Andrew and I are back from Austin now. This was a more mellow trip than we have had in a while. We arrived at my parents' house Friday evening close to 8:00, after a drive made longer and more stressful than usual by lightning storms and very heavy rainfall along the way. Needless to say, we crashed once we got there, and didn't end up going out at all that evening.
Saturday we got a slow start, and didn't end up going out to hang out with people at all that day, either. Instead, after lunch at Threadgill's with my parents, we just relaxed at their house, chatting with them and reading (me) or playing computer games (Andrew). I tried a couple of different times to get in touch with sunflowerkwm
, but I'm guessing they must have gone out of town this weekend, as none of my attempts were successful. I do hope I'll manage to get together with her again sometime relatively soon.
Saturday evening my brother and sister came over, as that was pretty much the only free time beckyboo83
had this weekend (her job as a nurse had her working Saturday, Sunday, and today). We had our family Christmas -- opened presents, took pictures (unfortunately, after beckyboo83
left, so she isn't in any of them), ate chocolate truffles, and the like.
( There's a couple more piccies back here! )
Sunday was New Year's Eve, so we headed out a little before 1:00 to spend the day with friends. We met up with people at Main Event, an entertainment center along the lines of Jillian's or Dave & Buster's, if you're familiar with either of those. Between me (7 months pregnant) and onefishclappin
(toting her 11-pound six-week-old son), we determined the only activity we could feasibly participate in was the black-light mini-golf, so a group of six of us did that. Then Andrew and liz_gregory
played a round of Laser Tag, while the rest of us joined another group that was bowling (we just sat and watched and chatted). I FINALLY got to hold and interact with baby Alex, which was really cool. :) We finally left there around 4, and Andrew and I headed down to onefishclappin
's house to spend some time with her and her hubby krikwennavd
, who wasn't going to be at the New Year's party that night for various complex reasons. The four of us plus their two kids went out to dinner, and then Andrew and I headed back to the north side of town for the New Year's party. A couple of people took large group shots that are supposedly going to be submitted to the Rice Owlmanac -- we'll see if they're any better about that than Andrew and I were about submitting our wedding picture ;)
We headed home shortly after toasting the new year at midnight, since that seems to be about when I turn into a pumpkin these days, and there wasn't anything terribly exciting going on to hold my attention. This morning (afternoon) we had New Year's dinner with my parents and my brother, and then we headed back to Houston, where we're now safely ensconced at home again.
Good news: I don't have to use a vacation day tomorrow after all, as the university I work for is a state institution, and Governor Perry has ordered all state offices to close tomorrow for a day of mourning for President Ford. That's my Christmas present from the governor, I guess. :)