It’s a special day. It’s the hubs birthday and this year it just so happened to fall on the one day we have off together. I decided to show him one of my favorite things about summer in Austin, Hamilton Pool. It’s just a short drive from Pflugerville to Dripping Springs, an adorable little town with delicious food and fantastic shops, but it wasn’t my birthday, so other than a quick trip to Goodwill to find swim trunks for the forgetful birthday boy, there was no shopping. But who wants to shop when you’re on your way to a natural spring fed grotto. Every summer of my childhood had at least one trip to Hamilton Pool, but the beauty was lost on me as a child, returning after a thirteen year absence with my husband and son was simply magical. It was a gorgeous day, not too hot, rain clouds were floating over with distant thunder rumbling through the air. The birds were singing and tiny frogs, snakes and giant catfish were visiting. Doiron of course loved swimming through the cool waters and drinking as much as he could, it really does taste amazing. We finished up at Rosie’s Tamale House, another bit of nostalgia for me complete with light up velvet paintings and cream cheese stuffed jalapenos. This day reminded me how wonderful it is growing up in the hill country and Bryan and I agreed that this too shall be a frequent memory in Doiron’s childhood. Days like these remind me of every reason I fell in love with Bryan, and no lie, his biggest selling point was the father I knew he would be. He loves our son more than I ever imagined possible and proves every day that his family is his first priority, and he never fails to tell me he loves me, too. We’ve only been married for 3 years (next month) but life has only continued to get better, and I only see good things in our future. I am a happy mama. Je vous souhaite bonheur.