My Sister Came to Austin and All You Got Were 10,000 Pictures

Last week, my sister Merrick and her husband, Philip, and their baby came to visit for six days. It was delightful.

I think we did a pretty good mix of hanging around and relaxing (read: babies got naps), and getting out and having fun.

While it snowed back in Utah, we braved the 100 degree weather at the splash pad. Ella was not sure what she thought about it.

But eventually she stopped clinging to me and figured out that this was like the bathtub on steroids.

Every so often, the Peanut would come by and acknowledge Ella’s existence. She’s not nearly as mobile as he is.

Ella especially loved Uncle Philip. I think he liked that she would sit still for him.

A little trip to the library.

And, of course, the eating of BBQ. This place was new to us and quite tasty. A nice change of pace from the ever-popular Rudy’s.

After four years of Austin living, I finally made the long-awaited trip to Flip Happy Crepes. Oh my word, it was delicious. Merrick chose the most wisely with a ham and Gruyere.
Ella didn’t approve of my goat cheese and spinach crepe.

I made it up to her by letting her play with Merrick’s water bottle

And then a stop at the Blanton Art Museum on UT’s campus.

On Friday, we went to Zilker Park and played on the playground (Ella tried to eat rocks)

 Stuck our feet in Barton Springs

and rode the Zilker Zephyr.


Ella considered joining their family, but eventually decided against it. 
We finished the afternoon with a delicious taco lunch. Ella gave it two enthusiastic arms up.

And finally, to finish our week of complete gluttony, we went to Kerbey Lane Cafe for breakfast on Saturday before they caught their flight home.

It was nice for one day to have the apartment back to ourselves and eat vegetarian meals and have Ella not sleeping in our closet. Then that day was over and I was ready for them to come back. We have way too many restaurants we haven’t tried!

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  • Reply Karina June 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    You're so lucky to have a sister to love and who loves you…and who comes to visit.
    p.s. Good seeing you again Sister 🙂

  • Reply Mia June 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    yum…. kirby lane… gingerbread pancakes… yummmmmm…..

  • Reply ssm June 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I don't know if it's my browser, but I can't see your photos, just little sad red Xs.

  • Reply Merrick June 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Yes, a week of complete gluttony. And worth every calorie 🙂

    Also, I'm a little saddened that you didn't include the wet puppy dog picture of Ella from the splash pad…

    Can't wait to see you next month!

  • Reply heidikins June 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I love this, and I love your floppy hat, and I love Ella falling for Uncle Philip…I love all of this.


  • Reply creole wisdom June 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    You and your sister are both beautiful.

    That Flip Happy place looks so fun. I love air stream campers 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie June 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for your note Janssen, or rather your comment on the Plate to Pixel giveaway. I'm so happy someone appreciates the fact that I don't ask you to "like me", "follow me" or "tweet about me" during giveaways 🙂 I don't like that kind of thing either!

    Have a lovely week!

  • Reply Jenny June 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Oh my gosh! That second picture looks like it belongs in a magazine. You and Ella totally have a model vibe going on. I love the post title too. Very Funny.

  • Reply McKinley June 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    What a great time for you guys!!! That seems so wonderful to have family come visit! You and Merrick are so beautiful, and you both have darling kids!!! I loved looking at all of these photos! YAY for sisters… and special trips when they come to visit hahahaha!!!

  • Reply Anonymous June 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Can we talk about how utterly gorgeous you look in your big, floppy hat and striped shirt?! Wow!


  • Reply Peaceful Reader June 8, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    What beautiful photos! I love when people visit us and I can take them to our library!

    The crepe place sounds yummy!

  • Reply Holly Hoffman Spears June 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    You people are all way too beautiful. 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea June 8, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    It looks like fun! The fountain would have been particularly entertaining!

  • Reply rebecca June 9, 2011 at 12:44 am

    so cute! you got some great shots.

  • Reply Erica June 9, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Looks like a fun trip; those photos of Ella in the steroid-ridden bathtub are particularly precious.

    North Meets South

  • Reply Kayla June 9, 2011 at 5:06 am

    I need to come visit you so we can do all these things too! My kids would have loved all that stuff. And I really like crepes. And you.


  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife June 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    It sounds – and looks – like so much fun! How absolutely cool that your daughter has a cousin so close to her age. It's going to be so awesome to see them grow up together!

  • Reply Mad Hadder June 10, 2011 at 4:19 am

    What? No LBJ Library? I found a BBQ "cafe/dive" when I took a walk away from the capitol where I worked one day. Wonder bread, greasy red checked table cloth, I WAS the token Caucasian, and when I told my fellow workers where I'd been for lunch they all gasped. But I've never forgotten it…nor will I.

  • Reply Marie June 14, 2011 at 3:26 am

    You guys are so cute with your kids. I love the one of Philip reading to Ella and you smiling in the background.

  • Reply Michelle July 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Oh my goodness! There is too much cuteness in one place to be able to bear!! And boy do you and your sister look like twins. Looks like you had a fantastic visit.

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