A Mom’s Diary on Vacation: Days 4 and 5
Time to head to a new destination, but first, we beach and pool again. You know they are getting tired when you have the little mermaid in timeout on the beach before 9 am. We have some water time then miraculously change and get the entire condo loaded and packed into our van in less than 30 minutes.
People, I think it’s a world record.
They are starting to wane. Driving a few hours, our Little Mermaid is having a day. And when I say a day-You can see what I am talking about now:
All because of socks, and shoes. People. In a van with all this screaming and crying, I feel like I should have borrowed laughing gas from our dentist.
We then arrive in San Antonio. A place that is full of history, full of the homeless, and full of walking. Seriously, oh my goodness. Please, picture this in your head: dad, mom, 4 kids wandering around downtown San Antonio looking at a cell-phone trying to figure out which way is west.
Did I mention it was the back of a Goodwill parking lot while we were doing this? Luckily, we decided to wander into this market area…and there was salvation!
It was delicious, we had people sing to us, and the freshest salsa E-V-E-R.
Then we had to walk back. We decided to do that on the Riverwalk, what San Antonio is known for.
Ok, you want Mom fear-try walking a path, 4 feet wide, that drops into a river… with no rails. Oh my goodness, I just pictured the two year old jumping in. We had to get off of there. I think half of San Antonio came down there.
Side note-I must be old. Because these “girls” and their outfits and shoes to walk on this Riverwalk, nuh-uh. No way. Even my 10 year old asked me why they are all dressed up?
My response: Did you see the shoes? You might as well amputate my feet.
Walk a mile in another’s Shoes. If you did this today, your hamstrings would be crying. This is the day we toured all of downtown San Antonio- The Alamo, Experience The Alamo, The Riverwalk Boat Tour, and Lazer show on a cathedral. Yes, writing this is tiring. But carrying around an almost 3 year old who weighs over 35 pounds ON YOUR BACK the entire day in 90 degree heat. This day it was her turn to fall apart.
She was scared in the museum, scared of the amount of people at the Alamo, exhausted, and hot. I even tried bribing her with McDonalds. That did not work! There were 2 stories, she tried to throw her shoe over the rail and hit her dad below us. After that, oh and the meltdown she had there 3 times, I took the key and brought her back to the hotel while Dad played with the big kids. So I bribed her on the River Walk with ice cream. She is such my kid. You would never know that she had literally thrown herself down multiple times just minutes before.
Then it was time for the River Walk Boat Tour. This was something I was so excited about. And it was so great.
And she fell asleep. In my lap, in above 90 degree temperature. Then she woke up after 15 minutes. And meltdown is fixing to occur. What do I do? We are on a boat? There is No getting off this thing for a tantrum. She then falls into her brother’s lap, thinking it’s her dad, and sleeps standing up, in a boat. Ya’ll, this is tired.
At the end of the ride, Dad picks her up, carries her to the hotel, lays her in bed, she sleeps for over 3 hours and I have to wake up at 6 PM just to go eat and finish our day.
I have to share this with you-this is our family… and I absolutely love every second of it.
Exhausted has a whole new meaning.
Day 5: Mega Church and Waco. We were able to visit a Mega Church in San Antonio. It was completely exhilarating. I have a feeling Heaven may be a little like that- I have never seen so many women and men praising Jesus and not caring about anything but Him. It was amazing.
Now we have arrived at Waco. And yes, I have been praying that tomorrow I will meet Chip and Joanna Gaines and we will be instant best friends. But, if I don’t I will at least get to be here and check it out. It’s my favorite show. I’ll let you know the answer to that prayer tomorrow. I did ask my kids to pray that for us too 🙂
Mess to Blessed:
Be thankful in all circumstances. Yes. I’m exhausted and it’s hot and I’m packing a kid around on my back. But she is healthy, all of my kids are. I have the ability to carry her, and we are on vacation with each other. And hey, I don’t have to worry about exercising…
1 Thessalonians 5:18
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.