Tuesday, July 8, 2008


We have had quite a summer. As the pictures in the previous post have illustrated, we've been to the lake, we've been to Colorado and, just recently, we were in New Braunfels visiting my brother and sister-in-law. Unfortunately, we forgot our camera on the last trip so I'm attempting to paint a few word pictures for you. Consider them captions.

Photo #1: Audrey sitting on the examination table at a clinic a mere hour after our arrival in New Braunfels. Diagnosis: middle ear infection.

Photo #2: My brother and sister-in-law's fabulously quaint cottage minutes from Gruene.

Photo #3: Dinner at Gruene River Grill. Doesn't the Trifecta look great? (Trifecta: salsa, guacamole and queso with whole-grain chips)

Photo #4: Yes, that's me going backwards down Wolf Pack. Audrey and Matt had the better seats..they got to face forward.

Photo #5: Reid loves riding with his Papi down Hanz' Hideout slides.

Photo #6: The ridiculously long line to PICK UP YOUR TUBE for Dragon's Revenge. Thankfully, it ended up being worth it.

Photo #7: Warning sign at Dragon's Revenge: Warning. This ride uses visual effects that may cause disorientation. (No slide is worth the wait unless you feel disoriented when you exit.)

Photo #8: Wipe-out. Everyone napping after a long day at Schlitterbahn.

Photo #9: Clear Springs. Can someone say Amen to Texas-sized onion rings??

Photo #10: A lazy Fourth of July. Brisket, pork tenderloin, roasted corn. Viewing fireworks from the bed of a truck, tuned into the local station. Listening to favorites such as "Proud to be an American", Ray Charles' "America the Beautiful" (a Sandlot moment), and Celine Dion's "God Bless America."

Photo #11: Hand and foot. A highly addictive card game usually played by one's grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles. I have officially been inducted into the madness. Call me old.

Photo #12: Loading up. Heading home.


The Johnstons said...

i can truly picture it all! glad you all got to get away and relax!

Amanda said...

That sounds so fun! Schlitterbahn is the happiest place on earth.

David said...

Yummy fun! Good to have you back:)


The Engelhardt 4 said...

Sounds like great fun...we still haven't made it to Gruene yet, need to put that on the agenda. Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

Shane, Steph, Adeline, Adam said...

That is so crazy because we are probably fifteen minutes from your brother. We have schlitterbahn season passes!! I have never met your brother but we should! We are going to Austin Stone as well right now. Small world :)

gillikinad said...

Photo 9 -- Clear Springs ... a family tradition for us in New Braunfels, truly best onion rings I've ever had! :)

TJ Wilson said...

Now you've got me craving the trifecta at midnight!

The Shaffers said...

That was funny, sounds like you guys are having a great summer. As for the card games, we are addicts as well. I'm OLD too if you ever need someone to talk to about it. CARD GAMES RULE!!