Wednesday, March 27, 2013

McKinney Roughs Nature Preserve

 On Saturday, we visited McKinney Roughs Nature Preserve. It was a beautiful day! We had a picnic before our hike.
We took the Riverside Trail down to the Colorado River.
We saw people riding horses!
Lil' D checking out the horseshoe print on the trail.
Heading down a steep incline.
We made it to the river!
We walked down to enjoy the river a bit. A family of three on horseback joined us and started to walk into the water, but the 7 seven year old girl's horse started to lay down in the water. Nicholas ran into the water to try to help and make sure the girl didn't fall off and get stuck under the horse. All ended well, but Nicholas' feet got all wet!
Lil' D rode on my back for the rest of the hike. We took the Cypress Trail to the Pineridge Trail at that suggestion of the lady at the Visitor Center to avoid the steep incline on the Riverside Trail. 
The Pineridge Trail was narrow and steep, but had steps! Quite a hike with 40 additional pounds on my back!
We made it to the top!
Lil' D finally fell asleep by the time we made it the Bobcat Trail and napped until we were finished. Overall we hiked about 3 miles for 2.5 hours. What a day!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Zilker Botanical Gardens

I had a day off in March. It was a great day for Lil' D and Mommy to "hang out." We visited Zilker Botanical    Gardens.
Lil' D was being a perfect little camera poser!
Prehistoric Garden
Watching the "little fishes" in the water
The day we went was also the opening of a the 1st Faerie Home Woodland Trail. Lil' D was mildly interested. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Kitchen Renovations--Part I

We have wanted to make changes to our kitchen ever since we moved into our house. Our house seems to be in constant change as we reconfigure our "things" to be toddler-friendly. One of our goals for this year is to redo our kitchen. With a toddler afoot, this will be a long-term project. Step 1 is to do a little demo work.  Here is our kitchen "BEFORE" shot.
Nicholas has been chomping at the bit to demo the worthless "bar" separating our kitchen and dining room. A little unscrewing, a little pounding, and viola! 
No More Bar!