post christmas | oysters, animals, and a road trip!

over the years, us gills have developed a very unintentional day after christmas tradition.
that is- we go to s & d oyster company
and stuff our bodies to max capacity with oysters, hush puppies, and a variety of fried things.
this is a tradition i not only love, but look forward to for weeks ahead.
here we are on our 2013 journey to s & d!
andrew and i split plate of raw oysters to start.
 then andrew got a burger and i got the fried shrimp/oyster plate.
of course it comes with fries and the best cole slaw you've ever had.
i just love this place. 
 the day after christmas also brought us sweet little nataliya!
nat is heather's roomie from chicago.
they got potlucked together when they were freshmen at SAIC
and it was a match made in heaven.
dallas probably isn't the most exciting place ever to visit,
but we tried to make it a fun time.

we visited the new klyde warren park
and sipped some vino at a little green table.
 christmas decor was up, which was nice.
the whole reason we went to this park was because we were told there was ice skating.
just for future reference, dallas people:
there is NO ice skating.
there is a big piece of plastic with walls around it.
kids put "skates" with plastic blades and scoot around
and attempt to have fun.
this was a pretty big disappointment.
but we didn't let it keep us down!
we got tickets to the perot museum!
my only regret is that i'm not still a child.
the perot museum is incredibly fun.
 their current exhibit is....
(wait for it)
 it's one of the coolest things i've ever seen.
 i saw that exhibit a few years ago that is this but with humans.
i, however, like animals a lot more than humans.
also, all animals are built differently so the exhibit is just gets cooler by the second.
 the giraffe was truly amazing.
 and there was one human.
 and this is a human brain:
we loved it.
 after adventuring on the other 4 floors, we were totally science and nature-d out,
and we headed home under a beautiful winter sunset.
 what a fun day!
 a few days later, my mom and i decided it was about time to go meet baby shea!
she is just the sweetest/tiniest thing you've ever imagined.
 we also gave the big kids aunt linda's christmas presents.
they were pretty fun, but the kids were way better at it than me.
 and much much more creative...
 ben created a truck/car/spaceship/boat.
pretty sweet, ben.
 and here's some more photos of the sweet little baby!
 kristen shea and olive shea.
love it.
 big sister avery:
 big sister sawyer:
it was magical.
loved every second of it.

but all our dallas fun was coming to an end.
it was time to head back to atx!
nataliya has never been to austin, so i was super pumped to show her around my hood.
we obviously had to take this dorky photo.
 it's a bummer that we didn't have more time.
there are so many fun things to do in austin,
but we only had about 48 hours to squeeze it all in-
plus i kind of drug the girls around on a couple boring errands i had to squeeze in.
sorry girls- PLEASE COME BACK!

we had lunch at elizabeth street cafe
which is easily one of my favorite spots in town.
 we got a carafe of punch
(the "shady blonde" punch - grapefruit, thyme, white wine, etc.)
and some macaroons (for later).
we tried not to look at them because we wanted to save them for new years eve...
which was quickly approaching!!
i'll give you the deets on that next time.

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