Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Visiting with Aunt Kathy

Last week we spent a day playing out at Aunt Kathy's in the hill country. They live on 14 acres of property and it is a virtual playground for my kids. I love visiting her and recharging my batteries there as it is beautiful and relaxing. I took quite a bit of pictures and they won't all fit into one post so I'll be journaling about it over the next several days. And "hint-hint" stay tuned to these posts as there will be a giveaway later in the week.

Here is the house overlooking the hillside down into the garden and the pasture and creek are further below.
Hello carousel horse!

One of the kids favorite parts about getting to visit here is the slide. My son could spend all day here! Wish we had one of these in our backyard.

We took a peek in the garden where there were some winter crops of garlic, kale and broccoli.

This picture is for our Momma, so she can she how much brush they have cleared away on the hillside.

Here is another picture a little higher up of the cleared landscape. This area was covered in cedar brush and they sure have made alot of progress.

Hi Kathy! Now here is some fun reporting. They are in the process of building a Dream Shack a handicap access guest house and an open air pavilion. Here is a teaser picture of what's going on. More pictures to come since I know our family located elsewhere is curious to see the progress and what it looks like right now.
The kids had a great time blowing some bubbles on the dream shack foundation.

Here is what the pavilion looks like. And even more has been completed since this pictures was taken!

Another favorite thing for the kids is going on nature walks and when the creek has water we really enjoy collecting and throwing rocks.

I think we spent about 2 hours just hanging out here finding and throwing rocks. Kathy and I had fun looking at the fossils and the way the light hit the water and just taking pictures. The kids could have stayed here for hours. Both kids got their tennis shoes wet, glad I had back-ups packed. They really wanted to get in the water but it's a little too chilly yet.

Here Master is throwing rocks for Raven to go fetch. What a fantastic playground for the kids to experience. I have so many more photos from our visit and more to tell you about Kathleen Marie and her work as a Wildlife Artist, do click on her name for a link to her web page.


Farmgirl Paints said...

Isn't great how kids can entertain themselves with just a little dirt and some rocks?? I wish in life it was that easy as an adult:)

Alice said...

Ooooh this looks so lovely! And SUNSHINE! There's nothing quite like it for recharging the batteries. So glad you could get away. xx

Nola @ the Alamo said...

There is just nothing in the world prettier than the hill country! Looks like you had the perfect place to go for a getaway.

Tara said...

Can I go next time to visit Aunt Kathy? Looks like you all had a great time. I would love to visit the Hill Country someday. I hear it is really pretty in the spring.
Can't wait to see more and hear about this giveaway!

Stacey at Living by Faith said...

What a great day! Those are memories your kids will treasure for years to come.