by Stefani on 21-May-2009

Did you guess South Padre? 

You know what's funny? My parent's never would let me go to Padre for Spring Break with all my high school buddies. I pouted and huffed and moaned that "you just don't trust me!" and "everyone else's parents are letting THEM go!" and how I was "SO! Mistreated!"

Back then, I thought they were ruining my life. Now… I'm so glad that when I hear "Padre" I won't think of less than stellar teenage choices. I'll think of flying kites with my oldest, before anyone else was awake.

Morning Flight

And then again with my two younger ones as the last of the light faded from our day. 

Evening Flight

I'll thinking of soaking and collecting. 

Southern Quahogs

Beach combing and wave jumping. 


Talking like pirates, ice cream on the deck and cannonballs in the pool. 
I always wanted to spend time in Padre with some cute beach boys… and now I've finally gotten my chance 🙂

Four Men On the Beach


Take a tour of a bottle factory with us at the Ranch

and learn about Sea beans with us at the Magnifying Glass
Natalie T. May 21, 2009 at 8:16 am

Thanks for triggering the anticipation of precious sand and sea time with my very own cute beach boys (and girl:), counting the days. We are also gearing up to dive into The Book Of Days, talk about anticipation! Lastly, your gorgeous photos and stories have inspired me to create a blog too. My family across the country is very thankful. So, again, thanks and keep up the good work! 🙂

rustandroses May 21, 2009 at 9:14 am

Ah, I love the metaphor…you finally got your beach days with some sweet boys. And I’m guessing it was rather perfect this time around!

Monkey Lobster May 21, 2009 at 9:24 am

these photo’s are great.

our little love nest May 21, 2009 at 9:34 am

So jealous! Your trip looks wonderful. Great perspective. I am glad you got your chance with your sweet family. What cool memories for all of you.

Kerry May 21, 2009 at 10:07 am

So glad you had such a wonderful vacation! Thanks for sharing the awesome photos.

Our Green Nest May 21, 2009 at 11:34 am

Congratulations – that’s wonderful. Little girls are the best! 🙂

Our Green Nest May 21, 2009 at 11:36 am

OH man – sorry I had a couple of my fave blogs up and meant this comment for one of those – sorry!! 🙂

Anyway, it looks like a wonderful vacation with your boys! Port A is my personal Texas fave but Padre is awesome too!

Dawn Suzette May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Awesome reminders from your time with family!! Wonderful!
Cute beach boys indeed!
Now I need to go get some kites!!

Lorilee Kopp May 21, 2009 at 12:47 pm

fantastic photos!

reminds me of our adventures at The Outerbanks NC 😉

kate May 21, 2009 at 12:56 pm

i grew up right next to south padre and i still wasnt allowed to go for spring break haha!

picture #2 is amazing.

Kathy May 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Aw, I love it! Our trip to padre to visit grandma and grandpa is less than a month away! Your pics are reminding me to fix our kite…..

Sarah M. May 21, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Love it! What a great time for your family!
Sarah M

Sarah @ May 21, 2009 at 2:37 pm

What a wonderful set of memories to associate with a place =) Much better than poor adolescent decisions!

Hannah May 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Love that kite picture at dusk! Wow!

steadymom May 21, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Parents really do know best, don’t they?


BOATBABY May 21, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Beautiful! There is something so Zen about kids on the beach.

Treemama May 24, 2009 at 12:10 pm

third beach blog post i’ve read today. am thinking we must get sandy and grubby soon!

but that feeling of sunscreen and sand stuck everywhere?

guess we’ll deal with it.

Relyn May 24, 2009 at 4:32 pm

OH, wow! I know you are having a fabulous time. I wish you more and more fun times, and not only at the beach. Happy mini-vacation.

Jade May 26, 2009 at 8:13 am

you’ve talked me into padre. i haven’t been in ages and wasn’t allowed to go in high school either! 🙂

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