south padre – “family” trip!

We just got back from a long weekend in South Padre with some of our most amazing and closest friends. When most think of south padre, they think spring break style – crazies on the beach. Let me say this trip was far from that! We have awesome friends that have a condo right on the beach. MP has been going with them since he was a little boy and now we are all taking our own kids. Last year, 5 couples and 5 kids. This year, five couples and 9 kids all 4 years of age and under.  To say I stressed about sleeping arrangements, meals, and afternoons on the beach with a 3 month old would be an understatement. But let me tell you, we could not have asked for a better weekend. Yes we had crying kids arguing over shovels and balls and tired babies that wouldn’t sit in high chairs at the restaurant but at the end of the day – we had an amazing time with 8 of our closest best friends.

The weekend started off for us late Friday night. MP had to work all day so we couldn’t leave Dallas until 7:00 pm Friday night. I had been packing all week making sure I had everything I could possibly need for the kids and I thought I was so organized. Their bag was packed so that I could easily pull out each days clothes for both kids at the same time. Well, I knew I wanted PB & AB to be in pajamas when we landed for the hour drive to the condo being that it would be midnight before we arrived #awesomeparents. I had PB’s pajamas in his backpack and ABs in my diaper bag. Well, 5 minutes before we left for the airpot AB spit up all over herself so I decided to put her in her pajamas right then to avoid changing in the airport bathroom. We are packed, loaded and everyone is happy – off to the airport we go. Of course our flight was delayed 30 minutes so we had time to stop and eat dinner. As we are sitting there, PB is having the time of his life people watching as he ate his pizza and drank out of my cup. I reach over to check on AB and realize she has pooped ALL over herself. Not just a simple dirty diaper, but ALL over herself and I start to freak out. MDub can’t figure out why I’m so distraut until I tell him I have NO other clothes, everything is checked  headed to the plane. He very sweetly offers to go shopping in the airport to see if he can find anything for her, which if you know him at all, this is not his speciality. After a few minutes I see him walking up with a huge smile on his face and I know something is NOT good. He returns to our table where I’m sitting with PB & AB hoping no one else around us can smell her, and says “even I know this is bad.” Yep, she had to take her first flight in a cowgirl outfit complete with a Billy Bob’s belt buckle and all!! Poor AB – good thing our bow matched!


PB is loving the airport. Even though this was not his first flight – he was too young the first couple of times to remember.

Flights were good, we got the condo a little after midnight, both kids slept like a rock and then we were up and ready for the beach first thing Saturday morning. I made everyone take a family pic the second we got down to the water because I was afraid if it didn’t happen then, it wouldn’t happen all weekend.


After the picture, both kids must have thought the waves sounded like the sound machine in their bedrooms because they both fell asleep and slept while everyone else was playing and having a great time!

Lifeguard on Duty!


Fun on the beach – while everyone else went up and took naps,,,,,like normal people!

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Dinner on Saturday night at Louies! Look how sweet and innocent PB looks – um, not the case. Poor MDub may or may not have had to eat his entire meal standing up holding PB because he wasn’t having it. Every time we go out to each with 2 kids that are 16 months a part, we swear we will never do it again.


Our entire group – I bet that waiter was sad to see us leave #saidnooneever


At one point every kid was crying while trying to capture this picture – only 7 of the 9.


Once again, my kids fell asleep on the beach so while everyone else went up for naps, our family of four walked down to a restaurant and had lunch on the beach.



Poor MDub having another meal standing up, this time – it wasn’t PB!


We never seem to get a picture of everyone due to different nap times or kids not wanting to cooperate in capturing the perfect picture their mom had in their head for 3 months before coming!!!!!


One day, these three might give their mamas a few minor heat attacks if they are anything like their fathers!


Trying to get a cute family pic at the restaurant – however AB is not cooperating and PB is wondering why. She looks like an old man here!


Finally – MDub gets to eat while sitting down!


The next day, AB and I left early since I had to get back for work. MDub and PB stayed an extra day with everyone else. One last sibling pic before we leave! Can you please not grab her ears PB?


As I was pushing the stroller and pulling two bags through Love Field to the very last row in the parking garage, #thanksMDub, I remembered there is a section with every single town in Texas, so of course we had to stop and take a picture!


Thankful for good friends that updated me with pics of the last day since I came home early. I heard this flight may or may not have been very fun to be on with a few screaming boys. Glad it was y’all and not me!


We had so much fun and can’t wait to go back in 2016. I know WE won’t have an addition to the 9 kids, but maybe a few others will and we can make even more crazy memories.  Thanks King & Ana for an amazing long weekend.

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