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Springtime In Texas: Memories Of Growing Up In The Hill Country

My entire life growing up, I was incredibly fortunate to have a family ranch to go to outside of Fredericksburg, TX.  Every Easter, we would go up there for the weekend and stay with my cousin.  It’s such an amazing place to go, and I’m sad to say, I haven’t been up there much the last few years.  This Easter weekend, we went up there for a day trip on Saturday, and it was so nice being in the Hill Country again!  The weather was less than ideal, but the views were gorgeous nonetheless…

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We spent the majority of the day in town, visiting the National Museum of the Pacific War (my niece got extra credit for her Social Studies class for going).  They have done an AMAZING job on that place- it’s so much bigger and more inclusive since I was there about 20 years ago!

Weirdly, I only took one picture there (the story of this helmet is awesome)

Nimitz Museum

When we were done, we headed up to the ranch for dinner and to walk around.  I wish we’d gotten out there a little sooner so we could have walked more, but it was great anyway.

I’ve always loved this house.  It’s very old.  And very worn down.  My sister and I have spent countless hours brainstorming how we would fix it up, if given the chance. 🙂  There are so many truly unique features to this house that would be so gorgeous if they were allowed to shine!

House

This place is a true ranch house, on a functioning ranch, built by our German peeps back in the day.  Look at these authentic touches (I’m almost certain that’s original paint that’s peeling on the walls…).  How amazing is that door though??  And the doorknob?  There’s even an antique claw-footed tub in the bathroom. They just don’t make stuff like that anymore!

Kitchen door

The house has several out-buildings, including barns, storage, chicken coops, and corrals

Barn

My cousin is getting older now, and has sold off most of his cattle and horses, but there are so many memories wrapped up in this place.  It breaks my heart that all the buildings are falling apart now, but they still have such a raw beauty to them!

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The house sits on hundreds of acres of absolutely beautiful hill country, and I managed to get a bunch of bluebonnet pics!  (I somehow consolidated for your viewing pleasure.  You’re welcome!)

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I’m so glad that I decided to go out for the day, despite the weather.  It was a much-needed trip out of town!  I forget how rejuvenating it can be, to leave the city and be surrounded by this fresh air and slower pace.

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Fitness Matters:

On Sunday, I FINALLY broke 100 miles for the year so far!

I need to step it up.  I have a half marathon in November, and getting race-ready takes a lot longer than it used to (I can’t believe I’m about to turn 38!!  YIKESABEE!!)  I’m hoping to get in another 100 miles before I leave for vacation in June.  We’ll see how that goes!

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I have been horribly remiss in my celebrate diversity shout-outs, so…Shout out to:

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  • Egypt
  • Hungary
  • Venezuela
  • Brazil

QOTD: Do you have a special place that saw you through the years?  Where do you escape to, to decompress?

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