Ah! What a glorious few days of NOTHING. Who knew NOTHING could be so darn rejuvenating? As you may know, Jonathan and I took our annual trip to San Antonio for the Texas Music Educators Association Convention last week and we did two big firsts:
1) my first time to attend the convention as a “family/visitor” instead of an elementary music teacher
2) our first time since we’ve have Bridget to go without her (and my first overnight without her besides our 8pm-10am anniversary night)
It was just as awesome as I’d thought it would be and I didn’t feel bad about being gone for a moment. I’ll say it again…ah…..
I could give you a play-by-play and show tons of pictures, but honestly, if you just know how relaxing and wonderful it was for me to just get some quiet, stress-free, sloooooow down, extended period time for myself you’ll hit the highlight of the weekend right there.
(FYI: we last saw her when we put her down for her nap on Wednesday at noon and returned home at the tail end of her nap on Saturday)
Also, I didn’t even take that many pictures! Who am I?! My reasoning is that I think I don’t really have the enthusiasm for pics if Bridget isn’t around. She doesn’t necessarily have to be in the pictures, but if she’s asleep or we’re out somewhere without her I rarely turn on the camera anymore. I’m okay with that :). But here are a few that I required of myself in order to write a somewhat interesting post:
Getting the final vacuum done before Grammy and Pop come to stay with Bridget. She’s such a good helper to Mommy!
I’ve been super pumped about this away time for like 6 months, so actually getting to the airport was so exciting! What a nerd! It was only San Antonio, but I totally treated it as if we were going to the Ritz Carlton Maui…which I’d be pretty pumped about, too. Anyone??
Since we ate out everywhere and haven’t lived like that in a while, I stopped taking pics at restaurants really quick. However, I had to document Jonathan’s trip to his FAVORITE vegetarian place in the world: Green. They are so nice there, everything’s home grown and all vegetarian friendly and its all delicious! Even for a meat-eater like me!
(Here’s B enjoying the Green menu this time last year…love her!)
We also ventured off the river to Mi Tierra and it was quite nummy. We even enjoyed a mariachi serenade, compliments of Cory. His request? “Feliz Navidad”…it was a hit…
One of the best parts of this trip (nerd alert!) was when Jonathan and I were walking along the river our first night and looked up to notice a familiar yellow glow….the Einstein’s Bagels sign! Wahoo! A new one had opened on the Riverwalk, so we made sure to take a trip and got there for Friday’s breakfast.
Our egg and cheese bagel proof (and enjoying the Alamo):
It was pretty darn cold down there, too, last week so we didn’t get to sit out on the patio and hang like we usually do each year. Here’s fun reminder of what a lovely time we had outside last year when B came with us:
Well, I passed on getting a “Welcome” picture seeing as how I didn’t ever even go to the actual convention except for a 30 minute trip to the Exhibit Hall just so I could say I went :). Hehehehe. I was way too busy relaxing in my room, finishing applications on the computer, or walking along the river. Priorities, people! At least I captured this happy reminder of the fun that’s to come next year…
Before we left the hall we caught a quick mini-concert by some college friends of ours. They were actually a few years younger than me (that means a few more years younger than Jonathan!) and I met one of them when I was an orientation leader and he was a freshman. The two boys on the outside of this quarter are our dudes. We termed them The Canadians (its true, too) and took them under our wing when it came to crazy camping trips. Glad to see they not only carried on the Adamo way of camp for future students, they are also very successful performers. A proud Mama moment! Hehehehe..
And a quick (be it horrible) shot of us at the airport before we boarded to come home. Just delightful, friends…
My post about being reunited with my favorite gal is coming next….
But here are some more from last year just for fun. Can you believe how teeny tiny she was?! Man, what a year does. That’s when she used to smile AND look at the camera :).
This was Valentine’s Day (I love that TMEA falls right around it every year) and her first, at that. Some fun tummy time/rolling around in the Convention Center:
She was just getting to be too big for that bouncy seat. And I still had my feeding pillow back there in the back…still breastfeeding! That feels like eons ago. And doesn’t she look more like me now than she did back then?? Yes?? So many of the little girls we know all look like their daddies :)
All the crap we lugged with us (travel swing, pillow, bouncy seat, pack n’ play, suitcases, etc….ugh!). Travelling with a baby baby is a hassle, but it rarely stopped us :)
Loving the wind at the rest stop with Daddy on the way home. Look at that smile!
Her hair was such a hoot back then. She looks as excited as mommy to be at the Czech Stop for kolaches :). My little lamb…warms my heart to look back just one year ago and see how much she’s grown. Good to know we’re doing something right, eh?!