It’s been 2 weeks since my last post. I took a much needed break and we visited San Antonio for a little get away. I also closed my shop and didn’t think about either one the entire trip. It was great and I’m ready to get back to being overwhelmed with both. Just kidding. Not really.
Ryan was picked to officiate the Texas High School Basketball tournament last week in San Antonio. We decided to go with him and make a little family trip out of it. They find out which games they’re reffing once they get there and he got the 6A State Basketball Championship game, the highest level game you can get, the granddaddy of the tournament. I was super proud and really nervous. He had to attend some meetings and games throughout the week but we got to spend majority of that time together.
We left Wednesday morning and it was a good thing we left when we did. It rained the whole day and we encountered at least 6 wrecks along the way. Luckily we were about 30 minutes behind one of his crew members who warned us to stay away from a highway that had been shut down, saving us some hours. It took us about 9 hours to get there (it’s a 5 hour trip). The kids were pretty great and Maddox only slept about an hour of it.
If you’re looking into taking your kids to San Antonio, we visited some great little spots you’ll see in a bit.
Here we are about to leave for San Antonio.
Luckily Beckham is really into coloring and writing right now so this kept him occupied for quite a while on the trip. Maddox had a short nap after we stopped at McDonalds for them to play.
Once we arrived to the hotel, Ryan had to go to a meeting that night so the boys and I went to a nearby Chickfila so they could get some energy out and it was safe ground 🙂 We got back to the hotel and took baths and got the boys ready for bed. Ryan came back about the same time so I took a shower and went to bed at the same time as the boys. Can you believe it? The boys got in bed (Maddox was in pack n play) around 9:30 and we had to have the lights off for them to fall asleep. Once I got out of the shower and ready for bed, I couldn’t really stay up and do anything. I went to bed at 10:30. I can’t even remember the last time I ever did that. Sadly, I didn’t sleep very well, even though I got up around 8:00 the next morning. One of those nights you feel like you tossed and turned.
We brought breakfast items with us so we didn’t have to go get anything in the mornings. We decided to hit up a burger joint that had a big area for kids to play on. It was called Bigz Burgers and it was huge! So were the burgers. The boys had fun just running around and exploring down by the MUDDY trees.
After lunch, Ryan had to go to the gym to watch some games with his crew, so I took the boys to an amazing place called Doseum. A museum just for kids. They had all sorts of things for kids to play and learn. My boys favorite place was Little Town where they had a grocery store. They shopped and checked out like pros. They had tons of other activities as well. This place was great for ages 1-10 (even older) in my opinion. Maddox is 20 months and Little Town was perfect (B loved it too), but the whole museum was suited better for Beckham. I decided to let naps happen when they happened on this trip. We were here during nap time but M did fine and cat napped on the way back. Here’s a peek into the Doeseum.
That night we went to eat at La Fogata, a highly recommended Mexican restaurant (based on internet recs). The place was pretty big, but the food was subpar for me. The salsa was way too spicy, I couldn’t even eat it (I don’t like spicy food though). The queso was spicy too, but not as spicy. I had to chug water after each bite. The fajitas, which Ryan and I order and share most times we eat Mexican, came with pinto beans, rice, and sauteed onions. The amount of chicken they give you is plenty for two to share, so that was nice, but they didn’t have sour cream, guacamole, pico, or cheese like most places we go to have. I’m sure we could have asked for them, but I thought it came with it. The prices were really high here. The margaritas were good, so I’d recommend one of those. They have a 64 oz margarita…yes, 64 ounces!!! It should come with a stretcher because that’s exactly how I’d need to be wheeled out if I drank that. Basically, I wasn’t a huge fan. I didn’t get a picture of our food.
But after we ate, Ryan went back to the gym to watch more games and I did our night time routine again at the hotel. This time, I turned the light back on when they were asleep and painted my nails and read a book. It was great!
