|San Antonio, TX - River walk|
Since Sophia is out of preschool for the summer, we had to find arrangements for some part-time child care. When I brought up the idea of sending her back to Tallen's in-home daycare, she declared herself too old to go there.
"They take naps at Mrs. L's house. I'm too big for naps, that is just for babies!" she told me.
So, Miss K is Sophia's new "nanny" for the summer. I just like saying a nanny because it sounds way more exciting than babysitter. Miss K will be coming to our house three days a week (about the same hours as preschool) and her main job is to make sure Sophia has a lot of fun while both her parents are busy at work. To let Miss K get to know us and the kids better, we invited her to come with us on vacation.
Let me just stop for a moment and say this... If you have young kids and you have ever taken them anywhere for vacation, then you know that at some point during the trip... someone is going to have a meltdown. It could be one of your children at a time, both children at once, or even the kids and one of the parents having a meltdown. So, in essence, in order to let Miss K get to know us and how our family works, we brought her along. (Shh! Another reason we brought her was so Trey and I could have a night out on the River walk while she stayed back at the hotel with the kids. Family vacation AND a date night? Whoohoo, count me in!)
About an hour into the trip, the kids started asking for snacks and yelling for someone to pick up the toys they kept dropping and could not reach from their car seat. I sat calmly in the front seat of the car with my shoes kicked off, sipping my chai latte and
Yes, there was a double child meltdown at some point in the car (probably when the Scooby Doo DVD was over) but it was expected and we all survived.
Once we got to San Antonio, the kids were full of snacks (thanks Miss K) but the adults were HUNGRY. We were pleasantly surprised to find that our hotel room was ready for check in when we arrived at 12:30 PM (when does that ever happen?) so we quickly dropped off our luggage and headed down to the River walk to find a place to eat lunch.
|We can never get Tallen to actually look at the camera when we take his picture.|
|Little T and Little S are deep in conversation. Maybe they were planning their next double meltdown.|
|NO! I will NOT sit down!!|
He would climb onto Daddy's lap, TOO HARD, so he climbed back down.
Then he would climb onto Mommy's lap, TOO SOFT, so he climbed back down.
Finally he climbed up into Miss K's lap, and decided it was JUST RIGHT (for about 30 seconds then he would start all over again).
After the boat ride we headed back to the hotel so the kids could cool off at the indoor pool. Then we took advantage of the "non-Mommy approved" free food at the hotel; hot dogs (choking hazard), nacho chips (covered with that strange melted cheese product) and popcorn (yet another choking hazard). However, the food was FREE and we did not have to take our overtired kids (no naps the entire day) out to another restaurant for dinner.
It also meant something really exciting for Mommy and Daddy...
|Trey and I saying, "We escaped from the kids!"|
|No strollers, no diaper bag and no kids to keep from falling in the river!|
|Strolling along, searching for a place to eat.|
After lots of walking and working up an appetite, we chose an Italian restaurant overlooking the water. Although we were eating Italian, a local mariachi band was playing to the customers eating dinner in the restaurant. They stopped by to see if we wanted to be "serenaded"... Trey knows that this is my nightmare. If a mariachi band would ever just walk up to our table and start playing for us (with the entire restaurant staring, I might have a panic attack on the spot. So he quickly told them, No thanks, and they moved on. Whew, crisis averted.
|Good Night San Antonio!|
I am pretty wordy today, so I am going to save Day 2 of our summer vacation for tomorrow. Check back to see why I could have used a second pair of PJ's for a one night vacation (hint: night terrors) and for a recap of SeaWorld.