One Last Day of Fun and Then Back to the Grind ;)

Weekly Happenings: On Monday, I had one last day with Tracie before she had to fly back to Utah that evening. We got up early and drove out to Fredericksburg to hike Enchanted Rock. It’s a huge rock that, if you hike up to the top of it, you get really beautiful views of the Hill Country that surrounds it. After we hiked the rock, we walked around Fredericksburg (Main Street is full of historic buildings, cute shops, and yummy restaurants) and also checked out the area around the Pacific War Museum (the inside of the museum was closed for cleaning) which also included a Garden of Peace that was donated by the Japanese people to the people of the United States. Oh, and we stumbled across one area that had an old water wheel that had been restored with the help of funds from our church (as well as a plaque that commemorated the memory of the Zodiac Colony which was a colony of pioneers from our church that apparently settled in the area in 1846). It was neat to see that bit of history that I wasn’t aware of. We grabbed lunch at a yummy Italian place and then headed home. On the way home, we stopped by a roadside stand. It’s normally only open during peach season, but they decided to stay open a little longer and sell some melons, apples, and pumpkins. We didn’t buy any produce, but I bought some homemade peach preserve and Tracie went home with some goat’s milk lotion and a really good smelling candle. After I took Tracie to the airport, life kind of returned to normal: work, school, errands, piano teaching, etc.

The Weekly Weather: Our mornings have been cool and pleasant with it warming up in the afternoons. Not much rain to mention (I think it might have sprinkled this morning). Hopefully it’ll start cooling down some more. It doesn’t feel much like fall when it’s 80-90 degrees outside.

What Paul’s Been Up To: He worked at work this past week (except Monday) and will work from home this next week. He’s also been busy with HOA stuff (trying to get ready for the annual meeting) and stuff for the Libertarian party (since election day is swiftly approaching).

What Sarah’s Been Up To: Other than playing on Monday, I didn’t do too much out of the ordinary…oh, except I did also get to go to book club, which was fun as always.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had another good week at school. I don’t see much of him after school because he makes a bee-line for his room. I figure he probably needs a bit of time to unwind after school, so I let him be.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been busy as usual. She still tells me on a regular basis that she’s ready to put on her costume and go get candy. 😉 She is slowly adjusting to having to leave Joseph at school (but still tries to latch onto him as soon as he gets home…maybe that’s why he heads for the hills, haha).

This Week in Pictures:

Enchanted Rock!
The beginning trail was dirt, but luckily (for my footing) the rest of it was rock.
The view from the top.
There was a lake down there, which was really pretty. I just wish it was a little less hazy. The view got clearer as the day progressed, but it was also quickly getting hotter.
We made it to the top! I want to say that the elevation change from the bottom to the top is 485 feet…and the entire hike was a little shy of two miles…so that tells you how steep the incline was at some points.
Paul sent me a picture of the lunch he made for Abigail: a cheese sandwich shaped like Texas and some Pirate’s Booty (a cheesy puffed corn snack that she loves). Such a good Daddy!
This is the National Museum of the Pacific War.
It was first owned by Charles Nimitz and then was turned into a hotel. In the mid-60s, it was turned into the museum.
One of the guns that was on display.
The Japanese Garden of Peace.
I loved the raked rocks.
The plaque explaining the garden.
One last selfie!
Fredericksburg had cool things tucked around everywhere. This fountain was tucked back in an alley we walked by.
This is the water wheel I was talking about earlier. There was a plaque near it that mentioned that our church helped provide funds to help restore it.
This is a statue John O. Meusebach who was one of the founders of Fredericksburg and the Penatuka Comanche Chief Santanna smoking a peace pipe after making a treaty between the settlers in Fredericksburg and the Comanche.
It’s believed that this treaty is the only one that has never been broken by one side or the other.
I’m sure this is a replication (because it wasn’t blocked off or protected from the elements), but it was still cool to see this representation of native life.
I can’t remember what building this is (I think it’s a small museum of some sort), but I thought it was a cool shape.
New nails! Oh, and guess what?
They glow in the dark! 😀
Walking home from taking Joseph to school, I noticed the radio tower looked…different.
When zooming in, I realized that there were actually a ton of birds up there. They looked too big to be hawks…I think they were vultures. :/
She needed to cuddle with Minnie.
This was a fun shot that I got of the two of them swinging.
Never a dull moment…she was walking around, singing at the top of her lungs (some little song she made up), with this bucket on her head, haha.
 

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