all day that we didn’t get our day 3 of ACL Weekend. {Day three was flooded out. You can see some pretty amazing pics here.}  We missed Phoenix and Lionel Richie for goodness sakes!!! More

What I love about this Season {autumn}

Autumn is my favorite season.  I love so much about it.  I wanted to share with you some of the things I love about this season … in no particular order 🙂

1. Pumpkins & Gourds. More

Camping at McKinney Falls State Park

It’s a nice Sunday afternoon.  We ate lunch, we were all on the couch finishing off a family movie.  I’ve drifted off for about 30 minutes or so and was just coming to when my husband tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘Hey!’  ‘Want to go camping tonight?!’ More

Downtown, Austin, TX

I LOVE our city!!!!

Last week Michael and I took the kids downtown.  My husband did an amazing job, as always, at taking us out and us having a blast together.  He always does such a great job at thinking of really fun things for us to do together as a family.

I love going in to downtown Austin.  I love Austin.  It’s such a great city.  We were downtown on a busy Friday night and it was still awesome.  We found a free parking space (which isn’t hard to do if you can find an open meter).   We walked the streets, starting up by the Capitol …

Capitol near









And we headed down towards 6th Street.  I’ve always wanted to go inside the Driscoll Hotel downtown and so we did.  It was gorgeous.  We took a potty break there and enjoyed the fancy-ness of the hotel restroom!





We ate at a new restaurant called El Sol y La Luna.  I wish I’d taken a pic here.  It was great food and cute décor.  The service was not great at all, but we weren’t in a hurry and I think our waitress might have been new.  The chips and salsa were great as were the crispy beef tacos and rice.  I LOVED their crispy beef tacos.  The meat was very well-flavored and more authentic tasting than Tex-Mex tasting.  My (ever so slightly picky) daughter loved their cheese enchilada. And my son at every bite of their kids quesadilla.  It was a good overall dinner.  My hubby wasn’t too impressed with their a la carte taco menu.  I think if he’d had the tacos I had then he would have loved it!!!

Esters Follies


Just adjacent to El Sol y La Luna is the Esters Follies building.  Every Austinite needs to go see this show.  It is soooo funny, right in step with Austin and current events.  It’s our own little SNL.  It’s super worth it and so funny.



On the walk back to the car I spotted this …

bulldog floating

I’ve seen this before and think it’s really cute.  The pic doesn’t do it justice.  Austin is fun like this because all round you can find fun things on buildings like this.  Maybe this is actually a logo for a business … who knows!








I also stumbled across this … Firehouse Hostel.  I had no idea we had a hostel in Austin.  Makes total sense.  I’m sure this isn’t the only one!  Have you ever stayed in a hostel?  They are kinda fun.  This one is located in the oldest standing firehouse build in Austin in 1885!





We strolled back down 6th street after dinner.  It was around 7 or 8pm on a Friday night.  6th street was starting to come alive.  The kids loved it.  We held tightly to their hands while fielding questions about our culture and the people around us.  Conversations like this are fun.  You never know where they will turn.  Sometimes things get brought up that I don’t know how to answer.  I want to be the one fielding these questions from my littles.  I want biblical truth to be their foundation and I want to be actively involved in sharing that truth with them.  Here are two of my most special people on the walk back up Brazos Street to the car; the 3rd was holding my hand.

MD & K Walking

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