Memorial Day Weekend – Saturday

We all slept well and were ready for breakfast when the morning rolled around. We met my parents in the hotel’s Library Cafe and really enjoyed our complimentary breakfasts.

Once we were dressed and ready for the day, we drove over to the new Witte Museum to view the Texas, Whale, Fiesta, and Dinosaur exhibits. The Museum is gorgeous – a must do with lots to see.

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After a few hours of exploring, we drove to Mi Tierra for lunch.

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We all went to town on our Tex Mex and I had the delicious tamale entree.

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Everyone else had tacos and was totally in the zone.

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Naturally, we had to pick up some pastries afterwards from the restaurants panaderia.

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Post lunch, we all went back to the hotel to take naps. Glorious naps.

Later, while my parents went back to the Riverwalk, we made our way to the Pearl.

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After a bit of shopping and exploring, we sat down for dinner at Il Sogna Osteria.

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Friends, we had an amazing dinner. We shared a meat and cheese plate, plus grilled bread with hummus.

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For my entree, I had the homemade bucatini pasta.

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It was to die for. For desert, we shared a Nutella tart with fresh vanilla gelato. Heavenly.

After a long hot day we were all in bed early that night.

Memorial Day Weekend – Friday

A few months ago, we decided we wanted to take a little trip for Memorial Day Weekend. After batting around a few ideas, we ended up selecting San Antonio as our destination. We also invited my parents to join us. Our main goals of the trip were to relax, eat good food, explore cultural activities/sites, and to spend time together as a family.

Mission Accomplished! I’m so glad we took this trip together because it was a great way to do some exploring and to spend time together as a family. Also, John and I have been crazy busy with work, so it was really nice to have quality family time.

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John and I woke up early to pack and to prep for our road trip. While John drove to the cleaners, I woke up George and took him to Best Donuts to pick up some breakfast treats. We dropped some goodies off for my parents (they were staying at Julie’s place over night), then returned home to get G dressed and to load the car.

Once we were set and ready, we began the drive to San Antonio. Everyone ate their breakfast on the drive. The roads were clear and the drive was super easy. I participated in a few conference calls on the way and of course, we made a pit stop at Buc-ee’s.

Once we made it to San Antonio, we made a beeline to Rosario’s where we met my parents for an amazing lunch.

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Rosario’s has amazing Mexican food and I was so excited to be back there. Specifically, I was thrilled to inhale the legendary smoky salsa and to chomp their crispy chips.

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For my entree, I enjoyed the fideo soup – which is to die for, friends. The combination of cumin, cilantro, pasilla chile, onion, queso fresco and fideo noodles is not to be missed.

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After lunch, we drove over to Trinity University for a quick visit.

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John went to school at Trinity, and played soccer there, so it was a treat for him to be back on campus.

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We explored the campus and made an obligatory stop at the bookstore.

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After our visit, we made the quick trip back to downtown and checked into the fabulous St Anthony Hotel. We were treated like royalty and both of my rooms were upgraded to suites. Score!

We quickly unpacked in our rooms to get settled. While I handled George’s nap duties, John and my parents did some exploring in the hotel and surrounding area.

After a few hours, G was up and we made our way to the Riverwalk.

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We did some exploring with George before walking over to Paesanos for dinner. We sat outside facing the historic Riverwalk and dined on delicious Italian fare.

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I had the Parmesan crusted chicken and it was everything. I am a huge fan of caper, lemon,and butter sauce, so this was exactly what my soul needed.

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Post-dinner, we walked to a nearby Ben and Jerry’s to treat everyone to ice cream. I had the infamous Phish Food – so delicious.

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After a bit more walking, John and I took G back to the hotel for bath and bed time and my parents hit the town for more fun and exploration.

Mothers Day 2017

Thanks to my family, I had a fabulous Mothers Day.

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I kicked off the morning by attending a Bikram yoga class. I am getting back into my yoga practice and absolutely love stretching and sweating it out in a room heated to 105 degrees.  Seriously – it’s amazing.

When I got home, John and George surprised me with a homemade breakfast.  They nailed my perfect breakfast – avocado toast, bacon, fresh fruit and frosty sparkling water.

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I was also surprised with beautiful gifts, including this tote that George decorated at school.

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After we were dressed and ready, we made the super quick drive over to the Rosenberg’s home for a family lunch.  My parents were there too and it was great to spend time with everyone.  George and Ava had so much fun playing together.

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George also enjoyed 1:1 time with my Mom.  He adores her.

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For lunch, the Rosenbergs prepared a great burger spread.  We brought the cake (make by Three Brothers) and it was delicious.

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I am blessed to serve as a mother to George and I am infinitely grateful for the experience.

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I hope all mothers enjoyed a wonderful day yesterday!

Touch-A-Truck 2017

We drove to Austin on Friday in order to attend the Austin Children’s Shelter’s annual Touch-A-Truck event at Camp Mabry.

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Touch-A-Truck is a family friendly event that benefits SAFE programs on the Austin Children’s Shelter campus.

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This event hosts a wide variety of vehicles for kids of all ages to play on while learning about the automobiles and how they help serve their communities.  Since George is very interested in all things trucks, we knew this would be a great event for him to attend.

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Naturally, he enjoyed climbing on the trucks and equipment and pretending to operate them.  George says that his favorite trucks were “Mater” and the cement pumper truck.

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We were thrilled to spend time with the Hunters and to provide cousin time for all of the kids.

