Well, this is a little surreal. I’m upstairs at Jack and Kaye’s again, kneeling in front of Gabe’s laptop which is sitting on a coffee table (the only way I can see the screen after I’ve taken my contacts out), writing a blog post. It seems like just yesterday…
Ava just told me, “Remember a couple days ago when we stayed with Jim who has six dogs?” Me: “You mean the dogs you just played with this morning?” It seems like a lifetime ago we were at Elizabeth’s house. And Megan’s. And Amy’s. And Kaye’s. Oh, wait. We’re back at Kaye’s.
We decided to break up our trip to Memphis a little instead of doing the whole 11-hour deal tomorrow. We’re less than 6 hours from there now, I believe.
We had a great good day at the San Antonio Zoo. For the first time, the girls were pretty much done before we even walked through the gate. It was great to meet Emily and her beautiful family. We weren’t really our enthusiastic selves, but the nine of us still had fun together (well, baby Kirk slept through the whole thing). Our favorite part of the zoo was the new hippo exhibit. Those giant girls (boys?) came right up to the glass and smashed their faces at us. We got some great pictures. Our next favorite part was the butterfly exhibit–each of us got to wear a butterfly on our finger or arm. Livi had one land on her head.
We ate lunch at Whataburger–a Texas-only (and very yummy) burger joint. Then we took a train ride (and about fell asleep). Then we met Melanie and Caroline for a little romp in the park. Mel brought the girls Fiesta popcorn–big hit. We saw a real live princess. The girls ran around while Melanie and I chatted about life and blogging and motherhood and San Antonio. She is every bit as sweet and delightful in person as she is on her blog. And she looked stunning (pics forthcoming). We could’ve chatted for hours, but it was 92 degrees, Caroline had t-ball practice, and we had a 7-hour drive ahead of us. Half-price drinks at Sonic, and we were on our way. Thanks for meeting us, Big Mama. You rock my world.
Dinner at Taco Cabana. With all these fabulous people feeding us, we were afraid we’d run out of time to sample some of this Texas fast(ish) food we’d heard so much about. Breakfast at TC, lunch at WB, dinner at TC. Quite a day.
Tomorrow we head to a hotel in Memphis and swim our brains out. (Pray for me.) Then up and at ’em Thursday for a day at the Memphis Zoo, a 9-ish hour drive home, and losing an hour as we cross time zones.
Can’t believe our trip’s almost over. Not sure how I’m going to process all of this. It helps that I’ve been able to blog from the road.
I feel so blessed to have met so many people this week–some I’ve followed online forever, some just a little while, some barely at all. They’ve all been so great. Question for you: If you could meet one (or two) people in real life that you only know (or know of) online, who would it be? And don’t say me–I beg you. Add a link to their blog if you’d like.
Have a wonderful, whimsical Wednesday! I know I will, crammed in a mini-van for 6 hours with my darling family.