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    • Day 4

      Daughter and family arrive!

      April 4, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

      We left Georgetown and headed into our Austin rental. About 40 minutes later , the first family (daughter) arrived and we met at Elizabeth’s (a Vietnamese restaurant).

      Since today was forecast to be the only hot day this week, we headed to Barton Springs, a public pool in a natural spring.

      Then eating time again, after an hour spent trying to learn the very complicated rules of Forbidden Desert, a collaborative strategy game. Pizza at Buffalina and doughnuts for dessert at Gordoughs. This is our normal Austin routine. Since we’ve been coming so many years, everyone has a handful of must-go to places.

      Family number two (son) arrives tomorrow. So glad-happy to be with the kids snd grandkids..
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    • Day 6

      Rainy day in Austin

      April 6, 2023 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      With 6 kids and 6 adults, even breakfast is a major operation. Hats off to JJ (age 8) and her dad (our resident chef) for a very nice one. Two of the kids had to work remotely, so the remaining 10 loaded up into two cars and headed for the Capitol. We got to see both the House and Senate in action. The House was getting ready for a marathon session to vote on some health care law with 400 amendments, each of which has to be voted on separately. The Senate was debating something that had to do with charter schools and public funding. Not a lot of inspiring rhetorical flourishes. But it was interesting. And the building itself is gorgeous.

      Next stop was to show the library to the cousins who hadn’t seen it. We had brought our lunch and ate it in the lobby. And then the kids all got to play on computers and read graphic novels.

      Last stop of the day was the Blanton Art Museum. It’s a beautiful building and I especially enjoyed the Latino rooms.

      I’ve probably said this already, but it’s so fun to see the grandkids playing together. They are really having a great time. And we’re all learning how to play the very complicated Forbidden Desert.

      Dinner soon at Easy Tiger.
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    • Day 7

      Second Rainy Day

      April 7, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Not exactly what we had in mind, but they need the rain so badly it is hard to even complain a little bit. We spent a big chunk of the day in the Texas History Museum, which focuses on Texas before statehood. Reading the information panels, it seemed like France, Britain and Spain were the puppet masters dictating everything from afar.

      For me the highlight of the museum was the hulk of the 17th century La Belle, a sunken ship that had been the last remaining ship of a French expedition, which had been sent to find the Mississippi River in the gulf. It overshot its mark, the captain was killed, and La Belle sank off the coast of what is now Texas. The ship was found and brought up in the 90s and it is a really fascinating exhibit. Lots and lots of artifacts, and the hull itself sits in the main hall.

      The kids were entertained for a few hours, enjoying the replica of the Alamo and a lot of gunslinging displays. It was still raining as we left, so we had to find a food truck court with covered seating. Food trucks are absolutely the best way to get good food in Austin when you’ve got a bunch of kids and don’t want to wait for hours for seating or make reservations weeks in advance. For lunch, we went to Briscuits, whose specialty is unsurprisingly, brisket on bisquits. Lots of non-brisket options too, and I can attest to their yumminess.

      After lunch, the annual trip to the great-grandparents’ grave, a visit to Joe’s childhood neighborhood, and then a quick stop at a used book store, where all the kids could choose two books each. We had a few hours of chilling back at the rental, which gave us all the energy to head for excellent pizza at Pinthouse Pizza. The more hardy in the group went on to Churro Co., but I took the easy out and headed back to the house with the excuse that baby Tommy needed to get to bed.
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