|Our winter home. Small but cozy.|
We got settled in and found plenty to do. There is something going on every day from pool tournaments to line dancing classes and everything in between! many of the RV's in the park are decorated for Christmas and the park maintenance men have even decorated all our bungalows with ribbon to look like candy canes. All the other cottages have a big velvet looking bow on their door--we have a tiny 1 inch ribbon bow next to our door. I wonder if they are trying to tell us something or if they ran out of bows and we were the last house to be decorated.
|Our pathetic bow|
|The neighbors nice bow|
The weekend with Micah's family was lots of fun. They got here after dark on Friday night. Our bungalow is small but very nice. It has a sofa bed in the living area. But when folded out there is not much room for anything else so Micah pitched a tent for the girls right outside the window and they slept there.
The next day we had a full schedule planned. The girls watched Home Alone during breakfast and while we got organized for our big excursion to the beach. We packed lunch and headed in to Rockport where I had seen signs to the beach. We drove along Fulton Beach Boulevard and finally saw the Paws and Taws Convention Center complete with picnic tables and a big playground. We pulled into the parking area and ran down to the water. OOOOPs it was a seawall with surf beating into it about 10 feet below us!
|The fishing pier at Fulton Beach. No sand here!|
|Looking out toward little Bay|
|A really cool looking building on Little Bay. I need to find out what it is.|
We headed down to that beach and the girls were thrilled that we were going to get to ride a ferry. When we got to the ferry we had to laugh. We could see the city of Port Aransas across a stretch of water about as big as a small river. We didn't have to wait for a ferry we just drove on and it was full and pulled out. There was no time to get out of the car to take pictures or anything. We were there in less than 5 minutes and were driving off! Micah had a GPS so we found the beach with no problem and we totally blown away!
|Playing in the waves|
|A jelly fish that had washed in. Alyssa wrote "Jelly Fish" in the sand next to it.|
|More fun in the waves. See how packed the sand is. You can even see a tire track in it.|
|Warming up in the sun after swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.|
We were kind of glad it was short since we planned to barbeque back at the cottage for dinner. We had brats and hot dogs and, of course, baked beans. For dessert we had what has come to be a kind of a tradition at Christmas time--Somemores!
Just before we went to the beach in the afternoon the lady from the office came to our cottage and informed us there was no tent camping allowed in the park! We had to take down the tent. She was very apologetic and came back as we were pulling out to say they had an available cabin if we wanted to use it, but we had figured out an alternative plan by then.
Micah had fixed the van up with an air mattress and the kids watched movies and settled down to sleep. The next day was cloudy and breezy but still warm. We had pancakes and then went up to the swimming pool for some fun.
|Micah and the girls have fun in the pool.|
|Natalie's private pool.|
We went to the Sunday afternoon ice cream social and called it a day. That was our first week in Southern Texas!
Tree climbing in our yard. I think these are called live oaks.
|Samara was a little scared|
|Alyssa has no fear and is an accomplished tree climber|
|The tree in our front yard|
|One of two trees in the side yard that is perfect to climb.|