We were going to Texas. A southern state. It's going to be warm, right? Better pack some shorts and sandals. We boarded the plane at Portland in 55 degree weather only to disembark in Austin to a brisk 30 degree's with a 35mph wind. Waking up Friday morning at our kids house, we peered out the window to see...snow... WHAT?? Sheesh, I should have brought a little more than my lightweight rain jacket. It actually warmed up and was really nice by Saturday afternoon, but we did not ever break out those shorts.
We had a really nice visit with Sam and Jes, loved meeting our tiny little Weston and giving him a thousand kisses. It was a great trip but, like always, we were happy to get back home. Below is just a bit of our trip ~
Mount Hood from the plane
Here they are ~ Sam, Jes and Weston. It was so good to see them and see where they have been living the last several years. Weston is such a little cutie. Six weeks old and just the size of a newborn now. So tiny. He has his Grandpa's natural scowl, poor guy. It's really funny, he always looks like he's just a bit concerned by the going on's around him. And with every right, he was born into a kooky family after all! We miss him already. (oh, and of course Sam and Jes, too...)
We tried to wander through the equipment museum's at Fort Hood, but there was such a cold wind blowing that soon we gave up and went back to Sam and Jes' house for naps all the way around and a game of Scrabble. Doesn't that helicopter look just like the one we saw for all of those years on M.A.S.H.? What we did get to see was really interesting. There was also a pretty powerful memorial to the fallen Fort Hood soldiers from WW II...
I was searching for a yarn shop and right next door was this super cool vintage Airstream trailer turned into ice cream and cupcake stand. I love finding things like this on our travels. (The yarn shop was wonderful, also. In an older house. The rooms of yarn just went on and on. Almost overwhelming!)
We spent just a little time in Austin, but what we saw was nice. We went to the Texas History Museum not far from the capital building. Holy cow, a lot has gone on in this big state. It was a fun afternoon and really interesting. Did you know that 99% of our rice comes from Texas? I had no idea. Thought it was mostly all cattle country.