Deep in the Heart of Texas: Houston


It’s been awhile, and admittedly, I have been putting off writing this post. The past 3 weeks have been a blur, and I haven’t really had enough time to write (excuses, excuses). But here we are!

Our time in Texas was:

  • Enlightening
  • Lively
  • Wonderful
  • Stunning
  • Sunny
  • Full of food

If you didn’t know already, Taylor had the opportunity to be in West Side Story with Houston Grand Opera, which started rehearsal in mid-March, and ran from the end of April into the beginning of May. Fortunately, my schedule worked out so I was able to visit for the first two weeks of rehearsal and explore!

(Of course, I had to go back to see the opening of the show, and then we planned our “Texas Road Trip” to follow the week after it closed, so I got my hearty dose of Tejas too!)

Here are some highlights through photos…

HOUSTON (March 19-May 6)

Bike Riding
Biking in Buffalo Bayou Park, with a view of downtown Houston
A breakfast feast at our favorite spot, Paper Co. Cafe

Side note about Paper Co. Cafe, they are also linked with an amazing church, called Ecclesia. Thankfully we were able to make it our church home/favorite breakfast place for a short while, and met a lot of genuine and kind people.

Go Rockets!

We are now Rockets fans. #MVB #fearthebeard (Side note, people were clearing out of the stadium in the above picture…this game was packed!)

We loved attending Rockets games.
Taylor’s birthday!
I’m 27 now!
We are at the top of a Ferris Wheel…it’s hard to tell!

Back in Buffalo Bayou Park…

Trying to catch the rainbow
Taylor got a new camera for his birthday, which means many photos among the wildflowers!
Yummy honey!

When I was back in NYC, Taylor went on his own mini-road trip, and found a bee farm!


Opening night of West Side Story!
The Sharks


One of the many cool things about Houston Grand Opera is that they transformed part of the George Brown Convention Center to be a 1,500 seat theater, due to the flooding of their own theater space during Hurricane Harvey last year. Unfortunately, their stock of wigs and costumes, stage and pit were all damaged, and have to be repaired or replaced. However, HGO persevered and this year they have presented all of their shows in the “Resilience Theater” at the Convention Center. The entire Houston and surrounding communities really supported each other during this challenging time, and Houston continues to thrive.

This picture not only shows us at the Houston Zoo, but also our newfound love of kombucha
The giraffe behind us is named Tyra #smize
To infinity…and beyond!
Future astronaut (in a movie)

Coming soon:

Deep in the Heart of Texas, Part Two: Lufkin, Waco & DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth)!

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