Our Weekend In Corpus Christi!

DSCN3020 IMG_4292

We went to Corpus Christi last weekend because Tom had a conference at the Omni. I didn’t think it was going to be as refreshing as it was because we weren’t leaving the state. I guess I didn’t consider it a ‘trip’. Other than the Omni being a less than average hotel, we had a great time. I still pinch myself that we live in a new state where we can drive to the beach instead of the mountains. It’s a nice change of pace and the people in Texas are just the friendliest around. We arrived Thursday afternoon and quickly discovered that the Omni wasn’t quite as nice as we were used to. Our room would have been wonderful if it had adult sized beds. The room had two DOUBLE beds which are 54×75 inches versus a queen which is 60×80. These are the beds that furniture stores sell for KIDS rooms so why is it in a hotel??? I was almost too long for this bed so I can’t imagine how a 6’ tall man would fare. Another HUGE con was the WIFI. Note only did you have to pay $11-$14 it didn’t work! I called the front desk and their response was “sometimes when the hotel is really full the WIFI doesn’t work well”. Correct me if I’m wrong but shouldn’t a hotel be prepared to accommodate a full house?! The room service meals were very good though. The pool was nice except it should have been twice as large because it was getting a little crowded. All in all we gave the Omni a 2.5-3 out of 5. I wish Corpus invested in tourism more. They need a nice strip of land by the ocean with nice hotels and restaurants on the water. The beach in Corpus is nice, I wouldn’t call it a destination mostly because the city really needs to construct a ‘destination area’. I would skip Corpus all together and go straight to Port Aransas if we were looking for beach time. On last night the conference had a reception that we attended. The food…..well let’s be honest it was pretty gross. Tom even got food poisoning from it! They had two protein dishes, chicken and Mahi Mahi. The chicken still had it’s skin but it was soggy instead of crispy. It tasted like they just boiled it and tossed in hot sauce. The fish was so dry that it became chalk in our mouths and that’s never a good sign. But they did have a live band and we spent most of the night dancing. It was fun dancing with Audrey. You can see some of her ‘dance moves’ in our vlog! It was great being able to dance as a family. The wall facing the ocean was mostly glass so it was lovely being able to look at the water as the sun went down – too bad the food wasn’t on par with the ambience. Over-all a nice low key weekend that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

IMG_4299 IMG_4304 IMG_4314

Thoughts Of A Sleep Deprived Mom

IMG_2052

Sleep, what a topic! It’s common knowledge by now that when you become a parent sleep becomes a distant memory. Most people dread this part of being a parent because it is one of the harder things we have to deal with physically. When you are pregnant with your first baby people tell you what to expect, but expecting doesn’t prepare you for the physical toll. Some people think ‘I’ve been without sleep for a few days, or maybe a week so I will be fine’ but the loss of sleep could last for YEARS! Tom always liked to say “I used to work 36 hour shifts in the hospital without any sleep. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again”, but he conveniently forgets that he did it 20 years ago!! Lucky for him I did 100% of the night care with Audrey and I’ll do it with the next baby too.  It’s like being anorexic, only with the zzzZZZ. Parents are ‘sleeporexic’! If you don’t eat properly it will take a toll, just like not getting adequate sleep. Who can function without sleep? Well parents try, what choice do we have? I’m at the point now where I’m always tired. I love the idea of getting a nice restful sleep, but it never seems to happen. My hubby is wonderful at letting me sleep in (9am) on the weekends, but my body isn’t. My mommy brain has to decide between sleep and getting something done. Do I want to take advantage of an early bedtime or wash another load of laundry? Most of the time I choose to get something done. Sometimes when I get a “normal” amount of sleep it makes me slow all day. It even gives me a headache! So I long for more sleep but when I get it I don’t feel well. Ahhhh long gone are those pre-baby days where sleep was plentiful. Being a parent is a new phase of life and lack of sleep is part of it. I do miss the pre-baby days, but those days came and went like they were supposed to. I don’t feel like I let them go too soon, timing was great. It doesn’t mean that I don’t drool when I imagine how easy sleep used to be.

