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South Padre Island

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (hint hint) you probably saw last week I was vacationing with my entire family on the Texas coast in South Padre Island. We have been traveling to SPI for as long as I can remember-my parent’s and many of their friends own condos on the bay side of the island. I went through a stage when I related South Padre to a Spring Break town for high school and college students, which, I guess can be true for about one month out of the entire year.

The rest of the time, South Padre provides an island getaway for retirees, families and singles in search of  sandy beaches, delicious sea food, fishing, night life, dolphin watching, go-carting, shopping and anything else even somewhat related to island life. A flame of excitement typically ignites as I cross the causeway onto the island and see the familiar colorful buildings painted orange, blue and green all bleached by the sun, of course.

Isla and Rica clothing stores, The Blue Marlin grocery and Jim’s Pier are all a part of the thousands of memories surrounding our favorite Texas island. We had a wonderful week with my family, and even though we came home COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED and our suitcases FULL OF SAND, I am already looking forward to our next trip to SPI.

Here are more than a few pics to document our week:

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I literally woke my children up at 3:47 AM to catch a 6 AM flight.

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Caleb was the first out of bed…James kept saying, “I can’t open my eyes.”

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Curb side check in took over an hour…

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Where is the plane?

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Finally made it onto the plane.

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Breakfast of champions

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Both boys crashed as soon as we got in the car, and slept the entire way from Harlingen to the island–about an hour.

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Finally made it to the beach

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Cousins!

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Abby and James together again! He had only asked me about a zillion times when he would see Abby again.

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James and Layne headed out for a ride on Poppi’s boat.

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Fireworks are shot off every weekend during the Summer on South Padre Island.

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The sibs.

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At Wanna Wanna for a Pina Colada and some fried shrimp!

Brian finally made it down to the island in time for Father’s Day. We celebrated by opening presents and then headed off to brunch at a local Cajun seafood kitchen, appropriately named “Daddy’s.”

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Father’s Day was also Jennifer’s birthday, so we made a cake and celebrated her later that night.

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Happy Birthday Jen!

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New Bracelet from Matthew.

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And just a few more…

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With Taylor.

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And Ben

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Doing a little shopping at my favorite store on the island, Rica!

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Caleb ran around with gloves and flip flops on his hands the entire time. I don’t even know where he found gloves! Crazy kid!

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Jen and me experimenting with my new selfie stick.

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Until next time SPI!

-ciao for now-

lauren

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