If you're from Texas, it's not an official road trip without a stop at Buc-ee's to take your family photo! The kids can spot those Beaver billboards a mile away!
We got to San Antonio & there was a parade going on in front & around the Embassy Suites-Downtown so we did the whole "Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament!" thing about 50 times. We finally made it & our room wasn't ready so we went down to the Riverwalk for lunch. (Insert a lot of whining from the kids about how their feet don't work anymore & can no longer walk.) We ate at Casa Rio outside with a river view which was neat because we were in a pretty decent spot where the boats would either go straight or turn, so there was lots of traffic. Izzy had only been to San Antonio once before but doesn't remember it, and Maggie had never been, so they enjoyed watching all the boats go by.
After lunch, we went back to the hotel to take a break & get ready for the competition. Izzy's team wasn't performing until 8:40pm! Thank you scheduling people! Before we left, we enjoyed the Embassy's happy hour of complimentary drinks & food. We had 30 minutes to enjoy that before having to head out.
I'm late to the whole American Girl doll phenomenon, but it's "a thing" to dress up your girl & take her with you to competitions, etc. The girls will stunt their dolls, flip them...basically treat it like a little cheerleader. Luckily, the girls got dolls this Christmas from Bo's mom, so we joined in on the fun.
We were T-Minus 1 minute until Izzy was about to perform & Mags fell asleep! We tried to wake her but it wasn't happening. Put the girl in a bed, she stays awake. Put her in an uncomfortable stadium chair, lights out. Note: This is not the first time she's fallen asleep at a competition but the 4th!!!
Our girls AMAZING on Day 1!!! We were all so proud of them! Click here to see our girls performance from Day 1. (Disclaimer: we (I) scream a lot!)
On Day 2 we loaded up on the complimentary breakfast at our hotel. Omelets, bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs, cereal & fruit. Yes, this is not just the menu but what WE actually ate!
After breakfast, we walked about 5 blocks to the Alamo. We were on a mission to find the basement on this trip, but alas, "There's no basement in the Alamo!"
We walked back down to the Riverwalk to seek out more food. We saw these photo props at a restaurant along the way so of course, we couldn't pass them up!
Mini 1's performance on day 2 was as flawless as the first night. After all of our teams performed, they all gathered to head down to the awards ceremony.
Mini 1 got 1st Place!!! Look at those faces! The girls were so excited when their team name was read as the 1st place winners!
Back at the hotel. Izzy posing in her National Champs jacket! Then she posed with Coach Jason!
After the competition we all hung out in the lobby, ordered pizza, drank some beer & wine and watched the kids run around. The kids were up & down the elevator and in & out of each others rooms. Maggie tried to keep up with the big girls but she finally crashed & burned around 11pm! She was definitely a trooper though!
We had an amazing weekend with an amazing group of girls! Can't wait to do it again in a couple weeks at NCA Nationals in Dallas...and hopefully end with the same result!