We had a nice mini-vacation a few weeks ago in Galveston with my side of the family. My mom and Woody rented a house on the west end of the island with a nice, private beach only about 100 yards from the house. The kids (and Thomas) had a blast playing in the ocean. Neither of us had ever spent much time in Galveston, and I have been spoiled by the beautiful beaches in Destin, but Galveston wasn’t bad, and you cannot beat a 3 hour drive with 3 kids in the van.
We enjoyed boogy-boarding in the waves, building sand castles (with their uncles doing the brunt of the work), eating sand (Speedy), burying in the sand, and collecting vast amounts of clams and hermit crabs. There was quite a bit of seaweed in the water, which was annoying as it brushed against my feet and legs while in the water. The beach was cleaned at night, which was really nice since a certain little baby kept trying to sample the seaweed.
Our family spent an afternoon at Moody Garden’s Aquarium for some more learning about oceans and wildlife. It was my first time at an aquarium, and it was not disappointing. Everyone had a great time, until a fish surprised Sugar by brushing against her hand in the touch tank. We also went crazy and let the big kids each pick out something from the gift shop.
It was great to get away after our hectic May.