Monday, June 30, 2014

Anniversary Tradition

Kensington Palace
Sometime around our wedding (already a year ago June 15th - where does the time go?!), Adam and I decided that we would start a tradition to celebrate each anniversary in a different location somewhere in the world. This goal sounds lofty, and expensive, at first; but we both acknowledge that somewhere "different" could be as simple as somewhere in Texas, or as grandiose as halfway around the world. We rang in year one in London, which was a great way to get things started, as it's where Adam is from originally. I'm not sure yet where June 15, 2015 will take us, but I'm excited to start obsessively planning already.

We ate dinner at Adam's favorite childhood restaurant: Geales
Something fancy for the hubby... (not exactly paper).

Monday, June 9, 2014

Big Bend: Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

At first, taking a scenic drive through a national park seemed like a bit of a copout to me. You're surrounded by breathtaking hiking trails through nearly untouched landscapes, and you go for a drive on a paved road instead? Weak. However, after I really got a grasp on the sheer size of Big Bend, I realized that the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive really was the best way to see as much of the park as possible in just a few days.

Starting from the Chisos Mountain Lodge (the only place other than campsites to stay inside the park), the drive is about an hour long, but with many overlooks, short trails, and things to see along the way. After beautiful sights like the Sotol Vista overlook and Tuff Canyon, the drive ends at the Santa Elena Canyon on the border of the US and Mexico. We had so much fun seeing as much of Big Bend as possible and will remember this day forever. The car's air conditioning didn't hurt either.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Our New Apartment

Some may wonder why I would open a post about a new apartment with a picture of Oliver. On the other hand, most will realize that this is only appropriate, as he is basically the center of my universe, and all life decisions revolve around his happiness. Anyways... Adam and I moved into a new apartment this weekend! We are really excited about the place, and about starting a new adventure together.

We are definitely city people, and cringe at the idea of living far from downtown, so we thought we'd take a stab at living in the real heart of downtown Austin. The location is truly unbeatable, and the apartments are cool and unique. Most importantly, they have finished concrete floors that are always cool for Oliver to sleep on (his favorite thing), and a balcony that faces a lively part of the city where he can spend time outside and people watch (two of his other favorite things). We also didn't want to be in a high rise, again for Oliver's ease and enjoyment, which is tough to find downtown. Oliver, Adam and I all love the new spot, and I can't wait until I have some "after" pics to share.

I forgot to take pictures first thing, then remembered to quickly snap some early on in the move!
That's us right above that corner courtyard!
The scene of  Adam's welcome to America party next weekend!
Seriously, have you ever seen a more handsome face?!