Schlitterbahn Galveston!

The Hottest Coolest Time in Texas! Schlitterbahn!

I grew up in Texas and spent every summer going to the original Schlitterbahn at least once a summer since I was 12 years old, so that hmmm hmmmm years going. So, I’ll tell you right now I’m prejudiced towards Schlitterbahn.

So, Schlitterbahn Galveston has an indoor area that’s open year round, actually the indoor season started this weekend. And we had a blast.

There was a pool area there for little kids with a giant pirate ship and lots of places to slide down.

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Batman had a lot of fun driving the pirate ship. That was of course before he discovered that he could go down the slide forever and ever and ever. Then he figured out how to be a crocodile.

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Princess refused to go down any of the slides. Towards the end of the day we spent a lot of time in this area. I think one of my proudest moments was when the kids started acting out “5 Little Monkeys Playing in a Tree.” It was so incredibly cute.

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Here’s one of the few pictures of me you get to see. I talked Princess into going down the slide with me. She was horridly made at me afterwards.

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Hurricane Ike came through here a couple of years ago, and I was super amused by this picture, showing the water level coming up to about 4 feet high.

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Okay, so I think every waterpark nowadays has a lazy river of some sort. I think that this is the coolest one I’ve been on. The water level goes from 1″ to 78.” There’s about 3 different areas where a wave machine pushes through the waves and it actually has serious waves. Princess loved this! It was really fun to see her giggling like crazy because she usually doesn’t like water like this.

Sigh, but we’re still struggling with her being a brat about going to her Daddy, silly girl.

Oh, and funny thing. Our kids are picking up my speech habits, and have started calling me “Silly Mommy” when they think I”m doing something silly like I do to them.

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The boys loved playing with the inner tubes. It’s so much fun to watch the boys sit there and splash each other.

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So, this really isn’t related to this picture, but I didn’t have a camera while we went down tube chute. Superman LOVES tube rides. I”m so happy, and can’t wait to take him to the original Schlitterbahn which has so many tube rides. This was probably my second proudest mopment of the day. Sigh, so many fond memories.

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And when you’re in a wave pool, what would you do? If it’s my boys, you fight the waves and punch them.

We had a complete and total blast, and I can’t wait for many more fun days at Schlitterbahn.

At the end of the day we got back and the kiddos were absolutely wiped out, but they weren’t going to sleep. So, we found a solution.

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Hey, it worked, and they all got a nice solid 3 hour nap.

Our first few days in Galveston

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We’re lucky enough to be able to stay in Galveston for the week. This is the first time the kids have gotten to see the beach and play on it. They’ve been really enjoying it.

We spent the first day just playing on the beach, digging, building sandcastles, and finding lots of “treasures.”

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We ran in and out of the ocean. The boys loved playing in there, and decided it was fun to fight the waves. Princess was quite sure she didn’t really want to go in them. She would grudgingly go in to clean her hands, and that’s it.

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When we got back they had lots of fun going through and organizing the shells they found. About 30 seconds into it, they had to know why there are shells. So, I explained about where shells came from, and that little animals live in them. Then we talked about how the different shells could be matched up. And how some animals liked to eat the animals in the shells, and the shells protected them.

The next excursion to highlight. We found a jetty of huge boulders, that was just begging to be explored. (And this is in no chronological order).

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So we walked down the sidewalk for a while (we weren’t really wearing shoes meant for the beach, this was one of those impromptu excursions that comes up).

Princess as always went at her own pace. I really like pictures of the kids walking I”ve come to realize. Especially pictures of Princess and her Dad walking together.

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The boys had lots of fun leaping from boulder to boulder once they got used to it and figured out that they wouldn’t fall through the cracks.

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Princess occupied her usual post on Daddy’s shoulders, and was quite happy.

And we can’t seem to have a vacation without some kind of accident. This time Batman was running in a store and did an impressive face plant that made a massive gouge in his face.

So, after spending 10 minutes trying to mop it up and realizing that our first aid kit was not up to snuff. We went to the ER…. I was super impressed with the Galveston ER, they got us back into examination before we finished filling out paperwork, and the nurse was already figuring out how to best treat him. Batman did really good and didn’t freak out too much as they cleaned it out and then glued it together.

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First shot is his “owie,” and the second shot is him showing off. He had to show off lots, and needed lots of pictures.