Monday, February 20, 2012

Family Day

I wish Tony was off work today, but he had to go in. So we had our family fun yesterday. First we went for a nice walk. Jackson wanted to push Olivia in the stroller.

When we passed by the fire station, he quickly forgot about pushing the stroller. He is fascinated by any vehicle with a siren.

We came to a strange sculpture, placed right in the middle of an intersection. The kids loved climbing on it. We thought it was an octopus...or maybe a spider? This is something I love about Austin. "Stick a giant sparkly spider thing in the middle of the street? Yes! Let's do it!"

I really didn't mean to give Jackson horns in this pic, haha.

Next we went to a park with a nice playground.

Finally we ate dinner at one of my favorites, Magnolia. I would eat there all the time if we lived closer. Unfortunately we are in another part of town these days. It is a special treat now. Olivia and I shared the Love Veggies. It's a big plate of veggies and rice, cooked in a garlic sauce. Zucchini, green pepper, onions, summer squash, mushrooms, and spinach. So good.

It looks like our winter is over for this year. That's fine with me. I love springtime. I can't believe we have been back in Austin almost a year. At the time, we thought moving back would make our lives perfect. That was silly -- there are always challenges. I had a couple of really rough months dealing with illnesses, anxiety, loneliness, and family drama.  But as spring arrives, things are definitely looking up. We are all in good health, I've made some friends in our new part of town, and Jackson and Olivia have been thriving in their new surroundings. Can't ask for much more than that. Now I am ready for some lovely spring weather and many more days spent outside with my three favorite people.


  1. Sounds like a great time...winter is not over for us yet.

  2. Sounds like a lovely, perfect day. Your dinner looks delicious and the pic of Jackson with the horns is so funny and adorable!

  3. looks like such a fun time! the veggies look great! and i do like that octopus--so cool to have stuff like that around where you live. it's so unique.