Last weekend we were southbound 35 for our travel tournament of the summer. Jackson was playing in a baseball tourney in Dripping Springs, southwest of Austin. When I saw how close it was to Blanco, I called my friend Stephanie, whose parents just so happen to live on a ranch in Blanco. The stars aligned for us, and their family was free that weekend, so we made plans to meet at the ranch. I was beyond excited to see our dear friends--it had been two years since the last time!
|The kids were all in good spirits on our drive. They watched a movie, we ate lunch, and the little one even took a nap. We arrived in Blanco at 4:00...|
|and by 4:10 our crew was in the water!|
|The little girls were too busy to stop for a picture, |
but we got Lila (6), Caroline (4), Sam (7) and Jackson (9).
My goodness, what a difference two years makes!
|This little fish swam with her daddy for a while and then joined us on the porch. |
She loves a good rocking chair, especially when it's just her size.
|After the kids were done swimming, we got dressed and went to check out this neat play area. It had a swingset and an airconditioned playhouse! With carpet. And a full-size bunk bed. |
My girls loved it.
|Jackson wasn't really into playing house, but he was in heaven on this legit zipline!|
|All the kids took turns on it, even little 2 1/2 year old Diane Claire!|
|I wasn't so confident that Cami would hang on the whole time, so I just ran with her.|
|The boys did some tree-climbing...and we all just admired the beautiful Hill Country.|
|Then we walked back to the house...|
|and chilled on the porch while the kids played some more. With a cold beverage, of course.|
|While the boys still had enough sunlight, they played Beamo.|
|After a delicious beef enchilada dinner, complete with all the fixin's and multiple desserts,|
|the big kids piled in the back of the truck to go see the bats!|
|On our way out there, we saw this peacock on the fence,|
|beautiful deer in the pasture,|
|and lots of cows.|
|Cami also spotted horses, donkeys and even a big jackrabbit.|
|We arrived at the batcave a couple minutes before sunset. |
Sometimes, these two are sweet to each other!