The Weekend

I don’t think I mentioned it previously, but Bart’s parents and Andrew came to visit this last weekend for a few days. They’d last come down almost exactly two years ago for Thanksgiving, so we did some different things this time around and had a delightful time.

We spent nearly all day last Saturday in San Antonio.

There was the Alamo, of course.

And a lunch at the River Walk Hard Rock Cafe (mmm, brisket sandwiches).

And then I insisted we go to the San Antonio Public Library which has recently been completely redone.

We spent some good times in the Children’s section (of course).

I made Bart check out some Braille books. Awesome.

We also investigated the “Art in San Antonio” bull.

Bart thought it needed some modifications:

And there was a special exhibit of World War One posters (Bart’s dad teaches a class on WWI in London, which both Bart and I took). So that was fantastic. (Also, I’m pretty sure I need a little art gallery in my house).

And there is a stunning Chihuly chandelier hanging over the main section of the library. If that’s not amazing, I don’t know what is. Although, they probably had to fire three or four full-time librarians to afford it.

And then, back at the ranch house, there were some casual guitar lessons:

It was a lovely trip, and we were sorry to see them go. Fortunately, we had a nice Indian lunch at the Clay Pit, which made the departure a bit easier to stomach.

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  • Reply Noelle October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Fun pictures and fun family time 🙂 I love the Chihuly!

  • Reply RA October 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Uh, apologies for the silly question, but is Andrew related to you all somehow? 🙂

    I love that libraries are required parts of your sight-seeing.

  • Reply Merrick October 30, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Andrew looks so TALL! I didn’t notice it until that last picture of him and Bart with the guitar…holy cow.

    That library looks awesome…I will certainly help contribute to your art gallery in your house 🙂

  • Reply Nina G October 30, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    It took me a couple of looks to figure out what Bart was doing. Very amusing. I like that you have 7 photos of the library and 1 of the Alamo. Very you.

  • Reply Packrat October 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    I love that bull! I like that people will go to a library with you.

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy October 31, 2008 at 12:29 am

    My favorite memory of the Hard Rock Cafe in SA is that was where I saw the Stayin Alive video the first time. Why do I remember that? Check it out on YouTube. You’ll never forget either.

    On my 27th birthday, a Mariachi band sang “Feliz Cupleanos” to me on the Riverwalk during dinner. Several onlookers joined it, exuberantly. It is one of my favorite birthday memories. And the food was fantastic.

  • Reply Earl and Vickie October 31, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Oh, if it’s a real Chihuly, it cost more than three or four librarians salaries, unless we are spreading it out over a LONG time. Chihuly is the opposite of cheap. Being a public library though, all the numbers aught to be accessible.

  • Reply The Food Librarian October 31, 2008 at 2:33 am

    What an great library! That sculpture is amazing. Looks like you had a great trip!

  • Reply hello, my name is amber. October 31, 2008 at 7:38 am

    that exhibit of the World War One posters looks awesome!

  • Reply Monica October 31, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Wow–Andrew is SO tall! He’s a man now, in only 2 1/2 years. Crazy… I just love your in-laws!

  • Reply Angella October 31, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I am just amazed at how WARM it looks!

    *Shivers in her ski jacket*

  • Reply Whitney November 1, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Bart in San Antonio!!! Ha ha. That was funny. Those were awesome pictures, looks like you had fun!

  • Reply Megs November 3, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Aw, WWI with Dr. Tate! That makes me homesick for London.

  • Reply Elizabeth I November 3, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Not to worry about librarians’ salaries – the Chihuly Fiesta Tower was funded through a grant from the Russell Hill Rogers Foundation, which supports ONLY art endeavors. The sculpture was a gift from the San Antonio Public Library Foundation for the Library’s 100th birthday in 2003.

    Staff salaries come from the City General Fund.

    And you need to come back – you missed our Botero horse in the lobby!

  • Reply heidikins November 12, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Love Love LOVE the Chihuly!!!

    And I love the rest of the San Antonio pics, I have a few cousins in TX and I keep meaning to go visit….the library alone has convinced me it must happen.


    (Um, PS, my “word verification” is “balph” which, for whatever reason, has given me a case of the giggles….seriously.)

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