May 1, 2012

Summer Fun in Texas!!


As you already know, my family has a lot of kids -- five of our own and always at least one additional kid who is staying with us for one reason or another.
Having at least five kids in our home often makes it hard to go to many "cool" vacation spots.

I mean, more kids = more $$ spent, and I am way too frugal to be able to enjoy myself if I know it's breaking the bank! (I know I need to work on this!)

Anyway, last year three of the six kids living with us graduated high school and flew the coop! This meant that (for now) we only have THREE kids at home!

I know! I KNOW! You are asking yourself "What does she do with all that free time?" Right? Well I'll be sure to let ya know as soon as I find some of that "Free Time!"

We decided to take advantage of our temporary smaller family size and do something cool! We went to Moody Gardens in Galveston.

It has been years since we visited this fun family spot.
I had almost forgotten how much fun it was!
I mean, there is something for everyone!
Look at all there is to enjoy!

I loved the "Bodies Reviled" Exhibition!
Hubby and the 8-year-old Little-Foreman-in-Pink were not as impressed seeing bodies uncovered. But I think it's super-cool! Look!

Yep! those are REAL HUMAN Bodies! Way cool!

The Little-Foreman-in-Pink loved the Rain Forest Pyramid!
It is SO great knowing that you can visit a real rainforest less than an hour away from Houston! The Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid holds over 1,000 species of exotic plants and animals from the rainforests of Africa, Asia and the Americas that populate the multi-level 10-story glass pyramid.

Look at just a few of the many many things that were on display!








The kids all LOVED the animals!
They were all so healthy and lively! I was VERY impressed!

And get this!
Now they have PENGUINS!
YAY!


There is SO much to do and see at Moody Gardens! I am so glad we took the time to go somewhere so wonderful right in our own back yard! You should come explore our backyard too!

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98 amazing comments. Talk To Me!!:

ada said...

I would love to take a fun family trip to either San Antonio or Galveston.

April was in CT now CA said...

Sounds like y'all had a great time! My parents visited San Antonio for vacation when I was younger (I stayed with family) and after seeing their pictures I've always wanted to visit.

sharimom said...

I want to visit this place! Moody Gardens in Galveston or Dallas to visit friends!

Jessica said...

I would love to visit San Antonio and the River Walk!

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Mami2jcn said...

I'd love to visit Austin. I've heard good things.

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Rosa said...

I really wish that some day a visit Austin.

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Elena said...

I would like to visit San Antonio

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Courtney B said...

i would like to visit austin to see the parks :)

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Kimberly Graham said...

I would love to visit Dallas and/or Houston and Galveston. 17 years ago, my husband was able to take me on a business trip with him to Dallas and we fell in love with the beauty and the friendliness of Texas. I've always wanted to return for a family vacation, but we also have 5 children and face the same vacation $$ issues and never got the opportunity to take that vacation before my husband passed away unexpectedly 3 yrs ago. Since then, I've reconnected with friends in Dallas and have new ones in the Houston area. They all have invited us to visit. I'd love to be able to take them up on their offers! :)

AubreyLaine said...

I'd love to go to Dallas- I have family there!
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JC said...

I'd like to visit Houston.
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Shannon said...

My kids would love the animals too! We just moved to DFW and we have been wanting to check out San Antonio and the Ft. Worth zoo

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Rusthawk said...

I'd love to visit the Big Bend country ...and the hill country and little historical towns. I would like to see the country rather than the cities.

Rusthawk said...

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Rebecca Graham said...

I would like to visit Dallas.

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FreeIndeed said...

i want to visit San Antonio
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FreeIndeed said...

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DeniseL said...

I really want to visit Austin!
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DeniseL said...
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DeniseL said...

Tweeted!
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Anash said...

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Stacie said...

Moody Gardens is a neat place. Great post. I've only lived in Texas for 12 years. There's so much of this state I've never ventured to.

MANDY83 said...

I would love to visit Austin for amazing food, great music and a great time!

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McKinney Mommas said...

I seriously have to visit Austin. So much great food and culture!
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Tina said...

I'd like to visit San Antonio.
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Karina said...

