September 14, 2015


We just did not get enough....
to visit with the youngest...
so we took the celebration to him!

Any good Texan knows the drill!
You head down to Austin
and make a pit stop at
the Little Czech Bakery in West!
Kolaches for everyone...
sausage and cheese for him
Apricot and Raspberry for me!

We always arrive just in time for lunch...go figure that one!
We tried a new Cajun seafood family owned dining spot!
Let's see....
Red Beans and Rice, a cup of Shrimp and Crab Gumbo and a Shrimp Po-Boy!
I listened as they discussed real football and fantasy football....

We swing by the hotel and check-in...
unload bags and they wait for me to give the thumbs up.....
the coast is clear.....
I approve!

I do so love a nice hotel...
a bit of luxury for the weekend....

We take a scenic tour of Austin...heading south...
The Longhorns were playing their first home game
against Rice, so we know to avoid the campus and downtown...
a traffic nightmare!
We stopped at a high end Whole Foods and marveled at the produce!
Yes, I begged for a pumpkin and would you believe he said
"NO......too early and too expensive!!!"

Sooooo....we headed up to The OASIS!
An old favorite from soccer days...
OH MY...things have changed!

This was just gorgeous...
all three levels surrounding Lake Travis!

A margarita sounds good about now....

I want one of these.... great is this view?

I think you could not ask for a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon....
handsome guys and a glass of wine....

Me and my precious...
I am always so happy he is still willing to take a selfie with his ole' Mom!


We were just amazed at the changes...
second largest restaurant in the state
seats 3,000 people

Reservations at 7:30
on to 
Steiner's Steakhouse

Dinner at sunset

What an amazing view of Austin and Lake Travis

Amazing steaks and shrimp....
did I mention we ate our way through Austin?

We said our good-byes after an amazing and hearty breakfast!
I thought this mural of Austin and the bluebonnets was just breathtaking.

On our travels home.
I just had to snap a picture of beautiful Waco.

Collin Street Bakery is a must-stop!
Cherry IceBox Cookies and Chocolate Drizzled Macaroons!

I think I could spend hours at this beautiful and busy bakery!

Do you think we gained weight this weekend,,,I asked.....
Never mind...
I don't want to know...
it was a fabulous time..
Happy Birthday Rob!


  1. Hello Estelle, I really enjoyed scrolling through your post as my husband might end up with a job in Austin. Time will tell. Now I know a few spots that I'll want to see and that I can eat my way through. I love it when our adult kids enjoy time with us, too.
    Have a great week.
    My personal blog...

    1. Hi Ellen! I am happy to hear you enjoyed this blog post about Austin today. If you do relocate, I think you will fall in love with the city! There is so much to enjoy with the arts and cultural vibe Austin offers! It is unique! Thank you for visiting today and I will certainly check out your blog!

  2. What fun! You sure look like you had a good time and I'll need to write down some of these places. We've spent time in Austin and there's so much to do and see....and eat! heehee! Hugs!

    1. I would love to hear everything you have loved in Austin.....thank you for visiting today!

  3. Oh Estelle, with each photo of hotel and restaurants and food I kept saying Wow. I would enjoy doing that same family trip with you. And that mural of the bluebonnets, what a beauty.

    1. I hope you are able to take a trip to Austin soon Terra! There is always something going on that you would enjoy! And oh, eat, eat!!! Thank you for stopping by for a visit! Hugs!

  4. As I was reading your post, I kept trying to remember the name of that super duper steak restaurant on Lake Travis that we ate at not once.....but twice in one weekend. And then I see you ate there too!!! We loved it so much and yes....beautiful view!
    Glad you had a "tasty" birthday weekend!!!

    1. Really? How funny is that! Yes, Steiner's is divine and probably the best "people watching" we have experienced in a long time!!


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