Aunt Susie visited for four days earlier this month, and I’m only now getting a chance to write about it. March has been a busy month, more on that later.
We spent the first day together in Galveston. We went to the Rainforest Pyramid in Moody Gardens. Derek and I also did this last December. A highlight of the day there was watching a snake eat a rat whole, (so fascinating) and seeing two different types of monkeys in the trees. Derek and I missed out on the monkeys the first time.
I took her to lunch at Shrimp ‘n’ Stuff in Galveston, which has become our new favorite place to eat. We also sat on the beach for an hour, and then shopped at the Strand district. We ended the day at La Kings Confectionary. At La Kings, Aunt Susie asked if they made egg cremes (it’s a New York thing) and the guy behind the counter said yes, they do get requests for them, but he had never made one himself before. So another worker, and Aunt Susie, walked him through it. You learn something new every day.
We spent one afternoon at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. We enjoyed walking around and seeing the different animals, and even got to see a milking demonstration from a cow named Pickles. I think our favorites were all of the babies that were just born that week, some that same morning. We also saw a sheep judging and a cow judging.
We stuffed ourselves on good rodeo food (cinnamon rolls and then perogies for dinner) and then we saw the rodeo and the Tim McGraw concert. Both of us were ‘meh’ about Tim McGraw, but he did put on a good show, and he played my favorite songs of his so I am glad we ended up staying for the concert.
We spent time with Aunt Susie’s friend Steve at the rodeo. Steve and Aunt Susie used to work together, and he moved out to the Houston area just a few months after we did. We met him before last year. He is a really nice guy. The three of us all had a good time. Steve convinced a young cowboy to lasso Aunt Susie. She was scared, but he did it on the first try!
We also spent some time at Hermann Park, and then did a little bit of shopping at Rice Village. We took Aunt Susie to Susie Cakes for dessert!
On her last day, we decided on a whim to drive out to San Antonio. We checked out the Alamo, where we met Bella the Alamo Kitty, and Aunt Susie helped her get a drink from the water fountain. We had Tex-Mex for lunch right on the River Walk, which was something new for us compared to the first time we visited S.A. We also checked out the Cathedral of San Fernando, a gorgeous Catholic church. Right inside the entrance was a tomb that held the remains of the Alamo heroes: Bowie, Barrett and Crockett. That was a bonus find for me, because I love the Texas revolution history so much. We also checked out the Bexar County Courthouse. Our last stop was Mission Concepcion, where a wedding had just ended in the church!
We had a great time together and we were quite busy all four days. I’m glad that I will see her again so soon, next time in Italy!