Bluebonnets and Azaleas

What’s cuter than a baby in a field of wildflowers? Not very much, in my opinion. Last week, Shepherd and I went to my parents’ home in Texas to celebrate my sister’s Aggie Ring Day and spent about a week there. We were in town just as the Texas bluebonnets were blooming, and I took Shepherd to a field in the middle of the country to experience this rite of passage.

Bluebonnets and Azaleas

Bluebonnets and Azaleas

Bluebonnets and Azaleas

Bluebonnets and Azaleas

Bluebonnets and Azaleas

Tyler and East Texas are known for their roses, but also for the spring Azalea Trails. Homeowners in historic downtown and in the azalea district plant and prune immaculate, lush landscapes of many colors and variations of azaleas, along with other flowers. After our walk through the wildflowers, we went downtown to see if we could find any azaleas left. The unusual weather ended the blooms earlier than usual, but we did manage to find a home with a few bushes left.

Bluebonnets and Azaleas

Bluebonnets and Azaleas

Bluebonnets and Azaleas

I got only a few pictures before Shepherd, who had been awesome all morning, began to get silly, climbing the curbs and eating sticks.

We went home and I decided to finish out the roll of film by taking a few pictures in front of the azaleas in my mom and dad’s backyard. The white plant was the only one left in the entire yard, and it looked like snowfall. I was pleasantly surprised that Shepherd loved sitting in the little white chair. He rarely sits down, but he sat for almost five minutes, happily holding on to the arm rails as I snapped away. The first few shocked me when I saw them; Shepherd looks so grown up. I know he is growing, and that’s a good thing, but as he grows in to a little boy, I am struck with how quickly he is changing. He looks so mischievous in these pictures, I think.

Bluebonnets and Azaleas

Bluebonnets and Azaleas

Bluebonnets and Azaleas

I was so eager to get the film developed, even though I had no idea if I’d get any good images. That is the fun of using film: you get what you get! It’s sad that film use and developing is rapidly nearing extinction. I am thankful my little partner was so well-behaved for the entire time I dragged him along. I think we’ll cherish these photos for a long time!

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Whew! Working on our lone laptop on AC supply only is not conducive to blogging. When I can stand to be on the computer, it’s for work only! We are saving for a new computer, but I’m thinking we are going to have break down and spend the money to get a new battery for the ol’ MacBook Pro.

So, what’s been going on?

We spent a long Easter weekend in McCook with Aaron’s whole family, where we were able to meet Aaron’s sister’s boyfriend from Germany. Well, he wasn’t her boyfriend for long after, because last week they got engaged! Huge congratulations to Shannon and Alex! We are so happy we were able to spend the weekend getting to know who-will-be the newest member of the Nix family. Also of interest: Easter Egg hunt, wherein Shepherd refused to look at the camera and was interested only in throwing and shaking eggs; Easter basket loot: Shepherd has eaten a few jellybeans, but he really cared about his plastic golf clubs from Nana and Papa and his bunny and camelbak from us. Aaron has a few pictures, and I will do a recap once they are loaded on my hard drive.

It’s finally beginning to feel like spring here in Nebraska! Nice temperatures, green grass sprouting up, birds chirping and even a thunderstorm! Aaron and I were both pretty excited to hear peals of thunder last night as we watched the season premier of Mad Men, which, ugh…

Shepherd are headed to Texas this week to celebrate my sister’s ring day at Texas A&M, and we are very excited to see Birdie, Poppy, and of course, Aunt Jill! We wish Aaron was coming with us, but he has some work obligations that happened to be right at the same time. We miss him already.

Things seem to be progressing well in the find-a-renter-for-current-house debacle, which is such a relief. We hope that the interested parties stay interested and sign that lease soon! I’m not looking forward to packing, but I’m so excited to be in our new place. I saw pansies on sale last weekend and had to be restrained from buying a few flats. Soon enough!

I’ve been semi-obsessed with our budget lately. I have been tweaking i almost every night for the last week, looking at ways we can cut back and ways we can better use the money we’re entrusted with. I love budgeting. Is that weird? We are working on building up our savings, but our post-Christmas saving/giving/spending has not been where we want it due to  some necessary expenses and not-so-neccesary expenses. Anybody else love to talk about this? For many it’s a very private subject, but I love to hear what works for other people. I feel like there might be a separate post that can come from this discussion!

And a video of our son, who apparently couldn’t get enough of his shrimp and linguine: