Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Trip to Austin

Steve and I spent July 4th weekend in Austin, TX. We figured we had no idea what his rotation schedule would look like, so if we wanted a vacation we needed to take it before he started. It was definitely nice to get away.
I don't have a lot of pictures because we spent a large time hanging out in the hotel watching movies and swimming. Oh, and don't forget sleeping in. That was fabulous.
Here are some high lights
This is me in front of Walton's Fancy and Staple. I wanted to go to this bakery and cafe particularly because one of my favorite pastry chefs, Gesine Bulluck-Prado, worked with the pastry chef to get things started. Seeing that I can't afford to actually order her stuff, I figured this was the closest I'll get.

Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in the United States. Each night up to 750,000 bats emerge from the Congress Ave bridge to hunt for bugs. Because a hurricane came in not that many came out, but was still cool to see the ones that did. This is us with the bridge in the background

I also really wanted to see the state capitol. This is a picture of the door hinges.

This Steve from the back of the capitol

And, this is the rotunda.

We had a splendid time.


It's amazing how many things can change in just a couple of weeks. Let me tell you about them.

1. Steve completed his board exams and started his third year of medical school. We haven't received his scores yet, but anticipate them any day. His 3rd and 4th years will be rotations in hospitals. He's starting with pediatrics. So far he loves it.

2. We moved. This was quite the adventure because Steve was in the middle of studying and then scout camp. We literally moved less them 12 hours after he arrived home from scout camp. I'm grateful to have moved while only 24 weeks pregnant. I was at least capable of packing the boxes. But, being busy myself, I stayed up until 1:30 packing the night before. Waiting for Steve was good motivation though. Luckily, we have an amazing ward and the move took less than 3 hours.

Here are some pictures of our new apartment. As you can tell we still have some work to do to move in.
Some things we like about our new apartment: central air conditioning, carpet, dishwasher, garbage disposal, pantry, exhaust fans in the bathroom, and no cracks in the walls.

3. We bought a car. Sorry, I don't have a picture, but the word people use to describe it is "cute." It's a 2009 Hyundai Accent in Maroon. We like it. I love it.

4. I now look pregnant. Not "oh yeah, you're kind of starting to show," but pregnant. I think this is the best picture I have. When we asked the guy to take it he made some comment about "the three of us." It took a minute to click, but then I smiled. Yes, the three of us.