April 2014

12th April My husbands birthday well the day before but as it's Saturday he would like his birthday to start now! The children and I are left to shop on our own at a brilliant local shopping mall - aka shopping centre! http://www.simon.com/mall/barton-creek-square

In the evening we went downtown for the first time since we moved here with some work colleagues, partners and friends....seeing the buzz and lights of downtown again for the first time since our visit in Nov 2013 has given us the drive to get out again soon!

To start we went for dinner at Sullivan's steakhouse recommended to us by a local....great food then onto a bar where we drank copious amounts of booze and danced until we got kicked out - standard night for us Brits! 

15th April Today has been very different to what we have experienced so far...for two reasons...our shipping finally arrives...and we have our very first visitors from England my mum and dad!

Our shipping was booked to arrive at 10am, I'm expecting it to be a bit late as these things tend to be but three and half hours later the container finally arrives.....after travelling 4847 miles from England unscathed - I googled the distance - a few miles down the road they get stopped by state troopers aka highway police...nothing to report just a routine search which took flipping ages! After I tick off all 92 items and sign about eight sheets of paper the shipment guys are satisfied their job is done and off they go!

Then it's a quick turn around getting the children fed, bathed and ready in their PJ's for my mum and dad's arrival...it was such a buzz to see them again we all hug, the children squeal and we show mum and dad to their room.

Even though we've only been in Austin almost five weeks it feels like we have loads of new things to show mum and dad, but really we have not been out and about as much as we would have liked so this weekend is a good excuse to do this and not just hang out at home, shop or stay local!

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