Houston

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akronugurl said...

i have family in Texas i wanna come and visit

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chambanachik said...

I would love to visit Corpus Christi, where my husband spent much of his childhood. I've never been there!

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amy beth marantino said...

I would go to Houston

amy beth marantino said...

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skytoucher said...

San Antonio River Walk -- I've heatd so many great things about it.

KPage said...

I would love to visit Big Bend.

Kelly Massman said...

I would love to visit San Antonio!
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The Sunshyn said...

Every part of Texas I've been to has been beautiful, but I'd love to visit Houston next.
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Melissa O. said...

Would love to go back to Austin and San Antonio.

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Judy B. said...

I'd like to tour the Hill Country. Loved your fun review

Judy B. said...

Tweet
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Suburban Correspondent said...

Austin, of course. I've heard great things about it, and it supposedly has the most bloggers per capita of any other US city.

Tiffany Winner said...

South Padre Island, i didn't even realize texas had any islands until i saw it online
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fugeecat said...

Austin! I've heard it's fabulous. So I want to visit.

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ms-texas said...

i'd love to visit San Antonio again - its been quite some time since I've been there

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ms-texas said...

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Tabathia said...

Corpus Christi
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I would love to visit Dallas, where a couple of my cousins live! Thanks for the chance to win!

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sy said...

I'd like to visit fort worth, i want to visit the gardens and the zoo, and go shopping. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Deb said...

My son did his State project on Texas this year and desperately wants to go to San Antonio to visit the Alamo!

Annette Doggett said...

I would love to visit the NASA in Clear Lake.

Annette Doggett said...

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mandmgilliland said...

We would like to visit the Dallas Aquarium. So much fun!! We would also like to take the kids to the river walk in San Antonio and the kids museum there.

Tiffany Winner said...

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Dee said...

I'd love to visit Austin!

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Dee said...

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Heather H said...

I'd like to visit Fredericksberg. I need some relaxation in my life and after a number of drive through visits I still haven't spent any time there.

Christina said...

I would like to visit Houston the biggest city in Texas and visit the 1940 Air Terminal Museum as well as the Bayou Bend Collection of the Fine Arts: 28-room Latin Colonial Structure.

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cindy rogers said...

I grew up in Austin and remember going to Galveston as a kid. So much fun. Actually living in Rochester, New York now, but heading to Austin tomorrow for a quick visit. Can't wait!

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Betty C said...

Anywhere in Texas hill country would make me happy. Of course I'd love to head south and hit the beaches.

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Amy said...

I'd love to visit Austin. My husband raves about the city, and I've always heard such great things!

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Michelle Hudak said...

The Alamo for sure. My husband is a history-buff and has said for years we have to visit. I'd love to see all the artifacts people have found.
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Michelle Hudak said...

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angie lilly said...

Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area sounds like heaven to me! Check out this info:
There is no electricity, concession, or drinking water on the island. All visitors are required to bring all necessary supplies with them.
All interior access is via hiking, biking, or TPWD vehicles during scheduled hunts or tours. No private motorized vehicles!
Special Note: Persons can continue to utilize the Sunday Beach area, accessed via boat from either the Gulf or Pass Cavallo, for camping, beach combing, fishing, and bird watching. There are no fees, permits, or restrictions on the use of this area.
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MCantu1019 said...

I would like to visit Houston. My niece lives there so it would be a great place to start.
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♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

I've always wanted to visit Austin, TX
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Jammie said...

I want to goto San Antonio, we have friends there and they say there is a lot to do! I want to check out some of their local restaurant. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

Jammie said...

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jwfong said...

I would love to visit the Dallas Fort Worth area and check out a Cowboys game!

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ewhatley said...

I love the beach so would love to visit Galveston.

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Tamara said...

The "Bodies Reviled" exhibition looks neat! My kids would love that! :) I’d really like to take a trip to Galveston someday.
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Tamara said...

Tweeted:
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Mari said...

I’d like to visit Austin, Texas to attend the SXSW festival.

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Mike Arnesen said...

I remember seeing "Body Worlds," a similar exhibit, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry a few years ago. I was never the same! Are there museums in your area?

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