As I briefly mentioned in my post about Ryan's birthday party, our big gift to him this year for his birthday was a mini-trip to San Antonio to see his favorite basketball team play.
We decided to stay again at the Omni La Mansion del Rio, down on the Riverwalk. We stayed there last year when we saw the Spurs play, and loved it so much, it was a no-brainer about returning.
We started our day with a late lunch at our old family favorite, Teka Molina. This boy loves their bean cups more than anything! He ate a record-breaking (for him) six bean cups now that he was eight.
Ryan opted to forego seeing any of the Riverwalk this visit, because he just wanted to swim in their heated pool.
And when its your birthday, that's what you get to do.
We shared a taxi to the game with a couple - the wife was celebrating her 50th birthday, and her present was also a trip to see the San Antonio Spurs. Great minds think alike. :)
The Spurs were behind for the majority of the game, but only a little bit. When they finally caught the lead in the 4th quarter, the arena exploded.
It was the kind of excitement where you are high-fiving and hugging your seat neighbors who are suddenly your best friends for this short few hours of your lives together.
The lead would alternate between the Spurs and the Kings for the rest of the game. Ryan was a bit concerned the Spurs might lose on his special day. Never fear, I told him. They are the greatest team in the NBA, and they WILL deliver a win for you on your birthday, Ryan. And in the last few seconds... they did.