OMG! It's October now, so I'm back-dating all of these photos to their appropriate months! I can't believe I let time slip so easily away from me for FOUR months! What I can remember of July (everything is a blur) is through all the fun times we had with friends. I stopped charting Nina's every move around this time. Her school tracks a ton of stuff and with the impending move, I couldn't keep up!
Ah, speaking of the move... THE HOUSE!!! We were so frustrated and rejected for so long in Austin's housing market (kind of reminded me of my temperament with infertility) that we (or rather "I") became desperate to find us something. I was obsessed. Throughout the summer I grappled, groped, and grasped at anything in our price range, no matter where it was, no matter how far, or how ghetto, or how odd. It was ridiculous. And we didn't even NEED to buy a home right then! Whatever.
But then, one day, out of the blue, I come across a house that was for sale by owner (not on anyone else's radar). And it had an amazing yard--almost a half-acre. In a cul-de-sac. In the right neighborhood. Next to a creek. With four bedrooms. And an office. And tons of space. And tons of windows. And did I mention that yard? Somehow, our offer was accepted. And it was in a price range that allowed us to keep our current home as a rental. I swear. I continuously have to re-learn the same lesson. To be patient. Life will continue forward. And eventually good things will come. And this house is better than all the other houses we lost out on. Go figure.
So throughout July we were getting prepped for closing on our new house. Nina continued to shine at school and with us. Her little personality is so funny. I think of her as a spicy jalapeno margarita. Seems odd, right? But she's unbelievably sweet and bubbly and her big blue-eyed gaze makes your entire being warm and light-headed. And yet she has this hint of fire to her, whose heat catches you when you least expect it. A spicy jalapeno margarita! Or perhaps I'm just craving one...
Lisa's prep-night for the shower. Good friends. Good laughs.
Playing hide-and-seek with dad
Some of my favorite people came to visit Austin mid-July: Ryan and Charles with one of my dearest friends Kelly, her husband Aaron, and her musical prodigy, Otis. Loved our little reunion!
At one of my favorite new Austin restaurants, Hillside Farmacy (it's getting a bit too hipster for me to take Nina much anymore!)
Kelly and Nina
Got to meet up with Kristin too for a brief but memorable mini high school reunion. Loved having the next generation there, Nina, Otis, and Julianna!
Another VERY brief visit with friends. This year we went to Port Aransas to see our college friends who we usually do a river trip with. The coast seemed easier this year with all the kiddos. I just wished we had gotten to spend more time with them!
Cuties Ella and Nina
Little acorn's school is so creative. Here, they made a book about her time at school with friends. I loved it. So did she, apparently.