Photo Op

Elijah’s birthday was this past Sunday.

Instead of a family celebration I dropped the kids with friends so we could spend the day together, without all the screaming and stress, in and around Austin taking pictures.

Other than some early morning grumbles (mine, not his) we had a lovely day. We spent the gloomy morning in Austin, with brunch at Max’s Wine Dive (so delicious) and then drove a bit outside the city to Hamilton Pool.

As you can see, we got some great shots, had some laughs and really enjoyed getting away for a little while together.

In his element.

By Perdernales River

Look at me, enjoying the hike!

Hamilton Pool

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60 Responses to Photo Op
  1. Liz
    January 25, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    Makes me want to get out in Mother Nature!

  2. Liz
    January 25, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    Makes me want to get out in Mother Nature!

  3. funnyorsnot
    January 25, 2012 | 1:06 pm

    First, your cute haircut makes me want to get a cut.  I have never had long hair as an adult and about a year ago got a wild hair that I'd grow it out until I turned 40!

    What a great way to spend a birthday.  WITHOUT kids.  Looks like the two of you had fun!

  4. funnyorsnot
    January 25, 2012 | 1:06 pm

    First, your cute haircut makes me want to get a cut.  I have never had long hair as an adult and about a year ago got a wild hair that I'd grow it out until I turned 40!

    What a great way to spend a birthday.  WITHOUT kids.  Looks like the two of you had fun!

  5. Jamie
    January 25, 2012 | 3:35 pm

    Wow. That Hamilton Pool looks beautiful. Glad you had fun. Sometimes it's definitely the right decision to make it a mommy and daddy only party. 

  6. Jamie
    January 25, 2012 | 3:35 pm

    Wow. That Hamilton Pool looks beautiful. Glad you had fun. Sometimes it's definitely the right decision to make it a mommy and daddy only party. 

  7. Kathryn
    January 25, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    So glad you two enjoyed the day together….alone!

  8. Kathryn
    January 25, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    So glad you two enjoyed the day together….alone!

  9. Leighann
    January 25, 2012 | 8:01 pm

    you are gorgeous!
    that last picture is stunning! WOW

  10. Leighann
    January 25, 2012 | 8:01 pm

    you are gorgeous!
    that last picture is stunning! WOW

  11. Sue @ Mommy's Pen
    January 25, 2012 | 8:03 pm

    Looks like a fantastic day. I think I'll schedule a hike with my husband now.

  12. Sue @ Mommy's Pen
    January 25, 2012 | 8:03 pm

    Looks like a fantastic day. I think I'll schedule a hike with my husband now.

  13. Gfunk1101
    January 25, 2012 | 8:26 pm

    What a fun day! It would never occur to me to do that, just hang out and take pictures. But I'm sure I would enjoy it a lot. And look how pretty you are!

  14. Gfunk1101
    January 25, 2012 | 8:26 pm

    What a fun day! It would never occur to me to do that, just hang out and take pictures. But I'm sure I would enjoy it a lot. And look how pretty you are!

  15. Leanne
    January 25, 2012 | 9:22 pm

    Great idea. I might have to do this with my husband on his birthday. But I'll be the one taking pictures. Actually, I guess we should do this on my birthday then, right? 🙂

  16. Leanne
    January 25, 2012 | 9:22 pm

    Great idea. I might have to do this with my husband on his birthday. But I'll be the one taking pictures. Actually, I guess we should do this on my birthday then, right? 🙂

  17. jessica
    January 26, 2012 | 5:42 am

    What a perfect day, I'm sure you didn't know what to do with yourselves without the kids for that long. My brother just moved to Austin and he loves it!

  18. jessica
    January 26, 2012 | 5:42 am

    What a perfect day, I'm sure you didn't know what to do with yourselves without the kids for that long. My brother just moved to Austin and he loves it!

  19. Kglasbergen
    January 26, 2012 | 8:03 am

    That's a great day. We have a grown up birthday coming up and not sure what we'll do to celebrate.
    Private beach vacation is probably out.

  20. Kglasbergen
    January 26, 2012 | 8:03 am

    That's a great day. We have a grown up birthday coming up and not sure what we'll do to celebrate.
    Private beach vacation is probably out.

  21. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:25 am

    I rarely want to get out in Mother Nature, but it was a beautiful hike and we really had a wonderful time.

  22. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:25 am

    I rarely want to get out in Mother Nature, but it was a beautiful hike and we really had a wonderful time.

  23. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:26 am

    OMG! I have had long hair and I usually end up just pulling it back, which makes it pretty pointless in my opinion. I am enjoying it short, so thank you for the compliment!

    And yes, childless birthdays are so underrated!

  24. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:26 am

    OMG! I have had long hair and I usually end up just pulling it back, which makes it pretty pointless in my opinion. I am enjoying it short, so thank you for the compliment!

