Saturday, August 30, 2014

40th on South Padre Island

This morning we packed up and headed out for our end of summer vacation to South Padre Island. Our end of the year vacations usually coincide with Toby's birthday so I guess you could call it a vacation/birthday celebration.

Texas is not known for it's beautiful beaches and there are very few along the coastline that are worth traveling to. In the years we have lived here we've heard through the local grape vine that South Padre is considered to be close in comparison to the Florida beaches. Toby and I finally got curious enough to make the 6 hour drive to see for ourselves.

The drive was an easy one, which is always a plus for me.

Once we got to Port Isabel located a couple of miles outside of the Island we stopped at HEB and grabbed a few groceries for the room....fruit, lunch meat, rotisserie chicken, cheese, soups, etc.

We got an excellent deal on our room. $80 bucks a night and a room with an ocean view. Can't beat that!! It pays to vacation off season.

DAY 1. 

By the time we got checked in and settled into our room it was too late to do anything but have an evening drink out on the balcony while listening to the surf and taking in the beautiful view of the ocean.


DAY 2.

The weather was beautiful today. The water was great! Clear and Blue. It was akin to the water at Gulf Shores....not as blue and clear as the Florida beaches but certainly beat any beach in Texas. I also took note the beaches and Island were a lot cleaner than Port A....and more touristy.

Toby was excited -as well as everyone else who was on the beach at the time - to have spotted a very large school of fish just swirling along right at the shoreline. If you look really good in this picture you can see the shadowed area of the school to the right of Toby...


Everyone followed the school for awhile until they swirled on out to sea.



We also had some tropical fish nibbling on us in the ocean. At first it freaked me out a little bit, but it helped the water was clear enough that I could see what was doing the nibbling.

DAY 3.

Toby's birthday today! We ate a birthday lunch at an Island restaurant. Good food!



Creepy pose!
Toby decided he wanted to parasail for his birthday, and he encouraged Skye to join him. Of course, I didn't want any part of this adventurous activity so I opted to stay behind and take Bo for a walk along the beach...




They had a blast! Skye couldn't stop talking about it and I think Toby had fun too...except for the part where his swim trunks tore down the back seam and his butt cheeks were revealed. Skye loved that part too.

DAY 4. 

Good thing we spent an enjoyable day on the beach on our first day there. The rest of the time we were there the surf was rough and there was a red flag warning. We didn't let that stop us from playing on the beach, nor did Toby let it stop him from boogie boarding in it, taking advantage of the surf.

Me and Skye made mermaid fins for ourselves...





The storm rolling in....

We also spent some time in the hotel pool....



We also checked out the Sea Turtle Rescue Center across from our hotel...

Poor guy




Some more random photos from our trip...










Bo protecting the balcony from the seagulls

DAY 5.

Homeward Bound! As much as I love to see and explore different places, I'm always happy to see my little yellow abode.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Visitors

My, we've had an unusually busy social calendar the past couple of months! Aside from Lucas's visit, we had some friends over for the day for lunch and a swim, spent some time hanging with neighbors, and last week was the arrival of my brother and his family.

We had a WONDERFUL time.

Their first night here, we ate at a local popular restaurant, Ramos. Not sure how I really feel about Mariachi bands playing while I'm eating dinner, but I have to admit it added to the atmosphere.


We spent the next day hanging out at Rio Vista. It's one of mine and Toby's favorite water spots and I believe everyone enjoyed swimming...especially my brother's wife Diep and Toby!!


The rope swing is always a big hit...




My handsome hubby


My handsome brother

My beautiful niece
The next day we headed back out to San Marcos. Is it apparent that I love the San Marcos area?!!

We took a tour on a glass bottom boat at Aquarena Springs. I was so enthralled I neglected to take any pictures. I think we all had a good time on the boat.....I did at least.

After our boat ride we headed to the San Marcos outlets. I think my brother and I are probably the only ones that would have rather been doing something else, but we were outnumbered.

The outlet turned out to be fun because I got to hang out shopping with my niece and Skye.

It was a good visit and I look forward to the next!!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Half a Century Birthday Week

On July 23 I reached my half a century mark. Out of all the milestone birthdays I think this is the one that impacted my thoughts the most. Maybe it's because I know that I'm on the downhill decline to now or never.

Lucas arrived last week so as usual we celebrated our birthdays - which are one day apart - together.


Our birthday celebratory drink in the pool
Lucas posing in the new outfit I bought him....


On the day of my birthday day I chose to do something outdoors. I have been wanting to go to Jacobs Well for awhile and thought Lucas may enjoy it also.

I should have known better. In the middle of Summer on a hot afternoon what better place for a bunch of teenagers and young people to hang out.

Jumping off the cliff into the well seemed to be the preferred way to enjoy the well


Lucas about to jump. Toby jumped too.
I couldn't even get any pictures of the actual well itself there were so many people down there. You also couldn't even swim in it because everybody was jumping...not swimming.

I thought Skye may a bit bored but she remarked she enjoyed sitting around watching an accident waiting to happen. I thought she was being sarcastic but I do think she was really enjoying "people watching".

On Thursday Lucas's girlfriend Emily arrived. She got our stamp of approval. They spent their last two days here lounging in the pool, drinking beer, eating, and hanging out.



On their way out to a night out on the town....


Emily is sweet with a great personality. She came bearing birthday gifts for me and Lucas....




Tequila shots. I didn't participate in the shooting games. I prefer to drink slow and steady.


I enjoyed having someone around who appreciated my hospitality and doting. Not that I don't think Toby and Skye appreciate me, they just are so used to it that it's no special treat for them.

I cant help feel a little sad that the one time of year that I look most forward to is come and gone. At least I have the memories.