our destination: rockport, texas.
we settled on rockport after my facebook polls of the best place to go (in texas) for a family-friendly beach experience. my sincere thanks to all those who weighed in. i love facebook for getting people's opinions of things. and to think i resisted the facebook bandwagon for so long!
and thanks to our great friends from church, we had the ultimate hookup: an amazing condo right on the ocean with its own pier and swimming pool. we were in heaven!
but back to our trip down south. we left early, at 5:01 am to be exact, for duel reasons. one, we had hoped the boys would sleep some in the car, making the trip a little shorter for everyone! they didn't exactly sleep, but they were pretty quiet for the first couple of hours so the time zipped by. our second reason for leaving so early had to do with timing. we wanted to roll into austin around 8 am so that we could eat once again at our favorite little breakfast joint: magnolia cafe!
noodle loves drinking his orange juice out of these coffee cups!
from austin, the trip went by relatively quickly, despite noodle's incessant question of "how many more minutes?" before we knew it, we were crossing the bridge into rockport. this is the boys' first reaction to seeing the ocean:
burrito, of course, is using his hands to communicate his excitement. he always does this when he gets excited! don't you love his ducky blanket scarf?
we knew that there was a good chance of rain the entire time we were to be down there, so we had planned on dropping our stuff at the condo and heading straight for the beach. we didn't want any missed opportunities. and that is exactly what we did. and it worked out perfectly because we were there for about 2 hours before the storms rolled in.
they put their life jackets on when we first got there but quickly realized there was no need and off they came!
in the picture below, you can really see the clouds and the storms that began to roll in. you can also see how clear the water was when brief moments of sunshine hit the water. it was beautiful!
we ended our first day by sitting out on the balcony of the condo, watching the waves coming in and revisiting our adventures of the day. it was a perfect moment and one of those moments that you know will be etched in your memory for years to come.