We went on a wine tour to Fredericksburg which was a blast. We found a shuttle company that will pick you up from downtown, and bring you to each winery, pick you up, and bring you back near your hotel– 20 dollars for a whole day! http://www.290wineshuttle.com/ <– There’s the link if you are interested. It was well worth it and we didn’t have to worry about anyone missing out on the fun because they had to drive. Fender was here that weekend so it was cool to show him what Texas is like outside of Austin– I think Austin has it’s own little subculture that is way way different than the rest of Texas.
Had a lovely day off of work with my new work friends- we had a nice brunch and great margaritas. That’s an amazing benefit about my job– the friends. I’m so lucky to have found a company that has a great group of young girls working there that have welcomed me into their circle of friends.
February is also Valentine’s Day which means lots of heart shaped food – it’s kind of our thing 🙂
Also I saw a unicorn on 6th street- had to share it with you guys! Enjoy!
My Love and I after a long afternoon of wine tasting, laughs, and sunshine.
I meant to keep this up to date, but we have had a lot of great visitors come lately and it’s fallen to the back burner.
My new job is going very well. I enjoy what I do, I find it easy but at the same time challenging. I feel like I have learned a lot so far in sales and the best part is I finally have a great work-life balance. There is a great group of people that work there and I feel like I have made some great new friends.
Since I last wrote, we have had Courtney and her husband Jason come visit, my birthday, Dan’s birthday, Sarah and Nick come visit, Rob come visit, Fender come visit, SXSW and lots of things in between. It’s been a blast! We have a lot more people coming to visit us in the next few months as well. I love having people here and sharing our life with them. I feel like when people stay here we get to know each other on a much closer level, as we are eating every meal together, together all day, together all night, etc.
December has been such a busy month! I loved the 84 degree days..it was also great running weather. It was fun to have our first Christmas in our new place. We decided to get a tiny tree because I thought it was cute and it would be easier and cheaper to decorate. D’s parents came to visit for Christmas, we took them to see The Nutcracker downtown which was absolutely beautiful. My first time watching a ballet! Then I took a quick trip home to spend Christmas in Chicago with my family the 24th-28th. The trip was very busy and very fun. I got to see tons of friends and family in a quick three days. The holidays are nice in that everyone makes time to spend with each other. I think that’s what I like the best. I’m really happy I was able to go home and spend time with those that I love and care about. I know some people aren’t able to see their family over the holidays, so I’m thankful for that.
The end of the month we had our friends Kelly and Chris and Bondy come to visit. I love to have visitors because it reminds me of how great Austin is and I find it fun to take people around and expose them to new things they may not have seen otherwise. Kelly and Chris are vegetarians like me so it was fun to try some vegetarian places with them. Bouldin Creek was by far the best place 🙂 We also went on an adventurous hike on the GreenBelt which was very cool.
Sunny Day, Relaxing and Reading 🙂
Sunset on the Lady Bird Lake
Our Mini Tree
Our Mini tree decorated!
Halycon- Tableside smores yum
ABGB- Our favorite brewery
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: A peacock in a big tree
Trail of Lights
Surronded by lights!
Kelly and I on our hike
Happy New Year!!
For Thanksgiving we headed down to South Padre Island — typically a wild Spring Break destination, but in the off season it was very tame. It was quite touristy with beach shops and souvenirs lining the streets. South Padre Brewing Company was a great spot we checked out. Their pizza was top notch! They also had a sea turtle rescue where they helped nurse the injured sea turtles back to health and then release them.
On our way back we stopped for a night in San Antonio- the river walk was gorgeous! It was December 1st and they had lit all the Christmas lights that day. The lights were hanging down from the trees like icicles and their was music and the boat taxis. It was a fun stop I’m glad we took!
Texas waffle, so Texasy
Ocean waves crashing in
Ride the waves bro.
South Padre Bird Trail
South Padre Brewing Flight
Save the Animals!
Sea Turtle Rescue
A little guy who had a broken fin.
San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio Riverwalk at night!
October was a month that FLEW by!
We went to Fredericksburg for Oktoberfest, which was an absolute blast.
Then one of my dearest childhood friends was getting married in Chicago. I was so honored to be part of her and Nick’s wedding day. I only have one picture from that day, but I must say this: When Sarah but her wedding dress on she was truly glowing. There are no words, she just looked so beautiful and happy. When she walked down the aisle her smile was beaming. I was so glad to be part of that day and see Nick and Sarah begin their married life together. ❤
Fredericksburg- This picture strangely but accurately describes us well!
Miss and I
Egg Harbor- My favorite breakfast place near Chicago
My Gram- the sweetest, funniest, say whats on your mind kind of Grandma. 🙂
Chicago: I miss your pizza!
Sam and Starbucks go together like PB and J
Happy Birthday lil one!
The beautiful bride.
South Congress Book Store
My most favorite things: chocolate, wine, apples, cheese. perfection
Kristine and I at HandleBar
A friendly reminder–
September we had our friend Fender come visit us for a couple of days. We took him to some of our favorite spots (that we knew of!) We also visited Barton Springs, The Greenbelt, and Hamilton Pool. These are three great outdoor spots! Greenbelt offers a lot of hiking paths, climbing, and mountain biking (verrrrry challenging biking for me).
G’raj Mahal..again! We love it
The storm rolls in
Stuck in traffic!