San Antonio is in many ways like a second home to me (says the guy whose family is living in a temporary second home in Woodson Terrace).
My mom and dad met and married in San Antonio. Both sets of my grandparents were there, as well as several aunts and uncles. It’s just always been the go-to place for me my whole life.
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Last year my aunt Joyce invited us to visit the ranch she shares with her husband Ted and my cousin Dion. I have never really visited a ranch in Texas, so I thought this would be a cool opportunity, especially for the girls.
We made the pretty drive into the hill country to a little town called Kendalia. Uncle Ted and aunt Joyce met us there on their motorcycle and guided us the rest of the way to the ranch.
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Driving to San Antonio from St. Louis is a 16-17 hour affair. Our strategy for this trip was much the same as when we traveled out to Washington. We would visit various friends/places along the way to break up the trip and make it easier. As mentioned in our previous blog post, the first day of traveling took us to Texarkana. On the second day, we drove south through Tyler to visit Bullard, my old hometown.
After Bullard, we kept going south to Houston, where we stayed with one of Yoli’s American friends from Bolivia (yes, you read that sentence right), Sonja. Sonja and her husband Jody have three kids, close in age with our kids.
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Wednesday we shaved Joseph’s head, following our family’s Bolivian tradition. We did it outside to avoid making a big mess in our rental home. Joseph was a pretty good sport about it and held his head fairly still. Keep reading to see a video.
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As we were leaving the farmers market to go to the library on Saturday, I smelled opportunity.
I had been thinking of buying a teepee for the girls. Since we have been temporarily exiled to Woodson terrace, I thought they might enjoy being able to play with it in the backyard.
So, as everyone went to the library, I headed back to the market and bought a nice brown teepee with a woolly black buffalo on the side.
Keep reading to see a video showing how the girls liked it.
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Friday and Saturday have been a blur. Most of our time has been spent packing and moving our stuff from my parents’ house (and our own) into a rental house in Woodson Terrace, just south of the airport.
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Though I had hoped we would get to it sooner, tree cutting finally came today. As I write this, the guys are hard at work slicing that monster into small pieces and getting it all out to the curb.
The following video shows the tree removal early in the process this morning and then again in the afternoon when I brought the girls to see the tree before it was gone.
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Here’s a short video highlighting the damage done to our house.
Here’s the story in a nutshell: a huge tornado-producing storm swept across St. Louis. North County was hit particularly hard. Our giant oak tree in the backyard fell on our house. The sun room was destroyed, and much of the kitchen is collapsed.
The important thing is that we are all safe and sound. Yoli and the kids were home alone and I was at work, but they took shelter in the basement and were protected. Our neighbors helped them get out of the basement through a window.
Anyway, here’s the video:
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Today we took the family to Grace Church – St. Louis for their first Easter egg hunt. It was a lot of fun. We took along the iPad and shot some video. Keep reading to see it!
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I knew I had made some waves when my dad called me to find out why I purchased an iPad 2. “You never buy the state-of-the-art computers,” he said.
This is true. We often buy second-hand, whether it’s computers, minivans, or baby stuff.
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