Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Trip to Texas, Day 2: The Alamo and the Riverwalk

After breakfast at the hotel, we were ready to go.

No idea what this building is, but it looks neat.

Walking at street level today.

Here we are, at the side of...

...the Alamo!

Remember the Alamo! (Which was first a Catholic Mission)

You could not take pictures inside, so here we are at the back exit.

There were cannons out in the courtyard.

A very old tree!

What was so interesting here?

Tiny snails!

Heading back down to the Riverwalk,...

...we walked until we found...

...a restaurant we wanted to try.

We sat inside as it was raining off and on, but we could still see the boats going by on the river.

Paesanos Ristorante had some delicious Italian food.

After that filling lunch, we strolled back to the hotel.

Catherine atop the bridge.

Taking a break.

Going up to cross the river again.

And back down on the other side.

To be continued...

Monday, January 25, 2016

Trip to Texas, Day 1: Travel to San Antonio

Towards the end of October, we were able to go on a family vacation to Texas.  We spent a few days in San Antonio, then went down to Corpus Christi for a couple days. This was the furthest we have yet gone as a family!

On the road, movies with headphones came very much in handy!

We got to the hotel in the middle of the afternoon, after leaving at 4:30 in the morning.

The view from the back of the hotel.

We stayed right on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Down they went to the river.

We had to check out the map.

A little grotto-like area.

Underneath our hotel.

We climbed up out of the Riverwalk to look at the San Fernando Cathedral, one of the oldest active cathedrals in the USA.

Kids in front of the Cathedral.

Anthony with Saint Anthony of Padua, for whom the city of San Antonio is named.

Continuing our walk along the river.

Great statue.


Very cool bridge.

We made it to one of the starting points for the Riverwalk Tour.

Ready for the ride to start.

Joseph liked it.

Catherine and Anne.

It was a beautiful tour and a great way to get an overview of the Riverwalk.

A bridge made famous in a movie. Not that I can remember what it was...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Shocker Volleyball

Anne's volleyball coach organized a team trip to watch a Wichita State University volleyball game in mid-October.  So one Friday night, Catherine, Anne, and I met her team for the game.

Catherine and Anne ready for the game in their Shocker gear.

We got some seats close up.

Before the game even started, the music was playing and the girls were dancing and cheering.

Some of the crowd were shown on the Jumbotron.

Look! Can you spot anyone? Talk about some excited girls!

Time for some volleyball.

Go Shockers!

Snacks to share only added to the fun of the game.

Anne's team (with a few extras) posed with the WSU cheerleaders.

Below is a video of what little girls do when they are at a WSU Shockers volleyball game: