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A little more Texas

I’m trying to clear off my memory cards so I can shoot more tonight and this weekend. Still have more Texas to go.

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We took Austin over to University of Texas so he could check it out. The picture below would be cute if Cole would stop making his weird face.

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He still claims it would be weird to live in Austin since his name is Austin.

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We assured him that he probably isn’t the only one….

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Someone was a little tired and grumpy

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And someone else was hungry- again.

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Then it was back to Fort Worth

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Where the kids did a lot of this

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And the big kids did this

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That smirk….

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And that

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This makes me laugh every time- see the tiny bug??

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Bros

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It started to rain, but then it stopped and we enjoyed the last of our outside time in Texas

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Gretchen P - great pictures! The last one of Miss E is frame worthy. Everyone I know that lives in Austin, love it. I’m sure A would be happy there if that is what he decides.

Hannah - These are great! When did Cole get braces? Maybe it’s been a while ago? I’m old and a bit foggy anymore.

Love the pictures of Eva, but my favorite is your son and the bug. We’d get along just fine :)

kelly - My daughter is starting at UT in the fall. She couldn’t be more excited!!

Laura H - Your pictures and family are gorgeous!

Tex_Mex Chicken Salad

I have been in a big time funk with all things photography and social media lately. It’s a slow time- a time of figuring things out.

That’s ok.

We all need time to readjust.

Tried this recipe the other night- olders thought it was good, youngers needed an alternative.

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Found the recipe here

Here it is

Ingredients

Dressing
1/4 C white vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp minced onion
1 Tbsp taco seasoning mix
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Salad
2 C cooked chicken cubed
6 C lettuce (romaine and spring mix)
1 tomato, chopped
1 Can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 avocado, diced
1/2 C cheddar cheese, grated
tortilla strips for garnish

Instructions

Dressing
Combine all the ingredients and stir to mix.
Set aside until ready to serve
Salad
Combine all ingredients except for chips.
Toss with dressing.
Garnish with chips.

Tiffany - Looks good…we should catch up:)

Tiffany

Hannah - Yeah. I totally get you. I’m less and less on line anymore. I have zero desire for FB or instagram lately…I’m trying to force myself to blog for the kids, but even that is just blah to me. Work through your stuff, enjoy your time. I’m way happier offline than I am going through FB. I take more walks, play more games with the kids, bake more cookies…Hmm…maybe I should sign back on ;)

The salad looks awesome. My mom still works and she has a cafeteria at her work, they make everything fresh and organic if possible but they only make one meal each day. You either buy that thing they made or go somewhere else. Anyway, they made a salad the other day, so my mom got one… She requested raspberry vinaigrette. Which would have been fine…except it was a taco salad and she didn’t realize it. By the way, she says that tacos and raspberries don’t mix well ;)

Ranch Life

Teaching the boys how to feed a horse without getting your fingers bit off was kinda funny

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Austin seemed the most interested in the horses. Blake and Max kept daring each other to eat a horse booger- I think they said the would do it for $50.

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This horse is used by the boys 2nd cousin Emily- it’s a cutting horse. Which I’m not sure exactly what that means- but she had a cute pink bridle for him

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This barn kitty was pretty cute

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And the ranch dogs only wanted to fetch- over and over again

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The twins were looking extra twinny in their red shirts

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Not sure whats going on here

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A couple rare shots of the first born

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Lots more pics are still sitting on my memory card. I have been SO unmotivated lately. Need to get my groove back.

Hannah - I’m glad you had a chance to get away for Spring Break. I loved the pictures, the twins always crack me up…don’t they usually end up matching at least once during visits together?

I’ve been in a bit of a computer/iphone vacation. I had scheduled a few posts but only really got on to post Dmitry’s birthday post because I couldn’t skip it. I’m in a quiet phase

missy - LOVE the pictures of our pets and place!! So glad yall were to come out for a visit!! fyi~ a Cutting Horse is a horse that is trained to cut cows/calves away from the herd of cows, to keep the single cow away from the others for a 2.30 minute time period when competing in a Cutting Show. This would also be used in a ranch setting when trying to work cattle. My kids love to show their horses! Have a great day and can’t wait to see more pics, they’re great shots!!

Spring Break 2014

I have been so slow to even look at my pictures so I guess I will start with iphone

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We rented an extra long Expedition for the trip which was great until we got a flat tire in Arkansas

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Eva was fascinated by this dead deer on the side of the road while we waited for the tire to be changed.

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They kept watch for predators

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Then it was back on the road

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And finally some Texas sunshine

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We went to a mini family reunion- and had fun with the horses

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Except for Max, who was afraid of them

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Did some riding on Grandads Cushmans

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Then it was down to Austin

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Where Blake had his pre-dinner poolside

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And Cole jumped in the freezing pool- for $3

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The look-alike cousins

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A cute pizza delivery boy

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One of the best parts of the trip was hooking up with Chapel Hill friends

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We spent a lot of time in the car- Blake learned the hard way that you shouldn’t fall asleep with your mouth open- Cole stuffed the strings of his sweatshirt in his mouth.

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Hoping to go thru all my other pics soon!

Porch!

I’m supposed to be packing but I wanted to pop in to give a house progress report!

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Yesterday the front porch roof was built and today the metal is going on- can’t wait to see it.

Now I just need to decide the size of the two windows that are going in the middle.

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So that’s where the house is right now.

Hannah - It. Looks. Awesome.

Elizabeth's - Looks great!!!