July 13, 2008


I recently made a trip to Austin and overall it was a good trip. I went with a friend to attend a seminar with the TCFV (Texas Counsel on Family Violence) Survivor's Caucus. I went as a Mary Kay Consultant to help pamper the ladies that have been victims of domestic violence.

The TCFV put us up in the Marriott which was really nice. We went down on Friday evening. On our way, we stopped to visit with Stacie and to see her beautiful home and her new son. He is so precious. He was unhappy when we got there and only his mama could make him happy. This is a picture of Blake. He looks scared to death.

On Saturday after the seminar, we decided to go eat at the Texas Land & Cattle. If you have never eaten there, be warned that it is pricey. It was good and the service was great but man for an appetizer, iced tea, meal and dessert it was $35 for one person.

On Sunday, we made our way to the Capital. On the drive down Congress Ave., we saw quite a few interesting sites. I think the funniest site had to of been the Superman on the side of the road. We stopped to take a picture and realized that it wasn't a statue but rather a person. I told Shawn to wave at him to see if he would wave back and he did. It wasn't long before the public transportation arrived and Superman got on the bus.

Where we stopped to take a picture of superman just happened to be a really cool plant nursery. There was a beautiful water wheel with the name The Great Outdoors on it. We decided to go look around because it just looked so inviting and beautiful. Inside we found lots of interesting things. There were huge windchimes, metal sculptures, beautiful plants, and a huge elephant made out of fertilizer.

After we spent about an hour of explore The Great Outdoors, we decided to head on down to the capital. We explored the capital and grounds for about two hours and decided it was time to head home. If you have never been, I highly recommend it. Books really do not do it justice. The is so much intricate detail in the design of the capital right down to the hinges. Here are pictures from the Capital.
This was the view walking up to the capital.

This was the few from the 2nd floor looking up towards the dome.

Here was a waste of taxpayer's money. This chandelier's light bulbs
spelled T-E-X-A-S. There were two of them in the Senate.

Notice the detail on the doorknobs.

And all of the hinges looked like this.

Here was one of the many gorgeous fountains out front.