Anyway, most of the summer I thought that's where we were going, and I was excited to see the fam and where they lived. I guess me and Jacob didn't discuss this trip in too much detail because I later realized that our travel destination wasn't McAllen at all, but "the island" as they call it (reminds me of Lost)—also known as South Padre Island, TX. I really didn't know much about this place at all, but I was pretty thrilled to spend our anniversary somewhere with a beach! To be honest, I think I may have forgotten that Texas even has beaches... Gulf of what? who-how? I know, I know. It's a really big state, okayyy?
|Rose's first family road trip! Our lil' stowaway.|
We were a little nervous for Rose on this trip. We had never driven with her for more than an hour or so (South Padre is about 5 hours south of Austin), and she doesn't always love the car seat situation. Lucky for us, she slept for about 4 of those 5 hours and did the same thing on the way back to Austin. Whhaaaa??? Straight-up miracle.
|She's been tippin' the bottle real hard these days... and look at her holdin it all by herself!|
|Crossing the long bridge to the island!|
Ryan's family owns a lovely condo right on the water. Jacob and I got to stay in a room with a balcony, fancy bed, and a crib for Rose, of course! Oh yeah, and the shower was really nice. That was a big deal to Jacob.
|Livin' it up.|
The night we got there, Ryan took us on a boat ride around the bay. I think this was Rose's favorite part of the whole trip. Even though it looked as though she was swimming in a giant life vest that was way to huge for her—she was making all kinds of cute squealing noises as we rode around with the wind in her face.
|We saw dolphins! Even a mama and a baby swimming together. So cute!|
|Rose liked the boat ride so much that she passed out into deep sleep. Wish we could take her for a boat ride every night!|
|Don't be fooled by those cute goldilocks and innocent demeanor. "Stealth" is his middle name.|
|Pale family at the beach!|
Amber and Ryan were nice enough to watch Rose so we could go out and have a date for our anniversary. It was the first time we had left her with anyone besides my parents, so I was a little antsy—but let's get real, it was kinda awesome. We needed a date! We were able to go out for lunch on the pier, get a fancy dinner at an Italian restaurant, and take a moonlight stroll on the beach. Romantic times. Thanks Amber!
|Anniversary dinner at Gabriela's Italian Restaurant—YUM!|
|Dane and Camilla are cuties!|
|Jacob loved showing Rose the beach. She seemed a little unsure about the whole thing.|
|Camilla referred to this as the "pink cow" swimsuit.|
|her tiny little body!|
|Jacob got a surfing lesson from Ryan (the pro)|
|I loved this little Sea Turtle Rescue place. Such amazing little creatures!|
|Family photo in front of Gerry the sea turtle.|
|Camilla and Rose|
Every time I brought Rose downstairs in the morning, Dane would clasp his hands and gush, "Oooohhh she's sooo cuuuuute!!! She's sooo adowwable!!!" She seemed to enjoy the praise.
|I'll miss these cute Wilson kiddos!|