Lift Your Eyes to the Hills


An intense cold front hit Texas on Valentine’s Day 2021. It turned into a major snow event for our area (at least 6 inches) late that night. We woke up Monday morning to a winter wonderland and we ventured to a nearby park to enjoy the snow. The temperatures were bitterly cold in the singleContinue reading “Snovid”

Merry Christmas

Even though we are celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas this year, I thought I would go ahead and post an update from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The morning of Christmas Eve was pretty quiet. Jim and I both exercised, and we had plenty of time to make all our dinner preparations before headingContinue reading “Merry Christmas”

Countdown to Christmas

We have been enjoying our new home in Austin, as well as the cooler weather! Life is pretty much back to normal: Evie and Jack are attending (in-person) piano lessons and physical education classes, and we are all meeting weekly with our nature cooperative (SAPS). James also began swim lessons this semester. We have alsoContinue reading “Countdown to Christmas”

Halloween 2020

After reading The Hobbit last year – and because we are reading The Lord of the Rings this year – we decided to go as Tolkien characters for Halloween. We were a little unsure about what trick or treating during Covid would look like, so when we discovered that our dear friends were also goingContinue reading “Halloween 2020”

Return to Austin

After 90 days covering 9,000 miles through 11 states and sleeping in 24 different beds, we made it back to Austin. We are thankful for the opportunity to visit so many incredible places and meet so many wonderful people. We are short term renting in Austin at least through the end of the year, andContinue reading “Return to Austin”

OK City

The drive from Denver to Oklahoma City was long and tiring, but the kids did great. We left first thing in the morning and had breakfast at Ruby’s in Limon, CO about 90 minutes outside of Denver. We then progressed through Kansas where we stopped for ice cream at Dairy Queen in Salina and aContinue reading “OK City”

The Boat

We bid farewell to Victor, ID and the Grand Tetons and drove down to Green River, WY to spend the night on our way to Steamboat Springs, CO. Jim and I planned to tent camp, but once we saw the site (which was also surrounded by I-80 and a busy railroad track) we rented aContinue reading “The Boat”

Grand Tetons

We spent four nights in Victor, ID, which is just over the border and pass from Jackson Hole, WY. Victor was significantly less expensive than Jackson, but it was also significantly farther from Grand Teton National Park than we expected. For that reason, we spent a lot of time at the RV resort’s pool, soContinue reading “Grand Tetons”


You can’t drive through Montana without visiting Yellowstone National Park, so we headed down to West Yellowstone, MT to reconnect with Jim’s parents. Yellowstone has four entrances, with the west entrance closest to a real town (West Yellowstone). We rented a cabin at Yellowstone Cabins and RV in town. Despite visiting after Labor Day duringContinue reading “Yellowstone”


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