A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Go Away For The Weekend
2. Load up happy/embarrassed children. 3. Two hours into the 5 hour trip, have the van shut off with no warning. Wait on the highway without AC for 45 minutes until tow truck arrives, enjoying the Texas summer and a very nice highway patrol officer. 4. Hang out at the shop until they figure out the problem, which is a wonderful way to spend your birthday, right Brendan? Good thing he always wanted a new alternator. (Cracker Barrel is within walking distance. Soda refills + unlimited biscuits = not minding the wait for repairs.)
5. Fifteen minutes after leaving the shop, have Service Engine Soon light come on. You know, just to keep up the sense of adventure. Ignore light and continue to drive. 4 hours later (thank you rush hour traffic) arrive in San Antonio and spend the evening swimming.
6. The next morning, swim some more while fearless hubby gets the van fixed again. When he gets back $300 poorer after a new sensor/flux capacitor/1.21 jiggawatts has been installed, head down to the Riverwalk. 7. Take the boat tour, enjoy the culture and history, beautiful art,
and keep Brendan from asking the man next to him to bite his finger while trying to shove his hand in the man's mouth. 47 times.
and Brendan can do his pirate impression and point out his belly button.
9. Let Sierra in on my little secret: "the longer I take to wash my hands, the longer Dad has to deal with the boys without me." Reason to smile for sure. 10. Since Jordan studied the Alamo as part of 4th grade Texas history, walk the extra 2 blocks to see it in real life, no matter how much the others want to go back to the hotel to swim. 11. Play card games, laugh, bicker and go to sleep. 12. On the way home, drive by the Capitol building in Austin without stopping because Sierra can't bear "to do one more boring thing." 13. Convince your husband that you can't pass up a sign like this without a photo.