My goodness, March was a busy month! I can't believe it's already April - Spring is in full swing and I'm all sorts of happy about it.
We had a fun March. We had all of Tay's family come visit us. His mom, two sisters and 2 nephews came to visit us earlier in the month and we hit up Waco for Spring at the Silos. You can read all about our Waco weekend here. And then just this last week we had Tay's dad and Stepmom in town for a week!
This was Brian & Beth's first time visiting us in Texas, so we were excited to have them in town and get to show them some of our favorite spots. Taylor had no idea that they were coming - we were both home on Wednesday and they showed up at the house to surprise Taylor. It was a perfect!
They flew in on Wednesday afternoon and that night we went up to The Oasis for dinner.
The Oasis is a restaurant here in Austin that looks over Lake Travis and the view is stunning. It's a bit touristy, but it's fun to go and at least see the view. The restaurant gets busy on the weekends and later in the evening on weekdays. We went at about 4:45-5:00 PM and it was the perfect time - not busy at all. We noticed it starting to get busy at around 6:00 or so. If you have the flexibility, go on a weeknight - it'll be a way more enjoyable experience.
After dinner we headed over to the Pennybacker Bridge, which is famous bridge here in Austin that sits over the river. There is a little, and I mean little, hike that takes you to this ledge that looks over the river and the Austin Country Club. It's one of our favorite views in Austin so we took them up there to show them the view.
Pretty, isn't it?
We couldn't have asked for better weather for their first day in Austin!
On Thursday, they went to the Dell Match Play Golf Tournament and Tay & I worked. And then on Friday we both worked again, but then I met up with Brian & Beth for happy hour at the Domain while Tay finished up his last couple hours of work.
On Friday night we headed out to the country for the Austin Rodeo! Yeehaw, y'all!
We walked around the fairgrounds and saw all of the shops, animals and food vendors before heading into the Rodeo. We couldn't pass up the cowboy hat store - I love me some cowboy hats! Sadly neither of us actually bought one.
We grabbed some fresh cinnamon pecans (literally the yummiest thing ever), sat down in our seats and waited for the rodeo to begin. I have to tell you, I am officially a rodeo fan. It was so fun!
I grew up in Colorado so I've been to a rodeo before, but it's been a while and the couple of them that I've seen and remember were much smaller than this one.
I really loved how they opened the rodeo - the announcer first said a prayer (which I loved) and then they brought in the American Flag for the National Anthem. I've never been to an event that has honored the Flag and our Country more than they did here this night. It gave me chills and I think I'll always remember it.
After the rodeo each night they have a concert and this nights concert was Parker McCollum - I'd never heard of him before, but he was good! He sang a mix of more upbeat songs and then some slow ones too. I was a big fan on the slow songs. Look him up, y'all. Rumor has it that he's the up and coming new country music star.
And that wrapped up our night at the Rodeo!
We got home at 11:30 PM and went to bed at about 12 AM. We set our alarms for early the next morning, because we were heading over to the golf tournament bright & early at 6:45 AM.
Well, 2 am rolled around and Taylor woke me up and he was doubled over with severe stomach pain. I rushed him to the ER and thankfully they got us in right away. He was put on morphine and they started running all sorts of tests - bloodwork, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scan. To make a long story short, we've since found out that they think he is having intestinal spasms, but are unsure of what is causing them. He goes in for another appointment early this week, so please keep him in your prayers.
We got home at about 7:30 am and I probably should have made Taylor rest all day, but he was so bummed thinking that he wasn't going to be able to go the golf tournament so I decided to let him go. We took it super easy and I watched him like a hawk.
We both slept that morning until about 10 and then got ready and headed over to the golf tournament. Unfortunately, Taylor was on strict orders to not eat anything for 24 hours, which made the day that much harder. He was such a champ though - had I not asked him how he was feeling every 5 seconds, he wouldn't have complained at all.
I'm so happy I let him go. Despite not feeling well, I know how much he loved being there - especially with his dad.
We stayed for only about 4 hours, but we had a lot of fun!
So thankful that these two were still able to go to the tournament. We were exhausted when we left - we got home at about 4 and both fell asleep. I slept until about 8 pm and Taylor slept until past 10. Much needed rest if you ask me.
On Sunday morning we woke up feeling refreshed and ready for a new day. Tay still wasn't feeling well, so we had a pretty easy day. We took Brian & Beth downtown to show them around for a couple of hours and then grabbed lunch at Bangers, a local beer & sausage garden here.
That was pretty much it for Sunday - easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.
On Monday we had another easy day - both Tay & I took a sick day, because he wasn't able to work and I wanted to be home to keep an eye on him. We hung out all day and just spent time together and then went out for a nice dinner at ALC (Austin Land & Cattle). Brian & Beth both wanted steaks and I read that ALC had some of the best in Austin, so that's where we headed. I'm not a big fan of steak, so I got the salmon and it was really good.
We finished off the night with some Ice Cream, because that'll make anybody feel better!
And that wrapped up their last night in Austin! They were scheduled to fly out the next afternoon, so I made breakfast for everyone on Tuesday morning and then said goodbye and headed off to work.
It was such a fun week having them here - we miss them so much!
We are leaving March behind with some very full hearts.
I'm Emilee. Twenty-something. Homebody. Believer in a simple + intentional life. Daughter of the King. Living in Austin with my hubs.
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