Already we had gone to Ft. Sam Houston to explore the Quadrangle, we went swimming, and had spent an afternoon at the Alamo and Riverwalk.
Saturday rolled around and Ryan joined us all as we checked out Morgan's Wonderland. Now that is a fun place! I think the kids and I will be going back repeatedly. It is a family friendly amusement park-type place that is fully accessible regardless of age or ability and is open to the public at large. We loved it. What was cool is that Will and Tegan's oldest daughter were both free since they are considered "special needs"... and they also provide military discount.
When we got home I think we were all pretty much done.
Sunday Tegan joined us for church and then we pretty much took a rest day. Ryan and I went out to the store to try to solve my cell phone issue. In the end we just got a replacement SIM card to put in Ryan's old iPhone3 until the new iPhones are released in September... then I'll upgrade.
Monday brought another adventure. Tegan and I took the kids to the Natural Bridge Caverns. It is just outside the city and next to it is a wildlife park, which I think I'll have to check out sometime.
Once we arrived and had our potty breaks we ate our picnic lunch under some trees. When we went back in to purchase our tickets we realized maybe we should have bought our tickets before lunch because we were now looking at an hour wait before our tour. It worked out though because there were other things to see. Like the ropes course and ziplines (which we did not do since our kiddos are still too little).
Carlsbad Caverns, but still fascinating. We hiked down to 180 feet below the surface in 70 degrees with 99% humidity.
Tuesday rolls around and it is our final full day together. After a casual morning I take everyone to the base. I showed Tegan where BMT is located and where her husband lived for a time in his life (all enlisted Air Force get their training at Lackland.)
From there we took the kids to a park to play for awhile while we just chilled. I was reading a magazine and trying to relax. Our time together was coming to an end... I was already feeling a bit down about that.
Tegan's youngest was going to turn 3 the next day so we celebrated her birthday the evening before with cupcakes and singing!
Wednesday morning dawned and it was time to say goodbye. Alanna had a doctor appointment in the morning so we didn't have a long time to really dwell about separating. Maybe that was for the best, because I'm sure we both could have just sat there and cried. We each loaded up our kiddos, said farewell, and went our different ways.
Life can be hard. Having a best friend helps get us through.