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my trip to austin


The something or the other that states Mama ain’t no good to anybody if she hasn’t bothered to take care of herself gets all of the yasssssses that ever yassssssssed.

I’ve never considered myself the type of mother to have completely thrown herself into motherhood with reckless abandon. Yes, I am a mother but long before countless hours of lugging babies in utero for 80 weeks of my life and likely spending  90% of its remainder more concerned with their well being  than mine, my math says there is still 10% left to just be me.

I am me, and I am me often.

After burning at both ends for what seemed like an eternity but in reality was probably a few weeks, I decided I needed a break. On a whim, my 37th birthday gifted me a trip to Austin to visit one of the village Aunties.  I departed for Austin just a few days after  returning home from our family trip to Gatlinburg. In hindsight that wasn’t the best idea, but one thing is for sure by the time I got to Austin, ready for a trip away I was.

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My thoughts on Austin prior to going? I was pretty sure it was the melting pot of all hipsters from what I had seen and read about Texas’ capital city. My assumptions were mostly true, however I was not prepared for the beauty of the landscape, the yumminess of the food and the laid back aura.

Austin Texas

I freaking loved Austin.

Relocation has never been a desire of mine but if Austin presented an opportunity……

We did a few touristy things, brunched and sipped, ate and shopped. You know all of the things Mamas do when there aren’t people depending on them for a short snippet of time.

Let’s not forget our epic one day trip to Waco to visit Magnolia Market

One of my favorite spots in Austin was the Oasis. Who knew Austin had a huge lake, and mountains? I didn’t.

The oasis in Austin Texas

 

 

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the Oasis in Austin Texas

 

Austin Texs

Margaritas, sunset, and a breeze. Perfection in a tipsy, red streaks across the sky,  coldest air on the hottest day type of way.

The Oasis in Austin

 

Austin Texas

The best queso I have ever had in my life? Torchy’s served it.

torchy's Austin Texas

 

Austin Texas

 

Austin Texa

We strolled the streets stopping on a whim to visit quaint bars for cocktails, and ice cream food trucks for sweets, and ate pizza that was worth every second of the long ass wait. I promise it was reminiscent of our college days when we used to go to our call center job at Sprint dressed for the club.

Austin Texas

 

Austin Texas

 

Austin Texas

 

Austin Texas

This trip reminded me that wife and mother are just terms that label me but they will never define me. I still have lots of laughs, girl talks, and cocktails to sip…..sans kids

Austin Texas

 

Austin Texas

Have you ever been to Austin?

 

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11 Comments

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    Lauren
    June 9, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Yes! I heard that Austin is dope. I used to live in Nashville (TSU) and heard that they are similar. Looks like fun I will defintely need to put that on my list of places to travel. I am counting down to my “kid free” trip next month. Looks like you got some rest and rejuvenated like you needed. Way to go momma!
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    Louida
    June 9, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I have never visited Austin, but it has been in thoughts of moving there.

    I need to take me a solo trip, because this momma needs a break!

    I’m glad you enjoyed yourself Mimi!
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    LaShawn
    June 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I heard that Austin is awesome! It’s on my short list of places I would move if…well if the opportunity ever presented itself. LOL
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    Kita Bryant
    June 9, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I have been to Dallas but not Austin. I love it when we as mothers can get away and have a few days to enjoy life before kids

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    Sonya
    June 10, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I never knew Austin had mounted either. I looks like great place to visit. Glad you were able to take a break and enjoy yourself 🙂
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    Chene Whittington
    June 10, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed yourself here! I’m originally from Dallas but Austin has always been my love. The food and atmosphere is one of the many reasons we moved here.

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    Tasheena @ Our Delightful Home
    June 12, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Sounds like a pretty EPIC trip :). I’ve never been to Austin. I would love to travel there though.
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    Tia
    June 14, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Austin is one of the things I loved about Texas. It is COMPLETELY different than San Antonio. You got some great photos. I’m trying to Mom like you when I grow up.
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    Rae
    June 18, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    “I promise it was reminiscent of our college days when we used to go to our call center job at Sprint dressed for the club.” Girl I laughed so hard at this line, probably because I used to do the same thing. I was in the call center when AT&T was still Cingular and then it became AT&T. LOL!

    I’ve never been to Austin, although when I went to Dallas & Waco, it was an alternative because the weather was so bad. It’s still on my list this summer though. I’ve fallen in love with pics of Lake Travis and Hamilton Pool so I’m making it a must to see at least one of these. I think my children would enjoy it as well.
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    Natalie
    November 29, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    So glad you had a wonderful time in the state capital of Texas! Austin is hip and musical and artsy and we love it here! If you come back be SURE to visit the little known spot called ‘The Cathedral of Junk’. Yes, an artist put together TONS (literally) of stuff and created a backyard sensation! Of course there was a lawsuit as an apartment complex grew up around the neighborhood and those apartment dwellers didn’t want to look at such ‘art’. But, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Take a close look and you’ll see a little bit of absolutely anything. Some of my favorite finds in the pile of stuff is a shopping cart and old – very old fashioned computers.

    Call ahead to get an appointment as it is still in the artist’s private back yard.

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