This 4th of July brought two changes for us.
1. It's the first time we've done much of anything to celebrate the holiday. In the past we've either been too tired ourselves to venture out or we've been so determined to adhere to our kids' sleep routines that we've stayed homebound. This year we decided to throw caution to the wind and do whatever it was that we really wanted to do. We really wanted the kids to see fireworks and
2. we wanted to relinquish our current title as Austin virgins. Yes, indeed, we've lived here for over two years and have never been to Austin. Sure, we've driven through Austin and my sister and I once stayed south of Austin, but we've never officially been there. So, we asked around and got some great recommendations on things to do. As we suspected, we absolutely loved it. Given that we lived in Madison for so long, it's no surprise that we felt so at home there, as the two cities have a lot in common. Here's how our day panned out.
First, we went to this restaurant, Shady Grove. Relaxed environment, good food, and a fabulous outdoor patio.
Next we headed to Zilker park. This is a 351 acre park with lots to do.
First we road the miniature train, the Zilker Zephyr. This was the best photo we got, but hey, it commenmorates the day.
We saw, but did not go in, the Barton Springs Pool, a three-acre natural springs pool that has a year-round temperature of 68 degrees. Then we went canoeing on Town Lake.
After that we headed back home, had just enough time to get the kids into their pajamas, and we were off to fireworks. Here they are, anxiously waiting for the fireworks show to commence.
We are thankful for the freedoms we have living in this country and thankful for all those who risked their lives to make this freedom possible.