Monday, May 6, 2013

It's okay to love Houston.

We have lived in Houston for nearly five years.  Both our babies were born here and I just can't help loving it.

I think it is common for people to bash Houston in favor of trendier cities, (in fact a friend of ours just reminded us how we never shut up about New York for like six months when we first got here) but it definitely has a way of growing on  you.

It is very livable.  The museums, parks, and zoo are so accessible.  And it is very family oriented. I have never had such a bountiful garden. I love the weather, and tonight was no exception.

The last few days have been rough, but all the love we've received from our friends has been amazing.  Brunches, dessert, and a good bye dinner tonight.

My parents flew down a few days ago just because they were worried about me so they were able to be there too.  They kept offering to come last week, but I kept saying no.  Finally Ryan pushed me to let them come down here.  I was definitely struggling with everything and felt like I was not the best mom.  I just had no energy or take the kids like I normally do or even play simple games with them.  It has been such a blessing having my parents here.  I need to remember that it is okay to ask for help (or just say yes to the offer!) when I am coming unglued.

Love that my friends choose a place with a sandbox.  And this really pretty view of downtown.

We are so blessed.  It makes me so sad to think of the friends our kids will leave behind too.  They literally have grown up together!

 I just hope that everyone will make it out to Austin soon so they can show us around!  If the kids look like a blur, blame the pop-ice ;)


  1. oh man, I didn't realize you were moving so soon! Good luck.

    Austin is on our short list of "other places besides Seattle we could live" so we may see you there eventually :)

  2. Good luck with the move. We moved from New Zealand to Singapore when my daughter was four months old and it was tough leaving all our friends and family behind. Now Singapore is the only home our daughter knows and she and we love being here. Having children does make it easier to meet new people initially too.

  3. Great pics. Good luck with the move!

  4. Good luck as you start your next chapter. . . .

  5. We just moved from Austin 10 months ago after living there for 14 years. At least you are still going to be close to Houston. He moved all the way to NC. Really hard to leave parents and friends. Blessings to you as you make the move. You will enjoy it. The traffic is crazy especially on I-35 but I think Houston traffic was probably more so. :)

  6. Ah, great bitter sweet photos! I have heard fantastic things about Austin from friends who used to live there. Good luck on your move!

  7. So great your parents were able to come down. Austin is a great city and you'll still be able to visit everyone in Houston. It's tough now but it will get easier once you settle in. You'll have a new city to explore and I'll have to schedule a visit once you're all moved in.

  8. Great photos - good luck with your move :)

  9. Wonderful pictures. That is so fantastic that your parents came out to help you. One of my best friends lives in Austin and raves about how wonderful it is for families and kids. We don't go there near enough. Hope your move goes well.


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