Back when we were making plans to go to Dallas for the 4th, we decided it would be fun to take the rest of the week off since we don't have any big trips planned for the year and both of us had enough vacation days to spare. And while I wouldn't say we had a restful and relaxing week off, we sure did have a fun and full one!
The fun started on Tuesday when we made a quick stop in College Station on our way back from Dallas. (In my mind, I had imagined that this would break the drive up into two equal parts, but given that College Station is much closer to Sugar Land, that was not so much the case. So basically the first part of our drive lasted a sweet eternity, complete with plenty of whining and a few potty stops.)
We started with lunch at Blue Baker, swung by my old sorority house to show Clara where she will live one day ;), and then made our way to campus (no easy feat considering how much it has changed!). We walked around the MSC, showed them Kyle Field from afar, and then quickly toured Rudder Fountain, the Academic Building, and the Century Tree. As I mentioned on facebook, Colby was apparently so impressed that he randomly ran up to two separate trash cans and kissed them. And then Clara copied him because #twins.
See that "gig 'em" Colby is sporting? Not even intentional- just in his blood!
Technically you're supposed to end up marrying someone if you walk under the Century Tree with that person, but we have a firm anti-incest rule at our house, so this one doesn't count.
We headed back home from there, did 734 loads of laundry, and collapsed in exhaustion from our travels. Not to worry, though, because on Wednesday, we were up and ready for the adventure of the day: visiting the new Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center! To sum, the kids enjoyed themselves but I did think it was (a) crowded, and (b) geared more towards kids that are slightly older. Highlights for Colby were the stationary train at the front and the pretend ambulance (... complete with dummy/mannequin that totally creeped me out.) Highlights for Clara were the pretend grocery store and restaurant, where she kindly served me a bowl with 6 eggs in it for "lunch."
Cruising around Vietnam
Giving the kitty her check-up
See the dummy in the background? Creepy, right?
After dragging Colby out of the museum (literally) kicking and screaming, we headed up to rest for a bit before taking dinner/inviting ourselves to play at our friends' new house that they just moved into. No pictures, sadly, but a rare weeknight activity for us, to worth documenting nonetheless!
On Thursday, we hit the road bright and early(ish) for the one-hour drive to Galveston to check out Moody Gardens. Brian and I got day passes (the twins got in for free) so we were able to do all the things, and 6 hours later, we pretty much did!
First stop was "Palm Beach" which is not a real beach, but infinitely more pleasant than the real one nearby. We frolicked around the lazy river, splash pad, and wave pool before touring the rainforest pyramid (which was as humid as you would imagine). After a stop for lunch, we watched a 3D movie about Africa, toured the aquarium, grabbed some ice cream, watched a 4D movie about "Ice Age, and then took one last group selfie before heading back home.
Colby is really into smiling for the camera these days, as you can tell.
Colby's favorite toy
They had some kind of "Christmas in July" thing going on and the random Christmas trees set up around the property made me so happy! Also, to answer your question, yes, I spent the day at Moody Gardens with no clothes on.
This ginormous seal's name was Dino and the twins loved him!
Too tired for another picture, but somehow NOT TIRED ENOUGH TO NAP FOR EVEN ONE SECOND ON THE CAR RIDE HOME. Seriously, how is that possible?
On Friday morning, we pretended to be stay-at-home parents and joined Allison and a couple of her pals for a play date at one of the nearby splash pads. The twins loved it (way more than when we checked it out last year) and as a bonus, I didn't have to put on a swimsuit again. Also as a bonus, there was a newly installed mini-zip line next to the splash pad for them to try out (again and again and again and again).
We finished off the day playing (some more) with our cousins, complete with Clara showing off the moves one of her friends taught her that she excited to show off when she takes dance class in the Fall ;)
On Saturday, the twins took a trip to Dunkin' Donuts with Daddy (while I cleaned at home, because mom life is the most fun life) and then we joined some friends for an impromptu visit to the aquatic center near their house (pool, lazy river, splash pad, and water slides... way cooler than our neighborhood pool). At this point, I would not be surprised if the twins have convinced themselves that every day going forward will involve some sort of outdoor water activity.
We ended the week of fun that evening the only way we know how: more eating (Mexican food!) and more hanging out with the Olivers. You're all shocked, I know.
(I'm actually writing this on Saturday night, so it's highly possible that a lot of fun and exciting things happened on Sunday, but for the sake of brevity- ha!- I'll end with Saturday as the traditional last day of the week).
So yeah, I wouldn't say we ended our time off in a restful state, but I will say that for me, personally, spending all of that uninterrupted time together with the people I love the most was the perfect way to recharge my batteries... and hopefully it was enough to hold me over for 5 months until our next extended break when the holidays roll around!