The next day, Friday, was when we took the boys to Sea World. I cannot tell you how much Beckham LOVED this place. He kept saying “I love Sea World” throughout the visit. When we got back home from San Antonio, I asked him if he liked Sea World and he said, “Mommy, I LOVED Sea World. I wanna go back.” Maddox doesn’t look too thrilled in this picture, but he had fun too.
This was his first ride. Seeing the joy in his face was great.
This was a Sea Lion show and Maddox enjoyed the shows the most out of all of us.
I mean, look at his face!
We stayed in the Sesame Street area (the kids area) most of the day and they had this HUGE play area that gave me a heart attack. It was so big and I was freaking out when Beckham would climb high through the tunnels.
And then there was this ride! Shamu Express. Ryan doesn’t do well on roller coasters so I was the designated rider and I really enjoyed seeing Beckham have so much fun. We rode this ride at least 8 times. I lost count after that. There were no lines so he would immediately get back in line and ride it again. At different points throughout the day I would say, “I’m kind of scared Beckham” and he’d reply, “well, I’m not.” I have a little dare devil!
We ended the day with a Popsicle of course.
Passed out 2 minutes in the car. Love this sweet boy!
We got back to the hotel around 4:30 and Ryan had a dinner with his crew that night so we mulled around and finally decided to go to Chickfila again. Haha. I knew where it was, it provided somewhere to play, and I didn’t have to worry about containing my kids at a table after a long day out. This was the only day it didn’t rain so we really lucked out with Sea World. It was overcast most of the day also so we weren’t being beaten down with the sun either. At Chickfila, this little one sat next to me the entire time and I just stared at his little profile. This kid is such a sweetheart and a total mama’s boy.
The next day was Saturday, the day Ryan reffed and the night we’d leave to come home. I woke up that morning and went out to get a coffee with Maddox while B and Ryan slept a little longer. We went to lunch that day at a place called Purple Garlic. It’s an Italian restaurant with a huge sandbox for kids to play in while you sit down. I don’t know why my town (a very family friend town) has not caught on to this concept and opened restaurants. If I knew the first thing about opening a restaurant, I would. A healthy place for families to dine and kids to play (not a fast food place) would be a dream. This place was pretty good. You order at the counter and they bring you your food, which is nice because you don’t have to tip. And kids eat free on Wednesdays and Saturdays. So we only had to pay for our two meals which was about $18.
Later that night was the big game. We packed all our stuff into our car and planned to leave after the game. His game was at 8:30, but he had to be there at 6:30. So the boys and I ate a bite at McDonalds (bleh, but B loves the play area). And we tried to play there as long as we could before leaving for the game. We got the arena around 8:00 and stayed in the car just hanging out until finally we headed in (I didn’t want to get there too early because I wasn’t sure how the boys would do).
The boys and I have never gone to one of Ryan’s games for obvious reasons. Well, those reasons were put to the test and I’ll never take them again until they’re older. I saw about 3 minutes of the game, Maddox decided to be a dare devil and run up and down the stairs (he’s usually attached to me in public), Beckham busted his lip open and had a swollen lip (he slipped and hit it against the hand rails), and Ryan’s game didn’t even START till 9:30!!! I definitely earned my cape wrangling these two for a few hours at the gym! It was about 11:30pm when the game ended and neither one had a hint of tiredness. I was done! Ryan reffed a great game, from what I saw and heard (no boo’s). 🙂 I was really proud of him!
We changed the boys into pajamas and left the gym around 12:30am to head back to Dallas. We wanted to drive through the night so the boys would sleep the whole way and we had my grandma’s 90th birthday celebration the next day at noon. Ryan drove the first 3.5 hours and I drove the next 1.5 hours. We threw the boys in their beds and ourselves as well. We all didn’t wake up till 10:45ish. Just enough time to get ready and see my family at my aunt’s house.
Overall, it was a great trip and nice to get away. The house is a disaster and I have so many projects going on, so I’m ready to get my house in order again. I should have some great posts for you coming up!