Happy Tuesday, friends! Thanks for joining me today as I link up with Andrea at Momfessionals to share about my best and worst trips. I really sat and thought about the worst trip I ever went on, and honestly, I couldn't think of much. If I really had to choose, I would say the one when I was a kid on a 14 hour drive home from St. Louis and had a stomach bug or car sickness the whole time was my least favorite! Ugh- that's my nightmare come true!
I recently linked up with Shay and Erika for their Workin' It Wednesday post where I wrote all about how I plan for a trip. You can read that post HERE!
When I surveyed my family a few months back for a blog post, I asked them what their favorite vacation was. The consensus was our family trip to Dallas in 2015! It's just a four hour drive from Houston, and we love museums, food, and shopping, so the Big D was right up our alley!
We stayed close to the Perot Museum and Dallas World Aquarium. The hotel was fine, but this part of town was set up for people on business trips. We walked a few blocks and ate lunch at the Corner Bakery and took advantage of some fun photo ops in and around some shops and restaurants.
After lunch, we headed to the Dallas World Aquarium which was just across from our hotel. The tickets are pricey, but they were 100% worth it! Everyone in our family loved it. You start at the top of the aquarium and work your way down through different environments.
We got to feed toucans!
It was super kid-friendly and again, we had lots of great photo opportunities!
There's a neat walk-through tank with sharks!
We don't have penguins at the Houston Zoo, so we were so excited to see some up close and personal. Random fact: My favorite Spanish word is pingüinito or "little penguin!"
We'd had a long day of traveling and walking, so we took a siesta at our hotel and then walked a few blocks to a Dallas staple for dinner- El Fenix.
The sun was still up and we had some new energy to burn, so we stopped outside of The Perot Museum and played leap frog and the xylophone.
The next day, we met up with some old friends at The Perot. This is a really neat science museum for kids of all ages!
They've got everything from dinosaurs to robots to Texas wildlife!
Our favorite part was an area where you could choose to race against a dinosaur, a football player, a track athlete, and more!
I even got in on the action and had my booty handed to me!
Later that afternoon, we went window shopping at Northpark Mall and then had dinner at one of Robert and my favorite restaurants, Campisi's. We went to the Egyptian Lounge location on Mockingbird which is super fun if you're into the old-school Italian mafia vibe.
On our way out of town the next day, we went to the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum. As a history teacher, you know I eat this all up, and as much as I love Georgie boy, I was actually fairly disappointed in the museum. First off, it is expensive! My other major complaint was that it really focuses more on his time in office and didn't do much to showcase his life prior to the office. His dad's museum in College Station does a much better job balancing the two, and as much as I respect the office, I think it's important to see what that person did before he or she came to that position of power. I also think it humanizes them a lot more, too.
That being said, the Oval Office was very cool!
This last picture is quite fitting for today as I'm currently at my new school district signing my contract for next year! I know this is not very exciting news for you, but it is life-changing for me and my family. I will be working in our home district where the kids will both be in school next year and also where Robert works. We will be on the same schedule, I'm finally getting a raise, and my hour commute will now be cut down to 20 minutes which gives me a lot more time with my kids! I'm very excited and also very nervous as I haven't taught 8th grade American history in 4 years! Change is good, but it is also hard to say goodbye to friends and move out of your comfort zone.
Now, while Dallas has been our favorite trip thus far, I have high hopes that our Disney World vacation next summer will beat out Dallas. I'm talking with my travel agent, Dani, in a few weeks, and I'd like to give her a better idea of what we do and don't want. So, I have some questions for you and would love your input:
1) What restaurants do you recommend both in the parks and at places like Downtown Disney and the Board Walk? We are thinking we'll do the food plan that gives us 2 big meals and use those for a big lunch in the parks and then a big dinner either in the park or outside.
2) As of right now, we're building in 2 days for Universal Studios. A lot of the rides look like they're going to have a too tall height requirement for Ari. Also, I'm looking at the site, and I can't see why I would need 2 days there. Do we really need 2 days there? OR if you think we need 2 days, do you think the boys would like 2 days there and the girls do the second day back at Magic Kingdom?
3) If you tell me we really need 2 days at Universal, I was thinking we'd do 1 day at Epcot, 1 day at Magic Kingdom, 1 day at Hollywood Studios, 2 days at Universal, and 1 last day at Magic Kingdom again. We're going to skip Animal Kingdom as we have had a ton of animal exposures. How does this schedule sound? What do you think I should change?
Please, please, please give me your insight!
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Thanks for stopping by! Did you check in for this morning's Tuesday Training post? I'll see you back here tomorrow to share a little bit about my 2nd box from Sephora Play! Ciao!