splashway recap

Last weekend, we headed to one of our very favorite places, Splashway Waterpark and Campground. We went last year with my parents and had so much fun, we couldn’t wait to get back this summer (read a full review here). Bear really wanted to show Zach how he can do the big waterslides by himself, and we couldn’t wait to see Boonester in full force at the Waterpark this year since he was just 5 months old the last time we went. Sure enough, he lived his best life there. Sharing more below!

We arrived Friday afternoon around 1pm and were excited to hear that our cabin was already ready for us. We unloaded our bags and let the boys play for a bit because they both absolutely LOVED our cabin. Bear really thinks we’re “camping out” when we’re at Splashway, even though the cabins are nicer than a lot of hotels. The bed is like a cloud, you have your own kitchen, and can crank up the AC and much as needed on a hot Texas summer day. More like “glamping” and that’s my style.
We changed and headed to the waterpark, where we all did the Lazy River and Boone decided he needed a nap in the tube. We rented a cabana both days which we learned last year was totally worth it. The cabana gave me a private place to nurse Boone and let him nap, keep all of our things locked up in a safe, and order food/drinks at the push of a button. We had a blast before heading back to the campground for s’mores around the fire pit by the pond, a round of putt putt (Bear’s favorite), and watching Lion King on the lawn. I wish I could put into words how unique and special Splashway is; it’s truly like this magical place where I feel safe letting my boys run and play and they love it even more.

We all slept in on Saturday morning before making a donut run and hitting up the waterpark. We stayed in the park from 10:30am to 5pm and I think the boys would’ve never left if it had been up to them. Bear loved jumping over the waves in the wave pool, and there are at least 4 toddler areas that are perfect for Boone’s age. He had fun making little friends and going down the mini baby slides. Mama got a pretty good tan, so everyone was happy. Zach ended up floating around the Lazy River with Boone for almost an hour while he napped in a tube again; we laughed about how the River put him to sleep every time. It is relaxing…I could’ve taken a nap there, too.
Saturday night was probably my favorite part of the trip. We got back to the cabin and just relaxed, had burgers for dinner, and headed over for another round of putt putt per Bear’s request. We had laser tag tickets but Bear enjoyed putt putt so much the night before that we decided to do it again. Toward the end of the round, we heard music coming from over by the pond and looked over to see people had gathered and were listening to live music, some people dancing out on the “dance floor” under a giant oak tree. The sun was setting and turning the sky the prettiest cotton candy shades, and it just felt like such a beautiful moment with my boys. Bear convinced us to buy a net from the Camp Store, so he tried to catch fish and frogs while the sun was setting. We let the boys play on the playground and make some new friends before heading back to the cabin to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Everyone went to bed with full bellies and full hearts.

We were sad to go on Sunday, but said goodbye to Splashway knowing that we’ll be back as soon as we can. When I shared stories on Instagram, so many of you messaged saying that your family loves Splashway too and plan to go this summer. If you haven’t already gotten your tickets, use code HONEY5 for $5 off here! If you’ve been to Splashway Waterpark and/or the Campground before, I’d love to hear about your experience! Bear couldn’t wait to get home and tell his friends all about it, and made my heart so happy to see how he’ll remember these “adventures” always.
xo, Britt

a galveston getaway at the carr mansion

Last weekend, the boys and I headed down to Galveston for a little weekend getaway and some much needed R&R. For months, we'd be planning to spend the weekend at the newly opened Carr Mansion and I could hardly wait to get there. After reading all about the B&B's rich history online, I was dying to see it in person. And let me just say, the mansion somehow managed to exceed all my expectations and then some. Built in 1866 and once owned by the governor of Texas, Richard Coke (who helped found Texas A&M), the Carr Mansion has been restored to it's original glory with a modern, almost retro take on design that is serious #goals. I'll let the pictures do the talking...

Upon arriving, we were greeted by the kind and welcoming proprietor, Joellyn. She made us feel right at home and showed us around the mansion, giving us a tour of the history behind so many of the immaculate details like the pocket doors in every room that allowed air to circulate through the house pre-air conditioning and original fireplaces imported from Europe. Each room in the Mansion is named after someone meaningful in the home's history- you can read all about them and see more pictures here. I think my favorite is The Grocer for it's light, airy pink tones and private porch. From the upper deck, you can see out over the bay and watch the cruise ships sailing in and out to sea. For a moment, you truly feel as though you've stepped back in time to when Galveston was a booming port town and life moved at just a little bit slower pace. 

