Fun Times Galore

Weekly Happenings: This past week held some fun times for a few people in our household. We had General Conference (a worldwide conference for our church) last weekend, which was wonderful as ever. It’s still weird to see it being broadcast from a smaller room with just a few people in attendance, but I’m grateful that it could still happen. I’m so grateful for technology! Monday, Joseph was able to go back to school in-person. He said that it was a bit weird wearing a mask all day, but he’s really glad he gets to see his teacher in person and see all his friends (and recess with friends is good, too). AND. On Thursday, I got to pick up my best friend, Tracie, from the airport. She has come down for a short trip (she goes back to Utah tomorrow evening), so we’re soaking in as much San Antonio and Texas sights as we can. So far, we’ve been up to Waco (the Silos, Magnolia shop, Harp Design Co., the suspension bridge, and the Dr. Pepper museum) and have seen some of the Downtown sights (the Japanese Tea Gardens, the Riverwalk, the Alamo, and La Villita (and the Arneson River Theater). Tomorrow, we’re going to hike Enchanted Rock and check out Fredericksburg (so those pictures will be on next week’s blog). Paul was able to take a couple of days off so that Tracie and I could have a lot of time together. I’m so grateful for him!

The Weekly Weather: I wish I could say that the cooler temps have been hanging around, but they haven’t. At least the mornings have been cool, though. I think we’re supposed to have a cool front move in soon…so that will be nice.

What Paul’s Been Up To: The poor guy got a sinus infection the day before I picked Tracie up from the airport. He was pretty sure that’s what it was, but he still went in to urgent care to be sure (and to get some antibiotics). They did a chest x-ray and a COVID test (which came back negative, thank goodness) and then gave him some antibiotics. He’s starting to feel a bit better now that he has a couple of days of antibiotics in his system.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: As was already mentioned, I’ve been traipsing around town and around Texas. 😀 I’ll go into more detail with the captions for the pictures.

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He really enjoyed getting to go back to school. He comes home happy every day. It’s so great!

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She doesn’t like leaving Joseph at school, but she sure is happy when he comes home! She does like having more “Mom time” now that I don’t need to be helping Joseph with school.

This Week in Pictures:

He was pretty excited to go back to school.
She wasn’t sure about needing to be up so early. This was her mid-day.
This has been her reaction every time he’s come home, though. She misses him while he’s at school.
Ah, Texas sunset!
It’s been three years since we last saw one another. This weekend has been so great!
She wanted me to put a clover behind her ear…
She turned her head because she wanted to be sure I could see the clover.
Dr. Pepper museum. I thought the differently shaped bottles were neat.
An info page on a little history of Dr. Pepper.
I love the vintage signs.
See? Even Godzilla prefers Dr. Pepper. 😉 This was a funny sign that was in the museum.
At one end of the suspension bridge were these bronze statues. They used to drive cattle over the bridge back in the day. This is the vaquero…
…and this is the trail boss.
I’ve seen shots of this bridge on Fixer Upper, so it was cool to see it in person.
On the suspension bridge.
Another selfie!
It was cool to get to go to Harp Design Company. Clint Harp is the man who would do a lot of the woodwork on Fixer Upper. He now has a company and a shop front. I bought some cool candlesticks from there.
A lot of it was still under construction (they’re doing some expansion), but it was still fun to get to walk around what was still open.
Japanese Tea Gardens.
I love that waterfall!
I thought these blue flowers were beautiful.
So, this heron was sitting on this little island in the water…which doesn’t look like water because of the reflection of all of the greenery.
I promise it’s water, though. In this one, you can see the heron’s reflection in the water.
A close up of the waterfall.
I loved getting to traipse around the gardens with Tracie!
I thought the social distancing suggestion on this sign at the Alamo was funny.
The Alamo!
Had to get one with both of us, for sure.
Right now, you have to set up a tour time in advance, which is nice. It means it isn’t as crowded…which means more opportunity for shots like this.
The Arneson River Theater. Pre-COVID, they would do plays here and people taking the riverboat tours could even catch part of the show. The grassy part is actually seating.
Walking the Riverwalk.
Paul took this picture and sent it to me. She sure has loved getting to spend time with “the boys”.

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