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I also enjoyed snuggling Emma and catching up with Nel and Zach.

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The event also featured live music, food trucks, free food and drink options, and a Kid Zone complete with a petting zoo, face painting, barrel-train rides, a slide, art stations, and much more.

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G really enjoyed the art stations and the train ride.

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We enjoyed watching his face light up as he explored the trucks and laughed with his cousins.

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We hope to attend this event again in the future — it is a great way to spend a morning.

Special thanks again to the Hunter for the fabulous VIP tickets.

Easter 2017

Friday – John and I were off from work on Good Friday, so we got to spend the day with George (his school was closed). We made a pit stop at Best Donuts first thing in the morning before driving to Space Center Houston in Clear Lake.

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We met my parents there and we spent the morning exploring together. George has been learning about planets and stars at school, so this was a great complimentary learning experience for him.

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In addition to exploring part of the main building, we also took a tram ride and explored the Saturn V building, Rocket Park, Building 9 (the Vehicle/ISS mock-up facility), and Independence Plaza.

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We had such a great time seeing all of the new innovations that are underway.

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As avid NASA and space exploration supporters, our visit was a tremendous experience. We plan to make many return visits in the future. Sadly, John and I had not visited NASA since 2009  (when we were able to watch a space shuttle launch from the observation deck at Mission Control).

After a few hours of exploring JSC and SpaceCenter Houston, we made our way to Seabrook’s Classic Cafe for lunch. I hadn’t been there in years, and it was great to be back. All of us had some version of fresh snapper (fried or grilled), along side delicious vegetables.

After lunch, we drove home and George and I enjoyed a long nap. Once we were up, we had a casual afternoon and evening, complete with leftovers for dinner.

Saturday – George and I woke up on Saturday morning and he had a breakfast picnic in the living room while I read some magazines. Later, George and I got dressed and drove over to a friend’s home for an Easter brunch and egg hunt (John stayed behind to get some work done).

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We had such a great morning with our friends. G was an egg-hunting king and had a great time running around.

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He and his friends also had fun sorting their their new loot.

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After a few hours, we left the party and made a quick run to the Container Store before meeting John for a late lunch at Jenni’s.

While John and G napped after lunch, I made a mad dash to Kroger and CVS to locate extra Easter eggs and candy. When I got home, I took a short nap on the couch. Once the guys were up, we had a lot of relaxing time in the house before I began to prepare dishes for our Easter luncheon.

John picked up Beck’s Prime for dinner and we spent the rest of the evening relaxing.

Sunday – I made cinnamon rolls on Easter morning and George devoured them. I did a bit more food prep before all of us left the house for Easter mass.

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We had a beautiful Easter service at our parish, despite the SRO crowd. Meanwhile, the Easter Bunny was busy while we were at church!

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After mass, we returned home and I began the final steps of food prep. G kept busy by going through his basket.

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Once my parents and the Rosenbergs arrived, we had some snacks before letting the kids have an egg hunt.

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George and Ava did well and had a lot of fun.

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After the hunt, it was time for lunch. Our menu consisted of beef Wellington, baked mashed potatoes, green beans, macaroni and cheese, and ambrosia salad.

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Everything turned out really well and the kids really enjoyed their meals. For dessert, my Mom made a hummingbird cake and Julie made a berry pie.

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Both were served alongside Bluebell ice cream.

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After everyone graciously pitched in to help clean, folks dispersed (so kids could nap) and John, G, and I took naps. It was glorious. After nap time, G had fun playing with the sidewalk chalk that sweet Aunt Julie have him in an Easter basket.

All in all, we had a wonderful family-oriented weekend with lots of fun memories and activities. I hope you and yours enjoyed the weekend too.

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Hotel Review – Four Seasons Jackson Hole

During our Spring Break trip to Wyoming last month, we stayed at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

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The Four Seasons Jackson Hole is a luxury hotel with 124 guest rooms and suites. This hotel is regarded as one of the best ski-hotels in the country and we were glad to witness it in all of its glory.

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Location – The hotel is centrally located within Teton Village and is a 20-25 minute drive from the the airport (JAC). The hotel is literally at the base of the mountains, offering the perfect ski-in/out situation.

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Customer Service – The service at the hotel is beyond exceptional. This hotel offers high-end hospitality – more than you can even imagine. We never wanted for anything and everyone seemed to be on a mission to make our stay “perfect.” We were always addressed by our names, including George, every time we encountered hotel staff.  The staff also really went above and beyond for George, including gifting him with a stuffed bear and providing toddler sized slippers, a robe, and an Elmo stepping stool in our bathroom.

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Accommodations – We stayed in a Resort-View Room at the hotel.

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Our large room had a very comfortable king bed, two leather lounge chairs and an ottoman, a desk and chair, a fireplace, a small bar area, and a balcony.

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The over-sized master bathroom had an over-sized shower, a generous bathtub, water closet, and double vanities.

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There was also ample closet space for our luggage, coats, carry-on bags, etc.

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Amenities – The hotel offers far more amenities than we used during our stay. The hotel features many lounging areas, shops for souvenirs and high-end luxury items, both a casual and high-end restaurant, a pool, a bar, a fitness center, a spa, a ski shop, ski school, and lots, lots more. The hotel also lets kids under 5 eat free in any of its dining spaces.

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Member Recognition – Although there is no official recognition program for the Four Seasons brand, we sure felt like top-tier members and would visit again without hesitation.

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