Texas

Walls Family Farm

Being abroad for five years, one of the things I missed the most was the seasons changing in the fall. Since this is Felipe's first whole holiday season in America, we took full advantage! Over Thanksgiving weekend, we made the trek to Terrell with family to the Walls Family Farm for some Christmas cheer. We've been an artificial tree household my whole life so this was a new experience for us all. It was well worth the trip for Felipe to chop his first tree. Thanks to my sister Haley for snapping the shots of Felipe and I!

Felipe was chomping at the bit to chop a tree down but he was a champ and made it through our little photo shoot first for me.

Post-tree chopping was a quite the experience too! Newly chopped trees were put on a de-piner to jiggle out the excess needles then thrown through a black hole to cover the tree in a net. Our little guy got stuck under a larger tree and almost went home with someone else!

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When you tell people you are getting married, there are words of congratulations followed by well wishes and pieces of advice which center around the recommendation to be flexible because things couldn't possibly go as planned. They wish you well and end on a note of encouragement that hey, no matter what happens, it's still your wedding day!

Without embellishment, I tell you that our wedding was truly perfect. Our day was bright and sunny and everything arrived on time, in it's place. It was surreal having everyone who was near and dear to us from every corner of the world all gathered under one sky. We have known Carrie and Daniel at When It Clicks for a long time and, at the risk of overusing vocabulary, they captured our day perfectly. Our wedding was everything we could have asked for and more.

The Royal Flush @ BSR Cable Park

Over the summer, you might have seen this epic video circling the internet. It features masses of cool hipster types flying through the air into an emerald pond. I was surprised to learn that not only was something so cool in Texas, it was just down the street from Baylor, at BSR Cable Park. As my birthday is smack dab in the hottest of Texas months, I knew that this was where we would celebrate!

I expected to see a stereotypical water park when we pulled in. But, what we saw was more of a water wonderland. The main attraction of the park is a large lake with cables strung around that pull wake boarders around and over jumps without the use of a boat. I'm not much into water sports so perhaps this thing is common but it seemed so cool! There was a smaller pond for those who were less experienced to get in some practice before heading out into the big waters.

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The only negative part of our experience was the entrance fee payment. It was a rather complicated process that was not clearly marked and involved the internet, which was sparse. Before being allowed to pay the entrance fee, you have to fill out and submit a waver via the website. However, it was difficult to get connected out there. There was a paper option but that involved waiting in a long line with everyone else who was looking to rent other equipment as well. So, fill out the waiver before you go!

We opted for the package that included access to the lazy river (single and double floats provided free of charge). This lazy river was the definition of lazy, as in barely moving, but with a free afternoon and no plans, it provided welcome relief from the Royal Flush.

From the edge of the pond, the slides of the Royal flush don't look too daunting.The Royal flush has three different sized slides ranging from a dip in the water to an atomic explosion.

Haley and I chose the middle slide for starters. From up above, the slide takes on a bit of a different look. Let me just say that you get some SERIOUS air. With a massive line of people watching, water rushing in your face, and an inability to see what was coming next,  it was rather hard to concentrate on a proper landing and it was painful! On our second round, we built up courage to fly down the middle but gathered some advice from more seasoned sliders before we hit the slope. Though still inducing slight pain that did last for several hours, it was much better than the previous run. (Action shots of Haley and I courtesy of Debbie).

Though may slide-goers seemed to think that flying downhill at breakneck speeds with technology attached was a good idea, we heard countless stories of GoPro selfie sticks and brand new Apple watches resting at the bottom of the lake. One genius, though, had the brilliant idea to secure his selfie stick into a pool noodle so that in the inevitable event of a water crash, he hadn't lost his self indulgent footage. If you're into that sort of thing, it seemed like a good idea.

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Next time you find yourself in the midst of a sweltering hot Texas summer, I would highly recommend a trip to BSR Cable park for a cool off. You can even rent a cabin, lakeside, to be first out on the water in the morning.