The Audience is listening

Lucy's finally at that age where she's really aware of/hearing/processing all that's going on around her. Casey and I can no longer talk about her in the front seat of the car, without her picking up on it. Her fox ears hear it all. She's a sponge. And it's only the beginning of the rest of her life.

SO, time for us to be more careful with what she hears and sees...since these two things happened recently, which were kind of funny but made me aware of the fact.

* On Saturday Lucy was watching a cartoon on youtube (which we had turned on for her) and when it was done she started clicking around on the site.
"What's she watching?" I asked Casey.
"I think she found a Dora clip."

When I checked on her a few minutes later, sure enough she was watching Dora.....or something called "Dora on Heroin". And the related videos next to it said, "Dora the alcoholic", "Dora smokes Pot."
"Mom, I was watching Dora! But it was a little bit different," Lucy informed me.

* Today in the car a Justin Timberlake song came on the radio, so I turned it up.
Lucy asked, "Mom, what's this song called."
How do I disguise or shorten the name "I'm bringing Sexy Back"?
I was stumped, "um....it's called Hey Hey".

dumb name.


visitors! Grandma and Grandpa Willard

Last Saturday Casey's parents flew out to visit us. Since they were flying stand-by we didn't tell the kids anything till we knew they were sitting on the plane. And when I broke the good news to Lucy she was just giddy with excitement. It seems that two times a week she makes a comment about how much she misses her Grandmas. So she was very excited to have visitors.

Casey picked Parry and Linda up from the airport and then the kids and I drove to Rudy's to meet up with them. That should be everyone's first stop in Austin, right?

I'm not sure who was more excited to see who....Lucy or Linda?
So cute.
We spent the rest of the day just hanging out at our house, chatting, and watching the kids play.

The next day (Easter) we watched some conference, colored eggs, ate all sorts of yummy food, and showed them our little town. I just love the downtown square.
It's the perfect place for strolling around, sitting on a bench, and enjoying Antique shops.
Because it was Easter Sunday all the shops were closed but we found it hilarious that all the stuff was just left out on the street. I guess the folks are trusting in our town.
For some reason Owen liked this little boy statue and kept standing next to him. I guess he needs a friend? Not sure if it's intentional but I like the hand in his pocket (just like the statue)
Funny Oboe.
Casey and Linda. Looking great in blue.
Next we drove through all the cool neighborhoods in our town (with beautiful old houses) and we ended our tour at the lake.
Where Lucy picked as many wildflowers as she could find.
Then we headed to the lookout point, which if you remember from our visit here in August, THIS is where people were cliff jumping into the water 25 feet below. CRAZY how much water has filled the lake!
Our kids found it pretty great though.
And soon there was some of this going on....
and yep, eventually this. Good thing there weren't many people around. I hate feeling white trash.

On Monday we did a tour of Downtown Austin. We drove around UT campus. Since we had to take separate cars everywhere, I had fun snapping random photos when we stopped at each stoplight. The stadium:
a truck:
And of course I had to show them the amazing multi million dollar homes. I never grow tired of these pretty spots (as you'll remember from this October post.) We drove by all those same homes with Parry and Linda.
Some houses had cute Easter decor. I'm going to remember this one for next year (or when I have a wrought iron fence):
We ate lunch at my favorite hamburger spot, P. Terrys.
The few times we've been there, I've gawked at everyone's shakes. So this time I broke down and bought one for all of us to share.
It was yummy but a bit to sweet. Perfect for the kids!
Next we walked around the lake that runs just south of the dowtown. It's one of our favorite spots.
Here's the normal routine: we park the car, walk for a bit through the gorgeous trees, look at the water, use the bathroom at the Hyatt, and then hang out at Lucy's "fishing spot".
This time around Lucy had a friend fishing next to her.
Owen gave his stick pole a try.
And they both spent 20 minutes gathering sea shells.
I've said it before but I love Owen's head. Cute. Round.
There was a local goose walking on the sidewalk, greeting visitors who walked by. He wasn't mean or honking. He just hung out, like a maitre d' for the Hyatt. Our Luce Goose thought it was really funny.
And of course the other part of our routine is riding the Hyatt's glass elevators to the top (and talking a few rounds on the escalator). Cool views from the top.
Looks so 2-dimensional, like a blue print.
We continued our walk back along the river and walked over to the Congress bridge to see the BATS.
We stopped for snacks at the nearby Chevron which, (according to their mural) is at the heart of Austin. Nothing says Austin like a 24 hour food mart. Hmmm.
Along with hundreds of other people, we hung out here waiting for the bats to fly out for a nightly feeding. When we came in August we had a spectacular view. But tonight, the bats were being batty. They didn't come out till AFTER it was dark!
So we had a couple hours to play, run around,
and eat treats.
I bought Tootsie Pops for the kids, which ended up being a lifesaver.
Pure entertainment for over an hour.
And at one point, complete silliness.
Thankfully the people around us thought the kids were cute and enjoyed their entertainment.
I guess we were all happy to have treats.
We waited and waited till after 8pm.
The sun went down.
And the bats just hung there, under the bridge.
FINALLY they started coming out but it was too dark for snapping photos. Cool sights though! As we walked back to our car, we kept stopping to watch the long stream of black bats flying over head.

On the final night of their visit, Parry and Linda offered to watch the kids so we could have a date night! woohoo! YES.
We knew exactly where we wanted to go: The Alamo Draft House.
It's a kitschy theater, but it's also a restaurant. When you go to your seat, you place your order and about 1/4 of the way into your movie, a server brings out your food and drinks. Pretty cool!
And we very much enjoyed Alice in Wonderland in 3D. Far more exciting than the Disney version. And those costumes?! I wanted to wear each of Alice's dresses.
Outside of the theater, I had fun with my camera and lights....
Then we got yogurt (from a Squeeze and Scoop type of place. hooray!), walked around for a bit, and that was a date! It's great to be out alone with my husband. We always have fun together.

Grandma and Grandpa, thank you for coming to see us! We loved having you. We were sad to see you go. But we'll see you again soon! We love you guys.