Tuesday, June 5, 2012

We Took A "Real" Vacation

We travel with The Sheriff fairly often, but thus far our vacations have carried us back and forth on the impudent I-10, always so forward with its road closures and come-to-a-complete-stop road trip antics, to see friends and family back home. The time had come for a little adventure of our own, and after hearing great recommendations from friends, we decided to head over to Lost Pines to stay at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa for the Thursday through Saturday before Memorial Day.

While we planned for little, ok no, "spa" in our trip, we found some relaxation by the pool in a 1'6" toddler paradise, perfect for giving Momma and Daddy just the right amount of splash therapy while sipping on a margarita or two in the sun. Who really needs massages and pedicures after all right? (Ok, given more time, I would have totally taken advantage of it!)

So today I give you the "Water Edition" recap (a toddler in water picture heavy post. You've been warned.)


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W went in with so much gusto that he was under in less than 4 minutes after we arrived. I hadn't even taken off my coverup and had to do the everything is moving in slow motion run to grab him thus soaking my clothes.

Here we are having a little chat to make the world right again.

I was worried that the trip would be ruined; he'd be scared to fall under again and the pool would be a done deal.


This little pool was perfect for the little ones. We brought beach toys in; we threw footballs; we ran around and even practiced going under and coming back up. And since the bottom was a bit rough, rough enough that I would have ruined a pedicure had I gotten one, Momma and Daddy found themselves sitting on the side with our ritas tossing balls for the little guy. Thursday was nice, but by Friday afternoon the Memorial Day crowd began rolling in, and I became that mom cursing in my head of course the adults (with kids no less!) who crowded the toddler pool with beach chairs. Seriously, where are these little people supposed to swim?!

He only paused for some "mandatory" take a break and smile with Momma moments.

I'm so thankful for the man behind those moments and found myself behind the lens for just a bit to snag a picture of the guys hanging out in the deeper pool. The picture doesn't show it, but the grounds include a walk-in beach to this pool, a feature I think we'll enjoy more once The Sheriff's a little older. He's such a water boy right now with little time for sand.

This larger pool also connected to a lazy river with perfect inner tubes for the littles guys and gals with a sealed bottom so they could sit and ride along without keeping their larger counterparts from relaxing as well.  The Sheriff rode along like it's what he was made to do. Little Stinker.

With Wyatt's age, the pool was certainly the highlight of our stay. I think we even ate all but one meal out there. There are tons of activities for older kids, but right now, Momma, Daddy, and a little guy just shy of two, took a break from life for a while to soak up the sun and the love of each other.

*I was in no way compensated for this post.


KERRY said...

What a sweet post! I loved reading all about your adventure to such a fun and relaxing place :)
Looks like your little man enjoyed himself immensely and I had to smile when you spoke of your little chat to make everything right in the world again, the look on his face is priceless!
So glad you got away somewhere different :)

Am I Really Grown Up? said...

I love little family trips like this. So rejuvinating! It looks like W had a great time and with some margaritas, I'm sure you did too:)

Anonymous said...

Aww family trips are so fun! I-10 is a little ridiculous. Are they ever going to be done with all that work?!

The pics are so great and I loved the one with you "throwing" him up in the air while standing in the water. Y'all are so fun! My kinda people!

Can't wait to read about the rest of the trip!

Happiness Is... said...

Looks so fun! We always go to my parents' place at the beach, but I want to take a trip just the 3 of us as well :)

D @ Naptime in Suburbia said...

How fun! And no worries, I would have been silently cursing the beach chair adults too!

Nicole said...

Glad you had a great time! Don't you just want to frame all the adorable photos of W?! Of course, you would not have any empty space in your house, he is so cute in person and on camera.

Sarah @ It's a Vol said...

This kid seriously loves the water! Watch out Michael Phelps!

Erin said...

What a perfect little vacation!! How cute is W splashing in the pool?! Brave little thing didn't know what he was getting into! Glad y'all had a nice time :)

mom said...

So proud of this lil' family - God Bless Always!!!

Natalie said...

Awww what a water boy he is! I'm so glad he had so much fun and that you guys got to get away.

Tiffany said...

We CANNOT wait to take the boys there! Heard nothing but wonderful things about the place!!! You just confirmed it :)