Maine, Man

I was blessed last weekend with the INCREDIBLE joy of not only spending 5 whole days with my best friend and her husband, but doing so in the beautiful city of Portland, Maine. New England is all I had hoped for and more. The leaves were stunning, the lobster was fresh, and the people were great. I would definitely say my first real excursion to the Northeast was a huge success, and I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch to share the experience with. Here are just a few favorite pictures from our trip (we went a little camera happy).

Pit stop in Boston to pick up Josh. Had to see Fenway Park!

The 4 of us at the Charles River


My first oysters


The perfect meal.

The beautiful Portland Head Light

Best buds

One of many beautiful mansions on the water.


Thanks Josh for the Fall shower.

We had to pull over on a back road to capture this hidden gem.

Cracking up in the rain and cold at how completely LOST we were.


Borrowing the boys pipes for a photo op. Clearly we are pros.

Love the fog on the water

home away from home

Stuck at the airport for 8 hours. No big deal for these 2!

Phew, my hand is tired from all that photo uploading. As you can see, we had fun. Truly what I came away from Maine with was an intense feeling of gratitude for the people in our lives. Julianne and Daniel have been our friends for a long, long time. We love doing life with them. Things are just better when we’re all together.

But with the gratitude and happiness comes a longing to see them on a daily basis. It is difficult having best friends many states away, but that is what we signed up for when we packed up the Montero 4 years ago and waved goodbye to Georgia. Saying goodbye to friends really dampens the mood when heading back to a city we actually really love a lot. Who knows what God has in store for the 4 of us down the road, but hopefully it will involve more random mini-vacations and living in the same state again.

I hope everyone is enjoying the Fall. I’m so glad to have gotten to see some pretty leaves, because there sure aren’t any of those in Texas. But good news!! The high temperature dropped below the mid 80s this week! WOOP!

Have a great weekend!




This has been my day:

Celine Dion blaring through the speakers.

Pumpkin candle burning in all its glory.

Winter clothes airing out on the guest bed.

Vacuum running, washer/dryer running…

Basically, it has been a nightmare day for my energy bill, but a pretty awesome one for me.  The best part is it doesn’t involve ANY SCHOOL!

Don’t get me wrong, I love school. In fact I really really love school. But sometimes it’s nice to take a few days off after a big test, ya know? Pretty much all I can think about lately is Occupational Therapy and how much I want to get into the OTA program in April. I’m so afraid I won’t get in, especially since my motivation and grades are at an all-time high. But the anxiety can wait a few more months, I suppose.

The past month has been a whirlwind of fun adventures. We were blessed with lots of visitors, including my friend Julianne, and then our great friends Tommy and Hannah. I love any excuse to show Austin off and all the great food and fun it has to offer. Here we go with a LOT of pictures…

Enjoying the view at the 360 overlook with the Webbs

Me and my love at Mount Bonnell

Henry. Posing like a doofus.

Tommy and Hannah being all cute and stuff

Enjoying the Georgia and Auburn games at Red’s Porch

Juju and I taking a pitstop in San Antonio to eat on the River Walk

Ice cream at LICK. A must try for Austin visitors/residents

Lobster Rolls from Dock and Roll. Amazing.

Some of Josh’s FAVORITE tacos in town at Mellizoz Tacos

Can’t come to austin without swimming in Barton Springs

So glad this girl came to visit me!

Ya’ll hungry yet? If you want to drool even more, check at the websites for some of the current Cody favorite restaurant/spots around this wonderful city. (In no particular order)

1. Gourdough’s Doughnuts. 

2. Dock and Roll

3. Contigo

4. Red’s Porch    **mainly for the view and beer selection

5. Collie’s Burgers

6. Tacodeli

7. The 360 overlook

8. Barton Springs

9. Mount Bonnell

10. The Violet Crown Cinema  (Probably my personal favorite)

This list changes every month it seems like, but if you’re looking for places to go in Austin, you can’t fail with any of those 10!

Happy Autumn everyone. Go bake some pumpkin bread!