Abel's Aunt from Pennsylvania was in Texas the past two weeks and made a stop by our house last week. She had already visited Belton, San Antonio, and Brenham so we decided that during our time with her we would take her to the coast and explore Galveston Island. My mother-in-law, Shirley and Sister-in-law, Leah along with my (adorable) 4 week old niece, Hosanna, also made the trip down south with us.
Our first stop of the day was to the Moody Mansion. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but this was one of my most favorite stops of the day. It was so fascinating to walk through the old house and imagine what it would have been like to live there as a Moody. You could tell that our tour guide really loved her job and had studied this family as much as she possibly could.
I so wish they would have allowed pictures inside the mansion but like most museums, they didn't allow cameras. I was allowed to snap pictures outside and took this one to show Abel what I would love for a front porch one day. A girl can dream, right?
Simeon thought having grandma there to explore with him such a treat. He stuck by her side most of the day and had a blast walking around learning new things with her. We are so lucky to have both of our families live close to us and invest in our kiddo(s).
The second place and primary place we wanted to visit was Bishop's Palace. While it was a beautiful place and at one time the largest home in Texas, we all agreed it was a huge disappointment after the Moody Mansion.
Shirley had mentioned earlier in the day that there was a ferry ride from Galveston to Boliver Island that she thought Simeon would enjoy. She was absolutely right, he loved every minute of it. She did raise his daddy afterall who loves anything that runs with an engine or motor. Like father, like son.
It was pretty late in the day when we arrived at the ferries, and I was a little concerned that a melt down was in the future of this little unnapped boy.
Boy did he prove me wrong. Even waiting in the heat didn't faze this happy guy. He seriously had the best attitude all day and didn't even have one melt down all day long. I was so proud of him I think I kissed him a million times that day and told him how happy I was with his great attitude. I also think I texted all my friends and family bragging on him for having zero temper tantrums and listening to me like a champ all day long.
We were told before getting on the ferry that we might actually get to see dolphins because it was "jelly fish season". I honestly had my doubts and didn't think that we would see any but we were lucky enough to see a few swimming around going to and from Boliver Island. If you look closely below you can see the very tip tops of their fins.
Simeon's favorite part of the ride was standing at the front of the ferry with grandma pointing out every boat (and sea gull) that he saw.
For only being four weeks old, little Hosanna did amazingly well too. It was my first time to spend a lot of time with Leah, since Hosanna's birth and just as I had expected, she is a natural.
As many times as I have been to Galveston, I was really shocked at how little I really have done besides going to the beach. It was super fun to be a tourist for the day and explore the rich history that Galveston has to offer. I also had a blast spending the day with Abel's family. I am so excited that Aunt Suzie came to visit and cannot wait for her to come back. We have had talks about a girls trip to New Orleans next year which I am totally on board with. Who wants to keep a two year old and 9 month old for a few days? ;)
Abel and I are actually headed back to Galveston to spend some time on the beach this Saturday. I may even try to sneak him over to the ferries to see if we can spot more dolphins.
My parents are keeping Simeon, so we can have one last little hoorah before Asher makes his debut. I am looking forward to uninterrupted time alone with Abel before our lives get just a bit crazier.