Man, yesterday was ROUGH!
While I think redeyes are awesome for efficiently traveling and still getting to spend as much time with family as possible, boy do they make things difficult for a day or two. I felt like all day I had no idea what time it was or what meal I should be eating. Those 3 hours really do make a world of difference.
Let’s just say that I spent basically the whole day nursing a giant cup of coffee from Dunkin Donuts. Hey, it happens.
I also made the mistake of eating chinese takeout for lunch. Our fridge was empty and I got a little desperate. However I knew pretty quickly that it wasn’t a very good decision and spent most of the rest of the day with a nice little stomach ache.
We even had these grand plans of running in the evening, since we missed our 10 miler this weekend. We started off and only got about 2 miles in before we both decided that it was probably a better decision to take it easy. Exhaustion + chinese food do NOT equal a good run. We finished up about 3.5 miles, plus a walk with Laney around the neighborhood.
I’m really hoping to get back on track with my eats today (hello giant salad I’ve prepped for lunch!), which will hopefully allow for a better run this evening.
Since I didn’t have a recap ready for you yesterday, I thought I’d take some time to review a little bit this morning. I was hoping to do one big giant recap (because I know that I tend to get bored when blogger do giant, multi-day recaps of one trip), but in reality there were just too many pictures. So I decided to split it up into two posts, since we went to 2 different states. So bear with me, and if trip recaps arent your thing, feel free to come back tomorrow!
The first stop on our tour was San Antonio, Texas to visit with my brother- and sister-in-law, and my beautiful new niece Abby.
Isn’t she seriously precious???
We arrived at around 11am Texas time, and soon after arrival headed out to Central Market (kind of like an east coast Wegmans) for lunch and some grocery shopping. I got this amazing roasted veggie sandwich that was seriously almost as big as my head.
It also happened to be the Hatch Chili festival, so they seriously had EVERYTHING made with hatch chilis. Hatch chili chili? Check. Hatch chili ice cream? Check. Hatch chili olive oil? These people don’t mess around.
We spent the rest of the day hanging out, catching up, and playing with Abby, who was clearly the star of the show. It’s my first niece (or nephew), so I’m super in love with her!
Eventually we ventured out again into the hot, humid Texas weather, and hit up Hoolihan’s for dinner. I was seriously craving some buffalo chicken, and decided to at least healthify it a LITTLE with this giant buffalo chicken and blue cheese salad. It was delicious, but I could barely finish half of this sucker.
Sunday was pretty much more of the same. Hanging out with Abby. Trying to see who could get the most smiles.
(Uncle Chris practicing for the future)
Sunday evening we actually hit the road to Corpus Christi, Texas (about 2.5 hours away) to spend the night with my grandmother. I actually haven’t seen her in nearly 10 years, so it was great to catch up and introduce her to Chris since she wasn’t able to travel back east for our wedding.
On our way out of town back to San Antonio on Monday, we did manage to find this little bakery on the way (because I was in serious need of coffee). Look at all the mini muffins!! You’d better believe that we snagged some of these to snack on through the rest of the Texas part of our trip!
Since it was Monday afternoon when we headed back to San Antonio, and both my BIL and SIL were working, Chris and I decided to amuse ourselves with the sites that the city had to offer. We made an obligatory stop at the Alamo…
…and spent some time exploring the River Walk. Which was definitely a pretty cool site to see, I have to admit. It was not something I expected in the middle of Texas.
Our stop included lunch at a Mexican restaurant. Because really, you have to get Mexican food as much as humanly possible when you’re in the Southwest. It’s like a law or something.
We spent the rest of the evening hanging out with the family and soaking up some last smiles from Abby. It was really great to get to see her, and I can’t wait to watch her grow up into a little person! She’s got so much personality already, I can only imagine what she’ll be like in 10 years!
Tuesday morning we headed back to the airport to begin part 2 of our trip: Arizona. Which included an epic trip to the Grand Canyon, 2 college campus tours, and some totally nerdy moments at a musical instrument museum. Stay tuned for that recap (and a potential goofy video, if I can figure out how to get the darn thing to load!)
So tell me: Have you ever been to the Southwest? How about San Antonio in particular?
I have to admit, I wasn’t HUGELY impressed by San Antonio, but I did think the River Walk was pretty awesome. I guess I’m just still an east coast girl at heart, although my southwest heart definitely belongs in Arizona. Dry heat all the way!