Go on down to San Antonio! My 2014 Christmas trip!

I want to begin by saying “Merry Christmas Everyone”! I know that’s pretty late of me but I was a little on the busy side around the holidays, please forgive my tardiness.  I hope y’all had a safe and blessed Christmas wherever you were and with whomever you spent it with.  My Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were both spent in San Antonio,  Texas visiting my brother and his wife.  I won’t lie to y’all I wasn’t looking forward to traveling to San Antonio. The last time I was there I got lost approximately 5 times (and that’s with a GPS, lol don’t judge me). This time however was a 180 degree difference.

Looking out over downtown San Antonio.

Looking out over downtown San Antonio.

We (my boyfriend, my brother and I) checked into the Embassy downtown (compliments of my Aunt TT) and then set out with my older brother and his wife to look at our surroundings. Luckily for us the Embassy is not far from The Riverwalk, but unfortunately for us since it was Christmas Eve very few places were open but we got a pretty good grasp of the concept.  The Riverwalk was really festive.

A small peek of downtown while walking around with family.

A small peek of downtown while walking around with family.

The Riverwalk

The Riverwalk

After wandering around for about 2 hours we called it a night.

The next morning we (along with my Aunt TT) enjoyed a big delicious breakfast provided by Embassy. We then headed to my older brother’s place for Christmas time! We watched a few movies and of course ate.

We watched two of my favorite Christmas movies,  National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and Friday after Next.

We watched two of my favorite Christmas movies, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and Friday after Next.

Since we were headed back home the next day we cut the festivities off around 6 and headed to our 2nd hotel for our stay. We decided to stay at the Hyatt Place downtown for our second night to save some pennies. I’ve stayed at the Hyatt many times before and I can’t remember a time when I’ve been disappointed. We decided to unwind at the bar and call it a night.

Post Christmas dinner treats at the Hyatt Place downtown San Antonio.

Post Christmas dinner treats at the Hyatt Place downtown San Antonio.

We set off Friday morning headed back to good ol’ Oklahoma.  We stopped in Austin on the way back to visit for a little while with my grandparents. Of course they couldn’t let us leave without offering to feed us…and we gladly accepted.  Sorry I forgot to pull out the camera for pictures but believe me we had a nice time.

The trip was a success in so many ways and I had a great time.  I now have a better outlook on San Antonio and what it has to offer.  I would definitely visit again.

Beautiful view from downtown

Beautiful view from downtown

Great time with family and I'm glad I gave San Antonio another chance.

Great time with family and I’m glad I gave San Antonio another chance.

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Labor Day Weekend Split – Dallas/Tulsa

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Whew! I had a great Labor Day weekend. It’s been about 2 years since I last set foot in Dallas, Texas. This weekend I made my journey back to this fun city. There’s something about Dallas…I can’t really put my finger on it but I’ve always felt welcomed there. We arrived on Friday evening, got our bearings and then set out for some grub. After careful deliberation…we chose Texas Roadhouse, hey why not?

 Yum

Yum

When in Texas...

When in Texas…

We then headed back to our room and set out for the night.

The following afternoon we began our day at Pappadeux Seafood Restaurant. It’s hard to visit Dallas and not stop by Pappadeux. We had a delicious lunch.

Blackened catfish with fried shrimp and dirrttty rice

Blackened catfish with fried shrimp and dirrttty rice

We then stopped by the Galleria. If you haven’t heard of the Galleria in Dallas, allow me to fill you in quickly. It’s a four story mall with over 200 stores and services. One major feature of the Galleria is the ice skating rink.

Dallas Galleria

Dallas Galleria

The Galleria has a Starbucks...'nuff said

The Galleria has a Starbucks…’nuff said

We spent some time at the mall and then headed over to the Dallas Arboretum. When I heard that the Dallas Arboretum would be having 1 Dollar Days throughout the month of September I knew we had to at least swing by to check it out. If you purchase your parking pass online through their website you can get $5 off the price. We spent a total of $8 for our visit. The Dallas Arboretum is a huge landscape of beautiful plants, trees and flowers. With pathways, trails and bridges to help you get from one scenic view to the next, before you know it you’ll be lost in the view.

 $1 Dollar Days!

$1 Dollar Days!

After a day of running around we decided to enjoy some night life. We attempted to visit the restaurant and jazz club Buttons. We were unaware of how long the wait would be prior to stopping by, so after approximately an hour wait we decided to look else-where for some grub. We landed at The Quarter, directly next door to Buttons. It was a cool little bar with plenty of tables, karaoke, tv’s all around, an attentive staff and the food wasn’t too shabby.

The Quarter, a New Orleans inspired bar

The Quarter, a New Orleans inspired bar

After spending a fun couple of days in Dallas we headed back home to Oklahoma.

Normally I would chill after a trip but not this time. Sunday night was the second to last home game for the Tulsa Drillers. The Drillers play at OneOK field in downtown Tulsa. The sports organization has done a great job at making the minor league baseball games fun for the entire family. One of the biggest attractions is the fireworks show at the end of the game.

Tulsa Drillers baseball game

Tulsa Drillers baseball game

Fireworks finale

Fireworks finale

Once again…Whew! This was a great Labor Day weekend. How was your holiday weekend? Comment below!

Don’t feel like leaving my page just yet? Well check out a few more pictures from my weekend…

My friends and I sweating it out on the tram, I definitely appreciate their patience

My friends and I sweating it out on the tram, I definitely appreciate their patience

The Dallas Arboretum accommodates weddings and other special occasions.

The Dallas Arboretum accommodates weddings and other special occasions.

The peacocks!

The peacocks!

Nice stroll (actually a hot stroll lol)

Nice stroll (actually a hot stroll lol)

Dallas nights

Dallas nights

Map found at a McDonalds near McAlester

Map found at a McDonalds near McAlester

A few "antiques" inside the same McDonalds

A few “antiques” inside the same McDonalds

Until next time...

Until next time…