Thursday, June 2, 2011

Memorable Memorial Day

I love the holidays where you get a Monday off. It always makes the weekend feel so much longer (on Saturday you're only half way done) and the following week so much shorter. It's like 2 for 1!

We went to Austin for our long weekend to check out the city we had heard so much about. Everyone says it's the place to be in Texas. It was a really pretty city with lots to do. If it wouldn't have been 99 degrees outside, it would have been much more pleasant to walk around and see the sights. Mitch has extreme heat sensors so he started sweating at about 7:30 am during our run and didn't stop sweating until about 7:30 at night.

We ate at the Shady Grove which was a very cute restaurant with some true Austin folk. We noticed that facial hair is really in there and a lot of people were wearing shirts that said "Keep Austin Weird" on the back. Very nice and helpful people all around.

The next morning, we went running around Lady Bird Lake downtown, along with every other runner/walker/biker/dog around town. It was packed!! But still beautiful.

Lady Bird Lake

It's amazing to me how many "Lone Star" symbols are all over Texas. From huge Texas flags flying solo, to the small almost unnoticeable details. Texas pride is alive and well!

We took a walk around historic 6th Street in the blazing heat. Mitch had to go in every few stores, not to shop, just to cool off.

Here's what we found in one of the very classy shops...

We were tempted to buy it but it was a little out of our price range.

We walked up and went through the State Capital. I read in a visitor's brochure that it is "rumored" to be taller than the Nation's capital. How can it be rumored? Just measure it already?!

Notice once again the Lone Star up at the top...

Good old Davy Crockatt

We saw some pretty houses built in the 1800's...

We drove up to Lake Travis and finally cooled off in the swimming cove. So fun! We were pretty jealous of all the boaters and were thinking about hitchhiking our way onto one of the boats. Mitch swears he almost got attacked by an alligator/fish that nibbled his stomach. I think it was just my swim skirt.

On the drive back to Houston, we stopped to take some pictures of the beautiful drive. It reminded me of my ranch in Wyoming with the cattle, horses, barns, hay bales, and beautiful sunset. I have spent most Memorial Days up at my ranch with my family, so it was a nice reminder of that.

On Monday Mitch had school off of course, and I'm already out for the summer, so we headed down south to Surfside Beach! It was a perfect day at the beach with big waves and lots of sun.

Mariah and Brad had us over for a Memorial Day BBQ with a new couple that moved in the ward from Provo. When we were helping move them in, Daniel asked Mitch if he had family living in Provo and Mitch said yes. Daniel asked him is your brother BJ? He could tell they were brothers just by looking at him. They had just moved from BJ and Amanda's ward into our's in Houston. What a small world! They are a great family.

While we're in Medical school, we take advantage of even the smallest breaks! Gotta love Memorial Day.


  1. Texas WOULD have started a rumor to have a capitol building bigger than the nation's. Have you heard the story about the San Jacinto obelisk? It's down in South Houston and commemorates some battle... They originally built it taller than the Washington Monument- but Washington DC got mad saying that it was "not ok". So they made it smaller- and put a 15 foot star on top of it... making it still taller than the Washington Monument ;)

  2. Wow! You two have had so many cool adventures lately. That beach looks awesome. I wish we had one.

  3. Looks like you guys have been having so much fun lately! I wish we could have celebrated Memorial Day with you guys! Josh had work all day :0( I also wish we went to Austin when we lived in Houston. It looks like such a fun city so I'm glad you guys got the chance to go visit there. I think my favorite picture is the armadillo. haha

  4. We both missed our very first memorial day trip to the ranch.I'm glad I wasn't the only one. This post is hilarious. Mitch getting attached by an alligator or a swim skirt-they both feel the same I assume. That armadillo! not to mention Mitch having to go inside all the shops to keep from sweating and that capitol building that they just haven't measured yet! Sounded like a blast. Miss you

  5. You look beautiful, Kels! I'm glad you had a fun Memorial day weekend. Your posts are the best! Call me soon!

  6. What a beauty you are Janer. I miss you!!