this year the weather has been a treat for the first half of our spring break. on monday, we picked up cousin phil, who is here visiting from portland, and headed to cross timbers for a day of hiking and a picnic lunch. we found the trails to still be covered with brown, crunchy oak leaves with little peeks of green showing through. the sunshine felt good and warmed us enough the kids took off their shoes and put then feet in the clear little stream that crossed our path. it was good to connect with phil again, i just hope it isn’t 10 years before our next visit.