“Give ‘Em A Quack For That!”

Dad and DW made another trip to Austin to celebrate Dad’s birthday.  We were all stoked that Dad is healthy and able to really enjoy this birthday.

Because Dad has really been watching what he eats, neither one of them had eaten good pizza since they were here in October, so we headed straight for HomeSlice the night they arrived.

The next morning we got up early and headed to Snack Bar for breakfast.  Trav and I have been there several times for dinner and/or happy hour but this was the first time for breakfast.  I had the Egg & Gravy Biscuit (house buttermilk biscuit, 2 organic eggs, meat-free cream gravy); Trav had the Perico con Arepas (scrambled farm eggs, tomatoes, onions, poblano peppers, cilantro-avocado hot sauce, silver dollar corn cakes); Dad had an eggs/bacon/toast combo, and DW had grits with jumbo Gulf shrimp.

After breakfast, we headed over to the Austin Farmer’s Market to browse the fresh veggies and sample things like hummus and cheese.

Next we headed over to J Black’s Feel Good Lounge for drinks and appetizers.  They have huge mimosas!  And y’all know this girl loves that shamp.

The main event for Saturday was a duck boat tour.  It’s basically a historical tour of downtown Austin and this bus is also capable of “splashing down” in Lake Austin.  Our guide seemed drunk and was full of hilarious one-liners.  When we boarded the bus, they handed out these little duck-beak-quacker things.  If the driver told a funny joke, we’d quack.  If someone was crossing the street, we’d quack.  If a cyclist was next to the bus, we’d quack.  If a golfer was trying to take a swing, we’d quack.  You get the idea.  The back of the bus was rowdy and I’m pretty sure I laughed the whole time.

Saturday night, we cooked a meal at the house: steaks for Dad and DW, with grilled corn on the cob, fingerling potato and green bean salad, and rosemary bread.  YUM!

Sunday morning we had an awesome brunch at Opal Divine’s and then headed for the airport.

I was having so much fun all weekend that I literally took 3 photos…none of which are really worth sharing either.  I think I’ve done that enough times that now I’m adamant about capturing these wonderful times.

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Where’s Melvin Monday – Chapter 50


Where's Melvin?

I took some books off the bookshelf and someone decided to occupy the newly available space.

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Where’s Melvin Monday – Chapter 49

Where's My Water?

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Where’s Melvin Monday – Chapter 48

Where's Melvin?

I woke up early (before dawn) to find Melvin sitting in the closet.

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Hand Gestures!

Two weeks ago, Trav and I went to Colorado for a little fun in the snow.  We flew in a day early to hang out with Jmac and Carl in Boulder.  Boy, Carl sure was happy to see us!


The next morning, we got up bright and early to hit the slopes as early as possible.  It’s become a Colorado-Vacation-Tradition for Cody to ride with us one day and spend the night.  It’s always nice to spend time with our spiritual guide.

This time, we also met up with Steve!  Yay for spending time with good friends in good pow!  Cody introduced us to the art of grilling out on the mountain.


A typical day for us in mountains goes a little something like this: 7:15am wake up, breakfast, in the lift line as early as possible, SHRED, SHRED, SHRED, lunch, SHRED until the lift lines close, apres ski (maybe), cheese and crackers at the condo, more beer, hot tub, dinner (maybe for me), bed time.

This last trip, we ate in every night except one.  As you can see, snowboarding is serious stuff with the Hills and we have very little time for anything else.  We did have some fun with the EpicMix photographers, though…

Valentine's Day 2012

Cody's Brilliant Idea

Family Photo


Chuck 'em!

Willy B?

3 Ninjas + Rachael

Carl looks kind of bored, right?  We thought so too, so we took him sledding!

Hey, let me hop on your sled!

Tyler and Carl...Sledding buddies forever.

Can I check my email?

So the catch phrase of this trip wasn’t really a phrase.  It was a serious of hand gestures.  Imagine one of those guys that directs planes at the airport, but using two fingers on each hand rather than the orange batons.  Ha!

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Where’s Melvin Monday – Chapter 47

Where's Melvin?

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Where’s Melvin Monday – Chapter 46

Where's Melvin?

I heard strange noises coming from the kitchen.  I walked in and found Melvin eating ice out of the sink.

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