On our way home from Austin we decided to stop in Dallas for the night and have a little time to ourselves. We stay at my favorite hotel, Embassy Suites, and had a WONDERFUL evening!!! If you have never stayed at one I highly recommend it!! It is totally worth the money!!! Each room has a sleeping area and a living room area with a door between the two that you can shut!!! Every other hotel we stayed in on this trip we had to be super quiet once the kids went to bed! Not so at the Embassy!!! Another perk about the Embassy Suites is every night from 5-7 is a Manager's reception with free drinks and snacks that takes place at the bar which is located at the side of a nice HUGE open sitting area!!! We love this because we can sit and relax and Owen can play and we don't have to worry about him. This night Owen practiced walking up and down stairs without holding on to a railing or having help! There was a set of 4 carpeted stairs for him to practice on and by the end of the night he had it mastered!!!
They also had a great pool that was the prefect temperature!!! Unlike the other hotels that were too cold or outside in the bad weather, this was so nice I put Addyson's suit on and took her swimming for the first time. She loved it and I think Owen liked having her in the pool!! She had so much for it wore her out!!!Owen loves counting especially if you count with him. I think it is really funny that he exaggerates his lips like we do while we were teaching him how to count. Here is a video of him doing that.
The next day we decided to get up and lazily enjoy the awesome continental breakfast that the Embassy Suites is known for. After breakfast we went for another swim. We wanted Owen to get nice and tired so he could take an early nap before we packed up and headed out. I must say I was sad to leave. I just can't say enough good things about this hotel!! (I swear they are not paying me to say these things!!) Before we headed for home we stopped at the Dallas Aquarium. We tried to time everything so we could leave there, eat dinner, and then head for home with the hopes that each kid would sleep the whole ride!
We had so much fun at the aquarium but I must say the name is a bit misleading. I think we saw more birds and mammals than we did fish but I'm not going to complain!!!! It was all indoors so we didn't have to deal with the sun and heat (although a few areas, like the rainforest exhibit, were a bit humid) and it was downtown Dallas so they crammed a lot of things into a small place meaning we didn't have to do a lot of walking. I highly recommend checking it out if you are in the area!
Again, I had a lot of fun watching Owen get excited about each new animal!!! He was so curious and asked a lot of questions (well as many as he knows; what's this, what's it doing) and loved to point out the animals he did know without asking and what they were doing (swimming, eating, jumping, etc).
In between cat nap we got Addyson out of the stroller so she could enjoy a bit of the aquarium as well!
We left there about 4 so we could get out of town before the rush hour traffic began. I'm thankful we did because although we left early we still sat in a bit of traffic. Our plans for the kids to sleep the whole way home didn't turn out so great. Owen was awake until about the last hour which wasn't a peaceful sleep for him. Poor guy kept waking up and was frustrated that he was still strapped down in that awful carseat!! He tosses and turns a lot in his sleep so I'm sure not being able to move was waking him up.
We made it home safe and sound!! All in all it was a great trip and the kids did amazing!!! Many people called us crazy but really it wasn't that bad!! Luckily, we were able to take our time and stop if need be and I think that helped. It was great seeing family and it was good to be able to get out of the house. This was our first time away since Addyson's birth. Call me nuts but, I'm looking forward to our next trip!!!