We arrived Friday evening, and took a stroll down to the water. It was all lit up for Christmas, since it was the weekend after Thanksgiving. So pretty! We found a diner kind of place to eat that had taxidermied animal heads all over, and I mean ALL OVER the walls. It was crazy. The food wasn’t terrific, but it was a fun place.
Saturday we spent the morning at the Alamo. It was really interesting to see - a lot smaller than I expected, and not much is actually left of the original structure. I learned a lot that I didn’t know before, which was neat. The rest of the morning and afternoon we walked up and down the riverwalk. We were all ready for a rest by then (the kids were real troopers the whole time - we were all impressed with them), so we headed back to the hotel to rest a bit. That evening, we were planning on taking a boat ride, but Dave was having pain from his kidney stone, and was pretty achy and sore. Chris had also not been feeling too great, and it was chilly in the evening, so we just went and got a late dinner and called it a night. That’s definitely something I would like to try next time we’re down there. The other thing we didn’t get a chance to do while we were there was Sea World. It wasn’t in our budget this time, but we’d really like to take the kids at some point. Chris was only 8 months old when we were in San Diego, so neither of them have really been, and I think they would both really enjoy something like that.
Sunday morning, we drove past the temple on the way out, and then headed home. I really had a great time down there. We will really have to try and find a time when we can meet up there sometime.
February was a fun month for us. Dave passed his kidney stone - yay!!, Chris had a music program at school, the weather warmed up, and both kids had Valentine’s parties at school.
Chris’s program was called Under The Sea, and Chris was a jellyfish. Each different group of undersea creatures got to get down off the bleachers at different points in the program to “swim” around. It was pretty cute.
We mostly skipped any kind of winter weather this year. February was actually quite nice, so we went to the park a couple of times. One of the parks we like has a gate at the entrance with bars, and the kids like to pretend that I’m the evil queen, and have locked them in jail. They have to defeat me to get out. I’m not sure how much of that is pretend, and how much of it is them letting me know how they feel about my parenting... :)
Naomi had a fun Valentine’s party at preschool, with cookie decorating, handing out Valentines, a craft and a game. I didn’t get to stay for the whole thing because I am a room mom for Chris’s class, and I had to go do his party. Naomi got to go home with a friend after preschool, so she was just fine with me heading out early. She’s quite social, that one! At Chris’s party, we had a craft, snack/treat, and an activity planned. They had exchanged Valentines earlier in the day. There isn’t as much time for parties at his school, so it was just the right amount of things to do. They both came home with quite the haul of suckers and such, which is what they enjoyed the most, I think.