Sunday Night - Granger Lake

I often forget that we live in a "small town". Because we're only 20 minutes from Austin, it doesn't seem real at times. But that's the life we're living! I guess that's why I find the outdoor/country scenery a bit foreign yet so endearing. I just want to take a bazillion pictures of it all! And on Sunday there was plenty of opportunity.

Casey and I have noticed that there seems to be a Lake in every town around here. Though we live a mile from Lake Georgetown, for our Sunday Night outing we ventured to the next closest lake in a small town called Granger. The 20 minute drive looked like this:
What gorgeous country! In fact, the entire outing felt like a photo-shoot set-up. Everything around us was just too beautiful and picturesque.

The plan was to drive 20 minutes to Granger, drive over the dam and walk around the lake. Lucy of course told us the entire drive that she was going to go swimming in the lake. I replied with that motherly response, "we'll see."
I was hoping she'd forget about swimming once we got there because I hadn't brought any swim stuff nor was I sure you could even swim in the lake.

When we pulled up to the lake, the "swimming beach" road was closed so we headed over to the boat drop-in. It was just us and one other group at the drop-in. They were headed out for duck hunting at dusk. We chatted for a bit and let the kids put their feet in the water. But there was no chance Lucy was going to stop at just her feet.
So.....we went trashy style and dropped the clothes.
and the kids had a ball! It wasn't the most comfortable walking on the cement boat driveway but the kids didn't mind.
Lucy splashed,
and swam,
and I joined her, till I swear a fish nibbled on my toe. hmmm.
Owen was Owen and had the most fun walking up and down the hill over and over again.
And he wanted nothing to do with picture-taking (he was too busy watching some Kayaks come to shore)
We tried.
How I love that little head!
We waded in the water for a bit and then headed back to the truck to dry off.
Lucy: "Naked shadows!"
Once clothed we walked to a different part of the lake through this gorgeous field of grass. Seemed like something the pioneers may have waded through on the plains.
It was the perfect spot to play Tag.
"You're it!"
There were plenty of flowers to be picked.
And lest you think it was all Little House on the Prairie, there were a few 2009 moments as well.
The grassy field ended at this pretty spot. The hour couldn't have been more perfect:
The clothing came off and Lucy was back in the water.
I'm amazed at how much fun this girl has in her own little world. I never heard exactly what she was saying but there was a whole conversation going on between her and the pebbles from the shore.
I'm sure they were going to the park together or having a tea party.
Casey and Owen had their own fun tossing pebbles into the water or shooting for a hole-in-one into Lucy's shoes.
I said to Casey at one point, there is no way you would find this back in LA. I couldn't believe that we were completely alone at this gorgeous spot. I mean, there is still amazing beauty back home....but to have the moment all to yourself as a family? Too cool.

Another successful Sunday Night outing.Lucy:
the gnats:
On the drive home, we took an alternate route down the main drag in Granger. Seriously? This stuff is real? The back-lot of Universal never looked this good.
We'll be back again little Granger.


The Hunt House said...

I'm so jealous. Makes me miss Burns, OR.

Nicole said...

Great pictures!!

Kim said...

it really looks like you are enjoying your new lo-cal.

beautiful and interesting places you are finding.

lyndsey said...

your camera is so cool -- love the two photos of lucy and the gnats, with different focus points.

awesome scenery! i admire you for liking the farmland while i am hating it here. haha.

also i love the 2nd pic of you and owen. that's such a dana face :) and the kids look so cute swimming in their undies.

Saunja said...

GORGEOUS. That is so Texas. It really is a different world there. There were moments when we would just stop and think "Wow. How did we end up here again?" It is so beautiful there in it's own way. I'm so glad that you are loving it and embracing it. That is just what we did also. It was awesome living there.

And I love the naked shadows! Hilarious.

the bates motel said...

beautiful! wish you were here! lol. but seriously so pretty. glad you are finding the hidden gems in tx!

Jesslyn said...

By old boss is from Granger, TX! We heard of it often and with much love from him. Now he lives about an hour outside Dallas/FW.

gunnfam said...

I'm so happy, and so stinkin jealous for you! I loved all the pictures, but started to wonder if there were bugs. Thanks for the gnats picture. =)

sachia said...

Ya, you are taking pictures that belong in a book. Can you imagine the backdrops you can get for family photos?? Cra---azay cute. This is part of what America is....lots of small little towns with good people. :)


Kayli said...

Wow--completely GORGEOUS golden glowing pictures. Can I come with you next time?!

Kelly said...

Wow!! What a fun place to explore! Your pics are AMZING!

Erica said...

What a dreamy day! I love, love, love the pic of Owen from up top. Frame worthy (I think I say that about all your pics) MISS YOU!!!! I have all these sewing questions and the sewing queen is not around to help me out :) Keep up the awesome posts.

Natalie Petersen said...

Gnats me no likey!...Love the scenery pics Dana! and Family pics for that matter. It looks so charming and peaceful. We miss you guys, but are glad to see that you are having so much fun in Texas. Lots of love!

dietcokegrrl said...

Amazing scenery--so picturesque! I'm with Sachia, it would make for some beautiful family picture backgrounds.

Looks like you guys are discovering all the cool places to hang out--and I can't believe there was no one else there!

I LOVE the Dana face in that picture with Owen. Classic.

Karis said...

I am glad that you are finding such fun things to do. I remember feeling the same when we moved to AZ. Everything just seemed much slower and the family time was great!

Looks like a really pretty place!

Sara said...

wow, so pretty! It reminds me of an old southern movie, especially the kids playing in the water in nothing but underwear. So green- guess all the rain is good for something!