(I happened to have the camera on Nick & Leo when Shamu made his first jump...I think this shot is absolutely priceless! I sure love my boys!)
So we were tied to Houston for the summer as Nick was completing an internship with ExxonMobil...Nick living with my parents during the week and commuting home for the weekends and Leo and I staying a few days here and a few days there pretty much all summer. It wasn't as bad as we thought, however it was a lot of driving for us...especially me & Leo. All in all he did great- dvd players in the car are such a life-saver! However after 14 long weeks of commuting and missing great vacations on both sides of the family, we were happy to be done and return home to College Station. School didn't start for another 2 weeks and so we decided to take a quick trip to San Antonio for a little vacation...we weren't at all bitter about the fact that we missed the Woodbury family cruise to Alaska or spending time at SI Bar with Grandpa Elmo's new horse...we just needed a vacation! :)
(Luckily Leo napped on the way to San Antonio! You would have thought that it was vacation enough just letting him have his nuk and "puppy" (blanket) in the car...he thought that was pretty great.)
So we drove over on a Tuesday and settled in to the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch. Our first stop was at Krispy Kreme- there are donut shops a plenty in Houston but no Krispy Kremes! It felt like a vacation already :)
(Donut lovers! Leo wouldn't wear the hat...but Nick didn't have a choice!)
Leo has really gotten in to donuts lately too because we reward him (and us!) with a Shipley's donut after our long runs on Saturday. He has discovered sprinkles and now prefers a whole sprinkle donut to the much easier and not as messy donut holes. Sigh. At least it is cute, right?
(Our room at the Hyatt resort- the life-saver kitchenette, Leo's makeshift bedroom, and Leo jumping on the bed)
We were pleased with our room at Wild Oak Ranch- it had a little kitchen area and a little living room area where we rearranged the furniture to make a "bedroom" for Leo, complete with rocking chair. We ventured out to explore the resort a little bit, ate at their restaurant, and played for a few at the "beach" by the lazy river the first night before putting Leo to bed and making a plan for SeaWorld the next day.
(The beautiful resort- lazy river, watching and learning from the girls in the pink bathing suits, digging in the sand with Dad, dumping water, and the "yes I just ate sand and I'm not sure if I like it" face)
(There was no line for tickets and the bag-checker told me our bag was "expertly packed"...woohoo!)
First we explored the Sesame Street "Bay of Play" a tiny bit and watched a 4D Elmo film...Leo wouldn't wear the glasses but loved it anyway.
(Watching the seals, mommy & baby seal napping, Leo trying to be a big kid, and too cute watching seals!)
It was fun to see Leo interact and copy the older kids too. He is still my baby but he seems so grown up and it seems like he has such a desire to act like a big kid...slow down already Leo!
(I know it doesn't look like it here, but I promise Leo really loved the penguins...real, stuffed, or costume!)
(Sesame Street, a wheel, AND playing in water? What could be better? Perhaps just the merry go round with Dad and Mom a few (dozen) times!)
(The lazy river/beach combo was great for the whole family and the weather couldn't have been better!)
(Anxiously awaiting Shamu, seeing him jump with Dad, classic SeaWorld shot)
(One last ride on Grover's round up and seeing the dolphins before it was time to go home)
(Peng! Leo liked him to ride in the stroller with him after we bought him...good thing the gift shop was the last thing on our list, right? Peng rode in the car seat on the way home and slept in bed that night- Leo was thrilled with him and loved to kiss his beak. He has always been very loving!)
We grabbed dinner and headed back to the resort. The next morning it was already time to pack up and we wished we could have stayed many more days. We took advantage of the lazy river one more time- being there early was great as we had the "beach" to ourselves!
(One last ride around the lazy river!)