Everything is bigger and better in Texas...

...including the RAINSTORMS!!

May 27, 2013
Dear Children,
    The original plan for this long Birthday weekend of Clara and Sonora's was to go on a family backpacking trip.  School was out and Papa had two extra days off!  That is, until I had another allergic reaction.  Argh!  I finally have an appointment with an allergist to hopefully find out what's causing them.  So, on to plan B.  Which was...????  Um, there was no plan B.  And then Papa dear had a brilliant idea to drive 12 hours to TX to visit Grandpa Dewey and Grandma Cindy.  Yee-haw, let's do this ya'all!

Papa got off of work at 5:00 and we were on the road by 6:00.  We drove 12 hours straight, stopping once to get gas.  Yeah, that's how we roll.  Insanity is what that is.

When we pulled up Grandma Cindy had breakfast waiting for us and then Papa and I crashed for a few hours.  When we woke up it was party time; cupcakes at the trailer park and then off to Seaworld!  Grandparents are the best!

 We were there a total of, oh I don't know, 15 minutes when the heavens opened up and began pouring rain.  And I mean pouring.  We thought we could brave the storm or maybe wait it out.  Uh-hum, the rain had other plans.  Before long we were up to our ankles walking through the rain and Atticus was up to his knees.  All the rides were closed, the exhibits were closed and we were soaked and shivering, even with our sweet whale ponchos on.  We were laughing though and it did make for a fun memory.  Luckily they gave us rain checks to come back another time when the sky is clear and blue.

We left Sea World sad, but not defeated.  We went to a movie called Epic and then met up with Grandpa Dewey at Joe's Crabshack for Sonora's birthday dinner.  A lovely day, yes indeed. 

 On Day 2 the rain was still coming down, but we just bought more rain gear and hoped for the best.  Sonora and Atticus were upset that they didn't get to be the umbrella holders.
I told them to get over it and smile for the picture.  They didn't listen.

We walked along the San Antonio river walk when the weather was cooperating, but most of the day we enjoyed indoor fun.  The first stop was a zombie killing tomb ride that was okay, but I liked the free arcade after the ride better. 

 Jonas was my shooting partner and after the ride he said, "Well, I'm sure the Haunted House can't be any worse than that."  Wrongo-bongo!  I hated it.  Seriously, it creeped me out and Jonas was just as terrified as I was.  Everyone else seemed to think it was mildly scary or even amusing.  

Our next stops were the Ripley's Believe it or not Museum and the Guinness Book of World Records Museum.  The first was better than the latter, but we enjoyed both.  Jonas really, really enjoyed them.

Atticus, not so much.  

 I think the favorite thing we did was the Ripley's 4D Moving Theater.  The kids were laughing hysterically the whole time.  They loved it.  We attempted to go to the Alamo as well, but they were closing just as we got there.

We went back the next day though and had a grand ol' time.  We then went out to The Cheesecake Factory for Clara's Birthday dinner.  Yum!  

What a great trip.  Grandpa and Grandma spoiled us rotten, like always.  Trey and I even got to go out for Sushi with Grandpa while Grandma stayed at the hotel and ordered pizza for the kids.  Oh, and Uncle Preston hung out with us one night too!  We went swimming and then to get burgers and ice cream.  It was a quick, whirlwind trip, but it was wonderful! 

love, love,

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