Thursday, May 16, 2013

San Antonio Instagram-Style

It had been a year since our last visit to San Antonio, we usually take a trip down in the spring (because it's not too hot down there yet and San Antonio in the Spring is lovely!) and this year it just so happened that all of my siblings would be home for a small window of time in April! Becca and Ian were home for a month of vacation after her deployment to Afghanistan, my sister Jana planned a trip during their time in San Antonio and Samuel, my brother was going to be home gathering the last of his belongings before moving to Ft Rucker Alabama! We were so excited to see everyone! 

These pictures are mostly from Instagram - I love Instagram! I didn't pull out my "real" camera for the whole trip, not on purpose, it just happened! I'm thankful for my phone and it's picture-taking abilities. :) 

Our Son, being silly on the trip down. 

There were pretty Bluebonnets all along our route - I'll miss this about Texas. 

Our Daughter, taking a short nap - we transferred the kids to the car at 5:00 in the morning, so she was a tired girl! :) 

Once we arrived, Lucy was quick to share her favorite game "Sleepover!" with Laura and Anna (my little sisters). They had a nice slumber party set up before we unloaded the car! :) 

Aunt Becca with her Michael! :) 
This is Trooper, Baxter and Belle's cousin. :) Trooper is Becca and Ian's puppy, he's a Vizsla - isn't he handsome? 

Uncle Ian and Aunt Becca reading books to my kiddos - Hey you two! They need some cousins! :) 

Michael watching a little Mickey Mouse Clubhouse first thing in the morning - because Lucy was still sleeping and Mommy wanted to still sleep. :)

Laura practicing her piano. :) 

Grammy having a tea party with Lucy Jo Jo :) 
Lucy got a hand-me-down bike while we were in San Antonio! She was thrilled. She had been telling Brad and I that she wanted a bike for her birthday and so the fact she got one early was so exciting! :) 

We're still practicing - she's just big enough to reach the pedals throughout their whole rotation so I think a few more inches will be really helpful for Lucy as she learns how to ride her bike. :) 

Playing with Chalk! This is Lucy's attempt at tracing Laura. haha

Laura returned the favor and traced Lucy! :) 

Collecting Acorns in her bike basket. 

Trying out some roller skates!

While playing with Laura and Anna one afternoon, Michael got a cool pair of shades! :) 

"Hanging out" as a family! :) Haha we really were spending time together - Jana was editing family pictures, Brad was researching why Facebook downgrades the resolution of pictures on their site, Sam and Dad were working on some last minute details together and Ian was... um, I think researching the worth of Lego sets! Haha - it was a fun evening! :) 

And the next day.... Jana was joined by the little girls (and the techy toys they were playing with) while she was working on school. :)

At the mall, helping Aunt Becca find a dress for the Ball - can you say "Princess Problems?" :)

Lucy was enthralled with the mirror - the sides would fold in so she had a triangle of mirrors around her a few times! Haha I love her facial expression. 

Michael enjoying his drink, playing with his coaster at Grammys - I love this picture, something about little boys in rompers.... it makes him seem younger - which is nice sometimes. :) 

Brad teaching Jana how to make mixed drinks! :) Oh Bradley.... always teaching. (Love that he's so willing to share his knowledge with anyone who's interested). 

On the way for our girl's afternoon out! First stop: Sonic! :) 

Me and my girl - on our way to get our nails painted at a "Nail Salon!" :) 

Anna getting her nails did. 

Jana Jana - love her to pieces. :) 

Lucy, resting her hands on the "pillow"

She did SO well! :) 

So curious about the process - this was so so fun! 

Because I wanted to be like my girl - I got hot pink on my nails too! :) 

No trip to San Antonio would be complete without a trip to the Outlet Mall in San Marcos! :) Becca and Jana had fun at Pottery Barn! :) 

Michael had fun hanging out in the stroller - and when he was ready to be done... Mickey Mouse to the rescue! :) 

Michael, pretending to fly Helicopters like Papa! :) 

Lucy playing with Papa before he cut the lawn. 

Grammy helping Lu keep her "chin up" while riding her bike. :) 

Michael came along on the Whole Food's visit (and his Daddy has a soft heart) so he got a baseball cookie the size of his face. Haha :) 

It was such a fun trip! Capped of with the experience of a lifetime on the way home - Brad found a place that sold 64 oz of iced-tea! haha! For my iced-tea lovin man, it was the perfect way to end the trip. :) 

I don't know when my family will be able to be together again, but this trip gave us all a great stockpile of memories to think back on while we wait for the next time we can ALL be together. :) 

From L to R: Sarah (me), Lucy, Michael, Brad, Mom/Grammy (Jo),  Dad/Papa (Jim), Jana, Samuel, Becca, Laura, Anna and Ian! :) (*Photo Credit: Jana Addington)

I love you all! :) 

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