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

Day 19-Something You Want

Today is Day 19 of the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge.

Challenge for today is “Something You Want.”

Day 19-Something You Want

Texas State Park Guide by Texas Parks & Wildlife

I would love to be able to visit and explore all the different State Parks, National Parks and National Monuments not just in Texas but nationwide. Being able to travel from one place to the next at our leisure in an RV,  picking out our next location that we want to go and explore would be amazing. What better way to learn than hands on learning?

Check out Two Everyday Divas and Flower Faerie Lives Life to see their takes on “Something You Want.”

“In My Bag” is the challenge for tomorrow.

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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.

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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.

A Trip to the Zoo

As a valentine treat we planned a trip to take the kids to Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas. After several weeks of planning and whispering and spelling out words, we managed not to spoil the surprise for Monk. We invited Dana’s sister and her family out to Waco to meet up with us for lunch, then the zoo. We ate at Buzzard Billy’s because I’ve been wanting this alligator dish that I had once before, about two years prior. Armadillo Eggs (chicken tenders stuffed with sliced jalapeno and pepper jack cheese, then wrapped in bacon) and Alligator Grand Chenier (alligator meat sautéed with mushrooms and green onions in a creamy Cajun cream sauce served with rice) are my favorite dishes. I was really happy when I tried my alligator dish and it was every bit as good as I remembered. After lunch our waitress said we could take the leftover french fries and bread rolls out to the deck that overlooked the Brazos River, and feed the seagulls and ducks with the table scraps. The kids had an awesome time feeding the birds.

Monk feeding ducks and seagulls on the Brazos River.

Monk feeding ducks and seagulls on the Brazos River.

We got to the zoo at around noon, and happily (for the most part) spent about four hours walking the grounds. The layout of Cameron Park is a giant circle, so you can walk the whole zoo without backtracking. They have a nice little playground for the kids to run around and get out some energy. Best times to visit the zoo is late winter/early spring or late fall/early winter. Any other time is just miserable. The hot Texas weather is not conducive to walking around for several hours during the summer time, and winters are a bit cold for the animals to be out. Luckily I brought a giant bag of organic lollipops, anticipating the kids would probably need a sugar rush at some point to get us through the day.

Natural barrier separating the gibbons from the lemurs.

Natural barrier separating the gibbons from the lemurs.

Cousin R. and Cousin D. with Monk trailing along.

Cousin R. and Cousin D. with Monk trailing along.

Dana and the sloth checking each other out.

Dana and the sloth checking each other out.

Dana, Monk and Cousin D. checking out the elephants.

Dana, Monk and Cousin D. checking out the elephants.

Highlights of the day: Dana got to see a gibbon slap a black swan on the head. Apparently the gibbon thought the swan was a little too close to its’ territory. I missed it, but I did hear the gasps from the little crowd on the deck that witnessed the scene. Monk loved being able to run around with her cousins (we don’t take trips with them very often). Squish just loved being out and about, he didn’t fuss once during the whole trip which included about two hours of car ride (45minutes one way) and four hours of walking around. My highlight was being able to spend some quality time with my little family. It’s seldom we get a chance to all relax and really just enjoy each others’ company. It really could not have been better. The weather was perfect, everyone had an awesome time.

Successful zoo trip. Hooray!

Dana carrying an exhausted Monk.

Dana carrying an exhausted Monk.