S: Sweet Sunshine World
FC: Our San Antonio Experience
1: We arrived March 4, 2012. The house is in a quiet neighborhood full of families, trees, and parks. It is not far from downtown but about 30 minutes from Jesse's work site. | 518 Ogden Lane San Antonio, TX 78209
2: Wearing pajamas from Granny - They love playing in the see-through shower! | It's cold here in the mornings! | I'm a little tea pot!
3: Home is where the deposit is....So don't break anything! | Wish you were here guys! | Nora is determined to use the keys to open the front door. She can almost reach
4: Asher says the SA zoo is "totally awesome". There is a lot for little guys to do and there is a place where you can feed the birds nectar.
5: We've been to the zoo 6 times. It is much smaller than our zoo at home, but we love it. The kids zone is for children under 5 and just right for the kids to play in. It has a tiny beach, tortoises, play areas, and mini lessons on animals. | Some days we go for an hour or two; other days we pack our lunch and stay until I'm too tired to walk anymore. Our favorite things are the beach, the bats, the coati, and the African safari.
6: Nora goes down... | There is a small, rocky stream in the 'camping' play area. Nora fussed because she didn't want to hold my hand while walking in it. She finally fought free and took a tumble into the water, while Jesse recorded the whole thing.
7: Wow! Was she mad!
8: Nature walk
9: There are nature trails that wind around our neighborhood. We saw beautiful old trees, a lizard, and all kinds of wild flowers. I would have been lost without Jesse, but he seemed to be right at home.
10: Nora goes to the emergency room | Nora scratched her eye and wouldn't open it up. We could not see how bad it was. We took her to the ER to get it checked out. They put iodine in it to check for damage. Poor Baby! | March 12, 2012
11: Asher reminded us that after the doctor, "we get ice cream!" And so we did. It seemed to make everything a little better.
12: The Wilsons are blending in | I'm the new sheriff in town!
13: Asher has been a little out of sorts. He's been whiny, moody, and throwing fits. He's also been eating non-stop. He eats 2 breakfasts and then asks when he can expect lunch. We are not sure if the mood change is from adjusting or just being famished all the time!
14: FRIENDS RIVALS | PLAYMATES BROTHER SISTER
16: Right before Mom and Dad arrived, the kids came down with Hand and Foot disease. What a terrible week, with sore throat, itchy bumps, and sleepless nights. We were worried about Mom staying with all the germs around. | Popsicles were the only thing that went down easy | in Mom and Dad's bed
17: Nana and Papa are here! | The kids were so happy to see Nana and Papa. Every time they walked by, Nora stopped to give a hug. | March 21, 2012
18: Back at the zoo
19: We put Nana and Papa in with the Lorakeets. They really enjoyed it, until one started trying to make a nest out of Nana's hat.
21: BJ's | We took a day and visited Jesse at BJ's construction site. I felt like a fish out of water. So much was going on at once. Men were rushing around hauling, sawing, smoking, or yelling. We met Pablo and the rest of Jesse's crew. They call Jesse "boos man".
22: San Antonio Riverwalk | We started Saturday at the flea market. Poor Dad. We didn't stay long because he was the only one really into it. We then headed down to the riverwalk. It was a warm night. Even though the sidewalks were crowded, everyone enjoyed themselves. I talked Mom into buying a sun hat, because everyone wears them. We ate at Casa Rio, the oldest restaurant on the river.
24: From the busy downtown streets, you take a set of stone steps that leads to the riverwalk. It is noisy and crowded; how can it also be peaceful? The smells of Mexican grills float through the air. Every bend has something new. It makes you feel as though you are in a giant sanctuary for trees, flowers, wildlife, culture and hospitality.
25: The Alamo Jesse went back to work on Monday, so we went downtown to see some more tourist attractions.
26: The five of us packed a lunch and ate in the plaza outside the Alamo. Asher and Nora chased pigeons. She laughed and carried on like it was the funnest game ever invented. Papa bought everyone ice cream. We then made a long, long, long hike to Pirate Park. (Yes, we got lost.)
27: El Mercado Mexican souvenir shops and authentic restaurants line the streets. Mom and I shopped while Dad and Nory snoozed. We got margaritas and a serenade at La Margarita. | March 26, 2012
28: We did a lot while Mom and Dad were here. Papa took a rest here and there, and we took a snapshot whenever we caught him. | While Mom and I shopped at El Mercado, Papa and Nora both took a snooze. Asher played with his dinosaurs on the bench next to them. Everybody was happy.
