Northern Drawl

Month: March, 2013

Easter Walks and Afternoon Thoughts

We started our Easter Sunday off right by making waffles, bacon, and coffee at home. After breakfast we all made our way to the living room and read a few chapters out of John to recount the Christian Easter story. We started to wonder where the tradition of eggs and bunnies came from, so we also did some research on the origin of Easter and found out some interesting things about the pagan holiday (which does account for eggs and bunnies).

After a lazy morning we made our way to the botanical gardens at Zilker park (I’d never been). It was nice to get out of the house and spend time walking around with my little family. I’m usually semi-satisfied with my iPhone photos…but these are not the best. But how could I not share a picture of Ashen and Brent (and Elsi) in a butterfly chair, they are such good sports. Maybe one day I’ll get a nice camera and learn how to use it.

Happy Easter!

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Spring Has Sprung (And so have my allergies)

Hello, little corner of the world. It has been awhile since I last wrote; some of this is due to pure laziness (which I am guilty of on a regular basis) and a lot of it is due to not feeling well these last few weeks. Really, I’ve been sick for over 2 weeks. I’m finally feeling better. I’m able to sleep through the night without coughing up a lung (which I’m sure my husband appreciates too). How humbling to be such a disgusting, snotty, coughing mess in front of someone who is supposed to be attracted to you. I’m glad he loves me enough to put up with me. Although, the face he’s making below is probably the same face he’s been making at me at 2 in the morning. He’s still so handsome though, eh?

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So, I’ve been pretty frustrated and down about my lack of energy and the constant need to have a box of tissue with me. BUT it did make me really thankful for my overall well-being. Usually, I feel pretty good…and a two/three week long stint of allergy symptoms is nothing compared to what some people put up with on a daily basis. I’m very very thankful that I’ve been blessed with good health. And so has my family.

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Speaking of family, ours is growing. No, not a baby. a DOG! Brent and Ashen went to the dog shelter (Austin Pets Alive!) a couple of weeks ago and Brent fell in love with a little chihuahua mix, which is basically the last thing we thought we would get. She’s a sweetheart, we named her Elsi, and she’s starting to learn the rules around here…key word: starting. Really though, I’m so happy we got her. It’s helped me to get up earlier in the morning, and get outside after work for some sunshine and exercise…which has been much needed.

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Overall, things have been going well. I’ve had a lot on my mind (and heart) the last few weeks. Thinking a lot about my relationship with God, and how little I put into that…and how the consequences of that decision are felt on a daily basis. I’ll try to write more about that soon, but I’d like to gather my thoughts a bit more before I share them with the world.

Yours,

M.

ImageP.S. We got a fish too…he gets a little neglected now that the dog is around. But he sure is pretty.

Mt. Bonnell

Mt. Bonnell

Funny story about this picture. We ran into another family/group of people at Mt. Bonnell. They asked if we could take a picture of them. When my dad saw how nice the camera was that one of the girls had, he jokingly said, “can you take a picture of us?” The girl, who was an exchange student from South Korea, laughed but then asked if she could. She took our picture, wrote down my email address, and I just got the pictures today. Ha!

The Fam

Last week/weekend my parents came to visit me in Austin. I’ve lived here for just over 2 years and it was the first time they made it down (my mom isn’t a huge fan of airplanes or traveling). Needless to say, I WAS REALLY EXCITED. I miss them so much! And I was really looking forward to having them meet my new, wonderful, and rather large family down here…

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The first night they were here we ate dinner and played a card game at the apartment. My dad was cracking us up…sometimes, when I don’t see him for a while, I forget what a dork he is. A dork in the very best of ways. He’s always singing a song, cracking a joke, or telling a story. He really is a dream dad. My mom still laughs at him after 38 years of marriage; which, I find REALLY impressive.

After we spent some time with them on our own, it was time for the introductions. They went pretty well. After they all met at dinner my mom was already telling me that Brent’s parents should come up to Wisconsin to visit (think they like ’em?). It was so fun and easy.

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I’m so glad my parents were able to make it down. It felt so good to have them see the life I’ve created for myself in Texas, and to meet all the awesome people who have come into my life within the last year. They’re talking about possibly renting a place down here for a few months during the winter after they retire…we’ll see.

I did a really horrible job documenting the weekend. I guess I was just enjoying the moments, and not thinking about taking pictures. That’s my excuse, anyway.

Yours,

M.

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The whole gang (well, almost).