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Sunday, December 7, 2008


While we were sad that Brian was unable to spend the holiday with us, I enjoyed a wonderful visit with my Aunt Karen and Uncle Wayne Barnes over Thanksgiving. They drove in from Santa Fe, NM on Wednesday afternoon just in time to meet me for an ultrasound (more on this with pictures in the next post!), then we headed out and had a catfish dinner at Texas Roadhouse. On Thanksgiving, we enjoyed a great meal at The Range Restaurant in Salado, TX. The Range is a quaint restaurant with excellent food (family owned restuarant run by a husband and wife team trained at the culinary institute of America - a rarity in Central Texas!!) housed in a restored historical physician's home and office from the 1800's. We did end up eating in the basement (or as we termed it, the "dungeon") but we were eventually joined by another party and enjoyed our meal. Aunt Karen and I hit up the Black Friday sales for a little bit Friday morning and managed to pick up a small Christmas Tree and fresh wreath for the front door. I suppose it is time to change out the fall decorations for the Holiday ones. We also got a chance to explore Austin on Saturday and checked out the eclectic shops on South Congress, toured the flagship Whole Foods Store and watched some live music while eating appetizers at Eddie V's. The BEST thing we discovered was a cupcake vendor selling their wares out of a "silver bullet" trailer in a vacant lot on South Congress. They were the most delicious cupcakes I can remember eating - my favorite was the one that was like a hostess cupcake (with cream filling!) but REAL. We also got a chance to drive through the Annual "Holiday in Lights" display that the post puts on. It took quite a while to get out to Belton Lake, but the displays were great. I think my favorite was the whale, however I think Aunt Karen and Uncle Wayne enjoyed the tunnel of lights. I hope you enjoy some photos from Thanksgiving that Aunt Karen was kind enough to email me to share with all of you, and I hope that you were all able to enjoy as wonderful a Thanksgiving Holiday as I was.

Uncle Wayne and I in front of our House

Aunt Karen and I in front of our House

The "Belly Shot" (for all of you who have been asking!)

Aunt Karen and I at the Range in Salado

The three of us following Thanksgiving dinner


  1. Oh, Kate!
    You look so cute. You have "grown" since I left you in October. can't wait to see tou in 2 weeks!

  2. Hi Brian, Merry Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy, and Peaceful New Year!!! I'm here at Mom's looking at your son, Aidan's, photos...He's adorable...can't wait to see him in person...Hope all is well with are always in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jen and Greg send their love as well as Matt and I...Mom you will be back for Aidan's birth...we are all so happy for you both.
    Until then...stay safe and warm...
    All our love and blessings for a safe return, Maria and family