Treasure Island Vacation


With the World Cup going on I really didn’t take the time to tell you about our vacation a few weeks ago. Back in June we went to Treasure Island, Fl. It is located on island a short drive out of Tampa. It’s in the same area as Clearwater, St. Pete Beach, Madeira beach and St. Johns Pass. We took the whole week off and enjoyed some great weather and beach time. It really is beautiful down there. I would not mind going back again. The water was so calm and warm in the Gulf of Mexico which is a big difference from being on the Atlantic Ocean side. We could relax and just enjoy the water without battling waves. It’s also an amazing area to look for sea shells if you like to collect them like we  do 🙂








Orange Beach and Mobile, AL


About a month ago, hubby told me we had a little extra and we could plan for a quick trip to the coast (it’s a 6 hr drive so not a major undertaking) and spend a couple of days. So for the last month we planned everything to make sure we could swing it and we decide to go for it. Last week we spent a couple days down in Orange Beach. It was a really nice quick trip. We got to go see the USS Alabama in Mobile and all the tanks and airplanes they had on display. After that we went over to Orange beach and spent 1 day and 2 nights in Orange Beach directly on the water 🙂  We got see jelly fish, a little sand crab, and a blue heron as well. It was great to have that quick trip for a refresh

Corpus Christi, Padre Island, and Houston…winter vacay!!



Well as I told you all yesterday, Hubby took us on a great little winter vacay. We went because number one we all were on edge and two we got the hotels cheap on the beach (I mean it’s winter…so yeah they were cheap). We drove down there and let me the first to say that was one heck of a drive! It took us 18 hrs to get there not because of the distance even though it is about 1000 miles from us…it was because we ran into a couple of traffic incidents and weather. If we didn’t have that…it probably would have taken us about 14 hrs. Whereas it was an amazingly long drive, we did get to see a lot while driving there. Being from where I am and where I have traveled, I had previously seen the oil refineries and the rigs but of course my kids had never. They were amazed about how big the refineries were. We went on past the refineries in Lake Charles, La and went on to Texas where we hit some really nasty weather. Finally, getting to Corpus Christie, Tx around 8 pm. We went on out to Padre Island, Tx found our hotel and were out like a light.

Day 1:

We went out to the beach even though was really chilly 62 degrees that morning but was fun


Then we went to see the USS Lexington out in Corpus Christi Bay but had to cross the Bay Harbor Bridge to get there


On the USS Lexington to had several examples of the different types of planes that were used. The kids got a kick out of them but I think Hubby got a bigger kick (such a big kid 🙂 )


After we left the USS Lexington, we went to the Texas Botanical Gardens. We saw some beautiful birds that have been rescued and brought back to health as well as some lizards, turtles, and snakes.


Day 2:

On day two we went out and visited some of the flea markets in the area (my thing 🙂 ) and then headed over to Bob Hall Pier where most of us had a good time. My poor son is not really into heights but he went and did really good. So I’m absolutely proud of him 🙂


After we had a stroll on the pier we took a nice long stroll on the beach and did some shelling and played a bit in the water even though was still chilly at  72 degrees. After hanging out there for a bit we went to the Texas State Aquarium. It was a blast!! I enjoyed myself as much as the kids. We got to feed stingrays, play with otters, see alligators, birds, turtles, and dolphins. They also do save and rescue operations for the animals. An amazing place.


After we left the aquarium that day, we went back to Padre Island hung out on the beach and celebrated Hubby’s 48th b-day

Day 3:

On this day we were heading back home and decided we would take a small detour to Houston, Tx. I’m glad we did. It was a gorgeous day. A little on the windy side but absolutely beautiful. On the way to Houston we passed through Port Aransas, Tx. We got to ride the ferry over which was a little bit of an excitement for the kids. A little crow even hitched a ride too 🙂

On the way to Houston we witnessed some Wind Farms. Gotta love the clean energy 🙂


When we got to Houston we went to Hermann Park. It was beautiful and sunny. The park had a train that took you around the whole park and we were able to get a glimpse of downtown.



I hope you enjoyed our trip as much as we did…it was a blast even if it was a little cool 🙂