I have to admit this vacation was a little planned, but I really had nothing to do with it. Jason came to me about a month before school let out and told me he wanted to take a road trip this summer. I was all for it, and (for the first time ever) I let him plan all of it. Which to him was: find a condo on the beach, fill up the car, & drive…. And that’s pretty much what we did.
We packed one bag, a lot of beach toys, snacks & drinks, and hit the road mid morning. We’ve never taken a road trip before and we have good reasons, one of them being Jayden getting carsick. We don’t know why he gets sick, he’s been doing it since he was a newborn. Surely it’s not my driving!
How lucky am I to have such a cute chauffeur?!
We made it as far as Austin before Jayden got sick. Luckily I was stocked up on barf bags. Thank you Michelle, my flight attendant friend! Jayden is such a good sport about getting sick in the car and very clean. Sadly, he’s a pro. So we pulled over in Austin to get some air.
We made it to South Padre in about 9 hours… And I’m happy to say Jayden didn’t get sick after our stop! We were so excited to see the bridge and the welcome sign!
Our condo was so cute and right on the beach. The view was just what we wanted…. beach for days! I had been to South Padre more than a few times back in the day. Me and my friends didn’t care where we stayed and I can honestly say we never had a “view” of anything but spring breakers. I like my view SO much better now! Guess I’m officially old, but I’ll take it! These boys were thrilled to have the beach in the backyard!
It didn’t take us long to get our swim suits on and start enjoying our vacation.
We stayed out until the sun went down. After dinner we took the boys on the beach to look for crabs. Apparently it’s a “thing”, we weren’t the only ones walking down the beach, in the dark, with a flashlight searching for crabs. It was hilarious! Such tourists we are!
Jason woke me up to see the sun rise the next morning. We drank our coffee on the patio while the boys slept. It was beautiful, and just what we needed!
TV, breakfast, and “can we go outside now??!” (Jason kept it freezing in the condo! I wore his socks, two shirts, and pj pants to bed.)
My guys checking out the beach before everyone else. We love having the beach to ourselves in the mornings.
Beach all day, lunch, flying kites, and more beach.
It was the boy’s idea to bring kites with us. They flew them every day!
After a full day on the beach Peyton and Jayden both had a rash on their legs from the salt water and swim suits rubbing on their legs all day, so we went on a hunt for rash guards. We were praying we would find some to fit them. After going to two local souvenir shops we found some! The boys wore them under their swim suit the next day, but the swim suit still rubbed near their knees, so we just let them wear rash guards as a swim suit. Best beach purchase we ever made!
mornings on the beach were definitely the best!
We made a sandcastle every day. It’s serious business!
We took the boys to see the Sea Turtles. I love this place and how much they care for these turtles. The boy’s learned so much and wanted to help save all of them.
Not sure what happened with this picture but it cracks me up! Smile with the turtle!
Back to the beach!
We went to Pier 19 for dinner. Great place and we loved their sea food!
Come on kids, lets take a picture in front of the big fish….
Good Morning from the beach again…. our last day and taking full advantage! Best unplanned trip ever!
Jayden had his mind set on getting a shark necklace…. looking good Jay!
Both boys made a lot of friends. They played all day and got to borrow a couple of wake boards. They had a blast and did really good!
Ready for dinner…. they were excited.
We went to Louies for dinner. All you can eat sea food buffet…. so good! Peyton and Jayden loved feeding the catfish while we waited.
I mustache if you like sea food.
Our last morning was busy, we packed while the boys watched tv. Rough life! Even with all of the sunscreen we put on them they still got as brown as berries.
We went down to the beach one last time before we left…. Bye beach!
A few last pictures before we hit the road. (I just now realized I wore the same shirt two days in a row. I’m fancy.)
This is why I don’t hand my camera to people to take family pictures…. it’s just sad.
Bye South Padre! Until next time!
Just over the bridge there is a little breakfast burrito place called Manuels. We were told we HAD TO stop before we got on the road. So we did, and they were right…. this place is awesome! It was packed, but worth the wait. Best breakfast burrito ever!