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03 February . 2021

For the Chappius family, life is picture-perfect at Rancho Sienna

A resident of Rancho Sienna since 2015, Brian Chappius has photographed countless memories with his family, including building a backyard snowman after a rare Central Texas snowfall, celebrating Liberty Hill ISD athletic victories, and capturing breathtaking views right from his own backyard.

“We stay pretty busy with our daughters and their activities, but when I get a free minute I take in as much of the community as I can, usually with a camera in hand,” says Brian, who works in the technology department at Round Rock ISD.

Brian’s wife, Kim, works in purchasing for Williamson County. Caleigh is a freshman at Liberty Hill High School, and Rilyn is in the seventh grade at Liberty Hill Junior High.

“Moving to Rancho Sienna is one of the best decisions we ever made,” says Brian.

The family was living in Round Rock when they decided to move up to a larger home. They looked all over the area, from Round Rock to Liberty Hill to Hutto. After several months of searching, they came back to one of the first communities they visited, Rancho Sienna.

“The nature aspect is really what drew us back to Rancho Sienna. We just couldn't stop thinking about the rolling hills, the number of larger trees, and the beauty along the trails, with different wildflowers in bloom almost all year long,” says Brian. “I like to fish, so I also appreciate the serene ponds. The list of what we love about Rancho Sienna goes on and on.” 

The family chose a new home by D.R. Horton, with an extended covered patio that offers scenic views of open green space – a vista Brian has captured in all seasons.

Both Brian and Kim are originally from New Jersey, but having moved to Texas in 2002, they are practically Lone Star State natives by now. They started spending time in Central Texas when Kim’s grandparents moved to Leander, and they soon came to appreciate the area. 

Football loyalties also played a role. “I grew up a Cowboys fan, and living so close to Philly, I didn’t garner much support. It was only fitting that we decided to move here, because it just feels right,” Brian laughs. “Kim is still an Eagles fan, so I have to put up with her from time to time.”

The family stays busy with their own sports activities. Both daughters play select club soccer with Georgetown Soccer Association, and Caleigh plays soccer for Liberty Hill High. Rilyn played volleyball at her school and will play soccer as well.

“When we are not entrenched in their sporting activities, we love to travel and enjoy nature.  I am a bit of a shutterbug,” Brian says modestly, though it’s easy to see his talent in his shots of parks, sunsets, wildflowers and many other scenes at Rancho Sienna.

Most of the Chappius family photographs were taken by Brian himself, but a few were shot by Rancho Sienna for use in the community’s website, brochures and other promotional materials.

Taken about five-and-a-half years ago, these photos show a much younger Caleigh and Rilyn playing at Overlook Park, located across from Rancho Sienna Elementary School.

Brian treasures the photographic memory. “They’re not so little anymore,” he says.