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Friday, June 24, 2011

Jack's 1st Vacation

At 5 and a half months old, Jack went on his first vacation. We went to visit the grandparents in Houston, took a day trip down to the beach in Galveston, drove over to San Antonio to tour Natural Bridge Caverns, then headed up to the beautiful hill country in Austin for a couple nights to stay at a resort. Last year Barrett had won a 2 nights stay at a resort in Austin, so this was a real treat!Our first stop...Whataburger! We totally didn't plan for Jack to match the restaurant, but he does. He did great on the car ride. Slept most of the way!All cozy in his car seat. Pa-Pa and Jack

GramPam and JackWe got this little pop up tent to take on trips for Jack to sleep in. It has a zipper to close it so he can't get out. We didn't use the zipper. He rolled over in his sleep and is now sleeping half in, half out of his tent.Bath Time! This was his first bath in the big tub without his little baby tub. He liked it! I think it was actually easier bathing him this way than with the little tub.Jack's hair was all "crazy" in the morning. That is what happens when you go to sleep with wet hair. Ha!Barrett's 1st Father's Day! Nap time
GramPam planned out a very fun and beautiful tea party for all the girls to attend on Sunday afternoon. Mackenzie made this cute sign to hang on the door.The tea setMy place setting - china, silver, jewels, hat, boa, and all!It was beautifully done - tea sandwiches, fruit, cookies, lemonade, tea, and coffee, flowers, candles...Mackenzie's American Girl dolls even got to attend the tea!The girls - Melissa, GramPam, Mackenzie, and IJack lounging on the stairs (no worries, I was just inches away)Now in Galveston....we ate a seafood lunch at Fish Tales. Yum!We got a milkshake at an ice cream parlor on The Strand. Jack wasn't overly happy at this point. It was hot outside and there wasn't air conditioning in many of the shops...including the ice cream parlor, he was tired, and he wasn't able to share our milkshake!!! I would have been upset too!We took a tour of this old mansion.Jack's first time at the beach and his first step into the ocean!He loved it!!! The water was nice and warm!Those are my boys!!!Our family at the beach.There was so much to look at. He was just taking it all in. He wanted nothing to do with looking at the camera for a picture.Jack's feet touching sand for the first time.Little sandy feet.Taking in the beauty of God's creation - the magnificent ocean!Saying goodbye to GramPam and PapaWe had a great visit in Houston!Next stop - Natural Bridge Cavern in San Antonio. Jack's first time on an adventure in a cave!Barrett enjoyed this adventure in the cave too!It is just amazing down there! So much to see.Our family in the cave. Jack had had enough by this point........we were still able to squeeze one more smile out of him for this picture though.The two explorersAfter the cave, we made a quick stop to visit Barrett's Aunt Gwen. This was her first time to meet Jack. We really enjoyed our visit to her beautiful home and getting a chance to visit for a while.Our last stop...Barton Creek Resort in Austin. Can you find Jack in this picture?Our first evening there we looked out the balcony door and saw these two deer.

We played a couple rounds of miniature golf. Of course, Barrett always won.

Jack hanging out on the golf course.

Nap time - he has really gotten into sleeping on his tummy this last week. At first I kept flipping him back over to his back, but 30 seconds later he would be back on his tummy. I guess he is like me and is just more comfortable sleeping on his tummy.

There were some nature trails to walk on at the resort that we enjoyed exploring.

Jack just hung around in the moby wrap with me for the hike.

A mini waterfall

He was having so much fun he just couldn't stay awake!

Our hotel. Our room was the room the farthest to the right on the top floor.

There were so many creatures on our hike: cardinals,

lizards (of course Barrett picked it up),


rabbits,and lots of deer!One afternoon Barrett got a golf cart to drive us around the golf course just to look around - not to play a round of golf. It was a very pretty course and it was a bonus to cruise around it in style on a fun golf cart.Another first for Jack - 1st golf cart ride. Barrett was a great chauffer and tour guide.

Another round of miniture golf. Jack was a super golfing partner.

We had such a fun time away and Jack did fantastic being away from home all week! Vacations are fabulous! I'm ready for another one already!!!

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