Nicole and I are about to leave Kerrville for Austin to see some friends and my brother, sister, and sister-in-law. I'm sad to say goodbye to my parents but I take comfort in the fact that I will see them in July at our family vacation in North Carolina. Plus, we had a great weekend which I'm thankful for.
On Friday night we got in late and relaxed and exchanged Christmas and birthday gifts that were left over. My Aunt Jackie got me some sweet Phillies gear and memorabilia and my parents got me the books I asked for. Aunt Jackie gave Nicole a Longaberger basket and a book and we also got Target gift cards to help us furnish and decorate our new apartment. My sister-in-law Liza knitted me a warm hat that fits much better than the one I've been using for the past 8 years, so I'll make sure to thank her for that personally when I see her in 5 hours. :) Nicole and I gave my mom her birthday present, a Pandora charm she had asked for. We also ate delicious salmon leftovers.
On Saturday we went to San Antonio, met up with my sister Kelly and her boyfriend Sam, and saw Mission San Jose and the Alamo, two remnants of early Texas history. Then we took a step into present day Texas by going up to the top of the Tower of the Americas, a circular disc 750 feet in the air . That was accompanied by a 15 minute "4-D ride" that was actually much cooler than we expected as it re-created the feeling of both a snake attack and a bull sneezing on your face, among other things. We topped off the San Antonio evening with a Mexican food dinner on the Riverwalk enhanced by a live mariachi band.
Kelly, Nicole, and I stopped off at the Ole Ingram Social Club and shared a cold pitcher before we headed back to the McCalla household. Sunday was a nice relaxing day highlighted by a delicious lasagna dinner and an evening watching the Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift cleaned up - I'm not too sure how I feel about that, but you can bet Kanye West was throwing things around his mansion ranting like a madman. He isn't allowed to go to these things any more, ya know.
Now it's off to Austin, and then Houston. Back on the road again!