Monday, September 12, 2011

party in the ATX

Patrick and I got to take a quick trip to Austin over the weekend.  Those of you who follow college football might have some idea of what we were up to down there.  (Don’t mind the traitor in orange. . .)

at the game

My father-in-law Paul was a little nervous about the game.DSC_0052

And just to prove that I was there showing my school pride as well. . .cougar fan

Have you ever seen so much burnt orange in your life?DSC_0059

In this picture, you can see that there was some blue sprinkled here and there. . . DSC_0060

We got to see a great friend from our Boston days who was also in town.DSC_0054

The marching band was pretty darn sweet—after all, they are “the showband of the southwest!”DSC_0063 DSC_0069

Patrick was sitting on the opposite side of the stadium from the rest of us, but I was able to spot him with the binoculars!

patrick in stands

patrick in stands zoom

It was a sad ending to the evening, but that was okay, because the biggest event of the weekend happened the next morning.  My newest little nephew (Patrick’s sister Meredith’s first baby) was blessed on Sunday.  Little Henry didn’t make a peep and his dad Eric gave such a sweet blessing.

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Even though we only lived in Austin for three years, it’s a place that will always feel like home to me.  It is one of my favorite places in the US of A.  We took a little detour on the way to the airport Sunday night and drove down our old street.  When Patrick and I moved there back in 2001, we were lucky enough to find a house to rent in Tarrytown, which is one of the most beautiful and sought after neighborhoods in Austin.  Driving down those gorgeous tree-lined streets with all the houses that just OOZE charm made me incredibly homesick.  I’m not giving up hope that we’ll live there again someday. . . and it doesn’t hurt that we still have family that lives there either!

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Oh, and in case you’re wondering why my girls are noticeably absent in these pictures, it’s because my sister Melayna graciously offered to watch them for us back at home.  Thanks, sis!

7 comments:

Keepin' up with the Jones' said...

We had such a great weekend and now it's over. It's something we've been looking forward to for a long time and now it's over. Boo. Thanks for coming. THanks for the pics. Now let's plan our next get together!

Kerry and Dave said...

What a fun weekend! Go Cougs!

jan said...

Thanks for the fun post and photos. It was a wonderful weekend although Paul looks a little worried in the photo but I think it's when he found out Brent was wearing the Texas shirt. Loved seeing you and Patrick.

The Dahle Family said...

Looks so fun! Melayna is the best, isn't she? I bet your girls had a GREAT weekend, too! Why was Patrick too good to sit with the rest of you???

meredith said...

what a fun weekend. Everyone come back!

Megs said...

I got a little teary looking at the photos. I am so sad to be heading back to Seattle. Such a great trip. So fun to all be together.

Jenn-Lee at Moments said...

wow! I have never been to a big game like that. I cannot imagine what that would be like. Good for you guys to sport the blue! Also looks like a wonderful time with your family.Thanks for stopping in and saying hi. Its a small world. Thats cool you guys know Courtney. It was fun meeting her. Both of us sitting by eachother with our big prego bellies.Hope you are enjoying conf. weekend!