Monday, May 16, 2011

Galveston Island

There was a hair show in Galveston that Ashlee wanted to attend, so we took the opportunity to make it a family trip and spend some time at the beach.  We dusted off our old beach gear from storage, packed the car, and headed down to Galveston, Texas for four days!  The trip had it's challenges (what trip doesn't?), but overall was a really fun time!   

Galveston isn't known for the best beaches around, but the packed, wet sand was perfect for making sand castles, and in this case, Sand Mer-People!

By later in the evening, seawood would start to gather on the shore, but each morning the City did a good job of clearing it from the beach.  

This was Aryah's first dip in the Gulf.  She didn't care much for it at first, but by the end of the trip, was enjoying charging the waves and finding seashells!

We walked around a bit looking at some shops on Seawall Blvd.  The two girls were being extra cuddly that morning.  Our hotel room door was probably 100 feet from the shore.  It was a great location and allowed us to spend more time playing and exploring then traveling and setting up.

As the days progressed, so did our castle making skills...This was named "Boulder City", because it was made out of many "boulders" or rolled balls of sand.  Mason was thrilled to learn that a city in Colorado had the same name.

Time for a quick nap..

At the hotel room.  One of the only downsides to the trip was that everyone got sick on the first night.  We all developed a cough and sore throat.  During the day, the symptoms went down a bit (or were ignored) but they seemed to amplify in the confined hotel room during the night.  That made for some long, rough nights, but we pushed through!

On our third night, we took the kids to Rainforest Cafe.  Tori was in animal heaven and still declares that her favorite part of the trip was the alligator/crocodile/dragon (it changes each time) that she got to see (it was a man in a suit).  The "Thunderstorm" every 30 minutes scared Mason a bit, but he was super brave. 
Tori LOVED the animals!

For dessert, the kids got to eat "Lava Mud" which was gummi worms with crushed oreo and pudding.  It made a bit mess, but they thought it was cool!
Even Daddy tried the worms!

While Ashlee was at the hair show, Daddy had some time with the kids.  The first day, they spent the time at the beach, but the second time (the last day of the trip), we all went to Moody Gardens in Galveston.  It was a bunch of pyramids and gardens with activities for all ages.

Mason looking up the side of a pyramid.
Playing in the fountains by the ocean.
One of the highlights of that day was the Dora/Diego 4D movie!  Not only was it in 3D, but wind blew at you, water splashed you, it snowed, there was bubbles, and crazy smells!  The kids LOVED it!  Tori had a small problem keeping her glasses on, but she did her best.

Tori hanging out at the Acquarium.  Every 30 seconds or so, a seal would swim by.
Looking at the fish!


The Jansens said...

That looks like so much fun!!! Moody Gardens is pretty cool with the glass pyramids. Yea for beaches!