29: Downton Abbey Marathon Every night during Mom and Dad's visit we did the same thing. After we ran ragged through the city, after dinner, after showers and jammies, we settled onto the couch. Even Asher and Papa were hooked on Downton Abbey. Some nights Papa stayed up well after 10pm. The last night he was here we finished the last 2 episodes of season two.
30: Wildlife Ranch The day after Dad left, we tried out a drive-through animal preserve. It contained zebras, buffalo, gazelles, donkeys, and more. The animals came up to your car to be fed. It was really neat but Momma was nervous about the ostriches.
32: A lazy and hot day at Brekenridge park.
33: On Nana's official last day, we went downtown and shopped. In the Texas spirit of things, we just sort of mosied along. We stopped at an outside cafe and had an iced coffee. It helped us cope with the heat! | We had to go down to the Riverwalk so Nana could get one last look. We were all moving slow that day. Was it the heat, the exhaustion of a full week, or the dreary thought of Nana leaving?
34: Granny is here! Granny, Emma, and Abbi arrived on April 01,2012. Nora and Asher were very surprised and happy to see everyone.
35: It seems like forever since I've seen you!
36: Family time! | It's cold in here in the mornings | Emma and Nory get their toes done
37: Granny and the girls really loved the zoo. Abbi's favorite was feeding the Lorakeets. Asher and Emma liked the bats. Nora was just happy to be outside with her Granny and cousins.
38: While waiting for the boat tour, we met a friendly squirrel. I happened to have trailmix in my bag. The kids fed him almonds and peanuts.
39: Hemisfair Park AKA Pirate Park
41: All Dressed Up For the Memorial April 5, 20122
42: Grandpa Jay Grandma Faye | and the Guadalupe River
43: Nora Our Little Centerfold
44: Bill Miller Bar*B*Q | On Granny's last evening, our congregation went to Bill Millers after the Sunday meeting. We took up half the restaurant and the kids ran rampant. But no one seemed to mind.
45: Zoo's "Night at the Movies" "Over tHe Hedge" and a whole bag of Doritos | April 13, 2012
46: What a wild day at the beach! We drove down to Mustang Island and found the beach windy and covered in seaweed.
47: April 14, 2012
48: Fun Family Times | Master Yoda | da ba da, ba dab a da
49: after spaghetti night | cartoons on a chilly morning
50: Barbacoa skeptical at first but it was OH! so good | Brunch at the Gonzales'
51: The good friends we made | Shadrach Gonzales | The Villanueva's | Judaben and Jorkie Gonzales | Rachel and Ermit Roldan | Dianna Telemontez | Eden and London Roldan
52: The Gristmill Restaurant in the town of Gruene | We had the ribs and Nora got a little messy... "BUBBA!!!"
53: These are the places that will make me long for San Antonio once we are gone. Sitting at a chain restaurant in St. Louis, I will remember sitting up in the trees, overlooking the river. I will remember the easy breeze and carefree smiles of people who make Texas so memorable.
54: summer time fun
55: Big dogs, tiny dogs, green dogs, fancy dogs, Mexican dogs... | Alamo Heights Fiesta Pooch Parade | ow, ow, owwww! | April 28, 2012
56: A little park with little rides! They even sell mini sodas. There were 8 different rides including a ferris wheel and carousel. Nora could ride each one and she said, "wheeee!" on every turn. It was perfect for the two of them. I loved the nostalgic touch. | April 26, 2012
58: The Gonzales Family
59: It seemed that we grew close just as it was time to leave. Anita and Caleb Gonzales took our family in and made us feel like we belonged in San Antonio. Asher and Shadrach became friends immediately and Sonora and Jonah...well we called them the old married couple. Two nights before we left, Anita made us an authentic Mexican meal. It was so good, Jesse and I couldn't stop eating. Shadrach's parents were surprised when he called us 'Tia and Tio' which means aunt and uncle in Spanish. They stopped by the night before our fight and left us with cooking supplies, toys, and many, many hugs.
60: Our Last Day in San Antonio | One last visit to Rainforest Cafe, downtown, and the Riverwalk
61: Goodbye to my extended vacation... and to... that wonderful shower Airport Congregation REAL Mexican food the patio the sweetest, warmest breeze I ever felt the produce (everything we bought tasted amazing) new friends Trinicakes HEB 518 Ogden Lane