Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vacation; all I ever wanted! Vacation; had to get away!

San Antonio, Texas!
a.k.a. Our First Family Vacation in WAY TOO LONG!

Tater Tot and me on the River Walk. A stroll down the River Walk is a must for every San Antonio trip, as far as I'm concerned. Even on a Texas Hot day (101 degrees this day) it seems a few degrees cooler down on the shady walkways that border the river.

Tater Tot is a good photographer! He too this shot of Copper and me in front of the Gruene Watertower just before one of the best dinner's I've had in a while!

Just North of San Antonio in the river community of New Braunfels there is the sub-community called Gruene (pronounced 'green'). Gruene is a historic cotton town, home to Gruene Hall which is the oldest continually run dance hall in the State of Texas. There are also several antique stores, a general store, several bed and breakfast options and two notably delicious restaurants. The Gruene River Grill has a Peppercorn Steak that is TO DIE FOR! The Grist Mill Restaurant has the best Chicken Cesar Salad I've ever had in my life. I literally had to tell Copper to take it away from me before I made myself even more miserable! I just couldn't stop eating it!

"Remember the Alamo!"
This is a must for every visit to San Antonio. This wonderful monument to an amazing time in Texas History is absolutely worth seeing. While we were there, they were having a ceremony to remember all correctional officers injured or killed in the line of duty. We didn't attend the ceremony but we were inside what was a barracks during the famous battle when the 21 gun salute sounded outside. So we got a real sense of what it must have sounded like during the battle!

If you ever go to San Antonio, definitely take time to visit The Buckhorn Museum
With over 520 species of wildlife on display its not just a 'hunter's paradise - trust me - that's not my thing - it's a great chance to see and learn about a lot of different animals.
In addition to all the real animals on display they also have a saloon. You can stroll through the museum while drinking your favorite 'adult beverage' or root beer. There is also a large section of the museum dedicated to the rough riding law enforcement agency known as the Texas Rangers.

There is so much more in San Antonio than we could do in our short trip. Sea World, Schlitterbahn (in New Braunfels), the San Antonio Zoo, etc. Breakfast at Mi Tierra, Lunch at Mi Tierra, Dinner at Mi Tierra, Midnight snack at Mi Tierra... If you are looking for a great place to visit this summer that doesn't get so ever run with tourists that its unbearable I highly reccomend this Texas jewel as a great option.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What am I 'supposed' to be doing?

I haven't yet figured out this "summer's off" part of being a teacher. I'm sure I should be planning all sorts of self enriching activities that will enhance my abilities as a teacher once school starts back up. I know I should be planning enriching activities for my son....

More often than not I'm on my phone, or computer, or reading a book I've read before, or watching too much television. I'm spending lots of time with Tater Tot... so he's not being neglected but we've yet to make a single trip to the library... our play is more 'silly' than 'enriching.'

What do other teacher/moms do with their time during summer?

Copper's Fox

Friday, June 17, 2011

Where have I been?

Well, two things -
1. I'm going to de-classify my blog - its high time I let my cyber and real worlds collide. So I will let friends from all walks of my life have access. Hopefully this new change (and more followers) will help me be motivated to post more often.

2. I'm going to continue using my nicknames because they are cute and it took a lot of imagination for me to think of all of them.

Okay- there's always a 3rd thing:

3. The reason I've been so long in posting is because I got that teaching job I was looking for and what a whirlwind year it has been. I teach Middle School Choir and I love it! (I'm really loving the summer off!)

Copper's Fox