Monday, June 24, 2013
So, my brother and sister-in-law are not big on birthday parties...I don't know.... Don't ask. However, I found some fun things going around in town and one of them was an arts/craft activity at the Michael's Craft Store. After asking Lucas if he wanted to go we took off to see what they had! Unfortunately there was no one else but him and I had a fun time...for a good 15-20 minutes.
Friday, April 5, 2013
So we started our Christmas events by making cookies.... My mom makes the BEST Christmas cookies (well, her and my grandma...but they're the same, right?) Decorating was super fun. The kids had a GREAT time, as you can see. And we were all in our pajamas so it was comfy and they didn't last but a day or two!
So, I've been SEVERELY busy with ... life. But I still want to blog my travels... even though I won't be traveling TOO much for fun the next few years. I recently was admitted to the University of Texas at Austin to study Education Policy and Programing along with an internship at the Texas Capitol. I've also recently started my own business and have become GUNG HO on all the arrangements it takes to leave the classroom. But, I still have a job to do with my kiddos this year so I haven't been able to blog lately...
Having said that, I still love to keep a record of my travels and I hope to offer some good tips for those traveling where I've been. Hope to see you on the road!
Christmas 2011 was a big deal. We were invited to go to North Carolina to see my nephews, even though my brother was deployed. Since it was the first Christmas since my dad's health issues it was important to me to have the family together, as much as possible. So when we were invited I made sure we all went! My parents both flew out...but I decided to drive. I wanted to spend the Christmas break somewhere traveling around the South and figured my best bet was somewhere along the NC-Houston route. But Christmas break started late so as soon as school got out I was booking it to NC!
One of the reasons I wanted to stop around Mobile was to try The Brick Pit again. The last time I came here (years ago) with my dad we tried to beef ribs. That was back when I didn't know a lot about BBQ and my preferences. They only serve ribs or pulled pork so I came for the pulled pork! And to make sure I had my pictures updated for scrapbooking purposes and Travel Channel info.
It was pretty festive...and just like I remembered!
Sunday, January 6, 2013
And to go along with the last story... lol... Here's more Groupon fun!
Heather and I bought the Moody Garden's Festival of Lights ticket. Included in the ticket was a tour of the rain forest pyramid and the Festival of Lights outside. By the time we left work and got to Galveston it was pretty dark and late for the entrance to the rain forest exhibit but we still got to see some cool creatures.
After we finished with the rain forest pyramid we headed outdoors to see the Festival of Lights, the REAL reason we came. There were lots of people and it was pretty cold. We tried to get some hot chocolate from a pop-up tent but WOW, it was HORRIBLE. But even the hot chocolate couldn't stop the fun we had here... Take a look...
There was a "movie" that played every 15 minutes about the life of Jesus, that I thought was nice. This was at the end/beginning when the whole city of "Bethlehem" is lit up.
Towards the end they even had Santa and his reindeer taking off. It was really nice and would definitely go again! The only disappointing part was they had a huge S'MORE tent where you roasted your own marshmallow and we missed it by maybe 5 minutes. But other than that we had a really fun time. It was so fun to get into the Christmas spirit before heading to North Carolina for Christmas with the boys!
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
So, I don't normally post random restaurant reviews but this one comes with a story. It's probably more, "You have to be there," but it's one of those memories I want to remember for a while. As those who are close to me know my dad was disabled about a year ago after being in a 43-day coma suffering from liver failure. I've been AMAZINGLY blessed to still have him with me (at all time, lol) and he seems to have recovered probably 90% of what he was before. It's kind of nice to have someone laugh at all my shenanigans that I seem to get into constantly. And it makes him laugh so it's all good.
So one of my interests is Groupon. It's a daily coupon service that (supposedly) gives a 50%+ coupon each day for local businesses. On Groupon, I found a burger deal for $13 for two Burger Baskets. I didn't know the place but it said it was voted Texas Monthly's best burger one year. So, sounded good to me! My bad habit with Groupon is not using them til the deadline comes. So, one night I drug my dad with me to Tomball to try this amazing burger place. Of course, we went around a normal dinner time, so traffic was HORRIBLE. We waited and waited in traffic, expecting some nice, classic burger place. But my GPS was not in an area where one of those type places would be. Next thing you know we're pulling into an old Dairy Queen with the sign changed to Burger Fresh. Oh my gosh, we LAUGHED and LAUGHED and LAUGHED. We just waited in rush hour traffic over an hour to eat at a Dairy Queen. LOL (Like I said, you probably are thinking, "Had to be there," but the laughing we did, and still do upon the memory of it, is quite classic.
As you can see, at night, the sign was hardly readable. The Dairy Queen turned...Burger Fresh!
I did like how the decor supported the local high school. :)
And the reason we came... The Best Burger plaque from Texas Monthly. It has a crazy amount of toppings. I didn't get them all...
But, it was HUGE... And it was delicious! The bun was really good, and all the toppings made it fantastic. I couldn't quite eat it all, and my dad only ate half, but it was a fun time, and thanks to Groupon a pretty cheap dinner date. The laughs, though, are pretty priceless. And my dad still tells the story to friends and family. :)