Thursday, September 16, 2021

Weekend Getaway - The Woodlands and Astros

This past weekend, we took a little getaway to Houston, Texas for some time with family and to catch an Astros game! In my search for water-related fun in the area, I stumbled across The Woodlands Resort and I'm so grateful I did! 

I'm getting a little ahead of myself, though. Let's start at the beginning of the trip, shall we?


It all began with a stop at Buc-ee's, as always!


Brayden looks forward to our Buc-ee's stops almost as much as the trip itself! When I ask if he loves Disney World or Buc-ee's more, his answer is always "both of them"!! 


Within a few hours, we arrived at The Woodlands Resort. Check-in isn't technically until 4 p.m., but guests are invited to begin swimming at noon on check-in day. To my surprise, our rooms were ready and they were placed right next to each other as I'd requested! Perfect!


Our previous water park attempts this summer were mostly rained out (we were 2 for 3 on rainouts), and I knew I wanted to find a place to stay that had more than just a swimming pool. 


This place was perfect and totally fit the bill! It wasn't a full blown "water park", but we still had a lot of options and had we had a blast, too!


They even had a few fire pits around for evening smores! So fun! 


Our rooms were nice and spacious and the balcony view of the woods was incredibly relaxing.


After dropping off our bags and checking out our rooms, we headed for the pool!


Brayden seriously wasted zero time and jumped right in!


I am so glad he has overcome his fear of enclosed "twisty slides". He loves them now!


There was even a lazy river at this resort, which we took full advantage of.


Midway through our float, we spotted another "twisty slide", so we paused to let Bray have a little fun.


That evening, we enjoyed a few smores by the fire pit. They were delicious!


I'm a huge fan of burnt marshmallows. Anyone else? :)


Notice my marshmallow stick - it was stuck! Hah!


The following morning, I enjoyed the sunrise from our balcony, then we checked out of our resort and drove to Ihop on the way to Minute Maid Park. 


Brayden thought it was hilarious that he had five pancakes for five years old! He ate them all, too! 


Strawberry banana pancakes is where it's at.


Meanwhile over at Minute Maid Park, we arrived just as the doors were opening! Perfect timing.


We also spotted our friend Mickey along the way!


Apart from last year, I have a photo like this with Brayden from every single Astros game we've been to since he was born. Such a sweet memory!


We also met up with my brother and sister in law.


Before long, it was nap time. I'm shocked at this kid's ability to sleep anywhere, and he got a good hour long nap in!


Ice cream in a helmet is always a must at the ball park. :)


They won!!


We had a blast and I so enjoyed this precious time with my sweet family!


On our way home, we stopped at - you guessed it - Buc-ee's again!! :)

Where will our next adventure take us? Hopefully to Great Wolf Lodge! We planned a trip there last fall, but due to Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, we had to cancel our plans. Second time is a charm, right? :) (Let's cross our fingers for no more hurricanes!)

Have a great week!

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