Thursday, August 05, 2010

"Anniversary trip to Galveston!'

Last Thursday was our 4 year wedding Anniversary. I'm so blessed with the man God gave me to spend the rest of my life with. It's crazy to think what all has happened in the 4 years we've been married. We've had ups & downs, but through it all our marriage has grown stronger each day. We usually just got out to dinner at a nice restaurant alone to celebrate. This year James planned something special for us.
James arranged to leave work early on Thurs. & didn't work Friday. Owning your own business can make it difficult to get away. We drove to Galveston Thurs. afternoon. My mom drove to Galveston to keep Abigail for the night at their condo. James & I went to dinner at Giado's, which is the best place to eat seafood in Galveston. The restaurant has been in Galveston for almost 100 years. I love seafood, but don't eat it that often because it's so expensive. After dinner we walked along the beach & then checked out the pool at the hotel. We stayed at Hotel Galvez, which is an historical hotel in Galveston. We had a wonderful evening alone celebrating each other & our marriage! We were able to sleep late, to us that means 7:30 am! James & I grabbed breakfast at a local cafe' called the Sunshine Cafe' that my parent's found and I had breadpudding french toast with fresh fruit on top! Wow, it was so good!
After breakfast, James & I went to my parent's condo on the beach to see Abigail & spend the day as a family. This was technically the first night we left Abigail overnight, except for when I had to go to the emergency room in the middle of the night. Abigail had a hard time going to sleep because she was so excited to be spending the night with Mimi at the beach. Abigail had so much fun playing with Mimi while we were away. She never notices when we aren't around because she's always having too much fun! We took Abigail down to the beach to play in the ocean & sand for a while. Abigail didn't want to go in the water at first, but she warmed up to it and had so much fun playing in the waves. Of course, she loved playing in the sand and building sand castles. After playing in the sand on the beach and in the ocean, we took a dip in the pool.
I had so much I wanted to do the rest of the afternoon like going shopping on The Strand, going to Moody Gardens, & eating dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. Well, I learned when traveling with a 3 year old, you have to play it by ear and not stress over things you don't get to do. There's always next time right? When we left my parent's condo to head to The Strand Abigail fell asleep. So, we ended up driving around for an hour to let her nap. We decided that we would save going to Moody Gardens for another trip. So, we headed to The Strand. Shopping isn't what a 3 year old wants to do & it was so hot outside. We decided to take a boat ride to see the dolphins. It was neat to take a boat ride out in the ocean & to see the dolphins. Again, it was still so hot outside! The heat was so draining!
My family doesn't go to Galveston without stopping in LaKing's, which is an old fashioned ice cream shop that makes candy, chocolates, ice cream, milkshakes, salt water taffy, etc.! If you've never been there, you need to check it out the next time you're in Galveston. We went to the Rainforest Cafe' for dinner before we left to come home. None of us were even hungry & we were all hot from being outside all day. Abigail was actually a little scared of all the fake animals at the restaurant. We took the little ride they have at the restaurant while we waited for our table. We all felt better once we sat down in the air conditioning and got some ice cold water! The restaurant has a fun atmosphere for kids, but the food isn't very good and not cheap either. It was another thing on our trip that I should have just let us do next time. At least, we didn't have to drive back in the Friday 5 O'clock traffic. We enjoyed our day in Galveston, but we were all exhausted by the end of the day! I think we would have had more fun if we had just played in the water all day because it was really too hot to try to do anything else outside.
We're planning a long weekend to San Antonio in September. I learned some valuable lessons that will help in planning our next adventure.

This would be a really cute picture if we both weren't squinting so bad!

On the balcony of my parent's condo on the beach!

Playing in the sand on the beach!

Riding on a boat to see the dolphins!

Can you see the dolphins in the picture?

Abigail posing with Abby Cadabby & Elmo inside a candy store on The Strand in Galveston!


Jen said...

Looks like a fun couple of days in Galveston..we haven't been down there in forever! Happy Anniversary!

Lacey said...

Glad you guys had a good anniversary trip!!! And yes, I see the dophins. And we miss seeing you guys too- maybe this weekend, we'll see. :)

Emily said...

I'm glad y'all finally took the plunge and got away for a night alone! How great that you have family close to do it more often. So happy you had a great anniversary celebration!

Kristyn said...

Glad that you guys got to spend some one-on-one time. That's ALWAYS needed and we just don't take the time to do it. I'm also glad that you guys had a great time as a family. :) HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

The Steele Family said...

Hey! What happened to all the seaweed at the beach!? I don't see any in the picks. Looks like a beautiful day for the beach- I am sure she enjoyed it more because of the missing seaweed :)