S: Visiting the Holl's in Texas April 5-10, 2010
BC: Created by Debbie Travisano | Remember the Alamo!
FC: Houston and San Antonio, Texas April 5-10, 2010 | Spring Break at the Holl's
2: April 12th, 2010 On our first day in Texas we went to the Houston Arboretum Nature Center. It is a very pretty place with hiking trails and a nature center. The highlight for the kids was this rope bridge which they had a great time playing on. | Houston Arboretum Nature Center
3: While at the nature center we went on a walk. At the end of the walk we came upon a pond and found some wildlife. We watched several snakes swim around the pond. We also saw a baby turtle that we didn't want the snake to eat.
4: Blue Bell Creamery | While the Holl kids were finishing up their week of school Carm took the kids and I to the Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham. We went on a guided tour of the ice cream production facility and then enjoyed a sample of the ice cream We all loved it!!
5: Although there were no Blue Bell flowers in bloom during our visit, we did get to see the Blue Bonnets in bloom. These photos were taken along the road leaving Brenham.
6: WATER FIGHT! | Jim has built quite a swing set fort combination in their backyard. The kids enjoyed playing on it, running through the sprinkler, and having a water fight!
8: As part of our Texas trip we decided to go to San Antonio and explore the city. Once we arrived we headed straight to the Riverwalk. We ate dinner along the water and watched the ducks and boats go by.
10: It was great to watch the kids interact and have fun together. They really all got along well and had a great time exploring San Antonio!
11: Hamming it up for the camera!
12: JAIL TIME!
13: Even though the kids don't see each other very often they really had a great time together. We ended up with a lot of great group shots with big smiles!!
15: River Tour
16: The Alamo | The main draw of San Antonio is The Alamo. We saw a movie about what happened at the Alamo at the IMax and then came to tour the grounds. During the tour they really stress how the Alamo should be treated as hallowed ground in order to honor the fallen soldiers who defended it. It was very powerful.
17: The grounds of the Alamo were very pretty and we enjoyed walking the paths. Carmella suggested the kids make a pyramid for a picture and of course Jeff thought that should include him as the peak!
18: Tower of the Americas
19: We took the kids up the 750 foot Tower of the Americas to experience the panoramic view of San Antonio. We also went on a 4D theater ride called "Skies over Texas" that wasn't that impressive.
20: Witte Museum
21: On our way out of San Antonio we decided to check out the Witte Museum. This is the premiere museum of South Texas history, culture, and natural science. The special exhibit being offered at the museum was "Dinosaurs : Vanished Texans". The kids enjoyed looking at all the dinosaurs.
22: One of the museum highlights was the kids riding this bike on the wire. They really seemed to enjoy it! Do you think they realized it was exercise!
23: The museum had a lot of interactive exhibits that we all enjoyed.
25: Hotel Pool | As part of our trip to Texas we decided to spend some time exploring San Antonio. We stayed at the Comfort Suites Alamo-Riverwalk. The kids enjoyed playing in the pool. It was great how well they all get along especially considering how seldom they get to see each other.