This past weekend, we celebrated my mom's birthday. It was the first one in decades she's celebrated without my dad at her side. She and I both knew exactly just how he would have made her day special had he still been here, which made the absence even more acute...she was dreading the day. So of course, Blake and I had to try our best to make it an exceptional day for her...more so than usual.
We went out to McKinney Falls State Park just east of Austin. My mom loves doing stuff like this, especially with her grandchildren. I had gone to Trader Joe's (we just got one here in Austin) the previous day to get all sorts of picnic goodies for us...and oh my goodness, I think I could write a post solely dedicated to that wonderful place. It pains me that it's 30 minutes away! Anyway, we had fun eating new and interesting food, hiking, opening gifts, and living on the edge, as the below picture clearly depicts. :)
^^^ I LOVE this one of them! ^^^