Ah, Spring Break – a week in March we teachers look forward to beginning in January when we return from Christmas break. It’s a week of relaxation and rejuvenation. With the kids. Did I say the words “relax” and “rejuvenate”?
J asked if we could go to Sea World during Spring Break. As luck would have it, teachers get a free Fun Card. Since A is still free, it only cost us $50 for all 4 of us to go. Great deal!
We picked a decent hotel with a separate living space from the sleeping space so it would be more comfortable for all of us. It had an indoor pool and free breakfast (though I usually despise the free breakfast).
Everyone else whose kids are on Spring Break wanted an indoor pool and free breakfast, too. In San Antonio. As a result, our hotel was at capacity. And it showed.
The chlorine was noticeable from the second we walked through the door. Trash sat by the elevator on our floor the entire time we were there. The free breakfast on day 1 was sparse and crowded (or so we thought).
Sea World on Day 1 was awesome. Not overly hot or crowded, we had a great time. J’s attitude was slightly out of check, but we chalked that up to travel and excitement (his attitude Day 2 was much improved). J rode his first big roller coaster:
The Steel Eel
We enjoyed several shows:
"Sea Lions Tonight"
When we left, we were exhausted but we’d had a fantastic time. We couldn’t wait to come back Monday and finish the things we missed Sunday.
On Day 2, we knew trouble was brewing when the line to get into Sea World (to park) was a mile long. The line to get in the door was even longer. It was miserable! People, people, everywhere. People, people who just don’t care – they stomp your toes and create much woe. If Hell was on Earth it would be here!
Thankfully, we saw one fun show:
We also fed some Sea Lions and watched as the Sea Lions sunbathed, which was nice.
Otherwise, we were done! We stayed 3 hours, tops, and called it a day. Downtown San Antonio, we decided, would be better.
We drove the 15 minutes to downtown San Antonio and it didn’t seem too bad. We found a place to park and walked to the Riverwalk.
Oh my, were we wrong. Ugh. Maneuvering a stroller on the Riverwalk was horrible with so many people. We barely had room to walk.
We found a place for lunch, sat outside, and enjoyed a leisurely lunch. It was probably the best part of the day.
After lunch we went to the Alamo. Visiting the Alamo was J’s 2nd request for his Spring Break trip. Unfortunately, the line to get in was long and it was hot outside and we just didn’t have it in us to stand in it. We walked around all of the grounds of the Alamo and let J do everything we could do without actually going in. We spent at least an hour with him looking at every cannon, diorama and old stone he could see. We promised to come back early enough the next day to (hopefully) avoid a long line.
We were all so bone tired that we slept in a little Tuesday morning. We got to the free breakfast a little late. No lie, the line was about 30 deep, mostly families with hyper obnoxious children we just didn’t want to deal with (we have 2 of our own we have no choice but to company, so the last thing I need is to have to put up with someone else’s!). We turned around and went back to our room. We packed and headed to Panera for a bagel. So much for that free breakfast!
Thankfully, there wasn’t much of a line at all to get into the Alamo so J got his wish of seeing the inside. It was awesome watching him explore the Alamo. He was interested in everything. We even had the fortune of being there when the Naval Academy’s Glee Club was performing.
After the Alamo, we ate lunch at Shilo’s… a fantastic Reuben and homemade root beer. It was delicious!
We started the drive home, but stopped in San Marcos to do a little outlet shopping. Outlet shopping with two kids is NOT fun. At all. We didn’t stay nearly as long as we hoped and as a result hit rush hour traffic through Austin. By the time we got just north of Austin, it was dinnertime.
We finally pulled into our garage after 10pm. All-in-all we had a fun trip. I have to admit that J was super annoying at times, but most often he was just being an over-excited 7-year old boy. It was more us being annoyed because we were tired and wishing he was perfect. Why can’t he be perfect?
Today we did very little. It’s 3.14, so J and I made pie. We made the Angus Barn’s Chocolate Chess Pie (a restaurant in Raleigh, NC) and it was delicious. So delicious, I ate 2 pieces.
That leads me to my next post… I will get back to tracking my food tomorrow morning. I will. Promise.
Remind me next year, when I’m planning Spring Break, that we want to research cities where it’s not Spring Break and go there.