Relaxing in the Hill Country

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You know, rarely do I tell you all about my day-to-day goings on because not only would it confirm that my life is nowhere near glamorous, but I’m afraid that it would prove to be down right dull.  However, this time I am going to tell you about last week because it was, in a word “special”.  I think that I’ve said this before, but Big Poppa travels and works a lot and sometimes it can place a bit of stress on our relationship.  Like a lot of other couples we often get stuck in this habit of communicating in sound bytes and assuming that the other one knows what’s going on in our life and, well, let’s just say that it’s not a good way to communicate with your spouse.  Unfortunately, it tends to be a result of always being on the go.  So, between our busy schedules and the absolutely neurotic amount of stress that I’m experiencing over Thing 1 and second grade (I’m  ever so slightly exaggerating), I was insistent that we were leaving town over Spring Break.  Sensing that I might be on the verge of a nervous breakdown (again, only slightly exaggerating), Big Poppa readily agreed and we ended up deciding to take the Dynamic Duo on a road trip to San Antonio.

Neither of us had ever been to San Antonio before, but the big draw was that there is a Sea World and Thing 2 has been asking to go to Sea World for two years now. It’s a long story, but we figured that we couldn’t really go wrong. Plus, as I had hoped, my “Vacation Husband” showed up a full day ahead of the trip, which is almost unheard of.  My Vacation Husband is actually my everyday husband, but way cooler.  He’s funny and relaxed and he doesn’t use words like “budget” and phrases like “continuous improvement” and “weak signal”. He didn’t answer not one email and he didn’t even bring his laptop!  I LOVE THAT GUY!  So, we piled our stuff in the van and off Vacation Husband, Thing 1, Thing 2 – along with their various dolls – and I all went.

Sea World 2014

Sea World 2014

Sea World was great!  There were dolphins, sea lions, sharks, alligators and of course, Shamu. Not to mention bad carnival food like cotton candy, ice cream bars and funnel cakes. The weather was a bit cool so, it was perfect for spending the day outside and we took it all in for not just one day, but two.  However, little did we know that our girls would actually end up preferring our resort to Sea World and there were plenty of reasons why.

Folks, this is an unsolicited advertisement, but if you are ever in San Antonio particularly with your family, I strongly suggest that you book a room at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa.  The facilities, guest rooms and grounds are beautiful.  The staff is friendly and helpful, The food is delicious – even the desserts! There is a playground for children, a pool with a lazy river and a beach, planned children’s activities and babysitting services available if parents want to spend some time alone.  There’s also a full service spa and golf course. I’m sure that I’m forgetting something but, everything that you could ever want is there waiting for you.  However, our girls fell head over heels for the nightly campfires, s’mores and movies outside on the lawn.

S'mores & Campfire

S’mores & Campfire

This was their little slice of heaven and I have to admit that Big Poppa and I were pretty taken with it, too.  It was all pretty perfect and for a few days, life didn’t intrude on us.  We relaxed and talked about politics and religion.  We talked about our dreams for our children and for ourselves.  We actually spoke in complete sentences that contained a subject and a predicate.  One of us completed our thoughts while the other one actually listened.  It was all good and very much in order. The girls cried when it was time to come home because they loved it so much and we promised them that we will return.  We definitely will.  Needless to say, Vacation Husband didn’t even bother getting out of the car when we got home.  That guy is so fickle.  Everyday husband came in and went straight to his office to prepare for his impending business trip.  Me?  I’m good.  I’m refreshed and ready to tackle the last quarter of school.  And, I have wonderful memories of little girls with chocolate and marshmallow covered faces, wrestling with daddy while watching Tiana under a big, starry Texas sky.

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