Family Travels | Visiting Texas

As I mentioned yesterday on my little recap post, we just got back from our trip to Texas this past Thursday and it was definitely a much needed break.  Life has been so crammed with activities, appointments, work, and such that we've just been feeling very rushed and unable to catch up.  Thanks to a great friend, we got an awesome deal on airline tickets so we decided a getaway to visit family in Texas was just what we needed.  We didn't plan anything, as we were just going to relax and unwind.  It worked out perfectly. Way better than I imagined it would! I'm a planner, winging it is out of my comfort zone. 

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 We spent our first 3 days at my cousin's friend's lake house.  They'd been planning this getaway with a bunch of their friends too so we totally just crashed the party!! We didn't really know most the folks before this trip so I was kinda nervous about just spending 3 days with a bunch of peeps we didn't know.  But, I gotta say we totally just made some lifelong friends.  Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.  It truly felt like we'd all known each other forever by Sunday night!  And it was a total blast to see my kiddos playing in the lake where I spent so much of my own childhood playing and swimming in.  

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After the lake house weekend, we spent a day at my cousin's house playing farm! Jason and Diego got to do some target practice (Yes, I was freaking out!) They took a walk in the woods, fed the chickens and collected their eggs, and ended the day riding a horse.  By this point, we'd had enough of the country life and us adults went out for a nice date night in town about an hr away but it was worth the drive!  Don't worry, the kiddos were well taken care of and had plenty of fun catching up computer games and ipads! It'd been days since they played with their electronic devices!  We went to this awesome sushi spot that was so yummy and had a great time! 

The next morning, we left my cousin's place and headed to do some sight seeing.  We spent the day at Natural Bridge Caverns exploring the underground caverns, playing around the canopy challenge, and panning for gems.  It was a really great day (minus some whining & bickering from the kiddos)  I highly recommend checking it out if you're ever in the San Antonio area.  It ended up getting really cold that day and night, but we braved the chill and walked around San Antonio's River Walk on our way to dinner.  

The next day was even colder, so our trip to The Alamo was pretty short and we went ahead and made our drive to Austin early.  Once in Austin, we found the coolest movie theaters we've ever been to, Moviehouse & Eatery!  It's a big multiplex cinema with conventional theaters, IMAX, and dine-in theaters with awesome reclining seats!  We opted for the dine-in experience and munched on bottomless popcorn, fish and chips, gourmet pizza, and for Jason and I, a nice bottle of riesling.  Yea, watching Big Hero 6 and drinking wine was a fabulous way to end our trip!  

So, although this is most definitely not our typical vacation, jam packed with activities and sight seeing, it was most definitely an unforgettable time spent with family and friends.  It taught me that sometimes it's good to let go, relax, and go with the flow rather than having it all planned out.  Don't get me wrong, I still love my itinerary vacations, but I think we can add some of these trips into the mix too ;) 

How do you like to travel? Do you like to wing it, plan it all out, or somewhere in between?  

It's a Messy Life Update & What's to Come

Life's been pretty busy and hectic these past couple months, so we took a last minute trip to Texas to visit family and friends and unwind.  It was just what we needed and the kids had a blast making new friends, playing outside, and exploring new places!  I like to plan our vacations with lots of activities & sight seeing, but this trip was really different and I enjoyed the relaxing time!  

When we got back home on Thursday, it was back to the busy and hectic days!  Friday, I met an instagram friend in real life and we went hiking at Red Rock Canyon and had lunch.  Later Jason and I had dinner with some photography industry friends.  Saturday was World's Toughest Mudder and my friend, Eve, was participating in the 24 hr event!  I went in the morning to help her set up and support her and her teammates, as well as take photos.  I also had a small wedding to photograph so I left around 11am to photograph a wedding, but went right back around 6:30pm to continue supporting her with whatever she needed.  I had woken up at 5am for World's Toughest Mudder on Saturday and didn't get home until 3:30am on Sunday.  Sunday we had family over for dinner!  To say I was beat is an understatement and I didn't even race! Huge thanks to my hubs for always supporting me when I overextend myself! He's really my rock!

I'll be blogging all about our Texas trip and World's Toughest Mudder throughout the week, but I just wanted to post something today and let ya'll know I was still around!  Sadly, with traveling and working, my workouts and runs have been slacking.  Let's not even mention my eating.  I mean, really Texas, why does your BBQ & tacos have to be so good?!?! I'm planning on doing a 3-day Juice Cleanse this week to help get me back on track and to hopefully lose some of those extra pounds I gained while away.  Has anyone ever done one of these before?  Did you love it or hate it?  I'd love to know!  

xo,

Jessie 

 

Our South Texas Getaway | Visiting Family & Friends

Today I just wanted to share a bit of our trip to South Texas earlier this month.  The main reason for our trip was to photograph Debbie + Oscar's wedding in Corpus Christi, TX and being that I have some family and friends in the area (about an hr from Corpus) my sister tagged along for a bit of a getaway too and we all got to see some childhood friends and family we hadn't seen in many years. Jason and I took advantage of the time away without the kiddos and took a little belated wedding anniversary side-trip to San Antonio, TX!  A huge thanks to my parents and brother-in-law for watching them ;) 

Here's me & my sister in front of the house where I was born (yup, I was born in there) and grew up in until I was 10 years old.  

Here's me & my sister in front of the house where I was born (yup, I was born in there) and grew up in until I was 10 years old.  

Horses and chickens at my cousin's house! She loves the country life! Me, not so much....

Horses and chickens at my cousin's house! She loves the country life! Me, not so much....

But it was fun visiting :)

But it was fun visiting :)

This guy being my "sexy model" while we were scouting for photo spots for the wedding in Corpus Christi! 

This guy being my "sexy model" while we were scouting for photo spots for the wedding in Corpus Christi! 

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Sunday Funday! Hanging out with friends and family.  It was a mini-reunion :) So much fun!!

Sunday Funday! Hanging out with friends and family.  It was a mini-reunion :) So much fun!!

Getting a little work done on the porch! 

Getting a little work done on the porch! 

At the Alamo in San Antonio with my love!

At the Alamo in San Antonio with my love!

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Jason and I crammed a 4.80mile run along the River Walk, couples massages, a little shopping, and some yummy food & drinks in our 2 days in San Antonio.  That's really one of my favorite cities!  It was a fun trip, can you tell?  What's one of your favorite cities?