The boys are out of school this week to celebrate Passover and they visited the Snake Farm where they fed some lamas, chickens and pigs (Sam said "they liked our matzah"). Not sure they were keeping Passover, but at least Tyler and Sam made sure that they tried.
If you have ever wondered if your small child could fit in the overhead compartment of a regular American Airlines jet, think no more, if he is less than 4 feet, he will undoubtedly fit (thanks, Mike, for conducting that experiment).
Tyler was really working hard practicing for the four questions. He and Sam worked hard together. Here you can see he is ready for seder, the first one to the table, and already getting his lines in order.
It was great being in Boston with family and friends. We had two nice seders, the first night at Gema and Grandpa's house and the second at Charlie, Robyn and Jason's house. Tyler clearly loved his soup...
We are so proud of Mike who expertly finished his first marathon run ever, the 115th Boston Marathon! He did great and the best part, was when he was in the middle of the dreaded Heartbreak Hill, he was smiling from ear to ear, looking healthy and ready for the next 6 miles! He did great and we were so happy to be able to support he and Melissa and Mike. The boys and I had a great time handing out orange slices to the runners as well...good job all around!
I got the call early Sunday morning, "two extra seats to the Red Sox vs. Blue Jays game today, do you want them??" So Sam and I jumped at the opportunity and we went to the game with our friends, Heidi and Mark. What a great experience that was!!! We even ran into Jon, Alysha and Hannah, who was also at her first Red Sox game (just like big cousin, Sam). It was very memorable for me to be able to take Sam to see his first game in Fenway, can't wait to take Tyler next time around!
Here we are ready for Boston. I am painting Mike's name on his marathon shirt so that every fan on the course can cheer for him and help him get to the finish line. And the shots of the boys are at the airport, where fiesta is in full bloom, go San Antonio!
The parade was full of patriotism, big flags, marching bands, high school ROTC groups, Air Force bands, floats, dutchesses, kings, princes, cowboy boots, horses and big balloons (which was obviously the boys' favorites). As you can see, my lady friends were dressed for a real Kentucky derby style race with the large hats, but fiesta shirts and flowers topped off the outfits.
The boys and I went one of the largest fiesta parades, The Battle of the Flowers. We had front row seats and the weather was just perfect. What a great time we had, our first real parade in San Antonio. And it is quite historic, the longest parade run solely by women in the country.
We had a great Purim carnival at our temple. I desperately tried to dress everyone up as I had done in years past, as Purim characters, like Mordechai, King Achashvaros, hamantaschen...but no, this year the boys revolted! So here you see pirate Tyler and skeleton Sam. We are also very snake obsessed here in South Texas, we went to a local playground to see a snake demonstration (would that ever even happen in Boston???), as you can imagine, the boys LOVED it!!!
We signed Sam up for a few tennis lessons this spring and although he was one of the youngest in the class, he seemed to pick it up very quickly (once he figured out it was a racquet and not a baseball bat).
Sam and Tyler are in the same room now since our trip to Utah, they loved it so much that they begged us to let them share a room. But what we found to be happening was that in the middle of the night, Tyler would find his way to the foot of Sam's bed and fall asleep there for hours until we moved him back to his own bed. To solve this, we put the beds into a bunk bed formation and, at least for now, Tyler has not figured out how to climb up the ladder into Sam's bed.
Martha and Alejandro made Tyler an amazing Batman Pinata and that really made the party so special. Here you can see the boys giving it their best shots. In the end, it took some ripping by the adults to really get it opened up.