My best friend, Tegan, loaded up her three kids and drove from New Mexico for two days to visit me for a week! I hadn't seen her in just over 2 years and it was so good to have her here with me. What was even better is that it was like we picked up right where we left off -- the special connection in a good friendship.
Tegan and kids arrived on Wednesday, the day after my sister left us. So for 2 weeks I didn't feel lonely or that weird disconnection that comes when you first PCS to a new place. It was great. Our kids got along really well. They played and shared and all fights were pretty easily resolved.
Girls in the front.
Boys in the back.
The first stop was to Fort Sam Houston where we grabbed lunch and then drove around, lost, looking for the Quadrangle. I had seen on local military spouses pages that it was a great place to take kids since it is in a fenced off location on base and has a bunch of non-aggressive ducks, geese, peacocks, and deer to feed. Eventually we did find it.
|I realize my son is wearing red stripes with blue plaids, but he dressed himself that morning!|
Apparently there's also a Ft. Sam Museum which we would have loved to see. Tegan and I enjoy history, sightseeing, and travels which I think is what connected us originally. We're not afraid to just load up the kids and go on adventures. In fact, while she was visiting we shared our past photo albums with each other and laughed at how often it was us in the books, not our spouses.
After being in the San Antonio heat, we got back to my place, changed into swim suits and spent some time at our pool. Tegan's kids originally weren't to comfortable with the water but they got more brave and I was able to take a couple of them into the deeper water. Her son really enjoyed our water sprayer toys.
You know how I just said don't go to the Alamo on Friday? Well, don't go down to the Riverwalk on Friday night. Wowzers! It was crowded! We would have liked walking around but there were just too many people down there. I had both of my kids in a death grip and Tegan did the same while also wearing the youngest. For convenience sake we went to the same restaurant I went to on Sunday with my sister. I knew it was affordable, close to where we were, and there was something for the kids to eat.
For the entire stay, after the kids were in bed Tegan and I enjoyed evenings staying up way too late just chatting, sharing stories, and I got her addicted to Big Brother. I loved it.
We had a few more trips that took place, but I'll share those next week!