Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Daddy Daughter Dance June 2016

The girls and Steven went to the annual Daddy Daughter Dance for our homeschool clubs in late June. This time I was asked to help photograph, and Steven Joseph was asked to help the older boys lead the games and such. Katie was so excited to attend, even though we didn't plan on her being a part of it!  Tommy waited for me to take some pictures, and then he and I went out for a special pizza date, just the two of us! It was a fun evening.

The dads get a corsage to give to each of the girls.

They come down the stairway and the dads introduce their daughters.

Then it's time for games, dinner, and dancing!

They did a pretty good job with the toilet paper dress game. I think Ellie won!

Siblings got a little wild as we were cleaning up!

Selfie from our Mommy Tommy date at Crust Pizza

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Mom Getaway! Austin Trip 2016

I am getting a bit out of order on the blog today, and have a few more summer things to share, but I have these photos ready to go, and the memories fresh on my mind, so here goes...

In June, some college girlfriends started a discussion about going to the ordination of our former pastor, the now-Bishop David Konderla. Somehow in the midst of discussing the ordination we started brainstorming about taking a trip together in August. One of the moms lives in Austin and found a VRBO rental home a block from Lake Austin, and we booked it!

Four of the moms went on our Italian pilgrimage together a few months after our 2001 weddings, and the other attendees were some friends who'd attended the Edel Gathering the past couple years and really desired some time with other Catholic women. We had the house from Thursday through Sunday, and pretty much spent our days talking, laughing, and eating! It was neat to reminisce about our college days, share some of the struggles and joys of our married life, and dream about the future.

Some of the more adventurous ladies did some jogging and stand-up paddle boarding, but I was happy with hanging out and watching the Olympics! A couple other ladies came to visit, and we hope to do this again next year, maybe on a larger scale where we can have more ladies stay.

We arrived just in time for dinner at Hula Hut!

In the backyard of the rental house

Friday breakfast at Magnolia Cafe 

Squeezed into one car for a drive!

Time for some graffiti wall pics

Reminded me of my little Katie Grace who always says this to me. She was sick at home and their beach trip had to be postponed a day.

Austin fun!

Amy's Ice Cream

Good salad for Friday dinner

Dessert and coffee by the lake at Mozart's

On Saturday some of the gals went paddleboarding, then we all went to lunch at Central Market.

Helping to hang hatch chilis

Some ladies got gelato, but I was craving a snowcone!

Dinner on Saturday was at Shady Grove

On Sunday morning we cleaned up and got ready for mass. Some people had left early so just Sus and I took a shot on the front porch.

Mass at the Cathedral

Brunch at Annie's. DELISH!

The Capitol in the background

Yes, I sure hope our paths "croissant" again soon!

(most snapshots by awesome photog friend Jen!)

Monday, August 15, 2016

NYC Part 2

On our 2nd and final day in NYC we went to visit the Cloisters museum. It's actually a bit of a haul to the upper west side of Manhattan. We grabbed a Starbucks snack, missed a bus and then took the subway, but we had to change trains a few times.  I think it took us over an hour to get there! This museum was built in the 1920s and includes many artifacts from European monasteries in medieval times.

Subway selfies on a Saturday morning

Someone had mentioned that there was some walking and some hills to get to the museum, but we didn't expect quite the hike it required!

Finally we made it to the museum at the top of the hill!

We were able to spend the morning and early afternoon with our nephew Brian who lives in NYC. These medieval doorways were not built for men this tall!

Some of the chapels in the museum

The views across the Hudson River into New Jersey were lovely.

There were a few garden areas inside the museum.

And many beautiful statues

vestments and mass vessels

So. many. stairs.

More gardens. There were actually herbs growing here.

Time to move along for lunch!

And a glorious lunch it was!

Soul Food at Amy Ruth's in Harlem

After lunch we picked up some cookies and then caught a bus back to our hotel. We drove along Central Park and this was the closest we got to the MET. Maybe next time!

Grand Central Station

Our hotel, Iberostar Park Avenue

After some time to rest and clean up, we hit the streets again to head down to St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is my patron and Ellie's

Many beautiful side altars


From there we continued down 5th Avenue and walked into Trump Tower, saw the Plaza Hotel, went in a clear elevator in the Apple Store, and kept walking down through Central Park as the sun was setting.

I love having Google Maps on my phone where I can pull up nearby restaurants with reviews. For our last meal in NYC, we found a quaint little Italian restaurant called Via Quaddrono that topped off the weekend just perfectly.

Then we caught a bus back to the hotel and woke very early to get an Uber ride to LaGuardia for our morning flight back to Texas. We arrived home to share photos with the aunts and kids and grab a snooze, then it was time for evening mass with the family and a special dinner to finish off the weekend! A quick but very memorable weekend getaway was just what we needed. Happy 15 years, Steven! Thanks for a fantastic trip!

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