Texas Trip (Part 1): San Antonio

Considering the fact that I took several hundred pictures on this trip, I think it’s appropriate to break up the documentation into several posts. Otherwise this one post would be a mile long…it already is and this post only covers three of our eight days!

We flew into Austin on Saturday in the early afternoon and after picking up our rental car we drove straight to Lockhart, TX. We’ve watched enough of the travel channel to know not to skip their famous Texan BBQ. There were three famous locations to choose from — Black’s BBQ, Smitty’s Market, and Kreuz Market. As we drove in, we had a sleeping Peanut in the back seat, so we chose the first one we saw, which happened to be Black’s. Although we found out later that it was the worst of the three according to several food sites/books/critics, it did not disappoint. And by not disappoint, I mean I could have eaten their brisket all. day. long.


The juicy goodness of the brisket may have been due to the fact that it was dripping in lard. I’m pretty sure I felt a heart attack coming on shortly after eating, but it was worth it.

After eating to our hearts content, we were back on the road to San Antonio. Our first stop after checking into our hotel was the famous San Antonio Tower of the Americas. It wasn’t too far from our hotel so we decided to walk there. Despite the fact that Peanut was in his stroller for the whole walk, he was probably the hottest of all of us so he was quick to steal my delicious icee.
We took the elevator to the top, and in an effort to curb Peanut’s craziness, we went on the outside deck to let him run around. It was insanely windy up there and we got a good laugh as he tried to run against the wind with little progress. I wouldn’t have been surprised if had lifted off the ground — good thing he’s a solid little dude so his feet stayed firmly planted on the ground.

[on the deck battling some serious wind (my hair is still recovering)]
[running against the wind]
Once back on the ground, we headed over to the fountain area that is part of the Tower grounds. Peanut wasted no time in following the other children’s examples and running through the falling water. There may or may not have been a tantrum when it was time to go.

[walking back to our hotel through pretty downtown San Antonio]
The next day we spent a little closer to our hotel. I had sprained my foot a few days earlier, so walking was proving pretty strenuous. The Alamo was only feet from our hotel, so we spent a chunk of the morning walking through there and buying a pretty Alamo Christmas tree ornament that I can’t wait to put on our tree this year.
[Philip and Peanut in front of the Alamo]
Then the rest of the day was spent on the Riverwalk, eating a delicious dinner at Casa-Rio (the oldest restaurant on the Riverwalk) where we sat right next to the river (which was a fun idea except for all the ducks and pigeons that congregated our table and may or may not have touched my foot, resulting in a minor freakout from me…ahem)


and taking a boat tour down the River.

[peanut thoroughly enjoying the boat tour]

Our final day in San Antonio was just the morning, since we were heading back to Austin in the early afternoon. We checked out of our hotel after eating a delicious free hotel breakfast and headed over to the Children’s Museum. Peanut had an absolute BLAST. My favorite part was the children’s grocery store with miniature carts and shelves full of fake food, and even three different cashier isles where the kids could scan all their items.


After an hour and a half there, poor Peanut was beside himself with unhappiness when we had to leave all those fun things and head off to Austin. But I can pretty much guarantee that we will visit every good children’s museum on every future trip…cause that was maybe the funnest part of the whole weekend.

[to be continued…]

  • I love little Peanut's haircut! So handsome, I cant believe how old he's getting! And San Antonio isn't that far from Ft. Benning, you know…only like 15 hours you should have told me you were coming! haha. And we're headed to a Children's museum in Atlanta today, I hope it compares to the one you went to!

  • It looks like you guys had SO MUCH FUN!! Little Peanut looks DARLING with that shopping cart! Children's Museums are so neat!! I'm excited for the rest of this post!!

    PS. How did you sprain your foot?? That sounds like a pain!!

  • That BBQ sounds delish! SLC has a children's museum up at gateway that has a grocery store area like the one you were at. The whole things is pretty cool, but you pay for it!

    Yes, I think you should explain the foot problem! Can't wait to see the rest!

  • We should have hit the Austin Children's Museum! I haven't been with Ella but I think she's getting to the age where she'd really like it.

  • I can't believe how big he is getting. Kind of makes me cry! Now, I know another place to go when you come visit. The Children's Museum here is awesome!

  • what a fun trip! I LOVE children's museums. cant wait to hear how the rest of your trip went!

  • I had never even heard of children's museums til we moved out here. Kinsey LOVES! They are so super nice for winter time and we could always get free tickets from our library. Also- where did you get your denim shorts- love…and I need a new pair 🙂

    ALSO- I bought some fabric to cover my ottoman but ended up returning it for the zigzag you showed me 🙂 Just a heads up if you ever see it in any of my blog posts 🙂 Thanks! (hope that is okay that I STOLE it from you)

  • I love love love trip recaps, especially to places I've never seen! One of my bff's from college lives in SA and I've been dying to get there. Now I just need some BBQ and my night will be complete 😉 so happy to have stumbled on your blog! It's beautiful! xoxo {av}

    p.s. less than four days to get your entries in for my huge Whiting & Davis giveaway! a handbag of your choice could be yours…don't miss out 🙂

  • I went to a contemporary art fair in Shanghai recently, which was a real eye-opener. Chinese contemporary art has come leaps and bounds from the watery Zen landscapes to huge canvases of strange-looking beings. The prices being asked and paid were huge too.
    Oriental, if not Chinese, my print of Jean-Léon Gérôme's painting, http://en.wahooart.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8BWS6R, bought some time ago from wahooart.com, is as lovely as ever.