Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Where is Your Happy Place?

Where is your happy place?
Sometimes that question can be really hard to answer.  But not for me when April rolls around, because it's springtime in Texas y'all and it just doesn't get any better than this!
We took a road trip this weekend, just to get out of town, breathe some fresh air and enjoy a little football, Aggie-style - Whoop!
That's right, I said a little football!
  We loaded up the B team and headed out 290 toward God's Country (Aggieland) on Saturday morning to watch the Texas A & M football spring scrimmage at Kyle Field.  I don't know why exactly, but when I make that turn on to Highway 6, I swear I can feel the air shift and see the grass getting just a little bit greener.  And the closer I get to College Station, the more I feel the stress of day-to-day hurry melting away and the relaxation that only comes from heading home wrapping its arms around me.  Deep breath in - ahhhh!
Tickets for the game were only 5 bucks for grown-ups, the kids were FREE and my Aggies were guaranteed a win - now that's a happy place to be!  Over 45,000 others felt the same way because the parking lots and stadium were packed!  Speed, who is only an Aggie by marriage, was practically speechless over all the hoopla around a scrimmage and a chance to see Johnny Football Heisman Manziel before September, but I was simply proud of our Aggie Spirit once again.  Gig 'em!
We headed up early so we could spend some time brainwashing showing the B team around campus and eat lunch with Sport, who drove in from San Marcos to meet us.  After a 2 hour car ride, it was good for the littles to get a chance to run around before we asked them to sit still again anyway.  I showed them the Century Oak in the middle of campus, one of the oldest and prettiest trees in Texas!  Tradition says that couples who walk under the tree will eventually marry and marriages after a proposal made underneath its branches will last forever!  I'm not sure about all that, but it does seem like a magical place.
We met up with my brother and his family for the game, so the kids had a chance to YELL for the home team while hanging out with their cousins.  They have such a special relationship and it's fun to imagine them on campus together one day.  Especially since we live across town from each other and life keeps us from spending nearaly as much time together as they'd like.  Watching the two of them reminds me of my brother and myself 'back in the day' at it does make me very happy!
Afterwards, we headed back toward home, stopping to participate in another time-honored, Texas tradition - bluebonnet pics!  They're here for such a short time each year, which makes their appearance as a herald of spring that much more special and gives you the feeling that it's something worth capturing!
It's already a little late in the season for bluebonnets this far south, but we managed to find a field of them and piled out to enjoy God's handiwork!  The weather was perfect and the field was just begging to be explored . . . So they did!  It didn't take Snacks any time at all to find something to climb on.
And honestly, he'd follow her anywhere.  He LOVES his 'sissy' and she loves her 'bubby' right back!  When I watch the two of them together, my heart leaps and I can't help but smile.  Sibling love can be so amazing, but sometimes fleeting.  I pray a lot about their relationship because I see the confidence and curiosity they gain from facing life together and I want that for them always!
On our way back through town, we were lucky enough to hook up with some friends for dinner and drinks al fresco at Cedar Creek - the perfect ending to a perfect day!
Still single at 33, this amazing life I lead now I once didn't think possible.  God has blessed me in so many ways, but most especially with my wonderful husband and children.  And I am forever grateful for the love he has given me through these incredible people that I am blessed to call my family.  In the words of Jack Johnson, "It's always better when we're together."
And this is my happy place!


  1. Gig 'Em Aggies. I was a folower of the Aggies way back in 1967. Every weekend they played at Kyle Field I was there from Texas Tech. What fun times! Love the bluebonnets too. My heart is always in Central Texas, eventhough I live in El Paso now.

    Thanks for bringing these sweet pictures by What'd You Do This Weekend? Come back next week with more of your happy places.

    Linda (The Tumbleweed Contessa)

  2. Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend.

  3. What a wonderful adventure! Looks like you guys all had soo much fun... my family and I just adore the Bronx zoo and make sure we go there several times a year.. it's our happy place (or Yankee stadium during baseball season!)
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  4. I love this touching post! Your happy place is a wonderful place. I did a post about being happy today so this just hit home for me. The kids are so cute. Love, love the pic of them two hugging. Little bits of sunshine for sure! One of our College teams here in Utah are called Aggies. I hope to make it to Texas and see those Bluebonnets one day. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. AWE! How marvelous - this is such a sweet post and your darlings are precious - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  6. Cute post!!! Nothing like a good road trip to somewhere you love to brighten your days! Thanks for linking up to Loves on a Thursday!