Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Our Weekend in San Antonio - Part I

All the kids at dinner on Friday night
Watching homemade tortillas being made fresh at The Alamo Cafe

We packed up and left last Friday morning to spend the weekend having some fun in San Antonio! Brad and his brother, Chris, played in a fund raising tournament on Saturday morning for LOLI (Light of Life International, aka the ministry that Brad traveled to Honduras with), so we decided to make a big family weekend out of it. We had the whole crew - Brad, the kids and I plus my mom, and Chris, Katrina, Kaleigh & Hunter and Brad's dad, Frank.

We set out early on Friday morning to make it to San Marcos by lunch time for some shopping at the fabulous outlets there. My brother Chris and his girlfriend met us there from Austin to hang out for the afternoon (the kids were beyond thrilled to see him, but also beyond upset when we had to say goodbye). After a bit of shopping, we drove the remaining 45 minutes to San Antonio and got checked in to the awesome hotel suites that Brad's brother had so graciously booked for us at the Embassy Suites. What a GREAT hotel! We all had plenty of space, the room rates were unbeatable for what we got and the location was perfect! We were 10 minutes from Sea World and about 10 minutes from downtown also! I HIGHLY recommend this hotel for your next stay in San Antonio. There was free happy hour from 5:30-7:30 each evening that included popcorn and chips/salsa and the included breakfast buffet was unreal! They had just about anything you could imagine and all good quality. Okay, enough with my travel review, now on to the fun!

Saturday morning, while the men were at the golf course, all of us ladies loaded up the kids and took them downtown to the San Antonio Children's Museum. This was a fun place, it definitely kept the kids busy and entertained, but the biggest bummer, in my opinion, was that admission was not free for Tanner & Tori and it was $7 a person! Luckily, I had found a coupon for $1 off per person, making it $6 a person, but still. Most kid-friendly places are free for 2 and under but the museum was only free for "Under Two." Aunt Katrina treated us so that was very sweet - Thanks, Katrina!!! ;)

They had a "ball" with the balls!

And lots of fun playing "kitchen"

We had fun sliding,
hanging out with our cousins,
and brushing some crazy, giant teeth!

After the Children's Museum, we headed back to the hotel to feed the kids lunch and put Tanner & Tori down for a nap. Brad and Chris returned from the tournament during nap time and announced that their team had won the tournament!

Way to go, guys!

Part of their prize was a free round at The Quarry Golf Club where they will get to play again within a year! So, that means we get to have another weekend in San Antonio sometime between now and next September! Woohoooo!!! Brad absolutely LOVED the course and could not stop raving about it, so he is thrilled about getting to play again.

Here's a panoramic that Brad took from his iPhone

He drove us by it to see later that evening and it was beautiful. It's set down in a valley in the middle of a huge rock quarry, hence the name.

My brother had a job to set in San Antonio that afternoon and the strike wasn't until midnight, so he was able to hang out with us that afternoon, join us for dinner and most of the evening Saturday as well so it was a real treat to get to see him again and spend some time with him.

That pretty much wraps up the first half of our weekend, now on to Part II, my personal favorite......

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