Thursday, October 25, 2007

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Last week the kids had a couple of days off due to Fall Break so we decided to hit the road. Sea World was on our list of "must see" places and thanks to Anheuser-Busch we could all get in for next to nothing.

I want to publicly thank Anheuser-Busch for their continued support of active duty military families. Each year every active duty member is eligible for up to 4 free tickets at the Anheuser-Busch park of their choice, what a treat. They even had a short segment at the beginning of the Shamu show to honor military members and their families, it was very meaningful and made the kids beam with pride. We tell them all the time that they are sacrificing for their country too by having to spend so much time without their dad. The support from large companies in such a tangible way is so appreciated, it means a lot.

So we loaded up the minivan, which by the way we have no idea how we lived without it, and headed south. After a couple of outlet malls, snacks, and numerous potty breaks we arrived in San Antonio. Our hotel was within walking distance of El Mercado, the Mexican part of downtown, so off we went to feast on Adam's favorite food, MEXICAN. Yumm!!! We had a great meal then let the kids run around at a local park before we went back to the hotel for a quick dip. Is it possible for kids to stay in a hotel with a pool and not swim? Not ours. It seemed awfully hot on our drive down there but when we were watching the news that night we realized San Antonio had a record high temp that had stood since, 1895. It was 93 degrees that day, whew it wasn't my pregnancy hormones after all.

The next morning we were off to Sea World. We got there right when the gates were opening and didn't stop until the park closed. The big kids rode the roller coasters time and time again with Adam. Laura rode all of the rides she was tall enough for. I rode a couple of the kiddie rides and took pictures of all of fun. I knew that my delicate condition would prevent me from riding many rides but I still had a great time. The shows were right up my alley and all of the sea animals were impressive, especially Shamu. When the park closed we headed back to our hotel and crashed.

The next morning we got up and had a leisurely start to our day. On the way out of town we stopped by the Alamo, the kids had been there before but we realized that the last time we went Emma was Laura's age...weird, it didn't seem that long ago. I may try to post an old picture of that.

When all was said and done we had a great trip...but as always, there is no place like home.

Here it is I found the photo, this was in January 2003.


Katie P said...

Looks like a great time. You will have to take another pic there in 4 more years!!

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

Sounds like so much fun! I'm glad you felt up to enjoying yourself. My sis-in-law's family is from Texas - they visit San Antonio often and think it's beautiful. Maybe one day we'll trek west...

Sheri said...

What great pictures and I especially liked seeing how your little ones have changed since 03. Wow they grow up fast!

Looks like you had a wonderful time in San Antonio. We enjoy the river walk and you can't beat the Sea World prices when your military!!!

Lots of blessings to you and your family! And, how are you feeling?

Kate said...

Props to Anheuser-Busch! That rocks.

Great pics! Looks and sounds like a blast. Glad you were able to have fun and hope you are starting to turn the corner on the sick feeling. My kids ask me to take them to the pool in the middle of January so I totally hear ya on that one!

KY Transplants said...

I love the photos! You got some great ones! Looks like you had a great time! Everyone looks great, are you going to post any belly pictures?


JulieMonte said...

Makes me miss Texas. Glad you guys had fun sounds like a good trip. Love that you posted the pic from 2003. the kids grow up so fast.

Scrappy Mom said...

Thank you for sharing your photos! It looks like you all had a great time. It's fun to see how the children have grown! I, too, don't understand how we lived without a mini-van!