Almost Six Months In....

After returning to the UK for two weeks many people asked me how did I feel to be back in America? Well I am pleased to report I feel glad to be back in Austin for numerous reasons, my husband, the weather, the lifestyle and we feel we have built some great foundations for us to live here very happily....

Our third set of visitors have arrived.....again always such a buzz to see family in the flesh after months of Skype calls! Even though we have our fav haunts now we did some research and off we all went one night to the Broken Spoke, a restaurant and the "last of the true Texas dance halls", we probably wouldn't return for the food alone however it opened in 1964 and claims to not have changed its interior ever since.....well worth a visit to see just this and all the photos on the wall of its famous visitors through the years...
My first birthday in America is here and I enjoyed a great day being spoilt of course! By evening the babysitter arrives and off we all go downtown.....husband has done his research so our first stop for dinner is at La Condesa, a modern Mexican restaurant which provided a fantastic great set menu mix of meats, rice, veg, salad, salsa and lots more, have a click on the link below to get a good look at the menu.....we finished off the night dancing to a mix of great new and old tunes in the Hanger Lounge Bar!

After an interesting, fun and crazy 12 week summer holiday the girls are finally due to start back at school, what a lovely shock to the system those 6am starts are for all concerned! I'm driving the girls in for now I just can't quite build up the courage to let my new kindergartener get on the school buses just yet.....

We have also enjoyed our youngest daughters 5th birthday during the first week of school, it was an interesting morning opening presents, cards, breakfast, getting dressed, sun cream, packed lunches and all out the door for 7.30am!! We did it though just and there I was in assembly with my camera to capture my daughter stand up in front of over 700 pupils when her name was read out by the Principle to say Happy Birthday to her! As her birthday was midweek we booked the party for the weekend and was able to invite a mix of preschool buddies and new school class mates to the build-a-bear workshop at the local mall with an extremely large cookie cake from the American Cookie Company!

Our visitors had taken a week off from us and did a road trip to New Orleans and Orange Beach they are now back and as this Monday was Labor day in America (basically a bank holiday to us Brits) we went for a drive to Krause Springs....this is a camping and swimming site founded in 1955 in a place called Spicewood, still in Texas! It had slightly treacherous terrain as several natural springs feed the pools making the rocks mossy but deliciously cool water to swim in even though it was a very murky colour!

Austin is known as the 'Music Capital of the World' so on one midweek evening we found the Cedar Street Courtyard in downtown Austin....for 15 years it has been pairing two of Austin's favourite indulgences....nightly live music and sumptuous cocktails! We loved the humorous band's eclectic dress sense and outstanding, addictive live music mix...definitely a place to visit again and again! http://cedarstreetaustin.com

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