Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

When we moved to San Antonio, we wanted to do everything possible. After all we lived in Dallas for two years and couldn't tell you one exciting thing to do in the city. We have held up our promise well- Rampage hockey games, the Rodeo, visited lots of little towns around and now baseball. San Antonio has a MiLB lteam, San Antonio Missions. We stumbled across a Groupon deal for practically free tickets, so we have been going to a lot of games. 

When you drive up to Nelson Wolffe Stadium, you can't expect much. The parking lot has weeds and barely has lines for the spaces. The stadium is outdated, at least 20 years old. Our University of Arkansas Baum Stadium was 100% better than this. The Frisco Dr. Pepper stadium we went to had a swimming pool! 

We have been pleasantly surprised! First off, we sit 2 rows behind the vistor's box. These tickets are $12 and the most expensive! Can you believe that- such a steal! Parking is $5, but there are promotions nights throughout the week. We tend to go on Thursdays, $1 beer, soda, and hotdog night. Tuesdays are $2 night- beer, parking, and reserved tickets. I highly recommend an evening game. Sunday games are in the afternoon and it gets hot under the Texas sun! Bring a blanket so you don't have to sit on a hot seat if you go on a Sunday. 

The team has two mascots- Ballapeno and Henry the Puffy Taco. Oh my goodness, they are hilarious! They love to dance. Ballapeno's eyes come off too. They add a lot of fun and excitement to the games!

The best part about the games is the family environment it creates. Before the first pitch, young softball and baseball teams get to line the bases. These kids thinks this is the most awesome thing ever! You should see their big smiles on their faces! The National Anthem is sung by a local school choir and is the sweetest thing. Between every inning there is a game or contest that the fans participate in. Watching all the kids catch the fly balls or hope the players will throw them one, it's priceless.

Overall, we enjoy these games a lot! They play our home teams, NWA Naturals, and the Frisco RoughRiders. In fact, the Missions were the Texas League Champions in 2013. Hopefully, we can watch them bring home another title this year!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

California Dreaming

Not to long ago, I took a trip to Northern California to visit my sister, Hayden. My brother, Grant, met up with me in the San Jose airport. We had a long overdue sibling weekend. We stayed a couple days in Monterey. My favorite part was the drive on Highway 1 to Big Sur. The scenery was amazing!

We stop at an amazing restaurant for brunch. The food was so amazing, I would recommend it for dinner as well! They have a bakery up front. Grab some pastries or cookies to go and enjoy on your hike or drive. 

We also ventured out to Carmel-by-the-sea. It is such a cute town! I wish we had spent more time here. They have lots of wine tasting places, cute shops, and an amazing cured meats bistro we ate lunch at. 

We drove into the city to glance at the Golden Gate Bridge. I have always loved San Francisco and fell back in love again. 

The trip was relaxing. I had forgotten how beautiful Northern California is. Cannot wait to get back out that way!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rob's Thirsty Thirty- by Rob

A couple of weekends ago, we celebrated Rob's 30th birthday in Austin. I asked him to write a post about his weekend; what a treat! I put some comments inside {}. I also want to take a moment to share his great invitations. Erin from Lexsdesignco did a wonderful job at crafting this for us! I found her on Etsy and am so glad I did. I believe these started the weekend off right! 

Special moments in life shared with others

This year is unlike most years for myself, for now I have been on this big round ball for three decades. It gives me time to reflect on the past and how many great moments and experiences I have already had. I also look forward to the many more that I hope to come. At any rate, I had the absolute best 30th birthday ever! I was able to spend it with close friends and family for a weekend in Austin, TX. What a time! Started out the weekend with dinner on Friday night at a place called Banger's. It was a German beer garden, Texas style. All sausage is made in-house and they even had veg options for my bud Tom and his wife. They had to ask the waitress and double check cause they couldn't believe that it was not meat. Also enjoyed a beer that had been aged in 30 year old scotch barrels, I thought it seemed fitting for the occasion. 

{The nice thing about Banger's is the atmosphere. It is community tables, so seating our group of 13 wasn't a huge problem on a Friday night. Plus their food is the bomb!}

The following day, the wife lined out a limo ride for all of us to a Belgium inspired brewery Adelbert's. First off, I had never really rode in a limo before. One word, wow! Nothing like riding up to a brewery in style. The beer was really good, although I am a fan of Belgium style beers especially farmhouse ales. They had a really nice one called the Scratchin' Hippo, yum yum! For lunch we all had food from a Korean food truck {Bimbibowl} that pulled up to the brewery. It was quite tasty! 

{I typically do not like Belgium beers, but Adelbert's had two beers I and my girlfriends enjoyed- The Traveler and The Philosphisizer. They were very helpful in setting up a table for us and accommodating our group.}

After the brewery and tour, and getting to just hang out with everyone we all dispersed for a well needed power nap so we could then all meet up for dinner at Fado's Irish Pub. Now I have been to Austin several times, and even out to Sixith Street, but never down to I guess the area you would call Lower Congress near the Colorado River. I have never seen so many people and all mostly my age. Although now that I am 30 perhaps they were younger.. Austin sure is one happening city though with restaurant after restaurant and bar after bar, all seemingly full! Anyways, Fado's Irish Pub was better than expected and the service was even more special since are waiter was from the motherland. We finished the evening off at a bar called Handle Bar were all the bartenders sported pretty nice staches, although I def think I brought on some good competition. 

{Fado's is an authentic Irish Pub. The restaurant is full of nooks and crannies that can make your meal a intimate one even though it is a pub. I am not sure if I would recommended it for the size of our group because of seating layout, but the service and food was impeccable!}

All and all, it was an awesome weekend. Any time is good when I have an excuse to get all my friends and family together and be able to spend time with them. Thanks to all and here is to the next 30+ to go.