Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Austin Anniversary Trip Day 1 Recap

Austin: Day 1 - Friday, February 24

We left for a 6th Anniversary Trip/Babymoon to Austin, TX early Friday morning after attending the late Thunder home victory against the Lakers the night before. Go Thunder! [Thanks Steve!]

We flew because the thought of driving all day and stopping every 2 seconds for a preggy potty break just didn't seem like a great idea to me.  Our flight left at 6:50am. Surprisingly, I scheduled a super early flight intentionally so we would get to Austin with plenty of time to have a full first day.  We barely got through security in time to catch the end of the boarding passenger line.  [So...we maybe didn't make it out of the house when we were supposed to.]

By 10:30am, we had arrived in Austin, claimed our baggage, picked up our rental car, and headed out to find a place to eat breakfast. After several failed attempts to stop and feed our tummies, we ended up at the Magnolia Cafe on South Congress Ave.  This was one of the only places we ate at without a personal recommendation and it was mighty tasty!  Tom ordered flaco tacos and a blueberry pancake and I ordered a garlic bagel with cream cheese and [per the recommendation on the chalkboard in the ladies restroom] one gingerbread pancake with bananas.  It was definitely deserving of all the rave reviews I read on Google, a must try.

After breakfast we checked into our hotel and crashed for a couple of hours due to only getting 3 hours sleep on Thursday night.

After we were rested and feeling relaxed, we went to get some coffee at a local coffee shop, Thunderbird Coffee.  

It was a pretty day, despite the wind, so after the coffee shop we found a nearby park named Festival Beach at Lady Bird Lake. We walked around the trails, talked, and relaxed. It was fun to use the beautiful surroundings to practice working with our new camera. [Thanks Mom & Dad!]  Tom and I had a mini maternity photo session and I think he got some pretty good shots.

For dinner we went to the original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a unique movie theater that serves yummy food and drinks.  While watching The Vow, Tom enjoyed a few brewskies from a local brewery and a burger and I had a thin crust pizza and salad. [No pics, it was dark when we were served and there is a STRICT no cell phone policy.] Both of us were definitely pleased with our meals, and the movie was sweet.  A good choice for our trip.  Tom even liked it and said it was sweet. ;) After the movie we stopped at nearby Yummilicious for frozen yogurt and headed back to the hotel to wind down for the night. 

It was a successful first day of our 6th Anniversary Trip/Babymoon!

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