Monday, July 19, 2010

Parent's Retreat

This weekend we packed up grease lightening, dropped the kids off with mi madre and headed to San Antonio, TX for a little lover's getaway. You see, we haven't been lovers lately. We've sorta been fighters. So we needed a getaway.

We stayed in a hotel by the Riverwalk. Saturday we slept in. As in, didn't get woken up by a whiny 3-year old at 6:45. Yes Silas if you read this one day, you were very whiny in the mornings. Let's say that again because it feels so good. We slept in. Ahhh. 

After    sleeping in    we headed to Schlitterbahn. It's a water park and it was Saturday. And it was a "promotional" Saturday. So there were only about 3.2 million people there. That equaled waiting in line for 2 hours to go down a slide. And even though we only went on a total of 3 slides and around a few rivers, the day wasn't lost. While we were in the first line I decided we should play 21 questions to pass the time. Of course we had to come up with a wager for whoever had the most wins at the end of the day. I wanted a world-famous Brian foot rub if I won. I rarely get them. And I wanted a really long one that would make him sweaty and his forearms sore the next day. Then Brian informed me he wanted a new chip for his truck that would make it get better gas mileage. It only costs $200. Oh that's all? Sure. I agreed because I knew I would win. I have ESP with Brian and I'm about 100x more competitive than him. So the game commenced. 

The tournament was heated. Every time a round ended, the victor would scream and cheer and I would look up and see crowds of people smiling at us and realize that we were entertaining everyone in line. We should have charged Schlitterbahn for our services. And Brian was sweating bullets the whole day because of this game. Who knew he wanted that dang chip so bad? At one point he lovingly grabbed me by the neck when he knew he was about to lose yet another round and said, but I need that chip! I said well then you better start coming up with harder subjects and stop insulting my intelligence with things like a monkey! He eventually upped his game and made a comeback. Some of the more memorable games involved tree bark, the Liberty Bell memorial, Mary Poppins, creme brulee, Dwight Schrute, and nipple hair. Brian was fuming when I used my powers to guess his eel in a record 8 questions.  

Throughout the day I would find myself thinking as we stood in eternal lines, Oh yeah, we're at Schlitterbahn! The game was only interrupted by the total of 45 seconds we spent going down slides.

That night the game was put on the back burner while we spent a wonderful dinner by the water on the Riverwalk. It was a really nice night. Followed by another morning of sleeeeeping innnnnn.  

The game ended Sunday morning as we stood in line for world famous tacos at the Taco Taco Cafe. After a few rounds we were still tied. But then he guessed my place: Chipotle (It's easy I know. I had a moment of weakness because of intense hunger pains). If he could stump me he would win the whole tournament. I wasn't scared. I had him. I started guessing. Narrowed it down to a place in Las Vegas. Had 7 guesses left. Cake walk. I started guessing. Bellagio. MGM. New York, New York. Circus Circus. Mandalay Bay. Is it one of the big hotels? Yes, and you have one guess left. Oh dang. No problem, I will just use my powers. I closed my eyes and cleared my mind. The pyramid with the beam of light came into focus. That's it! The Mirage! I yelled it as everyone watched nervously. Nope! It's the Luxor! I win! I win! I get the chip! 

It was a low blow to my gut when I realized I had the right hotel but said the wrong name. So disappointing. What a way to end the game. But it was fun to see Brian so happy to finally beat me at something. It's only taken him about 13 years but he finally did it.

All in all it was a great weekend. We had important deep discussions during the drive, spent quality time with God, and had alot of fun. We are refreshed. 

But most importantly, Brian can now be united with his beloved chip.


  1. Angie you need to write a book one day - you crack me up and have a way to connect with people. : )

  2. I am so glad you all got away together. And I am also very jealous. There. I said it!! :)

    And yes, you need to write a book!