Thursday, March 24, 2016

Port Aransas Spring Break


We took a little trip to the sun fog and surf for the last portion of Spring Break last week.  Between all Austin area schools scheduling their week off at the same time and SXSW invading our fair city, it was a good time to get the hell out of dodge with a few good friends.  B exfoliated for the occasion and I packed the standard 13 bags. We were good to go. 


We stayed in a little "community" of brightly colored houses called Village Walk. Our particular home away from home was dubbed Mint Julep. It was super clean, very cute, and the perfect size for our brood of 7 {should have been 8 but the stomach bug cut down one of our fearless travelers} -- garage and porch on the bottom, bedrooms {including bunk room} in the middle, kitchen and living space + big deck on the third level, and teensy rooftop deck acting as the sundae's cherry.  The beach was close enough to hear and spy from the decks, and the community did boast boardwalk access, but the included golf cart {there was actually some drama with the cart -- the management company's communication skills in that regard left something to be desired, but really that was one of only two complaints} made zipping down to the sand with all our gear a total breeze.  There were also two pools, but the kids did so well at the beach that we never ventured to either. 


Other than the golf cart headache, our immediate neighbors were a bit of a buzzkill. Or I suppose we were their buzzkill... No one under 25 is supposed to be able to rent a home in Village Walk, but somehow we got stuck next to about 30 underage Spring Breakers crammed into the house next door. They were mostly amusing until they began jumping from their rooftop deck onto our shingles.  There is nothing that makes you feel old and lame like lecturing college students about noise control, respect, and property damage. 


Anyhoodle, that's the rundown on our accommodations, in case anyone is looking for a recommendation {and yes, despite the two aforementioned hiccups, we would totally rent the Mint Julep or another home in Village Walk again}.  Now I shall spam you with a zillion and eight beach photos...


We were really amazed at how well the little kids did at the beach.  The water was super chilly and it wasn't particularly sunny for most of our trip, but everyone enjoyed splashing in the waves and playing in the sand.  If you've never had the privilege of visiting a Texas beach, imagine a sea of brown -- brown sand, brown water {whichever marketing firm rebranded Port A as "Cinnamon Shores" is a true PR genius} -- but, having spent so much time on the Gulf as a kid, all that brown {CINNAMON} was super nostalgic.  There are a lot of tiny pink and purple and blue clams this time of year {and seeing a wave wash hundreds of them onto the shore only to watch them hastily re-bury themselves is one of my favorite Texas beachy things!}, and the girls loved collecting "butterfly shells" to decorate their sand castles. L couldn't get enough of "swimming" {planking and walking on her hands and knees into the surf / essentially gleefully waterboarding herself}, and we had to constantly warn everyone not to go further than waist-deep without the adults.  I never imagined they'd do much more than wading this trip! 


B's reaction to the beach was the biggest surprise by far.  You may recall he was not a fan of the beach last summer and spent two different trips firmly attached to my lap whenever we ventured down to the shoreline.  He didn't like sand on his feet or hands, he didn't like the noise of the waves, and the water might as well have been battery acid.  He was an entirely different kid this time around {despite that photo up yonder where in he appears to be touring a fun vacuum} -- he happily dug in the sand for hours {and tortured the big kids with his attempts to knock over their creations} and laughed when the waves tickled his toes.  The golf cart was his very favorite, and he queried "golf caht? golf caht?" every minute we weren't riding on it.  He even woke up at 4 am one morning screeching GOLF CAHT! at the top of his lungs {note: the PNP is no longer an acceptable sleeping arrangement for my 31 lb almost 2 year old}.


Not a ton else to report... E ended up working pretty much the entire time we were there, and with BP being sick it was essentially a Mamas & Kiddos Trip.  We ate all our meals at home, let the kids eat whipped cream and Lucky Charms for breakfast, drank a lot of adult beverages, and retreated to the porch Adirondack chairs after bedtime. The beach {or any destination, really} isn't necessarily relaxing with small people in tow, but this was about as perfect a mini-trip as we could hope for! 

6 comments:

  1. So what are your sleeping plans for B now that he's outgrown the PNP? We have a mini vacation schedule in a few weeks and I'm at a loss for what to do with my 29lb just-turned-2 year old who sleeps like a floppy fish.

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    1. We have 2 more vacations planned (in June and then August) and I am **hoping** we can rent a crib. He will absolutely not sleep in the bed with us and trying to put him on a real bed on his own would also likely be a massive disaster. We rented a crib last year in Orange Beach and in Jackson Hole... so fingers crossed that's an option again this summer! Otherwise... maybe we'll try a floor bed out of a twin mattress? Which I still think would be horrible. :/ Good luck to you!

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  2. I am dying laughing over 'cinnamon' - let's just embrace our brown sand and brown water! Looks like a great trip, glad y'all had fun.

    Furthering the sleeping situation discussion, my sister bought a little tent that had a blow-up mattress for the bottom layer and used that with all 3 of her kids when the PNP wasn't working anymore. She would zip-tie the zippers together so there was no escaping and the kids thought it was amazing to get to sleep in the tent.

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    1. Oooooo, I need to look into this -- we have 2 family vacations coming up and I need an option that isn't an actual bed! Thanks!

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  3. I have a KidCo PeaPod (search Amazon) - probably what Allena mentioned - and it's been great! My 2nd son got pissed off the first night in there, but then settled into the idea of his little "sleeping tent" - we take it all over!

    Also laughing about Cinnamon Shores - genius!

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    1. Thank you thank you thank you! I was majorly stressing about 2 upcoming summer trips!

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