I could spill secrets of this house all day but honestly, you should do yourself a favor and stay at the Carr Mansion the next time you find yourself on Galveston Island. Joellyn will no doubt make you a delicious spread for breakfast (her eggs benedict casserole is to die for), you can enjoy a cold drink in the pub, and cozy up on the big leather sofa in the parlor to read a book. Not a reader? Each room has a TV, which Zach was excited about (it's almost football season in Texas, ya know). The mansion also hosts events like weddings, showers, cocktail parties, and lots in between. Whether you're heading out on a cruise and have a few nights to spare or are making Galveston your next travel destination, make sure and visit the Carr Mansion for a glimpse at history remodeled to perfection. Like us, you won't want to leave!

xo, Britt

 

family trip to Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa

If you follow us on Instagram, you probably saw that last week we were living our best life at arguably the best kept secret in Texas, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. It's not technically a secret, as we made new friends at the resort who have been going back every summer for years, but that's no surprise. Once you experience Hyatt Lost Pines for yourself, you'll want to go back year after year, as well. At least we do! Bear has talked about it nonstop ever since, and I'm seriously missing the deep tissue massage I had at Spa Django. 

We stayed for two nights and three days at the resort which was amazing, but of course we wished we'd had one more night/day. There was so much to see and do, from pony rides for Bear to the best Starbucks Mocha Iced Coffee at McDade's Emporium & Ice Cream Saloon (also the best Bluebell Birthday Cake ice cream!). Get ready for picture overload (couldn't help myself, so much fun finding our #lostpinesmoment), and I'll tell you all about our trip below!

Let me start by telling y'all more about Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. Big name and even bigger place, the resort is located outside of Bastrop, Texas and is nestled on a vast 400 acres along the banks of the lower Colorado River. It's just 20 minutes from Austin, and only took us 2 hours from Houston, making it an easy getaway for anyone in those cities looking for an amazing destination without all the hassle of flying. This was especially ideal for us this summer with Boone being only 5 months old, even though we plan to take both boys back every summer from here on out, we all loved it so much!

As you can tell, we were big fans of the food at Hyatt Lost Pines. We didn't get to try it all because there are eight different restaurants on the property, but we did as much damage as we could! 
Stories- The signature steakhouse which everyone we talked to raved about but we didn't get to try. I want to go for the atmosphere alone- the foyer’s floor-to-ceiling bookshelves house works by Texas authors, for which Stories is named (y'all know I'm a bookworm so this is a dream!).
Firewheel Cafe- A bright, airy cafe with the best dinner buffet...we rolled out of there one evening almost too stuffed for s'mores.
Old Buck's Place- The restaurant at the water park, Old Buck's was possibility our favorite of them all. We were waited on while hanging by the pool in lounge chairs, and the food was excellent. Best fried pickles & Zach raved about his mudslide.
Sheller's Barrelhouse Bar- Hands down best queso I've ever had. Sorry, got ahead of myself- Sheller's is a sit down restaurant with a vast drink menu and pool tables that stayed occupied by teenagers who I shockingly never saw on cell phones. The Shiner Bock Queso was so good- worth the two hour drive alone. The mac 'n cheese on the kids menu was also delicious and this was Bear's favorite eatery of the trip.
Major Neighbor's Grill- A pizza and sandwich shop located at the golf course, next to the pro shop. We didn't get to try it but heard great things (they also deliver pizza to the room!).
McDade’s Emporium and Ice Cream Saloon- Our most frequented by far, we couldn't stay out of this adorable emporium full of yummy snacks, souvenirs, iced cream, and delicious Starbucks creations.
Tiny's Range House- Another we didn't get to try since we didn't play golf and this is the  Wolfdancer Golf Course restaurant, but Tiny's serves up quick bites and grab-and-go snacks as well as items like golf balls, cigars, and sunscreen.
*Wolfdancer Gold Course is said to be one of the best in the state and I am dying to play it on our next stay. We ran into several ex San Antonio Spurs, including Bruce Bowen, who made their way to the links during their stay.


The minute we pulled up to Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, we were completely blown away. We couldn't get over how huge the property is, how friendly the staff is, and the endless things to see and do. Whether you want to just relax and hang out at the Crooked River Water Park and Pool Area or hike through McKinney Rough Nature Park (1,100-acre nature park next to the resort), there is truly something for everyone. Bear's favorite activity was archery, where he learned to shoot a bow & arrow from professionals, as well as throw knives and tomahawks. If you know Bear, you know this made his trip! He thought it was the coolest thing ever. 

Hyatt Lost Pines offers lots of activities daily- we took a hayride the first evening down to the Colorado River and saw 4 deer along the way, and loved meeting the Lost Pines mascots, Yogi and Boo Boo (the cutest alpacas- Boo Boo actually kissed Bear on the cheek!). My very favorite thing of all had to be the s'mores every evening. Starting at 7:30pm, everyone would gather around one of the big firepits and roast marshmallows for the most mouth-watering s'mores- Bear loved this as well and I'm pretty sure we ate about 6 s'mores apiece both nights. Following the heavy indulgence, we'd head over to the big lawn for a movie and popcorn. Zach and I weren't sure if Bear would be into this, but both nights he was completely mesmerized and had to stay for the entire movie. 

I could ramble all day about how much we loved our stay- the 1,000 foot Lazy River (we must've gone around it at least 15 times), the junior suite that was out of this world, staff that treated us like family, and a place like none we've visited before. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa exceeded all our expectations while giving us new traditions as a family, and allowing us to put our phones down for a bit and find our Lost Pines Moment. We can't wait to go back!
xo, Britt