Friday, August 29, 2008

The Beach

Chris and I headed down to Corpus Christi last weekend for a mini vacation. It's always nice when there's someone else to make the bed, clean your room, cook the meals, and do the dishes. We also thought it would be fun to introduce Taylor to the beach. We got down there Friday night, but it rained on us almost the entire time so we just relaxed in the hotel room. One of the wonderful things about our hotel is that it is directly on the beach. So after breakfast on Saturday, we walked right out on the beach to put Taylor's feet in the water. It wasn't really foggy, but I didn't realize that going from the A/C of the hotel to the humidity of the beach would fog up the camera lens. It's still a great picture of my two favorite people. Taylor just wasn't sure what to think of the water but was a great trooper for pictures.

I imagine that next year when we come back that Taylor will be toddling up and down the beach, but for now it's just the airplane arms while Chris and I hold her up.

Chris and I had made this same trip about 3 years ago and loved it. We went to the Texas State Aquarium and toured the Lexington. We figured the Lexington would be a little difficult with a baby and Taylor has been fascinated with our fish tank lately, so we attempted the aquarium. Taylor was sound asleep when we got there, so Chris and I went through while she had a good long nap. Just as we were finishing up the indoor exhibits Taylor started to wake up, so we took turns holding her while walking through it again. The last time Chris and I came to the aquarium we went through the whole thing without really talking to anyone else. This time was much different. We talked to three or four different couples who had babies too. It's amazing how much parenthood changes you. There was the cutest little girl that was about one year old and was ready to climb in the tank with the large fish and the shark. I hope Taylor learns to love the creatures of the sea like Chris and I. For those of you who don't know, I am a HUGE shark fan. I love when Shark Week comes on the Discovery Channel and I really hope to see a shark while scuba diving someday!

Taylor and I watching the fish ~ Can you find why Chris thought this porcupine was funny looking?

I don't think Taylor was as interested in the rays as Chris was ~ Looking at the piranhas

She did love these rays! ~ And the tank with clown fish like Nemo
(all the kids would come by and point out Nemo and Dory)

After looking at fish, Taylor viewed dolphins, otters, turtles and Mommy and Daddy touching sting rays from her stroller. She fell asleep on the way out so the picture is just of Chris and I. After the aquarium, we ventured over to Pier 99 for some yummy gumbo and a cold beer. Chris and I discovered this place last time and it is a must on your stops while in Corpus. It is right in front of the Lexington and always has great food.

We spent the rest of the day hanging around the hotel since Chris wasn't feeling well. Taylor managed to figure out how to grab her teething ring and hold it all by herself for longer than 5 seconds. This is a major milestone in playtime. She now focuses on the object you are holding for a few seconds and then both hands come flying in to grab it. Of course the next step would be to place said object straight in mouth. Her poor finger puppets just get slobbered to death now!

I have to brag on Taylor because she even slept through the night when away from home. On Sunday, Chris was feeling better and we decided to stop and visit his grandmother in Victoria on the way back home. Taylor is very lucky to have FOUR great grandmothers. NeNe was the last one to meet and we had a wonderful visit with her.

Come to find out, Taylor takes after her PawPaw more than we thought. NeNe told us that he never crawled on his knees, instead on his hands and feet with his butt in the air. Taylor has been doing what we like to call the 'snowplow.' She scoots herself across the bed or blanket with her head pushed into the blanket and butt up in the air. She will be crawling anyday now, but can't quite get the arms down.

The weekend was great and I can't wait to go back next summer!


1 comment:

Bellawhoop said...

That looks like such a fun trip! It sounds like that may be an annual trip. :) I don't know if I ever told you this, but when I was younger, I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. My parents let me take a class at Sea World where we disected a nurse shark and learned more about marine biology. When I learned that I had to swim with the sharks, piranhas, and barracudas, I decided I didn't want to do that anymore! LOL I love the ocean and the life in it - it truly is a whole new world!


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