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The great pumpkin patch trip

A trip to the pumpkin patch is practically a rite of autumn.However, when you don't have kids, making that trip can be, well a little silly and maybe even frowned upon. It's like trick-o-treating without kids. You ever tried it? I had to stop in high school, even though I didn't want to.

Thank goodness my sister-in-law, Angelica, and nephew, Tyler are visiting this week. I got to play the role of tour guide and activity planner extraordinaire by taking them to Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls. I even went so far as to enlist the help of my fabulous co-worker Samantha and her son Sawyer to enjoy in the fun. Too bad I picked the warmest day of the week so far, and we ended up sweating our buns off while we walked around. I count that as a workout as well as a fun trip.
The first thing we did was make a visit to the Candy Cornfield Maze where the boys ran through and rang the bell in the center. I gotta tell you, corn mazes are super fun, but they are just a tad creepy. I can't even imagine how terrifying it could be to get lost inside one and keep making wrong turns. We safely left the corn maze and had fun making silly faces in the cut-outs scattered around the patch. We even bought little bits of food to feed the goats. We took a trip through some cute arbors that had hanging gourds and vines growing on them, and through a corrugated metal tunnel under the road to get to the other part of the farm for a hayride. The boys were having a great time together, and definitely had an outlet for their (never ending) energy. 
Of course, I had my camera on hand to take advantage of the many photo ops. Can you really visit a pumpkin patch without posing with pumpkins or on the many antique trucks filled with pumpkins? I thought not. Now, please explain to me something. I'm not super up on commonly used vernacular of today's youth, but I read a lot of Buzzfeed articles, and have noticed the term "basic" being thrown around, and used with a negative connotation. One article even went so far as to highlight the many ways in which "basic white girls" celebrate fall. Visiting a pumpkin patch was high on the list. 
Does that make me basic? haha 
If you are wondering about Tyler's hands in that bottom right photo above, I've been encouraging him to make the UT "hook 'em horns" hand gesture any chance he gets, to go along with his new UT t-shirts he is so proud to wear. We are grooming him to want to be a doctor and go to a great school, like UT! Billy and I chose UT as our adopted school when we moved to Austin, since it's mandatory to care about football here. I may not care, but if someone asks, I like University of Texas at Austin!
Look at that unintentional wink. Lady killer, this one. I just love him to pieces.


Is this thing on? Summer recap

Well, hey there! *crickets*

So um, it's been awhile? I'm thinking I may have lost any readers I had when I stopped blogging regularly. But I hope there's someone out there still.

Seeing as how I haven't posted since July 3rd, it's about time I caught up on my adventures with a little summer recap. So let's see...

In July I...

Took Billy to check out a nearby town called Georgetown, with the cutest town square. We happened to visit during one of their Saturday Market days, in which there were vendors and a sort of craft/farmers market thing going on. We enjoyed shave ice, and had lunch at Burger University. I ordered the fried chicken sandwich and oh Lordy, was it good.
Late July I headed back to California for 11 days. I worked a beautiful wedding in the Santa Cruz mountains, spent a few days working at the salon, had a tea party with girlfriends, rented a fantastic Yet mountain bike for a thrilling ride through the Soquel/Santa Cruz Demonstration forest with Matt and Chris, who told me I had just experienced TRUE mountain biking, ran the Wharf to Wharf race, snuggled with my nephew Tyler, and surprised Billy's family by having him join me for the last four days.

Hopefully those videos will play correctly, if not, sorry! Do know Billy's family were so emotionally excited to see him back in CA for the first time since he moved to TX.

In August I...

Started a new job at West Salon in Austin. It's the first time in five years I have worked for a salon, instead of renting a booth and running my own business. It's a brand new place, with a lot of potential and opportunities for growth. It's different, but good. The only thing I am having trouble with is the hours- I work five days a week now, and suddenly have way less time to putz around or do my thing, so I have to budget my time and make it work. One awesome positive is that working in a salon again, I am given ample opportunities to wear a lot of cute dresses! The one below is LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's.
 I made another trip back to California for a short few days of working at the salon. What can I say? My clients demand my services, and who am I to deny the people what they want? When I got back to Texas, I helped throw a surprise baby shower for my friend Kate. She just thought she was coming over to my house with some friends after helping them move. She had no idea we had been in cahoots to have a taco bar and game night! I even had an opportunity to meet up with a Canadian blog friend, Leslie, while she was in Austin. Seriously, I love meeting friends I have met through blogging! If you are ever in the Austin area, I'd love to meet you too!
In September I....

Spent Labor Day weekend in the Detroit Metro area, visiting another blog friend turned in real life friend, Megan, for her wedding! It was seriously so much fun to hang out with her and also other blog friends, Julie and Erika! When I arrived on Thursday, we ran a bunch of errands, had the rehearsal. Friday was the big day, with hours of bridal hair and makeup prep, then the beautiful wedding at which Roary, the Detroit Lions mascot, showed up to the rehearsal! Saturday  we did a little sigh-seeing, and even made it to a German beer garden in Ann Arbor. Sunday Megan introduced me to the most amazing fall tradition- a cider mill with fresh donuts and apple cider slushes! Texas needs to get on this tradition. So good.
 The following weekend, I was in Georgia  working a wedding for a friend of mine, RoseAnne. I know, so much traveling this summer!! RoseAnne's family lives in a suburb of Atlanta, but we stayed in Helen, GA, which is a super cute Bavarian town in north Georgia. The wedding itself was in Cleavland, at a beautiful venue called The Ruins at Kellum Valley Farm. The fun part of this wedding was that RoseAnne is the cousin of some of my good friends from CA, so I had the pleasure of their company all weekend. Seeing my friend Sarah's daughter Cameryn is always fun, too.
I ran the Oatmeal's Beat the Blerch virtual race a week early, because the next week I was on vacation, happily letting the Blerch run rampant. If you're not familiar with what the Blerch is, you should definitely read The Oatmeal's comic about why he runs.
 Most recently, Billy and I jetted off to Mexico for a 5 night stay at an all-inclusive resort in Playa Del Carmen. I plan on writing a post dedicated to that lovely adventure, but here's a little peek! I miss it already. Neither of us wanted to come back to reality.
And that concludes my summer recap! If you read through all of this, you are awesome and I love you lots! Leave me a comment letting me know there are more than crickets around these parts. Also, please follow me on Blog Lovin so you don't miss out on possible posts!

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