Vacation Recap Day 5: Walk, Splash, Flip

On day 5 of our vacation (Monday the 5th), we woke up to the smell of Michael’s aunts cooking bacon.  {Let me say here that I’m pretty sure bacon is my favorite meat.  But it’s probably a REALLY good thing I don’t get to eat it as much as I’d like!}  After breakfast, we decided to go on a walk.  Even though it was hot, it was gorgeous outside.

 

We walked towards the beach and saw the UT Marine Science Institution.  How fun would that degree be?!

We ended up finding a little walkway with different information stations and rest areas along the path.  When we got to the end of the path, there were some ladies watching the ocean.  They said that there were ships coming back and forth all morning.  One of them was from another country, and one of the ladies said it was like they were watching a movie.

We decided to go and sit on the jetty for a while and see if anymore came by.

 

Here it comes!

It was a Coast Guard Ship.  The ladies said that this ship was going back and forth to help direct the bigger ships.

It was really nice being down on the water.

“I’m fallin’ and I can’t get up!”  (name that movie…)

We decided to walk along the jetty  a little more–it was so nice down by the water!

Another ship came by while we were walking.  I think ships are so fascinating!

We came to the end of the jetty (by the way–I learned what a jetty was this trip) and saw a bunch of birds.  Even though they weren’t seagulls, I still thought “Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!”

We thought that there would be a walkway or something that connected the jetty to the marina next to Michael’s aunt’s condo….but there wasn’t.  We didn’t want to walk all the way back to the path and then on to the road to get back, so we decided to climb on the rocks and hope for the best.

The rocks made me think about my worst class in the history of my college career: geology.  They were geodes.  Don’t ask me what kind–I have no clue (hints worst class ever).

We finally made it to the end of the rocks.  And it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be!

We could see the condo across the marina entrance:

And the marina in front of us.  There was a boat named the San Antonio!

Even though we took our walk in the morning, by the time we got back to the condo, we were BURNING UP.  It was a lot hotter than the day before.  All we wanted was to take a dip in the pool.  The water felt like heaven!  It was just us and one other family for a while, and then some more of Michael’s family came.  His cousin, A, loved playing on the raft with him.

After our splash in the pool and a quick lunch, it was time to head to the candy shop!  This is another one of the family traditions.  Every time they go to Port A, they have to make at least one trip to the candy shop.  I’m a huge sucker for candy shops–especially the ones in malls that charge you a ridiculous amount for a bag of goodies that will rot your teeth.  And Michael likes all things sweet.  So needless to say, we were REALLY excited about the candy shop!

Michael and I are both suckers for the cut-out-face-pictures too.  So we had to stop when we saw these outside the shop:

They had ALL kinds of candy inside!

Michael and I each got a bag of gummy/non-chocolate candy, and then we got a bag of chocolate candy to share.  Oh–and I got some candied pecans too!  The candy crew:

After we bought out the candy store, Michael and I wanted to do some souvenir shopping/looking with his parents.  There were so many great props outside the stores.  I guess their marketing ploys worked–it brought us to their stores!

What do you see?

Ariel?

The store next door had a giant shark outside!

The next store had more of the cut-out-face-pictures:

After our photo op was over, we headed back to the condo to tell everyone bye and head to Corpus Christi.

It’d been a great day and a half at the beach!

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I forgot to take my camera out for the rest of the day (if you know me well, you know how shocking that is…), so this will be a picture-less rest of the post.

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When we got to Corpus, we went to Michael’s Tia Odie’s house for dinner.  While the guys sat in the living room, I got to help Michael’s mom and Tia Odie cook!  I have loved cooking for as long as I can remember.  One of my earliest memories is sitting on the counter and helping my mom stir Rice Krispie Treats.  My mom let me cook my first meal when I was 10 years old, and I’ve enjoyed it every since.  So I was really excited to be able to help out and learn some more about cooking Mexican food.

We made cheese enchiladas, and Tia Odie already had rice and beans cooking.  And then I learned how to make homemade tortillas!!  I watched as Tia Odie mixed everything together and kneaded the dough.  Then she separated it into little balls and let them rise for a while.  Next came the shaping, and she used a rolling pin to flatten the ball into a tortilla.  She would then put it in the skillet, where Michael’s mom and I would flip it over and cook the other side.

After a while, I was able to make one on my own!  It didn’t look nearly as pretty as Tia Odie’s, but it still worked.  Michael ate it, and said it was great.  Woo-Hoo!  I made a few more, and then went back to flipping.  It was so neat to be able to help cook and learn how to make Mexican food!

Oh–and I also helped make a peach cobbler.  I can’t take any credit because it was Tia Odie’s recipe, but it was AMAZING!  All of the food was!

After we ate, we sat around and visited and watched “Last Comic Standing”.  I’d never seen it before, but I was really surprised at how many horrible comedians made it that far.  Way too many of them relied on inappropriate humor in order to be funny.  And while some people might like that, I didn’t think it was funny at ALL.  What happened to people making you laugh because something was truly funny??  There were a few that were truly funny, but I was disappointed with the rest.

Now that I’m off that soapbox…

We had a great time visiting Michael’s aunt and uncle and their family!  His mom’s family is full of super sweet people.

We left there and headed to his grandma’s house for the night.  She had been in the Valley all day, but she came back that night.  His grandma is so, so sweet, and it was a treat to be able to sit and talk with her.  I’d only met his grandma a few times before, and I was thankful that this time was more than just an hour here and an hour there.

It was another great day–full of family, fun, and food!

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–Staci

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Q for you:  What is something you’ve never cooked (or eaten) that you’ve always wanted to?

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About mselizondo

We've been married since December of 2008, and our son, Josiah, was born in July of 2012. We love spending time with family, running, music, traveling, and reaching out to others as a family. View all posts by mselizondo

4 responses to “Vacation Recap Day 5: Walk, Splash, Flip

  • Denise C.

    What an awesome day! My answer to your question would be baklava. It’s my very favorite dessert, but I’ve never learned how to make it.

  • Rachel(Ninja)

    Mmm, love reading about all the good food you get to eat and learn to make!

    The one thing I’ve never made (and I won’t until I’ve at least tried it) is brussels sprouts!

    One thing I’m curious about trying to make is biscuits and gravy! Haha, you know about that obsession of mine already.

    • mselizondo

      Haha–You’ll have to let me know how you like brussels sprouts if you ever eat them. I’ve never gotten close enough to try them (and don’t plan on it). You should definitely try biscuits and gravy! We buy the Pillsbury biscuits all the time (we like them better than the real stuff).

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