Sunday, May 24, 2015

Project Life - Week 16

Welcome to Project Life 2015! If you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you will stay a while. I'm Jessica, wife to Juan, mommy to 3 year old Maddie. I am also an electrical engineer by day and I am participating in Project Life, a different way to record our lives by taking one photo a day. This was inspired by the fabulous Becky Higgins.

I am using a digital kit on Shutterfly. This digital version is SUPER easy to use! See my completed pages for 2012 using the Shutterfly - Project Life Turquoise Edition HERE and my 2013 album using the Shutterfly - Project Life Childhood - Mayfield Edition HERE I will hopefully be posting my 2014 pages soon.

And finally, my POTW (pictures of the week) - 

Thursday - More animal art project from school and a surprise photo. We had dinner at Outback and apparently Maddie took this photo with my phone during dinner. Not a bad angle!

Friday - A little afternoon outdoor play with the neighbors. Maddie loves playing with Henry, Norah and Jude. There tends to be a ton of riding vehicles between tricycles, bicycles, push carts, etc. They really do have fun with one another. We are blessed to have such wonderful neighbors!

Saturday - The Zsohars' invited to a front yard BBQ this evening. We all relaxed in the front yard with wine and watched the kids play. We even brought Maddie's picnic table into the front for the kids to eat on. It was a wonderful, relaxing evening. After dinner, the Wozney's were on a walk and passed by. It didn't take long for their kids to join in the fun. We discussed setting up evening block dinners on a regular basis. All the neighbors want to join in. What a FABULOUS place to live!

Monday - Maddie wanted to make Maria a belated birthday cake. I tried to change her mind and make cupcakes, but she was adamant that Grandma needed a cake. She even picked out strawberry cake and pink frosting with pink sprinkles. She loves singing "Happy Birthday" and helped Grandma blow out her candles.

Tuesday - Maddie's class continued their "buggy" week and got to check out live crickets! How cool. Juan and I left for our first solo getaway since before Maddie was born. We've NEVER left her overnight with anyone. We are headed to Hill Country in Wimberly, Texas. I found a groupon for a two night stay at a little bed and breakfast. It is only about 5 hours away, so we thought it was finally time to try. Maria and Alfonso are staying with Maddie as she has school. We had a great first day. We stopped at Blue Bonnet Cafe for lunch and had some of their famous pie. Then we stopped at William & Chris Winery. It is a fairly new winery and all of their wines were pretty young. Then we hit Sister Creek, my favorite white wine. We bought a case their and then headed to our B&B, Serenity Inn Farmhouse. Our little cottage was very quaint and there was a sign welcoming us. We ended the evening having dinner at The Leaning Pear. It was fabulous and we had the best crab cake that Juan said he had ever tasted. It was absolutely delicious and everything is bought or grown local and clean. I left my Ipad for Maddie and showed her how to answer facetime. I wrapped and hid presents for her all over the house to surprise her with when we called. Unfortunately, I didn't consider the lack of cell service or wi-fi in that area. We tried for hours to get a hold of them and finally texted both our neighbors asking them to check in on them. Maria did finally answer the home phone, as that was the only phone that could pick up our remote service. From that point on, Maria or Maddie made sure to always answer the home phone. It was a bit stressful, but still a great first day of our getaway.

Wednesday - Last night when I was closing the curtains, I was shocked to see a scorpion at eye level on one of the curtains. Juan didn't believe me at first until he saw it with his own eyes.He used a cup and scooped it up and sealed it in the cup, placing it outside. We panic'ed a bit as we were so remote from a town/hospital. What if we got stung? Aren't scorpions deadly? How many more were in the cottage? There was a paper in the room saying that we were remote and bugs tended to find their way in, just send them back out. Seriously? We didn't think that meant scorpions! No one answered the phone number they gave us, so we spent the rest of the evening researching online. I don't think I slept more than a couple hours all night. It was not too relaxing. This morning we were able to look at the scorpion in the light and it seemed to match the type that we discovered was local to that area of Texas. Everything said a sting hurts similar to a bee or wasp sting, but shouldn't be dangerous unless you are allergic to them. I still wasn't too interested in being stung by a scorpion. We made sure to thoroughly shake our clothes, towels and shoes before use. Our breakfast wasn't served until 9am, and of course we were up around 7am, so we headed out to Blue Hole swimming area. They have developed a beautiful park with trails around the swimming hole voted the top 10 best swimming holes in Texas. It is surrounded by beautiful cypress trees. It was not open for the summer season yet, but we were able to walk the trail and see the beautiful cypress trees. After our delicious breakfast, we went to Wimberly Valley Winery and Driftwood winery. After our wine excursions, we went to Jacob's Well. We spent the day exploring Wimberly and hitting a couple more wineries. Jacob's Well is an extensive underwater cave that is home to salamanders, crawfish, amphiopods and isopods. Slightly acidic rainfall interacted with and eroded the limestone over millennia to form the cave system. the 12 ft opening descends vertically for about 23 ft then continues at an angle. Two restrictions follow through two rooms before the cave continues. The cave system reaches a maximum depth of 140 ft and is approximately 4500 ft long, with over a mile of total unexplored passages. It was still closed for swimming, but we climbed down the huge limestone rocks and I cooled my feet in the freezing water. It was a neat little place and Juan enjoyed climbing around. This evening we climbed Mount Baldy, also known as Prayer Mountain. Mount Baldy is one of two large hills that dominate the Wimberley Valley. It has a series of steps that lead to one of the most amazing panoramic views of the Wimberley Valley. It is currently owned by the congregation of Trinity Church. After our climb, we headed into Wimberley and did a bit of shopping at all the cool little shops. Juan was craving more crab cakes so we ended up eating dinner at The Leaning Pear, again. It was still delicious.

Thanks for visiting!

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