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Happy Monday to you! After blogging non stop in Savannah on vacation last week, I realized how much I love organizing my travel photos (and how rarely I actually do this.) So I spent this weekend flipping through my pictures from my Labor Day Trip to Texas, celebrating my best friend Caroline’s birthday. Here are some of my favorites!

Some of the highlights of the trip:

Central Market. Hatch chile season. Fresh lime juice in a bottle, no, really fresh!
Grocery shopping with Gail – Brunch for 10, Dinner for 12.
Lunch at Ouisie’s – a Texas Crab Cobb Salad. They have a great bread basket!
Sonoma Wine Bar (drinking: Idlewild Rosé, eating: the charcuterie plate)
Meeting: Cory! Brad, Jill, Andie. Justin. Austin! (Finally!)
Teacher errands. Beyoncé Chicken at Mo Ranch. Caroline’s Classroom.
Barnaby’s for the Chile burger on a salad.
Getting to hang with Sadie and Priscilla. Having two cute dogs underfoot is bliss.
Dower reunion: Caroline, Heather, Sam and Jean.
Second lunch at Taco Cabana. Just because. Queso! Tacos! Fresh tortillas!
Topwater. We were going to take the boat, but it was bad weather. Shrimp. Sinkers. Bobbers.
Caroline’s birthday brunch. Cantaloupe soup. Sausage on sticks. Breakfast tacos. Amazing large tiffin.
Coffee from Starbucks. (Did you know that you need to order the carafes in advance?)
Tempesta, our worthy ship. Weather. Dolphins. DOLPHINS, YOU GUYS.
Gail + Mike’s Guestbook in Kemah
Spending time with Erin + Thomas, Julia + Hector in the flesh.
NASA! Mission control. Orion in 2030 – seems so far away.
Plasma rockets exist? But they can’t get them to stop yet.
*TCYC,  remembering Tom Hutcheson, neighbors and friends here for decades.
Mike’s Birthday Dinner Party (the stories…). Salmon tartar. Avocado soup with citrus, red pepper and shrimp. Salad with watermelon, basil, cucumber and tomato, ricotta salata and a balsamic vinaigrette. Fish. Crab sauce with cream and mushrooms. Cake. Amarula and Limoncello shots.
Spending as much time on the boat as humanly possible.
Breakfast at Classics. Eggs Benedict on a biscuit. With grits.
Driving the boat! Navigating between red and green poles.
More swimming.
Dinner at WiFi-less Cedar Creek. (Minus Hector, who had to select his draft picks.)
Farmers market chocolate and cheese samples, cheerful bands.
Kolaches with Jean: ham egg and cheese, and poppyseed.
Cold brew coffee tasting (Chameleon and Cafin, didn’t really love either?)
Tortillas. I took home two dozen in my suitcase.

Flying into Houston Texas

Ousies Crab Louis Salad

Science Notebooks in Carolines Classroom

Carolines Classroom Turtle

A Texan Beyonce Chicken

Texas Chickens

We dont dial 911

Dear Sadie Hendryx

Chile Burger Salad at Barnabys

The Water in Kemah Texas

Birthday Party at Topwater

TCYC Boardwalk Kemah Texas

Brunch on Kemah Bay

Cory on the Tempesta Kemah Texas

Fishing boats in Kemah Texas

The TCYC Rum Gum in Kemah Texas

TCYC Taps in Kemah Texas

TCYC Dogs in a Golf Cart Kemah Texas

Sam Tackeff in Kemah

Sam Tackeff in Kemah Texas

Caroline Hendryx in Kemah Texas

Caroline Hendryx and Deborah Hendryx

Sunset in Kemah Texas

Sam Tackeff and Sadie Hendryx

Priscilla Hendryx

Nasa Astronaut

Space Center Longhorns

Mission Control Center Nasa Houston


Astronauts on the Moon

The Birthday Boy

Mikes Birthday Spread

Classics Eggs Benedict and Grits

Boats at TCYC in Kemah Texas


KolachesSam Caroline and Heather at Cedar Creek

Dear Texas, I hope to come back soon.

–– Sam