Crowe’s Nest Farm

Last weekend I asked Monk what she wanted to do for Mother’s Day. Her options were go explore a cavern, hang out at a farm, or go on a glass-bottom boat ride. She picked hanging out at a farm so, we decided to go and check out Crowe’s Nest Farm in Manor (pronounced May-ner).

Crowe's Nest Farm-Red Barn

Horned Owls
Piggy
They had a bunch of animals and lots and lots of different gardens to explore.

Fairy Tea Time
Charlotte's Web
We all had a great time. We called and made reservations for the 11 o’clock tour. We spent a few hours exploring the farm and were the last ones to leave that day. The weather was perfect. Usually by May the temperature is in the high 90’s, so far it’s been a really mild spring. I hope the weather sticks around for a while longer.

For more information:  Crowe’s Nest Farm

Thanks so much for visiting my little blog.
-XOXO Lysa

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Thinkery

After our amazing Valentines lunch, we were off to the Thinkery for a fun-filled day.
The Thinkery is the new Austin Children’s Museum. We visited the museum once before when it was still at its 2nd Street location a couple of years ago. Last October, I mentioned to Dana that I wanted to take the kiddos back there since it had been such a long time since we visited. I found out later that the 2nd Street location was closed and the Thinkery would open up in December. We made plans and finally got to visit the museum at its’ new location.

Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum | Austin, Texas
We all had an amazing time exploring the new location. Both my one and four-year old had a blast. I was so glad I purchased tickets online ahead of time. When we arrived at 1PM, there was about seven families in line waiting to buy tickets. With our printed tickets in hand we were able to walk right in.

Welcome | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
There were lots of fun exhibits for the kids to explore and a play structure for the kiddos to run around and get out some energy.

Thinkery Playground | Austin Children's Museum | Austin, Texas
Thinkery Playground | Austin Children's Museum | Austin, Texas
Innovators' Workshop | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Innovators' Workshop | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
One of my favorite exhibit was the Light Lab.

Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Since it was Valentines Day, I had to make a red heart with the giant-sized “Lite-Brite”.

Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum | Red Heart
For both my kiddos, their favorite exhibit was the Currents Exhibit. I made sure to bring an extra set of clothes for them because these two cannot resist playing with water.

Currents Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Currents Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Currents Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Currents Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Monk made two Valentines cards in the Kitchen Lab. She really enjoyed the splatter art project. You had to take strawberry puree and squirt it onto a piece of paper that was inside of a salad spinner. Spin the salad spinner and you end up with splatter art.

Kitchen Lab | Splatter Art | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Kitchen Lab | Splatter Art | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Kitchen Lab | Splatter Art | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Monkey and Squish also loved the farmer’s market in the Let’s Grow Exhibit. They enjoyed collecting eggs from the chicken coop, picking out veggies, weighing what they collected and pretending to cook.

Let's Grow Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Let's Grow Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Let's Grow Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum

Let's Grow Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
We spent four hours there and only left because it was closing time. We all had a wonderful time and I look forward to visiting again soon.

The Thinkery
1830 Simond Ave
Austin, Texas 78723
CLOSED MONDAY (except for Baby Bloomers)
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Community Night Wednesday 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Admission
Visitors: $9
Ages 0-23 months: FREE

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

Music for the Soul

In one weeks time, the family and I will be standing in the Stubb’s Amphitheatre listening to our favorite band.
Michael Franti & Spearhead is coming to town!!!!!!
We have been looking forward to this for MONTHS!!!!
We got to see them a few years ago when they were touring for The Sound of Sunshine.
Michael Franti & Spearhead | Sound of Sunshine Tour | Stubb's Austin, TXIt was such an AAAHHHMAAAAZING show.
Michael Franti & Spearhead | Sound of Sunshine Tour Stubb's | Austin, TX | Michael Franti & Spearhead Concert | Sound of Sunshine Tour
We took Monk with us thinking that she would enjoy the experience. She was only 1 year + 1 month at the time. We took photos and have talked about it from time to time. She is soo uber excited. At one point during the concert the band calls the kiddos up on to the stage so they can all dance and rock out together. Monk is really looking forward to that part. She says she will be going up onstage so she can give Michael Franti a hi-five.
Michael Franti | Sound of Sunshine Tour | Stubb's Austin, TXFamily friendly concert & beautiful music from an amazing band.
It’s going to be soooo much FUN!

Thanks for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

Ballhandling

No Ballhandling in Hallway | Austin Sports Center

DK’S Sushi Market

On Saturday we went into Austin for the AMOM Consignment Sale. AMOM stands for Austin Mothers of Multiples which is a non-profit organization that offers support to parents and guardians of multiple-birth children in the greater Austin area. Twice a year they hold a consignment sale at the Austin Sports Center, a spring sale in April and a fall sale in October. We’ve been going to the sales for the last three years. They have all kinds of stuff for sale, from children’s clothes, blankets, toys, books, to car seats, strollers and playpens. It varies each time depending on who is trying to sell what. We always load up on books for our kiddos every time we’re there. This time we picked up 55 used books for Monk and Squish. The sale is always held on a Saturday. There is free parking and it is $2 per adult to enter. We always go for “Power Hour” which is between 12-1PM, during this time many items which are marked are 1/2 off. We live about 60 miles north of Austin, but for us it is worth it to drive out there. Plus, it gives us a chance to stop by our FAVORITE sushi restaurant.

