Summer Family Updates

I'll be writing a longer travel post that details the trips we took, but I thought I'd fill in some of the gaps since the last time I posted with some family and friend updates.

 Beautiful Downtown Austin

Beautiful Downtown Austin

 GoPros are AMAZING

GoPros are AMAZING

As I went through my favorite, non-travel photos so far this summer, the common theme was water. It seems like all of our best moments, all of our local activities, revolve around those two elements.

 Sara and the boys swimming in Town Lake

Sara and the boys swimming in Town Lake

From swimming in our backyard, from flying my drone around Town Lake (Ladybird Lake) in Austin, running around the Lake, swimming in Barton Springs, or just finding a swimming hole to keep cool in, water is our everything.

The boys have become such confident swimmers and it's just awesome to see their independence growing as they play with friends, as they explore the Springs and the Lake, and as they converse with adults on their deep thoughts.

Tater at Barton Springs

Tater's vocabulary is also growing exponentially and we've started keeping a journal of the crazy things that he's said to us. Here's a sampling:

  • Tate was tubing down the San Marcos river with his grand parents last week and later told Sara and I, "I was in my tube and saw two baby deers. And then my tube became detached and some dude pushed me forward."
  • Tate had his shirt off and told us, "I don't know how I eat so much and stay so thin."
  • Henry was upset about something and Tate told him, "Stay calm, sweetie pie."
 Tate made himself into a robot in a leftover Amazon box

Tate made himself into a robot in a leftover Amazon box

It makes me so happy to read through those again!

The boys are also super-into crafting and their "crafting" is responsible for so many paint marks on the kitchen table, tape stuck to the floor, and scissors left on the ground. Tate has also found our expensive breast cancer stamps and has begun sticking them onto envelopes that he never intends to send.

 Runners crossing the bridge on Town Lake

Runners crossing the bridge on Town Lake

I've also been shooting quite a few photographs of the Lake for the amazing Trail Foundation. The Trail Foundation is the FANTASTIC organization that works in partnership with the Austin Parks and Recreation department to maintain and build additional infrastructure around Town Lake. In my mind, Town Lake is the absolute gem of the city providing a huge boost to our quality of life in the form of running, biking, and walking trails, green spaces, water recreation, habitat for our wildlife, and beauty for the city. I can't say enough about this awesome organization, but, please, check out all the amazing projects that they're planning for the near-future. They're a non-profit and they're always in need of volunteers and donations (if you're able).

There are several more images below that I wasn't content leaving out. I'll be back with another update soon. If I'm missing something awesome about Austin that I need to take the kids to do, please let me know in the comments! 

Have a great day and a great rest of your July!

 Views of downtown Austin for The Trail Foundation

Views of downtown Austin for The Trail Foundation

 Mariah and I are in love <3

Mariah and I are in love <3

Rower on Town Lake

Introducing - Travel Guides

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This is the first in a series of posts focused on family travel. We're a family that's extremely fortunate to travel regularly to destinations near and far with kids and while traveling can be a Sysphean exercise of getting children to stop fighting or getting lost, it can also be life-altering with the right activities and planning. 

I wanted to capture our adventures centrally for others to take advantage of. And, selfishly, I'd like to preserve our travel peaks and valleys for future reference.

Our family likes routine and we tend to structure each day of vacation as follows:

  • Wake-up: 
  • Kids Play/Matt Runs/Sara Works
  • Plan the Day
  • Execute Plan
  • Lunch out
  • Return home
  • Naps for Parents/TV or Audiobooks for Kids
  • Family Play
  • Dinner at Home or Out
  • Bedtime Routine for Kids
  • Sara and Matt in Bed Doing Work/Watching Netflix
  • Sleep

So, when you boil the above routines down, the majority of my travel guides will focus on lodging, planning, and meals. I won't be much help in getting your kids to bed or getting them to eat roasted beets. I hate beets... earthy taste.... pink pee... ugh.

Our family also tends to favor free activities when possible. Keep in mind not all activities will be free, but we tend to spend the majority of our travel budget on the home that we're staying in and meals out (because we hate to cook). If you've visited any of the locations that my travel guides cover suggest your favorite activities or revisions in the comments and I'll update my posts with your new information.

Thank you so much for coming along! Without any additional delays, here we go!