Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Vacation: Galveston

Last week, we went to Galveston. It was a good little break for the grown-ups and a little adventure for Indiana. We stayed in a little house close to the beach, so it was very homey and relaxing. I've documented most of the trip via Instagram, but for my own memories, I thought I'd post a little more about it. Casey and I always enjoy reading back and seeing where we've been and what we were up to in years past.
My mom-in-law, Cindy, joined us for a few days. It was nice getting to spend time with her. :)
We went the beach several mornings and one (very hot) afternoon.
 Casey did lots of training (biking, swimming, running) but he got to play and relax too,.
 Cindy took us to the Moody Gardens Aquarium and Rainforest exhibit. 
 It was a blast, mostly because Indiana loved it. He was super-excited about all of it.  Turtles, seals...
The penguins, or as he called them, "piggins!" I tried to correct him, but then he called them "big ducks," piggins, it is.
I really liked the atrium that you had a giant tank all around creepy to have a shark swim over you. The seals were neat too, and Casey really liked the otter.
 I also learned that my name is on the list for possible Hurricane names! Not Virginia, but Virginie! Wacky.
On the second trip to the beach, Indiana was much more into the beach thing, with lots of help. I held him and we went out into the water too, to jump the waves. That was really fun.
 And demolishing the sand castle too.
 Casey and I got to go on a movie & dinner date, since Cindy graciously offered to baby sit. It was really fun. I loved sitting out on the patio of Jimmy's on the Pier. It was probably my favorite restaurant experience of the trip. We'd had better food, but the atmosphere was outstanding. 
The last evening, I wanted to cook, since I was getting a little tired of restaurants, we went to the pier and got some delicious snapper and shrimp. Very fresh fish, sauteed in a little olive oil, lemon, served with pasta. It was delicious, if I do say so myself!

Galveston was fun, but it also made me appreciate Dallas more, particularly the running! So much easier (and cooler, with less wind and softer running surfaces) to run on the Katy Trail, or White Rock Lake or just around nice neighborhoods, than running on the Seawall or in an unfamiliar (and not very scenic) neighborhoods. But it was a nice change of pace and good family time.