July 9, 2018
To this day, I don’t know what possesses my husband to wake up at 3-4am and drive us on vacations. He does only do this when we travel far and want Gabe to sleep in the car so he won’t get bored. But man, I don’t know how he does it (yes I do, sugarfree Redbulls). So this vacation story begins with us waking up to our 3:30 alarms and packing up our sleepy toddler in the car. We were on our way to Corpus Christi, Texas. My father-in-law had a big break from work, so we decided to take a short vacation down to Texas. My mother-in-law and father-in-law drove their truck and Gabe, Isaiah’s brother, Isaiah and I piled into Isaiah’s car.
I have two feelings about roadtrips: 1. ROADTRIP!!!! or 2. Get me off this roadtrip. It helps when we take these trips that we leave so early and that Isaiah drives, because then I get to rest and keep my #1. outlook on roadtrips. There is something weirdly peaceful about waking up in the car and seeing the sun just start to rise. Its actually beautiful and I wish I didn’t love sleep so much so I could watch sunrises more often. It’s this eerie but calming feeling of being one of the only people on the road at that time (besides truck drivers). It’s like a secret shared between you and the few other people awake at that time, a magic time just for us.
We stopped in Waco, TX and somehow I ended up with my sunglasses on, muddy buddie’s in hand, behind the wheel of the truck. I’m a good driver, but a cautious and nervous driver. I had to keep up with my race car wanna be driver of a husband, but I did good! I drove for about 3-4 hours before we stopped again to switch. I had the best co pilot, my brother-in-law, who played all the good music (Migos and Cardi B).
We finally pulled up to our “holiday house” as Gabe calls it (I rented from a website similar to Air BnB, I think it was VRBO or something). First mishap of vacation was right in the beginning. The complex of condos required a number key pad password thing. I pulled out the email and put it in. It didn’t work. It didn’t work because they sent us May’s code when we got there on June 1st. So a long phone call later, we had the code and were in!
The condo house thing itself was nice. There was a pool and it was within walking distance from the beach. We spent a lot of time swimming, visiting the beach, and relaxing in our “holiday house”.
Something cool we did was visit the Selena museum. Nope, not Selena Gomez, the iconic, OG, Selena Quintanilla museum. It was actually her studio she recorded in back when she was alive. It was full of pictures, clothes, fan art, her makeup line, letters, and even her car! My mother-in-law is a huge Selena fangirl and she was so excited to go visit this little museum.
You all know how we ended this trip… with another 3-4 am car drive. We stopped in Waco again on the way home and I forced my family to come with me to the Magnolia Market. I have a whole other blog post about that adventure. After, we went to the best burger place in the universe, In and Out. I do not eat meat like hamburgers or steaks… but I will shove my face with In and Out. If you haven’t been there, that’s a travesty.
There’s nothing better than sleeping in your own bed after a vacation. And, there’s nothing worse than doing all your laundry after a vacation. But, we slept and we survived. It was a fun vacation with my family despite getting sunburned even when using sunscreen every day. I have also decided that Texas holds my heart and I need to live there or at least have a vacation house there when I’m older, richer, and famous. If anyone ever moves to Texas, watch out, cause I’ll probably be in your suitcase.
That’s all for this post, enjoy my pictures I took and somehow managed to keep sand out of my camera for!
*not sponsored by Michelob Ultra… but down to be 😉
Morgan Macias is a senior and
family portrait photographer
based in Wichita, KS
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