    And yes, childless birthdays are so underrated!

  25. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:27 am

    It was really beautiful. I think it'd be even better in the spring. Our party of two was just right.

  26. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:27 am

    It was really beautiful. I think it'd be even better in the spring. Our party of two was just right.

  27. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:28 am

    It was really nice. I would have loved to have had FOUR of us, but that would've been a pretty long drive for you guys. 🙂

  28. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:28 am

    It was really nice. I would have loved to have had FOUR of us, but that would've been a pretty long drive for you guys. 🙂

  29. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:30 am

    Thank you!

    You are now my new favourite* person!

    *spelling it especially for you.

  30. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:30 am

    Thank you!

    You are now my new favourite* person!

    *spelling it especially for you.

  31. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:30 am

    It was fun. We've done short hikes with the kids and they are troopers, but I really wanted a day just for us.

  32. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:30 am

    It was fun. We've done short hikes with the kids and they are troopers, but I really wanted a day just for us.

  33. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:32 am

    Thank you, that's so sweet.

    A photo op day is fun, but it actually came to me because the kids have been driving us crazy.

  34. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:32 am

    Thank you, that's so sweet.

    A photo op day is fun, but it actually came to me because the kids have been driving us crazy.

  35. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:33 am

    Yes, definitely do it on your birthday, just be sure you get some pics with your phone so you can link up!

  36. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:33 am

    Yes, definitely do it on your birthday, just be sure you get some pics with your phone so you can link up!

  37. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:36 am

    Austin really is a great place to live…and VISIT. So, be sure to let me know when you come to see your brother so we can have a cup of coffee in person.

  38. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:36 am

    Austin really is a great place to live…and VISIT. So, be sure to let me know when you come to see your brother so we can have a cup of coffee in person.

  39. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:37 am

    I really think you should try to make that private beach vacation happen. Or at least a stayover sans kiddos. Grown up birthdays are really fun, especially when they're adults only!

  40. Miss Marina Star
    January 26, 2012 | 8:37 am

    I really think you should try to make that private beach vacation happen. Or at least a stayover sans kiddos. Grown up birthdays are really fun, especially when they're adults only!

  41. Amanda Austin
    January 26, 2012 | 9:51 am

    WOW! Hamilton pool looks beautiful! I think sometimes those days are the best kind of days. We did the same kind of thing for my birthday.

  42. Amanda Austin
    January 26, 2012 | 9:51 am

    WOW! Hamilton pool looks beautiful! I think sometimes those days are the best kind of days. We did the same kind of thing for my birthday.

  43. Emily
    January 26, 2012 | 11:26 am

    Great pictures! What a fun ay.

  44. Emily
    January 26, 2012 | 11:26 am

    Great pictures! What a fun ay.

  45. Taminginsanity
    January 26, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    You guys look fun. 🙂

  46. Taminginsanity
    January 26, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    You guys look fun. 🙂

  47. Galit Breen
    January 26, 2012 | 5:26 pm

    Looks like so much fun! 

    {Love that picture of you!}

  48. Galit Breen
    January 26, 2012 | 5:26 pm

    Looks like so much fun! 

    {Love that picture of you!}

  49. Miss Marina Star
    January 27, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Thank you! The photo credit goes to the birthday boy. He doesn't get very many good ones of me, that ones a gem!

  50. Miss Marina Star
    January 27, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Thank you! The photo credit goes to the birthday boy. He doesn't get very many good ones of me, that ones a gem!

  51. Miss Marina Star
    January 27, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Uh, we are!

  52. Miss Marina Star
    January 27, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Uh, we are!

  53. Miss Marina Star
    January 27, 2012 | 11:10 am

    It was a really fun day. I think I'll try for a full overnight next time, though. We were tired by the end.

  54. Miss Marina Star
    January 27, 2012 | 11:10 am

    It was a really fun day. I think I'll try for a full overnight next time, though. We were tired by the end.

  55. Miss Marina Star
    January 27, 2012 | 11:11 am

    It's true, we don't get to spend time alone like we once did, so it's nice to have a day or two to reconnect together.

  56. Miss Marina Star
    January 27, 2012 | 11:11 am

    It's true, we don't get to spend time alone like we once did, so it's nice to have a day or two to reconnect together.

  57. Natalie @MamaTrack
    January 29, 2012 | 9:41 pm

    Great pictures! And as someone who used to live in Austin, it was really awesome to see them!

  58. Natalie @MamaTrack
    January 29, 2012 | 9:41 pm

    Great pictures! And as someone who used to live in Austin, it was really awesome to see them!

  59. Miss Marina Star
    January 29, 2012 | 9:46 pm

    Thanks! We love it here!

  60. Miss Marina Star
    January 29, 2012 | 9:46 pm

    Thanks! We love it here!