My husband, daughter, and I live in South Austin in the 78745 zip code. Our house backs up to Garrison Park, and we spend a lot of time there, on wagon rides or at the pool. We moved into our little white house in 2011 and have developed a deep connection to our community and neighbors.
Our daughter is an only child, but with so many kids in the neighborhood, it really doesn’t feel that way. The kids all play together and roam from house to house, and when you look down our street, what you see is like a scene from another time or from a movie. People are always outside talking, playing, and laughing.
Typical Friday nights might feature a spontaneous kids’ karaoke session in someone’s living room, maybe a backyard potluck down the street, or a simple glass of wine at a neighbor’s dining room table.
While of course we love eating out, we usually do eat most meals at home. My very favorite part of the day is pouring my first cup of coffee from the French press, then blending up a smoothie for the family. It’s our thing, a chance for some quality time before we go our separate ways for the day.
Matt and I always talk about how lucky we are to live in our neighborhood and to be surrounded by people we genuinely enjoy spending time with. It’s not something you can plan; it really just is luck.