A couple of weeks ago we went to Round Rock to attend a funeral. Ross’s brother-in-law passed away after being ill for a bit. We debated going for a time because it was Spring Break, the SXSW Festival in Austin was going on, and several other things that led to all the lodging hiking prices. After debating, I was hunting a room when our nephew called and said come on, they were going to put us all up in their house. And you know, it was the best thing! All of us in the house for a couple of days was really nice. We kind of made it a mini-vacation. Thank you, Dan and Barbara for your wonderful hospitality.
Speaking of mini-vacation – pictures of course. The first day we got there we just got together then had visitation at the funeral home. Always a tearful but uplifting event. Not many pictures taken that day. Too fast and furious.
Of course kids can always find time to play. Don’t worry, it looks bad but they were really very good. Zachary was the dead body. And I was playing CSI taking pictures. Just sitting around visiting. Dan asked Zachary to help him put a new flag on the pole out front. Zachary was very honored to be asked. After some minor adjustments to the pole (the flag holes did not quite fit!), up it was going. Willie would have been proud.
We wanted to get the boys out of the house and give them something to do prior to the funeral. Well, we almost did not make the funeral we got them so involved! Yikes.
First we took Zachary, Zane and Ricky to see the Round Rock. This rock designated the place in the river where it was safe to cross with the cattle. The boys had a blast! First there was a small park with some neat statues. This is “the rock”. Zachary has TENDER feet and was not too sure about walking on those rocks. We had to load up, wet boys and all, to head UT stadium and downtown Austin. That excited them as much as anything else. Zachary and Zane have been to football games there but Ricky had not and he was really excited.
When we got to the stadium we peaked over the fence then went in the building to see what we could do to go onto the field. We were told we could not go on the field so we had to settle for outside views and inside information. The boys were busily taking And so we were walking to our car when… This gentleman (I did not get his name!!) came up on a golf cart and asked the boys if they wanted to go down on the field. OH MY GOSH! You would not believe the thrill that this gave these boys. Well, yes, it gave us the thrill too. Zachary and Ricky were just ecstatic! This is where the players go down to the field. The huddle right on that Longhorn on the floor. He explained to the boys where the smoke came out into the tunnel. And then we were out on the field. Running sprints… And working on the Heisman stance. Yep, excited!!! After taking us on the field, we were lead through the private offices, to the area where they tutor the players, on the private elevator. Oh, just too much to even think about! Then to the inside practice field. They use this field when the weather is too bad to practice outside. If anyone knows this gentleman, I would so love to have his name! I did write to UT. Hopefully we will have an answer. At the end of this visit, Zachary and Ricky said this was absolutely the BEST trip they ever had. That made us feel really good! When we got home our family members commented on how they lived there and had never been on the field. Such a special time!
We took a fast trip to the capitol then headed back for family and the funeral. That evening we went back to the river just to let the boys play. It is definitely a kid’s playground! And a gorgeous setting for professional photography. Bet you have seen enough for now. More on the trip tomorrow.