Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hey, It's Okay Tuesday!

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. They have a section called Hey, It’s Okay and will list a bunch of things to be okay about. You're welcome to join in and do something like this on your blog. Doesn't have to be on a Tuesday either. Just make sure you link up and that the post you link up is a Hey, It's Okay Post. Grab the button if you'd like!
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--To find it odd to be home without the kids (they're with my parents) but I'm still enjoying it. I can read in peace.


--To be taking a bunch of stuff to Once Upon A Child. It's easier to do when Natalie isn't around. Otherwise she's all, "But I love all this stuff!"


--To have watched Trainwreck. It was pretty funny!


--To be ready for Tom to come home. I have a date. It's soon. But that's all I can say. Follow me on Instagram and you'll see when he's back.


--To wish Tom would lip sync to Hollaback Girl like Bennet on Orange Is The New Black. I asked him to and he was all, "Um, the military frowns on things like that." I mean, I get it, but at the same time it can help boost morale so soldiers don't think it's all death and sand Over There.


--To still be offended that Hannibal was canceled.


--To be excited when this arrives, because it means a deployment is nearly over.




Airing My Dirty Laundry






Monday, July 27, 2015

Fun Things To Do In San Antonio, Texas

I was in Texas for a family reunion. It was a blast and we were able to do some fun things. If you're going to be in the San Antonio area, I recommend the following:



1. Stay at La Casa San Antonio.




Instead of a hotel, check out a rental home. This one had 5 bedrooms and was gorgeous. Plus there was a pool in the backyard. It's located conveniently in San Antonio, minutes away from a bunch of popular attractions. Natalie is in the formal living room in the photo.  (More on this in a future blog post.)


2. Horseback riding at Twin Elm Ranch.



Gorgeous scenery. Plus, you can even stay overnight. We only opted for a half day adventure which included horseback riding and lunch.



3. Head to the San Antonio Zoo.



We've always had a blast there. My kids love to feed the lorikeets.



4. Check out the Doseum!



It's a hands on museum for children. My kids are 13 and 8 and they both had fun. Natalie really enjoyed the spy exhibit.



5. Say hello to ocean friends at Sea World.



I know some people are anti-Sea World, but we still support them. I know they do a world of good, plus they support the military. We got in free because of their Waves of Honor program. 4 people are able to get in free of charge because of this. If Sea World offends you, check out Fiesta Texas.


6. Go shopping at Pearl Brewery.

On Saturdays and Sundays there is a Farmer's Market. I didn't end up buying anything at the stalls, BUT there is a bakery called Bakery Lorraine that had an assortment of goodies. I got these.


PS: Also eat at The Granary. It's located at Pearl Brewery and had the BEST brisket and sweet tea.


7. For a cool treat, pop into SubZero Ice Cream.



You watch the ice cream being made before your eyes! Kids love it. Adults love it.


8. Sick of Mexican food? Try Belgian at La Frite Belgian Bistro.



I got the ham and cheese crepe, plus some fries. Delicious.


9. Drive through the Animal Safari at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch.




I actually wrote an entire blog post last year. Check it out here. It's so much fun to drive through and encounter different animals. Hint: avoid the ostriches. They're mean.



10. Drool over all the amazing food items HEB has to offer.




It's a grocery store found only in Texas. I DO drool over the bakery section each time I go. Whenever I visit Texas, I MUST go to HEB or it doesn't feel like a complete trip. Hint: check out the spicy guacamole and homemade tortillas. (And the bakery, duh.)



Obviously there are popular attractions I did not mention such as The Alamo and The Riverwalk. Both are also enjoyable, but with small kids, sometimes they aren't always the best choice. Tommy would have appreciated The Alamo, but at 8, Natalie would probably be like, "Why are we at this old building?" The Riverwalk is fun, but can get crowded during the summer. Tommy isn't a fan of huge crowds, so we opted not to do it this time, but we have in the past.


San Antonio has a lot of offer and I recommend it as a place to explore. A helpful hint: try to avoid rush hour. Otherwise it's vehicles everywhere, many of which do not understand what turn signals are for.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Why Returning Home After A Vacation Is Tough

I just returned from a trip to Texas. It's always tough to say goodbye and return home. Well. Sort of. I'll be seeing my parents again shortly when I pick up my kids. Yes, I left my kids with them because Tom has been gone since January, and Mommy needed a break.

Anyhow, coming back home can be tricky, and here is why.





1. There's a stuffy smell that hits you when you open the door.


I'm not a fan.




2. Dealing with an angry cat.


(FYI this is not my cat. But the picture made me giggle.) MY cat meows constantly at me and will sometimes cough a hairball in my shoe.



3. Having to cook again.

But I liked eating out or having my Mommy prepare stuff for me.



4. Laundry. Laundry. Laundry.



Where did all these clothes come from?!



5. Unpacking.

Can't we just live from our suitcase for a few weeks? (This may or may not have happened before..)


The good news is Tom will be home soon. And then we'll go pick up the kids. So this means we'll have to pack all over again.

Maybe I will just live out of my suitcase then.

You know. To save time and all.

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