Weekend Snapshot

weekend-grapevinelakebeachThe weather was cooler than usual on Saturday morning, so we packed up a lunch and headed to Trophy Club Park where we walked along the beach trail to Grapevine LakeWeekend Snapshot: A Walk along Sandy Beach Trail to Grapevine Lake (Trophy Club Park)



For the Birds: Modern Houses and Feeders

Modern Birds: A list top 10 bird houses and feeders in high/low budget ranges

It’s not quite spring but already we’re beginning to spot some new guests in our backyard. Watching birds is becoming a bit of a hobby around here, and over the past weekend, we even spotted a red-tailed hawk. In addition to being on the look-out for birds, I’ve also been scouting options for modern bird houses and feeders for our yard. I just purchased this wooden bird feeder and, even though the birds haven’t discovered it yet, I love the new view just outside my office window.

Here are a few others on my wish list:

Modern Birds: A list top 10 bird houses and feeders in high/low budget ranges

High: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Low:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

This week’s photo challenge theme is Color, so I thought I would share a couple of colorful images from my weekend:

pink phones

I upgraded my phone and case on Friday, which prompted my daughter to carry her own pink “mobile” phone around much of the weekend.

arctic dome

The weather was nice so we headed out to the Dallas Arboretum on Sunday, where Jason and Jenna played in the Great Explorers houses. My favorite was definitely the arctic dome.


And we caught the last weekend of Dallas Blooms, easily my favorite spring-time event in DFW.

Hope you had a happy weekend too!

Favorite Places: Dallas Arboretum

Jenna and I stopped by the Dallas Arboretum last weekend to see the Small Houses of Great Artists installations, but I think we ended up spending more time exploring the glass sculptures by artist Dale Chihuly – some pretty spectacular sights in an already beautiful environment. Jenna was especially fond of the “giant yellow feathers.”

The Chihuly installations are on display until November 5th, so I have a feeling we’ll be visiting again soon – hopefully when it’s a bit cooler. For anyone in the DFW area, I highly recommend a visit.

Chihuly Sculptures

Small Houses of Great Artists

Mad Hatter Tea Party: Halloween Style

Here’s what’s going on in my neighborhood this Halloween: an Alice in Wonderland inspired Deadmen’s Tea Party. J+J are completely fascinated by it and want to visit every night during our walk. It looks even better after dark when the lights are on, but we went a little early last night. Oh, and why is my daughter wearing a construction hat and sunglasses to the tea party? Do you even have to ask?

Getting Out: DFW in the Fall

The kickoff of Dallas Art in October this weekend has me thinking of all of the things I’d like to get out and do this fall, while the weather is absolutely gorgeous in Texas.

Here are a few things on my fall wish list:

1. Grand Opening of Chuy’s Montgomery Plaza location (downtown Fort Worth)

Yes, this is at the top of my list. I first discovered Chuy’s while living in San Antonio, and since moving to Fort Worth 3 years ago, I have eagerly endured the drive to McKinney Ave just to get a taste of the ‘boom boom.’ Getting to Chuy’s in half the time is a huge plus in my book, and I can’t wait for the grand opening.

2. The Pumpkin Patch at the Dallas Arboretum

Technically, we can check this off the list as of last weekend, but the kids loved it so much that we’ll definitely be visiting again soon.

3. American Modern Exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum

You may have noticed that I have a bit of a thing for photography, and this exhibit of 3 American photographers during the 1930s has definitely captured my attention.

4. Boo at the Zoo (Fort Worth Zoo)

The weather is finally cool enough to visit the zoo, and this year’s Halloween celebration will be held during the daytime hours – making it easier to take in the festivities with young ones.

5. Dallas Museum of Modern Art – oh, and Fort Worth

I’ve lived here 3 years and still haven’t made it to the Moderns – Fort Worth or Dallas. My art history degrees should probably be revoked.

That’s probably a long list for a season that also includes: my son’s 4th birthday, our 6th wedding anniversary and a trip to Chicago. But we’ll see how it goes.