Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hey, It's Okay Tuesday!

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. They have a section called Hey, It’s Okay and will list a bunch of things to be okay about. You're welcome to join in and do something like this on your blog. Doesn't have to be on a Tuesday either. Just make sure you link up and that the post you link up is a Hey, It's Okay Post. Grab the button if you'd like!

--To hate shaving. Is summer nearly over?

--To be happy my MIL and niece are here. They arrived yesterday.

--To like the show Naked & Afraid but know that I do not have what it takes to be Naked & Afraid.

--To NOT want to try the fried chicken flavored Oreos. Someone posted it on my Facebook page asking if I wanted one. No I draw the line there. I also do not want to try the cappuccino flavored potato chips. I do have my limits on my junk food, you see...

--To be happy the kids are back. Mom brought them back Saturday and left yesterday. The break was fabulous, I won't lie, but I did miss the little buggers.

--To might pop into McAlister's Deli for free tea day on Thursday. Their tea is fantastic. If you've ever wanted to try it, Thursday is the day because it's...well, FREE!

--To think I have Natalie's first day of school outfit. It's from Gymboree. Pictures will follow at some point!

--To be heading to Dallas just for the weekend to visit Tom's aunt and uncle. We're also going to an indoor rodeo. Natalie will probably ask if she can play with a bull too.

--To still have a giveaway for an Orkin Backyard Explorer set here. Go enter to win!

--To have ordered this fondue set for dinner last week when Tom and I were still kid free. Sometimes I just want dessert for a meal.

Airing My Dirty Laundry

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cruising with Pirates

Most people know that Tommy has autism.

It means he's shy. And he doesn't always understand social situations.

But when the pirate asked for him to come up front, he went.

I was a shy kid, and I'm not sure if I would have gone up.

But Tommy did.

The pirate lady taught him how to balance a wooden sword on his palm.

And then she told him he could do it with one finger.

He rocked.

And you might notice his socks. He hates wearing sandals. He has to wear socks and shoes, even if it's hot outside. It's a sensory thing.

We were going on the Red Dragon Pirate Cruise at Port Aransas. Before you board the boat, there's a pirate show. The pirate does all sorts of tricks and calls volunteers up. Natalie was wagging her hand in the air, hoping to be picked, but it was my Tommy, who didn't even have his hand raised, who was called. I told him I was proud of him for going and he said, "It was fun," with a shrug.

On the pirate ship, you meet all the pirates, and a story is told about a dude who stowed away on the boat.

The dude just wants to be a pirate!

"They should just let him," Natalie told me seriously.

Then the pirates on the ship say it's time to squirt the stowaway with water guns.

You could also squirt passengers. Ramona from The Real Housewives of New York would have hated it, because she doesn't like for her hair to get wet.

The pirates also had the kids swab the deck. I felt like I was watching a scene from Annie.

Natalie loved it. "This is fun!"

"Great! When we get home, you can mop the floors," I answered.

Naturally, Natalie had to pee, because whenever we go out, she has to see the bathroom. It drives me insane. I tell her to go before we leave, but yet it's always, "I have to pee!"

This was on the toilet. (Obviously the word that's cut off is EXPLODE.)

Natalie read it, and needed help with the word EXPLODE. When she uttered the word, her eyes went wide. "Where does the toilet paper go?"

I'm assuming it was a joke. I hope it was a joke. Because Natalie put her toilet paper into the toilet, and we flushed.

We did not explode, even though Natalie was all, "I'm scared."

When we came out, the stowaway was allowed to become a pirate, and had to prove himself. All the kids could line up and fight him. Tommy passed. Natalie said, "YES!"

"I won," Natalie informed me as she came over.

After the sword fight ends, pirates go around the ship and offer to paint faces like this:

Adults can get it done too!

Oh, and you'll find that pirates like to photobomb:

The final thing is dancing on the ship.

A tip? Have your child really strut their stuff. The two top people get a prize! (As I recall, it was a squirt gun and a sword.) (One of the top people was an adult! So if you have moves, show them off.)

We had a lot of fun on the cruise. If you feel overheated, there are drinks for sale. Adult drinks too. Mom and I sipped on a pina colada. Snacks are also available to purchase.

You can also see dolphins.

The cruise takes about two hours, and there's even a sunset one. We opted for the afternoon time. It was hot, yes, but there are several seats under the shade.

You can book tickets online here.

And nope, I was not compensated in any way for this post. I just wanted to share the fun we had.

So go on a cruise with pirates. Maybe you'll meet a Johnny Depp lookalike.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun Things To Do At Port Aransas and Corpus Christi, Texas

We recently came back from a vacation here and had a blast. Here are some things we enjoy doing whenever we visit:

--Go to the beach (obviously)

My kids LOVE the beach and would be happy to stay at one all day. We stayed at condos on the beach so we were minutes away from it.

--Check out the Texas State Aquarium

You can catch multiple shows--the dolphin one is fantastic. There are a variety of other sea creatures to see too. (I have more pictures of the aquarium here or you can check out my Instagram account.)

--Eat at Blackbeards on the Beach

After going to the Texas State Aquarium, pop on over to Blackbeards. It's less than five minutes away, and the food is yummy. There is fresh seafood and delicious pina coladas. Plus, the restaurant is haunted. Seriously. Check out the website to learn more.

--Visit the Museum of Science and History

There are all sorts of fascinating exhibits. You can even see replicas of Christopher Columbus's ships. And, you can TOUCH THINGS. (I like to touch.) (See more photos of this museum here.)

--Go on a Red Dragon pirate cruise

Your kids (and adults too, if they want) can do the following: have water gun fights, scrub the deck, sword fight with a pirate, listen to pirate stories, find gold, pick a prize, dance with pirates....there's so much excitement. I'll be writing more about it next week.

--Take a picture in a shark mouth.

There are tons around, but be patient, as they are a popular attraction. Don't cut in front of someone and  be sure to hurry it along. If you want to take tons of photos, this probably isn't the place to do it.

--If you like to paint, check out Fire It! Ceramics

It was an overcast day, so this was a perfect activity. You just pay whatever the price of the piece is and it includes everything else: the paint colors, and then firing it in the kiln. It's ready in 1-3 days!

--Eat at the Venetian Hot Plate

Like Italian and fresh seafood? Then Venetian Hot Plate is for you. I love the food. They start off by giving you bread and oil, and the pasta is amazing. I don't like seafood, but people around me do, and they rave on how fresh and delicious their fish is.

There is so much to do in this area! I can't wait to go next year.

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