DK'S Sushi Market & Restaurant

DK’S Sushi Market & Restaurant

DK’S Sushi Market is the one we always go to. DK has two restaurants, one is located in south Austin and one in north Austin. The south Austin restaurant features Korean and Japanese dishes. The one in north Austin features a sushi market for those who wants to pick up items and make sushi at home. No trip to Austin is ever complete without stopping by DK’s for lunch. The staff is so cute, they’re sweet and attentive and the food is AMAZING!

Edamame

Edamame

California Roll on the left and Philadelphia Roll on the right.

California Roll on the left and Philadelphia Roll on the right.

Shrimp Roll on the far left, Torched Escolar on the far right, and Rainbow Roll in the front.

Shrimp Roll on the far left, Torched Escolar on the far right, and Rainbow Roll in the front.

As the food was coming out my Nikon was giving me problems so I switched cameras to my Canon and totally forgot to take pictures of our FAVORITE rolls, the Volcano Roll. We always order two orders because it is THAT good! The photo of the volcano roll below was taken on a different trip last year.

Taken 04-21-12 Volcano Rolls on the right, we always order two orders because one is never enough!

Taken 04-21-12 Volcano Rolls on the right, we always order two orders because one is never enough!

The awesome Thai chef hand crafted this super neat fruit sculpture for Monk.

The awesome Thai chef hand crafted this super neat fruit sculpture for Monk.

We have never had a fruit sculpture made just for us, it’s soooo cool and such a sweet gesture. Monk loved blowing out the candle and she gobbled up all the oranges and strawberries.

Taken 04-21-12 Tropical Roll a perfect dessert roll.

Taken 04-21-12 Tropical Roll a perfect dessert roll.

This photo of the Tropical Roll was also taken during a previous trip. I forgot to take a photo of it this trip, but you can see it hidden behind the fruit sculpture. Not all the rolls are always available depending on the season and availability. It took us three trips before we were able to try the tropical roll because certain fruits were not available and twice before we were able to try the uni.

Uni Roll aka Sea Urchin Roll

Uni Roll aka Sea Urchin Roll

We have been wanting to try the sea urchin and we finally got our chance. I had one little bite but the way it looked freaked me out too much so Dana ended up finishing my piece. I think psychologically it freaked me out more than the taste. The way it looked it reminded me of little brains.

Bonus Torched Escolar compliments of DK.

Bonus Torched Escolar compliments of DK.

At the end of our meal DK usually gives us a freebie. The torched escolar is soooo super yummy! Buttery and delicious, makes my mouth water just looking at this photo. We ended up ordering two more orders of escolar and DK gave us an additional bonus! Score! We seriously LOVE this place! We ended up spending $140, $115 on the food and the rest for tips, which is normal for us. We usually gorge ourselves because we only come into town about 2-3 times a year.

After stuffing ourselves silly we headed back home. On our way home I like to stop by a playground so that Monk can get out some energy. Today we decided to stop by the Creative Playscape in Georgetown. It’s about 20 minutes north of Austin. An amazing playground with lots of places to jump and hide and run around.

Creative Playscape in Georgetown, Texas.

Creative Playscape in Georgetown, Texas.

History of Georgetown wall.

History of Georgetown wall.

If you have little kiddos, make sure to dress them in nice bright colors so you can spot them among all the wooden structures.

One of the slides.

One of the slides.

Tire Tunnel

Tire Tunnel

Lots of places for a Monkey to swing around.

Lots of places for a Monkey to swing around.

Swinging Platform

Swinging Platform

Lots of fun places to climb.

Lots of fun places to climb.

Squish started to get fussy after that so I didn’t get to take as many pictures of the playscape as I would have liked. It features three slides, lots of swings including two tire swings.

If you want to visit, you can find the playscape next to the Georgetown Recreation Center. Park at the Recreation Center and the playscape is just steps away. The physical address is 1003 North Austin Ave, Georgetown, Texas 78626.

Thanks for visiting.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX

About a week ago, we took a trip down to Austin to meet a dear friend who we’ve known for many years online but have yet to meet in person. It was his first trip to the States and he was staying with a family in Austin, so we had to stop by and say hi. I decided I wanted to visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center since we have never been there and it’s a place I’ve been wanting to check out. We spent a few hours exploring the grounds. It’s definitely a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors. We went on an exceptionally beautiful day. Warm and breezy, we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Entrance pond to the Wildflower Center.

Three turtles sunning in the entrance pond to the Wildflower Center.

Quiet little spot to relax.

Quiet little spot to relax.

Water feature in the Display Garden.

Water feature in the Display Garden.

There are gorgeous pieces of garden art throughout the Wildflower Center.

Garden Art

Garden art at the Wildflower Center.

Monk had an awesome time running around. She especially liked going up to the observation tower.

Monk running around the observation deck in the Observation Tower.

Monk running around the observation deck in the Observation Tower.

Squish with his Dad.

Dana and Squish checking out the views from the Observation Tower.

Once we explored all of the main outdoor space. We headed to the gift shop to pick up a couple of items. They have a nice selection of gifts. Garden art, wind chimes, shirts and hats, books and much more. After the gift shop, we dropped our items in the Jeep and headed back to explore the Hill Country Trail.

Entrance to Hill Country Trails

Entrance to Hill Country Trails

There was a beautiful spot where they strung up lots of bench swings, baby swings, and rope swings. We stopped there to rest and play on the swings for a bit.

Dana with our kiddos.

My three kids!

Our friend, Rem.

Our friend, Rem.

We all had a wonderful time. I would definitely recommend it if you haven’t been there before. General Admission is $9 for adult. $7 for seniors 65 and older. $7 for students ages 13 and up, and $3 for children ages 5-12. Children 4 and under are free.