Hi! Hope everyone is doing well!
Last week we took a trip to South Padre Island with Mom, Dad, Amy, Raylan, Kiddo, and myself.
We had a great time!
We stayed in the Bridgepoint Condos again, in a 3 bedroom unit.
We drove down on Wednesday.
We stopped half way down and had lunch. The kids were good in the car. They both wanted to ride with Grandma and Papa the whole way, but each time we took Kiddo in our car at the halfway point to try to get her to sleep after lunch (successful on the way back, but not on the way to the beach).
We got to Padre early enough to hit the beach, and immediately took the kids down there so they could run off some energy after the 6 hour car ride.
The beach was great! It wasn't crowded, and the temperatures and water were nice. We had a bit of wind, but it died down over the course of the trip. Raylan was excited to be back on the beach, and Kiddo had never been before. It took her a little bit to get used to the sand and waves and salt water, but once she figured it all out, she had a blast. She really loved chasing seagulls, helping Raylan dig and build in the sand, and sitting in the shallow water.
Raylan, for his part, perfected the art of diving under ocean waves on this trip, as well as impersonating a (friendly?) shark in the pool.
|Raylan refuels with a snack from Amy|
|Grandma plays lifeguard for Kiddo|
We got up the next morning and ate breakfast at the condo. Amy and Mom had brought some food, and Dad and I went to a grocery store the night before (on the island) and picked up a few things.
After breakfast we went back to the beach!
|This was meant to be a calm, idyllic picture of Amy and Kiddo, but...|
|Dad and Raylan, splashing in the waves and combing the beach|
|Raylan wants a pic with his mom!|
|Raylan ate a whole burger!|
|"I'm a shark! Pet my back!"|
|Sunset from the pool|
|Sunrise view from our condo (we were on the 17th floor)|
After breakfast we went over to Sea Turtles, Inc. to see the rescued sea turtles. It was fun!
We showed up right before feeding time for some of the larger turtles, so we got to see them eat.
|Strange sea creatures. And some turtles.|
|The whole family helps Raylan turn a penny into a souvenir.|
|Raylan and Kiddo watch the sea turtles eat|
Later, after nap time, we all went back down to the beach.
We had a really nice time at the beach that afternoon. The kids were in a good mood and the weather was perfect.
|Kiddo and Raylan do some sand castlin' with Mom and Amy|
|Mom and Kiddo take it all in|
Friday evening we went out to dinner at Gabriella's, an Italian restaurant near the condo. We had a good dinner. The kids were good eaters, and Raylan kept saying how much he liked the music (which featured a lot of Rank Sinatra and Benny Goodman).
|When Kiddo is done, Kiddo is done.|
We packed up the next morning and headed back.
We had a really nice vacation! The kids really enjoyed the beach, and they enjoyed the family time and all of the attention. They were really well behaved throughout the whole thing, really.
We also had a really nice time hanging out with my mom and dad. They were a big help with the kids (Amy and I got to go work out in the gym each day!), and it was really special to have them with us. We feel very lucky to have them in our lives and as part of our family!
So that's it. We got back Saturday evening in time for me to watch UT beat OSU!
Sunday was filled with errands and kid wrangling as we got settled back in.
Hope everyone has a good week!