this should not be so much work
the hell do we go?
Now that the chilluns and I are back from our Adventures With Grandparents (And Other Relations), it’s time for our little immediate family to plan a late summer vacation. Nothing fancy, just a few days to get. out. of. the. house. We’ve never been on a vacation just by ourselves before. I think it’ll be fun, but after a few days I bet we’ll be wishing we planned a week in a condo on the beach with our extended family.
Right now, the problem is, we can’t figure out (re: agree on) where to go. My husband wants to drive (!) to Hot Springs (!) and stay in a cabin (!). I personally believe that an 8-hour drive with a five-year-old and soon to be one-year-old (!) is like inviting a very noisy elephant to sit on your head for eight hours, with intermittent vomiting adding in for fun.
Also, Hot Springs is a very nice place, but the last time we were there we didn’t have kids. So the idea of staying in a cabin where we have to wash our own dishes, bring our own sheets, and wear mosquito repellent indoors does not sound like vacation. I won’t even mention the fact that there would be no TV or internet service. Yes, yes, I’m totally a pansy that way.
Personally, I’d like to go to the beach. The problem is that Texas beaches are kind of gross, especially if you’re a beach snob. (What can I say? My parents lived in Hawaii for a little while.) If you’re desperate enough for the sound of waves, though, you can hold your nose (to avoid smelling the five foot high piles of seaweed), close your eyes (to avoid seeing all of the offshore oil rigs and/or seasonal medical waste washing up on shore), and stay on the balcony of your hotel room. Though I guess that’s a generalization of all Texas beaches. I haven’t been to Port Aransas, so maybe it’s nice. And South Padre isn’t too bad, considering it’s a beach within driving distance (and that’s a pretty big deal).
We could go back to San Antonio and have a Sea World adventure for a few days. That would be fun. But we can’t go until August, so Sea World during 125 degree days is a little less enjoyable. But if we went for four days, we could hit the park in the mornings, hit some quick waterslides before lunch and then nap in the shade the rest of the day.
There are also some really affordable short cruises out of Houston or Galveston. I haven’t looked into those yet because I tend to get seasick just standing on a doc. But a patch on my arm could solve those woes, and it seems like there might be fun kid things on a ship. As long as we avoid those pesky noroviruses.
We could spring for some plane tickets and go out to San Francisco, or maybe Seattle. We’ve never been to either of those cities, so that might be fun. But waaaaaaay more expensive than Sea World.
I just don’t know.
We could also stay home and be tourists in our own little town. There’s really a ton of stuff to do here and we hardly ever do any of it. How I can resist forcing my kids to go to the LBJ museum with me? It’s air-conditioned and everything!
Ah, we’ll figure it out. And then we’ll make plans for that condo on the beach with the whole extended family for next summer.