Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hill Country Vacation

We escaped from DFW last week for a little family vacation. We spent the week in SouthCentral Texas enjoying the hill country. The weather was perfect, staying in the low 80's and Chris was with us all day everyday! We realized on the drive down that this was our first family trip where we weren't just tagging along on a business trip or visiting family.

We started the week with a little golf…and realized that we shouldn't be holding our breath for college scholarships in that department. Chris played the entire game with his non dominant arm and still won by a large margin. Lot's of fun though!

Daddy and his golfing buddies!
We took lots of walks, my goal for the trip was to test out the new stroller and make sure that #thirdlittleweldy got plenty of exercise. The pregnant waddle is developing quickly, but I'm trying my best to stay mobile. These two crazy kids loved the outdoor time!
Dipping their toes in the Guadalupe River with Dad!
Otto ended up going in to his waist, but assured me it was okay, "I can just take my clothes off in the car, Mom, and go to the hotel naked!"

We stayed at my parents timeshare, which was pretty perfect. Having an extra bedroom and full kitchen  is the way to go when traveling with littles. Most nights we cooked, but we did venture out for a few fun dinners as well.

We browsed downtown Gruene and had dinner at the Gristmill. Very fun place to eat, great food, and sitting outside overlooking the river can't be beat.
Oldest dance hall in Texas
Continuing with the 'exercise the pregnant lady' theme, we spent an evening at the dam on the East side of Canyon Lake. Chris ran it twice in the time it took the kids and I to walk across, but the views were spectacular and the paved surface for pushing the stroller plus severity pounds was excellent.

When we finally made it to the far side Meri did a full pirouette saying, "I did it! Meri did it! Where is my camera?" Little miss needed to document her impressive feat;)
She was quite the picture taker on our trip, requesting "Cheesse!" until you obliged her with a pose and a smile. Must be a second born thing;)

Otto has decided that he's into "Spooky, creepy music." He and Chris have been sharing an iPod.
Another stop we made was at Hamilton Pool. Such a neat place! You hike to the pool down 1/4 mile of rock steps, and it is just gorgeous. Shaded, clear water, mature trees.

The water was a little muddy and swimming wasn't allowed due to the E. coli run off from the local cattle pastures, but exploring the natural rock formation was enough for us.
Chris was super Dad and carried both kids back to the car. An uphill climb is no joke, but adding 70 pounds is crazy. Glad I was responsible for the lightest kid;)

I think the kids favorite activities were at the timeshare itself. Less car time is always good! They went swimming in the outdoor pool (in October, thanks Texas!) by themselves. (Kiddie pool, 1.5 feet deep and we were sitting on the edge.)
And explored the two playgrounds. We discovered that Meri thinks acorns are collectibles and deer are amazing. She had us take an evening drive just to count the deer (17 on one short street!) and have them admire her. "Wook at me deer! Wook!"
On Friday we finished up our time on Canyon Lake and headed to San Antonio for a special surprise.
Seaworld! (Laugh at the bellybutton, I do.)
Otto was just tall enough to ride most of the rides! First roller coster! He and Chris jumped right in the front seat, crazy guys.
The massive gerbil cage and merry-go-round were more Meri's speed. She LOVED "going round in circles!".
We fed the ducks, and saw the dolphins.
And Otto rode a few more rides:)
And played ultimate tourist:)
The highlight of the day was the Shamu show. So impressive! The kids were absolutely blown away. Otto is a pretty tough dude and tries his best to blasé about big events in life, but even he couldn't contain his amazement.
And then, to cap off the day, dinner and a fun hotel on the Riverwalk! That Meredith, such a poser.
#thirdlittleweldy and I were there too, large and in charge.
The next morning, after a fantastic breakfast where the hotel cook made the kids special Mickey Mouse pancakes, we walked to the Alamo for Chris and the kids first visit.
So glad we got to get away from the normal and spend some time enjoying our family of four before our new little guy gets here. We learned though, 'vacations' aren't really rejuvenating when you have little kids!

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