Sunday, August 16, 2009

Vay-kay, Read-kay, Sleep-kay, Eat-kay

Chad and I had the wonderful opportunity to take a weekend vacation (vay-kay) to San Antonio...ALONE!!! The last childless getaway we had was our trip to NYC in 2005. Our amazing friends the Birds volunteered to watch Archer and Della for us, how awesome is that!?! We decided to go to San Antonio which is about 200 miles SW of Houston. To save some money, we booked our hotel on Priceline and got around 60% off the listed room price at the Marriott in the heart of downtown. When we walked into our room we were surprised to find two single beds instead of one king sized bed. "Hmmmm, this can't be right" we thought. When we asked the lady at the front desk she replied "Oh, you booked on Priceline, didn't you? They will guarantee a room that will sleep 2 people, but they don't guarantee anything beyond that." We tried to get our room changed but we were told, "I'm sorry, all rooms will be occupied for the entire weekend."


In spite of the "I Love Lucy" sleeping arrangements, we had such a great time. We walked everywhere, ate lots of food, slept in, watched a movie, ate some more food, toured art galleries, read uninterrupted, and ordered cheese cake from room service...twice.


View from our room...

This sculpture was supposed to represent friendship between the Americas, or something...(Flame of friendship I think)

The picture below is the only one of our visit to the Alamo since there were no cameras (or hats). The Battle of the Alamo is very important to Texas' history and we were both grateful for the patriots that died here. Two hundred American soldiers held pff 2,400 invading Mexican troops for two weeks. Eventually all but 2 of the men (a freed slave and a Mexican army deserter) were killed including Davy Crockett (who Chad shares a birthday with and a love for coon skin caps) and James Bowie (inventor of the the bowie knife). Chad took rest of the pictures on the grounds of the Alamo...


The Riverwalk was one of the highlights of our trip and I have never seen anything quite like it. Shops and restaurants line the San Antonio River for a few miles with small bridges spanning the water every few hundred yards. The trees and buildings are lit up with little lights as soon as the sun sets.

You can see a bridge in the picture below...

Here I am at La Villita (Chad here, it was later that I realized that La Villita meant "little village" for some reason I thought that was funny...). I protested when Chad said he wanted to take my picture, but he had a good point, "Whenever I don't want to take a picture, I try and remember that I am only getting uglier." Nice.
La Villita Church...

Here is where the "Read-kay" part of our trip comes in. We walked to McDonalds to get Egg McMuffins (sans meat - (Chad again, it's not that we're vegetarians mind you, they just taste better that way)) for breakfast. Then we got in our beds and ate our greasy food and read for a few hours. It was great. I wanted to take the trash out of the picture, but Chad said it was an accurate depiction of our trip. Don't judge me for reading "Eclipse", I was on vay-kay!

Chad found this crazy knitted ski mask at a store we went to. He wasn't able to resist the overwhelming urge he had to buy it and insisted that the mask was a gift for Archer... (Chad again, yes I'm reading "Midnight Sun" and I'm a man alright!).
Followup by Chad;
You'll be happy to note that the mask was a hit. While using the bathroom (yes I use the bathroom and yes, Archer has the habit of barging in despite our requests) , Archer came bursting in wearing this getup. I like kimono-mask combo.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Lest you think we have forgotten our son...


Archer's life is a little bit strange. He is half only child and half neglected sibling. For example: he never has to share the Wii, he never has someone wrecking his Lego creations, and no one ever argues with him. On the other hand: he gets dragged to several speech/physical therapy or doctor's appointments every week where he is not allowed to talk or play with any of the cool toys, he can "never go anywhere fun like the pool, the bounce house place, or the movies" because it is too loud for Della, and his sister can't play with him even though he is constantly trying to involve her. So this is an ode to Big Brother and how good he is with Little Sis...


Archer trying to get Della to play with "stuff"...


A bed he made for sissy...

TV Buddies...

Reading...


These pictures need no explanation, they tell their own story...


Archer is so patient with Della, he has never once hit her or pushed her. He likes to think he keeps her safe by bossing her around. I know she is doing something that makes him a little worried because he says her name with a Spanish accent "No Dee-lah, no! No eat crayons Dee-lah!" I am sooooooo ready for Kindergarten to start. I will miss Archer a lot, he's been home with me his entire life and I am sure I will have a very hard time the first week or two. But- I will no longer feel like the neglectful parent who is constantly telling her son to stop interrupting "baby school" (therapy) or that he can't play with her super cool giant therapy ball or that we can't go swimming because I can't take both him and Della. School is going to be good for everyone, I can already tell.


Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Della Walking