A couple weeks ago Jamie went to Nassau for work (rough, right?). The place he stayed had lots of pools and a private beach. My first thought when I saw a picture of where he was staying was, “I’d have so much fun reading there.” That’s pretty much my idea of a dream vacation!
My brother’s family came to visit for a few days and while they were here we went to a San Antonio Missions minor league baseball game.
The Missions won something like 10-2. There were a couple really great plays and a whole lot of watching batters and pitchers set themselves up to bat and pitch.
Fritz and Adrian have decided they have now see more than enough baseball games to last them a lifetime. That would be one. They’ve only ever seen one baseball game.
On Wednesday, June 19th Adrian turned 11. Jamie had to work almost all day, but he spent the day having fun with his brother, grandparents, and me so that was okay.
His favorite presents were his talking Buzz and Woody. With Toy Story 4 coming out just after his birthday, he’s been really into those movies lately.
We went to see The Secret Life of Pets 2 at Alamo Drafthouse. It was a really cute movie. Everyone enjoyed it from ages 11 up to 74!
We went to a trampoline park where the boys got to jump for a couple hours and played several games of laser tag.
We went to Golden Corral for dinner where Adrian could pick whatever he wanted for dinner. His choice? Rice and cheese, his favorite food.
The boys went swimming in the pool at the hotel.
They played some D&D after Jamie got finished working and got back to the hotel.
When we got home, Cameron gave Adrian his present. Adrian was thrilled to have a talking Forky to add to his Buzz and Woody. He had been slightly disappointed on his birthday to not get Forky since that’s the one he wanted most of all.
At the outlet mall in Laredo, they had this sign posted at the elevator.
The week of Adrian’s birthday, Jamie had to work in Laredo. He always takes off work for our kids’ birthdays so with Adrian’s birthday on Wednesday that presented a bit of a problem. So the little boys and I decided to go with him and to take my parents along, too.
We went way down by the border in the old town part of Laredo to see San Augustin Cathedral, established in 1755. It’s quite a beautiful bit of architecture and overlooks a lovely park.
It was super hot (105+) and humid (60+%) so we headed into the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum. Bonus, it was Tuesday which is their free admission day, though we would’ve paid whatever they asked just to be in the air conditioning for a while. It’s a small museum with displays of old things found around the area.
Our hotel was just a few blocks from the Rio Grande. We caught some Mexican cows coming down for a drink. No walls there and no fences either allowing for an unobstructed, gorgeous view of nature.
We drove down to where a couple of the bridges (border crossings) are. There’s a little park right along the Rio Grande and an outlet mall at that point. We were so close we could practically touch Mexico.
We really enjoyed spending a week in Laredo. It’s a nice little city. I still like McAllen better, but I’d got back to Laredo anytime!
We decided to get away for a little vacation the week before Christmas (and before the government shutdown meaning we have no idea when Jamie’s going to get paid for the work he’s been doing as he’s essential). We took the little guys and headed to Corpus Christi. We had a fabulous time!
We went on a tour of a CBP location Jamie’s done work at in the past.
They boys requested a hotel with an indoor pool so they could do lots of swimming.
We went to the Texas State Aquarium.
We toured the USS Lexington.
We went to the beach at Port A. This man was there making some incredible sand sculptures.
Jamie and the boys went swimming in the Gulf (it was only in the 60s – they are crazy!).
I taught Fritz how to successfully get the basketball in the basket most of the times he tried.
On the way home, the boys were fascinated by the rest stop we stopped at. Adrian found a compass on the floor and just had to stand on it and point toward the north.
Jamie and I went for a walk around the park at the town where his mum lives. It has the most adorable fairy village.
The walking path through the park is just beautiful.
After we finished at the park, we walked a ways into the town.
Everywhere you go, there are ice cream cone signs meaning there’s a soft serve machine inside. The Irish definitely love ice cream!
It was so nice to spend the two weeks with Jamie’s mum!
We checked in at the airport (one bag was 1/2 kg under the limit and the other was 2/10 over, but they didn’t charge us for being overweight). The Irish really do care about fresh breath. This vending machine was in the restroom.
We got on the plane and about 7 hours later…
…we were in New York. Our layover was about 7 hours long, but then our flight was delayed almost an hour and a half, but eventually we left the east coast.
We finally made it to Austin at 2am and got to our house in San Antonio at 3:30. Total travel time was just over 24 hours.
So that was Wednesday through Friday.
It was such a lovely, fun, wonderful trip!