Monday, November 24, 2008

San Antonio

This past weekend, my parents, Heath, Ella and I drove down to San Antonio to visit my sister and her husband who just moved there a few weeks ago. If my sister has to live far away from me, I'm glad she lives in a city that I LOVE to visit!

We had a great time. Actually, the real point of our visit was to return my sister's 3 cats that my parents have been cat watching for the last couple months while she was selling her house and house hunting in San Antonio.

So the drive down, we had 5 people, 3 cats and a dog. Surprisingly and thankfully, the drive was uneventful.

Saturday morning we found this really fun train to ride around downtown. It's connected to the zoo and will drop you off, if you would like, at the Chinese Tea Gardens.

I'm so glad we got off at this hidden gem because it was gorgeous!

Next stop was the River Walk, but we had to make a quick stop to mark Ella's first visit to the Alamo!

This is the Hotel Valencia where Heath and I stayed last year on our anniversary trip! I was reminded of what a fun place this was to stay.

Our next stop was to the Market Square. We always go here so we can eat at La Margarita and do a little shopping! Aunt Michelle and Ella were doing some dancing to the mariachi music while we waited for our table.

Ella loved the trolley ride.

My mom thought it would be hilarious to sneak into mine and Heath's pictures all weekend! You can see her doing it again on the first picture of me, Heath and Ella! hahaha. She's so funny!

Ella & her grandad!

Ella and Dada were practicing their Kung Fu Panda while waiting for the trolley.

My sister's new house is awesome! They have a huge pool and the best part of all is their amazing hot tub! We spent A LOT of time in it. Sunday morning we made it not quite so hot so Ella could go swimming. It was the perfect Ella size pool.

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Amanda said...

Oh my gosh, if I don't see Ella soon I will just die! She is so cute in all these pics! What an amazing weekend. We went to the Japanese Tea Garden in San Fran one year and it was amazing. I know it's hard to even capture how neat those places are in pictures. I bet y'all had so much fun!

Linsey said...

How fun and I love the pictures. I can't wait for Jillian to get a bit older so we can go on fun trips like that. Ella is just too dern cute! Hope to see you Friday night!!! :)

Smith Family said...

What a fun trip Janelle! Ella is so cute. Did Nate and I recommend Hotel Valencia to you and Heath? We have stayed there too and we loved it. Our view was of the River Walk and we loved how central the location was. We will have to check out the Japanese Tea Garden though... your pictures were beautiful!

Kelli said...

Ella looks so precious in all of those pictures! The Tea Gardens look BEAUTIFUL we will definitely have to visit next time we are in San Antonio. Did you make it to the zoo? Do they have a nice one?

Darlene R. said...

Yay! San Antonio!!

Great pics! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lolly said...

Ya'll are the travelers. Everytime I check your blog, you have just returned from another trip. Glad you had a great time. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

MamaCass said...

How fun! I didn't know about the train ride and the tea gardens. We will Have to do that next time we go. And your mom IS so funny. I like the first picture where you barely see her smile between your and Heath's head.

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

How fun! I will have to find that train next time we're there!

Lindsee said...

Y'all are such a fun family! :) Sounds (and looks!) like y'all had a blast!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, Janelle!


Matthew said...

I love that town. And I could just lay down and take a nap on the RiverWalk. So relaxin....

Helen said...

I love the pic of Ella kissing you!