Camping In Our Home

IMG_1414 IMG_1441 IMG_1411

Well today is officially one week since we have been here in Texas. Unfortunately Tom had to go back to Denver so Audrey, Baron and I spent the first weekend here all alone. I have been finding it increasingly difficult to camp in this house. We have an air mattress and a pack and play, plus suitcases with clothes and toiletries but not much else. We brought some basic cooking utensils……not enough. I’ve been to Wal-Mart almost every day since we arrived. I hate buying things that I know we already have like foil or cleaning supplies, but it seems like I’ll have to. Our pods were packed up last Friday the 14th and picked up Monday. I guess they just arrived in San Antonio on the 19th. I am HOPING I get a call tomorrow to schedule a Tuesday delivery………….. Our timing was just so off for this move. I want our stuff to arrive before I go insane. Tonight I bought Audrey some markers to color only to go home and discover that we had NO PAPER! The most frustrating part is probably cooking. I don’t like eating out too often, but I start cooking a meal only to discover that I have no spatula or a can opener. Lord PLEASE send our stuff to our new house Monday or Tuesday. I have to make mashed potatoes and a banana berry pie for our family Christmas dinner in Houston, BUT I DON’T HAVE ANY SUPPLIES! I saw a $14 mixer at WM tonight that I may go back and buy it. An up side to all this is buying new furniture! We bought a bedroom set and a dining table. Tom also got a new car wohoooooo. I guess after 4 months of moving and living on the basics I’m anxious to get everything back. I’ve already forgotten half of what we own….. Good thing there is a Goodwill donation center down the street. I have a feeling we are going to be getting rid of a lot of things we didn’t know we had.

TEXAS!

texas_map

Well here I am…… in San Antonio house hunting. We decided yesterday that it would be better if I flew out by myself and Tom stayed with the monster. This way we could move into a home by Christmas. I have a stack of homes that we found online, I hope one of them is a fit. We are going to rent first and consider buying later. I guess I flew out at the right time…….just missed the snow. It’s so warm here in San Antonio. It was a little bit of a shock walking outside and not needing to bundle up. I could literally wear shorts….. The heat will probably kill us the first summer, but I think we will get used to it. I hope to post pictures of our new home soooooooooon!

Driving To Texas!

IMG_1694 IMG_1701 IMG_1713 IMG_1717   This year we are spending Thanksgiving in Texas with my sister. We took our time driving down which was nice. We would drive a few hours each day during Audrey’s nap times. The first night we drove through blizzard conditions from Denver to Trinidad CO. We stayed at a Comfort Inn that night and Audrey’s really didn’t let us sleep. I think she was getting used to the driving schedule. The roads were so slick and there was just so much ice and snow everywhere. The next morning we took a dip in the indoor pool, which was actually COLD! Saturday we drove from Trinidad to Childress TX. It was blizzard conditions yet again, and the drive was pretty boring. We almost ran out of gas too. Women DO NOT trust your men to keep track!!! We watched as the gas predictor went from 30 to 20 to 13 and then just started blinking as if to say “FILL ME UP NOWWWWWW!”. In Childress we ate dinner at a Chinese buffet and the owner had her children there so Audrey got to play with them for over an hour. Her baby was 10 months old and had 4 teeth! Our baby girl still has ZERO! That night we stayed at a Hampton Inn, and you all know how much I LOVE Hampton Inns. This one was not as nice as other Hampton Inns, but it was still nice. We had a nice swim in their indoor pool the next morning before we left. We left Childress and drove to Dallas Sunday. It was a shorter drive and it wasn’t snowing so that was great. We stayed at a Candlewood Suites near downtown. This hotel was an extended stay type of place so we got a room with a living room, kitchen, and bedroom for $85. It was really nice being able to set Audrey’s crib up in the living room. The poor baby has had a nasty cough the last few days so she’s been waking us up quite a bit. It’s hard hearing your little baby cough all night.  IMG_1735 IMG_1737 IMG_1743   The next morning we kind of took our time getting our of Dallas. We stopped at Dealey plaza to see the area where JFK was assassinated. We were pretty disappointed with the memorial they has set up. It was basically a concrete square. We didn’t stay long. It was freezing there and our hands were ice blocks. It took us about 4 hours to get to Houston from Dallas. That leg was pretty bad too. The rain was nearly blinding. It didn’t let up the whole time we were on the road. It was pretty intense, but we finally made it to the guest house we are renting. We used https://www.airbnb.com/ to find a place to stay and so far we have been very impressed.