I’m not a fan of my husband traveling for work. I pretty much don’t like it, at all. But it has to be done and I’m one of those glass half full types so here’s how I see it:
#1. I get to watch whatever I want on TV when he’s out of town. All of those shows he has no interest in? I watch them. All. Red Oaks, GLOW, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Ozark…there’s so many great television shows and I can be quite the binge watching queen.
#2. Vacations. Yep, when the stars align we get to go with him on his business trips. Even if we don’t do much other than hang out out at the hotel my kids are down because hotels mean swimming pools and they’re all about that swim life. (Swim life is not my favorite with a toddler but we make it work.)
Last week my husband had some appointments in Corpus Christi so we loaded up the min van, scooped up Grandma, and tagged along. Let me just tell you, road tripping with a toddler is…long. I’m sure we added an extra hour to our journey from all the pit stops we had to make. Bless her heart, she needed to potty but refused to tee tee in her diaper and then was scared to go on the big toilets wherever we would stop. There was one place, though, Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse, that had a toddler sized potty. We saw that and the angels rejoiced!
We finally got there around dinner time so we ate and then hung out for a few hours before going to bed. The next day we packed up and headed to Whitecap Beach. It was chilly. Chilly isn’t enough to stop my kids. Cade spent his time walking back and forth but the girls played. They dug in the sand and thought about building a sand castle but then the water beckoned.
It was cloudy almost the entire time we were there and like I said it was chilly so naturally my mom brain completely forgot about sunscreen. Thankfully my kids didn’t get sunburn at all but me on the other hand…my shoulders and back were burnt to a crisp! I hate that I let myself get so burned. I happened to have peppermint essential oil with me at the hotel so we mixed that with lotion and rubbed it on my shoulders to cool and heal the burn.
The girls had a blast playing in the water. Keatyn was truly tickled by the waves. They’d wash up over her feet and as they’d roll back out she would belly laugh. She must have laughed for a good 30 minutes straight and it might my heart so light and happy to hear it. Need to be uplifted? Get yourself some baby laughs and an ocean. That combo right there is magic, a balm for the soul.
Our beach time ended when Camden was stung by a jellyfish. A lifetime of beach going and this was my first time to deal with a jellyfish sting. We knew they were out there because we saw a few blue jellyfish washed up in the sand and when we were in the water we saw lots of teeny tiny ones. She was splashing and playing and one got her on her wrist and arm. Bless her heart, it was hurting and burning and welping up. We got everyone dried off and cleaned up, picked up our toys and chairs, reassured her a hundred times that she was going to be okay, and went to the CVS down the road to get some stuff to treat her sting. We ended up pouring vinegar on it and I gave her Advil for the pain and Claritin in case of an allergy. Within minutes it was feeling much better and the redness was fading.
Brewster Street Ice House
The next day we decided to have lunch at Brewster Street Ice House before we headed back home. Y’all, if you’re ever in Corpus you need to go there! It just screams Texas to me. It’s a live music venue so they have this huge outdoor area where you can eat. There’s a stage and big dance floor, lots of tables, and the funnest part is the great big playground and basketball court they have for the kids. We were able to sit and eat while the kids ran around and played. The weather was amazing…sunny and breezy and perfect. The food was delicious (best fries I’ve ever had) and the music was good. This place will definitely become a must visit every time we’re in Corpus. (Next trip we’re trying Doc’s and Scoopy’s.)
Our trip was short but it was fun. It’s always good to escape and just be together. Now we’re home and trying to get back into our normal routine but I have to be honest…I’ already planning our next tag along trip. Get ready, Austin. We’ll see you soon!