Vacation ~ the rest!

I am going to just cram the rest of our trip into 1 post!  I've spent the last week really sick and i'm finally on the mend (w/ the help of a few meds!) but this means i'm behind on blogging!! seems to be the story of my life! ;)  *this post has been ready to post for a while now but i'm technologically challenged and don't have a clue how to get the rest of the pics off of my phone.... :/ one of these days i'll figure it out and add them but i don't want to wait anymore!*

When we left Dallas we headed south to San Antonio.  I grew up in a small town outside of San Antonio and have family & friends in that area so i was excited to see everyone!  First up was surprising the boys one more time!!  My dad (who lives in Montana) flew in to spend a few days with us and we kept it a secret!  We hadn't seen him in a couple of years and the boys LOVE their Papa!  They were so excited when they saw him at the hotel and it was lots of fun to surprise them!!
Papa & his boys!
me & my dad

After relaxing at the hotel for a couple of hours and catching up with Dad, we headed over to Meemi's (aka my grandma!) house for dinner.  She made one of my favorite meals which was a special treat!!  Here's where i have to tell you that i have no idea why, but i did a horrible job of taking pictures during the rest of our trip....:/ 

On Friday, we ventured out to Natural Bridge Caverns.  I'm claustrophobic which is seriously the most annoying thing to deal with.  But i made up my mind i was going to overcome it and i was going to do the cave tour with everyone.  So off i go, sleeping toddler in my arms and all.  And then? We rounded a corner and the walkway got really really small and my heart rate sky rocketed and i started to lose it.  I held it together the best that i could and my sweet hubby let the tour guide know that i couldn't go on.  I've never walked uphill w/ a 25lb toddler in my arms SO fast.  I don't even think i really starting breathing again until i was in open air.  MAJOR FAIL.  I don't think i'll try overcoming my claustrophobia again anytime soon!  But everyone else really enjoyed the tour! =)

before the tour!

inside the caves!

That evening we got to have dinner w/ some of our best friends that we met when stationed in Washington!  And now?  They are stationed in San Antonio!!  Which means we get to see them every time we visit home for the next few years!!  One of the many blessings of this military lifestyle!!  Crystal & Edgar's friendship is such a blessing ~ it was like no time had passed and we had such a great time!!

Saturday brought shopping w/ my bestie, Tracy which is always a great time!  We've been friends since 4th grade!!  Crazy how much we've been through together!!  That evening we had a mini high school reunion!  Without boring you w/ details, our 10yr didn't happen and so this was a very impromptu, informal little get together but it was alot of fun to see those that were able to make it!!

Sunday brought a short road trip up to Austin to see my Aunt, Uncle and their sweet girls!!  And it worked out perfectly that we were able to be there for the girls birthday party!  I totally took ZERO pics and i'm kinda mad at myself but it was a great party and we really enjoyed our time with them!

On Monday, we spent the day with my Mom, brother, & nephew!  We did lunch at a great mexican food place (you can't get mexican food like that in florida!) and then went to a favorite of ours, Green Acres!  There is goofy golf, bumper boats, arcade, go karts ~ ALL kinds of fun!!  But of course, the weather didn't cooperate so we just played in the arcade this time.  The little kids and big kids alike had a great time!! 

Tuesday we spent the day, just our family, at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch!  Its a drive through safari type of experience and its lots of fun!!  They also have a petting zoo and gift shop when you're done driving thru!  The boys had so much fun feeding and identifying the animals!  That evening the big boys spent the night at Meemi's house and hubby and I took the baby with us to meet some more military friends for dinner!  Peter & Megan prayed with us while we were trying for baby #3 and celebrated with us when we finally found out we were pregnant but left before Dylan was born, so it was fun for them to get to meet him!!

@ natural bridge wildlife rance

these ostrich's were jerks! they would stick their whole neck in your car!

this little goat LOVED brayden at the petting zoo! =)

these goats were so sweet!

me & littlest waiting on daddy & brothers at the petting zoo!

The next morning we said our goodbyes and headed to Yoakum, TX to visit hubby's family!  I literally took 1 picture the whole time we were there (oops!) but it was a great time of relaxation for hubby and me & the boys had tons of fun just being boys!  My in-laws have a huge, beautiful yard and my mother-in-law loves to catch bugs & frogs & do all kinds of fun boy things that i just cannot bring myself to do! ;)

This trip was such a blessing!  A much needed break away from the "giants" in life that we've been facing and a wonderful opportunity to see friends & family that we miss so much!  There were so many friends that we wanted to see, and we just couldn't fit it in, but hopefully next time!!

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.  Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
~ Psalm 5:11 ~


Lainey-Paney said...

Natural Bridge Caverns: I've been there!!!

Glad you guys had fun in Texas and what fun for your dad to fly in!

Kristen White said...

Funniest thing. When I was 10 we lived in San Antonio and went to Natural Bridge Caverns and had an ostrich stick its head in the car window just as I turned my head towards the window. I have been afraid of these birds ever since. They are NO joke scary and creepy! :)