When I was filling out my New Year's Reflection form, I decided to make a little calendar of the year to help me keep tabs on the major to-do tasks for the year, like planning Henry's birthday party, making our Halloween costumes, getting Christmas presents, etc. All of those things have to get done, so I might as well start thinking about them in advance instead of stressing out when they absolutely have to get done. For example, my birthday is in early February, which means I should start planning it in January.
Last year I had an incredibly quiet, solo birthday adventure as I was gearing up to have a second baby and was staring a major deadline in the face (our application for a charter was due to the state at the end of the month).
This year, I immediately knew what I wanted to do: I want to travel with my family to Houston for a weekend of reconnecting with old friends and favorite places. I started looking for a place to rent on airbnb.com and started making my list:
- Breakfast at Baby Barnaby's (and pre-breakfast donut holes from Cristy's)
- Playing at the Menil Park
- A trip to Stardust Antiques (I'm getting weepy and nostalgic just thinking about it)
- Eating hot dogs at Happy Fatz (and cupcakes at Crave)
- Having a play date with my mama friends and our families
- Running by myself at Memorial Park and walking around the Arboretum
- Dinner with Andrew and Libby for sure (and maybe bring them back to our place for conversation around a fire pit?)
- Star Pizza?
- Lunch with my mama friends sans kids?
This month marks our two-year anniversary of living in Austin, and, honestly, my heart still aches for Houston. It's hard to explain Houston's appeal to an outsider, but I definitely still miss H-town.
Part of me wonders if I should make my birthday party about putting down roots in Austin, but I think part of connecting to a new city is maintaining ties to the old one. The more I fill my heart up with Houston love, the more I'll have to give to Austin.
Matt at the Houston Art Car Parade, pre-kids