Party People

(February/) March Madness is here! We feel like we have spent the last month and half  hopping from one birthday party, shower, or event to the next. While it's been loads of fun to party all month long, you add in the SXSW craziness in town, which totally tosses up work and commuting schedules, and I'd say that spring has come roaring in like a lion. 

We were able to pop over to Houston to celebrate Mom's Birthday with the family. Grammy and Papa were down from Kansas for a visit, so we got to tackle two visits for the price of one. Mom helped Dad cook her own birthday feast, but he did manage to surprise her by picking up an out-of this-world tiramisu to end her sugar-free fast! We enjoyed a lazy day of sitting by the pool, playing with the guys, and getting all caught up with the fam. 

In preparation for a sweet baby's arrival, I helped host a fun, springy-themed shower that just happened to fall on one of the most ugly winter days we've had. A few guests weren't able to make the drive, but we still had a great time getting to celebrate Allie, Josh & baby Zoe with the cutest of bee themed showers. 

For Karen's birthday party, the Baur's treated the family to a chef-prepared dinner at St. Phillips (an amazing auction package they kindly shared with all of us). We were supposed to head to the farmer's market with the Executive Chef to help pick the ingredients for our oven-baked pizzas, but it happened to be on that same stormy winter morning as the shower! Still, the food was fresh and delicious and the staff did a great job to keep the courses coming. The chef even stepped out to our table to introduce himself and a unique beet dish he made had prepared the night. We were very disappointed that Ann's health didn't allow her to make it, but having Aunt Ruthie in town to join us was a special highlight.
We also had a fun night in Cedar Park watching our niece, Mercy, open presents and blow out the six candles on her birthday cake. We followed that up on the very next weekend with a tasty outing to the Salt Lick and a dessert night back at the Baur's. Special guests Mimi and Aunt Jan drove in to help celebrate Tim's 60th Birthday party. The Baur kids curated 60 videos from friends and family who shared their favorite things about Tim- which was really a special way to commemorate a milestone birthday. 
While Ruthie, Laura, David & Beckham, and Don & Katie Gosnell all happened to come in town at the same time, we combined forces to celebrate some more! Matt and I missed a trip to ChuckeCheese that was a dream come-true for the little ones and earned Ruthie the coolest Aunt/Grandma of the year award, but we did make it in time to help sing and share her birthday cake. Matt's cousin Laura & David were able to sneak away to the Domain to visit with us, and we loved getting the opportunity to hear about their exciting new plans, share a dessert of tasty cake balls, and enjoy a pretty evening walk in the neighborhood. 

The next morning, Ann & Ann helped throw a "sprinkle" for Karen and baby Samantha. A lost-reservation at the Driskill downtown turned into an awesome brunch at the lovely Hotel Ella, whose staff always makes event-planning a breeze. The party was missing a few of our favorite cousins/sisters/sister-in-laws, but it was a really lovely outing to commemorate a second baby and the last few month's of Karen's time in Austin. 

With our family taking over most of our weekends (love you guys:), Matt was sweet to help squeeze in a few week night dates to keep us on the same page. We kicked off patio season from our favorite date spot, chowed down more than once at our favorite Mexican restaurant, shared dinners with friends, took in a lot of basketball, threw our own annual mini Oscar watch-party, caught some live music in the newly renovated portion of the Domain, spent some lazy mornings walking to our local Whole Foods for breakfast pastries, took several spring walks around the hood, and I said goodbye to a good work friend headed back to Boston! 
 If we had the last two months to do over again, they would probably end up looking much the same. Spring (the loose term I use to describe mid-February to that time when it is regularly 90+ degrees) in Austin is the best, and having a lot of fun reasons to be out and about to enjoy that weather with friends is a really wonderful way to pass our favorite season in Texas. 

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