We drove out to Llano, Texas this weekend to my Granny’s ranch to work on the old Hunting Shack. It has the whole “wrong turn” vibe going on right now. All we need are some coon-skins hanging from the porch to complete the look.
“It needs some sprucing up”, is an understatement.
This is were the hunters that paid to hunt on my Granny’s land would stay. It hasn’t been used in a while but, my step-dad is fixing it up to use for the family and the boys when they want to go hangout for the weekend and let the kids run wild. It really makes you feel like you are living in the sticks! The kid in me likes to pretend that we are really living rough and we have to survive off the land.
The giant oak tree in Granny’s backyard. We played out here all the time. Granny use to have an old oven out here and we would make mud pies and pretend we would cook them in the oven. Since Dairy Queen was like the only fast food place in the whole town, that is where Granny always took us to eat and we always had an abundance of old dairy queen red spoons to make our delicious mud pies with. We always had a lot of old glass bottles, jars and dolls to play with too. Oh Granny!
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
– Anne Frank
Enjoying what is beautiful in this 🌎 Just like when we were kids
The first time I ever fished was in this tank right here. The first time I shot a gun, was here on this land. The first time I sat in a deer blind too. This place in its former glory was amazing and I can’t wait for my grandparents to be done fixing it up again. I want to get all of our old pictures of the ranch together from being kids and scan them into the computer so that I can compare the ranch now to pictures from when we were kids. I have so many great memories here. This place is part of me. I am so grateful that we are still able to be here and make memories with our babies. And if we are really lucky then they will be able to pass the tradition on to their kids too.
Have you ever seen Neon Chartreuse Earth Worms?
Now we both have!
It’s a disco for the fish!
The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us. When the world seems familiar, when one has got used to existence, one has become an adult. ~Eugene Ionesco
My little Jaxon. I love that face.
This is my brother-in-law Paul and my sister Hollee.
I got some great pictures of my sister and her son William. None of us were really dressed or prepared for a photoshoot but, I couldn’t resist getting some good au naturel photos. I told her that her son looked like the lead singer of Alabama in the 80’s. So I had to do this. She’s gonna love it.
It was really nice getting all the kids out of the house and out into the fresh wide open spaces of the Texas hill country. It’s good to get outside and go for a walk, breath in the fresh air and take some time to enjoy what is really important in life.
So get outside and make some memories