Our Staycation summer fun

 

Our San Antonio StayCation

 

 

Summer in San Antonio can be hard. It’s usually over 100 degrees every day. And with 3 kids and no school … we get cabin fever easily! But this summer we wanted to make the most of no school and fill our days with tons of activities!

We got SeaWorld passes, bought a pool, and ventured out to places we’ve never been before around town! It was such a great summer with the kids. Watching them each grow, and see their personalities changing. My oldest having special needs can be challenging when planning family outings but this summer has to have been the best for him participating in the fun!

We explored downtown including the Alamo, The Riverwalk, Hemisfair park (and splashpad!) took a riverboat tour and lunch at our favorite German Biergarten restaurant (still kid friendly!)

He LOVES anything water related so Seaworld and pools were high frequency! He also started playing more with his sisters .. or I should say tolerating their wild antics better! LOL! He’s 5 years older than his sister and I think he certainly gets that big brother attitude when he just can’t handle his little sisters running wild. Overall though we had the most fun at the Doseum (San Antonio’s newest childrens museum). Everything was very accessible for him, and he could explore out of his wheelchair as well!

We also had friends over from England for 2 weeks! We all had so much fun going to the coast and exploring around town. Our favorite had to be going to the coast at Rockport beach! It is the perfect beach for kids. The water is so warm and the sand bar goes way far out in to the bay so its only maybe 2 foot deep for quite a while. None of my kids can really swim well but we felt comfortable with them going pretty far out with us in the water. They also have nice bathrooms, playgrounds and picnic tables and BBQ’s available. It’s also 30 min away from Corpus Christi and Port Aransas which get way more crowded so even on its busiest days it doesnt feel overcrowded!


Bandera, Texas was also a fun day trip. Bandera is considered ‘The Cowboy capitol of the world’. You can stay at a variety of Dude Ranches or just walk around town exploring. On the weekends they have cowboys on horses doing rodeo tricks too. We went to the Frontier Museum which is a small house turned museum that has a ton of frontier tools and items, and a variety of eclectic collections from that time. They have a scavenger hunt for the kids to do as you walk around and when your finished you get to pick a prize! My kids loved it! Out back the museum had a little stage with dress up clothes and a bin to dig for fossils and checkers of course. We also had lunch at a fun restaurant called O.S.T. restaurant which has a salad bar in a wagon and saddles to sit in at the counter, you can also eat in the John Wayne room which is decorated in honor of the Actor best known for his western films. Last we stopped in the shops and got authentic cowboy hats for everyone and of course Lasso’s for the kids!

Overall our staycation summer was a success with lots of memories made and we didn’t even leave the area!

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Our DIY summer

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This summer we really tried to put alot of work into the house. One thing I’ve been dying to redo since we moved in was my kitchen!

The kitchen was not something I really put high on the list when we were house shopping, I knew no matter what the kitchen looked like I could DIY it to suit our style. So we started out with this ….

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First thing I did was paint the kitchen to match the rest of the house. Its not a color I really LOVED…. but at least it was better than the weird yellow with orange accent that stuck out from the rest of the downstairs.

Finally over a year after we bought the house, we painted the downstairs. We wanted grey but ended up with a really nice blue/grey.

We then spray painted the counter tops to cover up our white laminate tops that stained all the time! Easiest and cheapest way to update this! We used 2 coats of Rustoleum stone spray and then painted a poly-acrylic top coat on it. I recommend either lots of coats of the Poly-acrylic or doing an epoxy top coat. I will probably end up doing the epoxy unless we completely replace the counter tops, as the 3 top coats I did are not enough and it is chipping in some spots. But other blogs I’ve read had said 7+ coats.. I’m just too impatient between dry times! LOL!!

Next was the cupboards…. the pale cream just looked worn and dirty.. must be 15+ years old. Brand new cabinets were not in the budget. So I took to Pinterest and found this great blog on how to stain your cabinets!

Gel stain was the easiest! First I did my  2 smaller bathroom cabinets to try it out. Then I tackled the KITCHEN! The hardest part was sanding… sanding cabinets was just soo time consuming and I didn’t sand down to bare wood just enough to take off the finish.
After sanding I used a combo of foam brushes and the sock over a glove method to applying the stain. Overall I prefer the foam brushes, and its less of a mess. I put on 2 full coats and then some touch ups.

Plus middle of summer in Texas…. it was a workout! But I think it turned out so great!! I used the same gel stain as the blog I found the idea from and you can get it here..

We ended up spending less than $150 on paint, stain, brushes, etc.

**not including the new floor… that was additional but really needed over our old stained concrete floors

We will be doing a backsplash at some point in time and finishing the bottom trim as well.

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Next I’m looking at ways to accessorize the kitchen to give it a bit more personality! Check out my kitchen pinterest boards to see my inspiration! Hopefully I can post a decorated kitchen pic soon!

First blog post

My first blog post…

Currently living in San Antonio, with my husband and 3 kids. The kids are ages 11, 7, and 5. Along with my diy and craft fun, I love to paint and read and play legos with kiddos. We also are a soccer family so soon my evenings will be filled with soccer practice and trying to figure out dinner and homework all before a ‘reasonable’ bed time (if there is such a thing in this chaotic life!)

I would describe our life as full of love but full of chaos as all 3 kids have strong but vastly different personalities. My oldest has Angelman Syndrome which means he’s physically developmentally delayed and needs a lot of assistance. My middle is a sensitive empath that is full of love but she also has a lot of anxiety going through this world. My youngest is my firecracker and she’s always keeping me on my toes with her extremely strong will and full on personality!

School is starting soon and my 3 happy chaos babies will all be in school full time! So I decided to start this blog and document all the chaos in our lives! I love to DIY and craft and try new things with the kids! Pinterest is my favorite resource for everything!

I work from home with my husband, he builds websites and develops plugins for other developers. I’m not that technical and mostly do any of the data entry/copy paste content for him! I’ll probably be doing most of my blogging while he’s working away 🙂

I suppose my blog will mostly be about my attempts at activities I’ve found on Pinterest! I’ve done a few this summer so I’ll be putting those up soon.

Anyways… That’s my intro! Welcome to my blog 🙂