Spring break didn't align for us this year, so we fit in a fun getaway during the shared weekend with a trip to Palo Duro Canyon. It's always good to get time in west Texas.
The main event was visiting the park for hiking - 5 stars to the Lighthouse Trail at the grand canyon of Texas. In true tourist style, we stopped for lunch at the famed Big Texan on our way into town, and enjoyed Canyon's cute downtown shopping, Palace Coffee, the Bar Z Winery, and had plenty of time to relax at a nice B&B too.
A quick visit to Austin for the 2X2 book review committee - I'm so lucky to help pick the best books in Texas again. The committee met for 2 days to narrow down our top 75 picks to the final 20 for the 2017 reading list. I am serving as the list administrator (publisher/paperwork person) until 2019, but because of an absence, I stepped in as a voting member for the 2017 list too. So much fun!
Added a new couch to our den - we finally found something that would fit down the hall and into our den to replaced our original couch from 2006, Duncan misses the old one - ha!
Plus back to school busyness and a good start to our weekly dinner date night resolution
Another Austin visit for me for the TCEA convention with work. I traveled with 3 other teachers from my school and we learned a ton and had lots of fun. This isn't usually my favorite conference (way too crowded) but being in a group I definitely did things I wouldn't have on my own (breakout bus, way more time in the exhibit hall, piano bar on a Wednesday), and with our different tech interests I think we all took more away too.
A few photos of my mom's mom, Anita Hall McCluney. Grandma Nita passed away last weekend after a long life as a mother to three girls, an elementary teacher in Dallas, and small town-Texas daughter. Unfortunately, she lived out her last years battling dementia and illness, but is now at peace in Kerens, Texas.