Something to Celebrate

Staycation Part 2

Posted on: May 23, 2011

For Staycation Part 1 click here otherwise read on…

Our Denton “staycation” continued on Wednesday with a trip to the zoo since that was Hannah’s actual birthday.  She had been requesting to go to the Ft. Worth Zoo for several months since she actually remembers going there on her 2nd Birthday.  It worked out great that her 3rd Birthday fell on a Wednesday since that is half price admission day at the zoo!  Hannah also requested to invite her Pappy & Gingie so Sean’s parents met us there.

Before we got to the zoo, however, we had a birthday breakfast at IHOP in Hickory Creek.  We had a free Rooty Jr. coupon so Hannah got good and fueled up for the trip.  I fueled up on lots of coffee.  Hannah got to open her first birthday present from us which was a Beach Boys CD…yes, she really did ask for that and we listened to it all the way to Ft. Worth and back.  At least it’s better than kiddie music all the time!

The Fort Worth Zoo is really a great place and gives you MUCH more for your money than the Dallas Aquarium.  They happened to have a Dinosaur exhibit going on which Hannah loved because there were real looking dinosaurs throughout the zoo that moved and made sounds.  She was continually on the look-out for the next dinosaur.  There were signs posted by each dinosaur that told its name and what part of Texas their fossils were found which was neat.

The FW Zoo has a train and carousel which Hannah enjoyed last year but this year she was more interested in making sure she saw every single animal in the zoo so we didn’t have time for those.  That was okay with us because you have to pay extra for both of those amenities anyways!

The zoo’s website states they “discourage” coolers but I did pack some snacks and a sandwich in the stroller.  No one even looked at our bags or stroller so I say bring your sack lunch (just leave your very obvious gigantic ice chest at home).  There are several dining options if you want to eat at the zoo including a Crocodile Cafe’ (Burger King & mexican food), Grandy’s, & Dickey’s BBQ.  We ate at the Crocodile Cafe’ which gives you a perfect view of their crocodile exhibit.  I was glad I brought my own sandwich because Sean said the Burger King food was not very good.

Hannah’s favorites at the zoo (besides the not real dinosaurs) were the meerkats, gorillas, snakes, exotic fish and flamingos.  It is a LOT of walking so wear your good shoes!

After we returned home from the zoo, I started in on Hannah’s birthday dinner (chicken pot pie) and chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing.  The look on her face was just priceless when I stuck a candle in her cupcake and Sean and I sang her “happy birthday.”  She kept saying “Thank you, thank you!”  After dinner she got to open her final present from us which was the Dora version of Candy Land.  And then we played LOTS of Candy Land…Hannah kicked our butts.  Needless to say after 5 hours of walking at the zoo & holding Hannah up to see the animals and lots of cooking, I slept well that night.

After our Wednesday festivities I was ready for a low-key day on Thursday.  Sean let me sleep in (insert angels singing) and he and Hannah went on a donut date.  We went to lunch at TX Land & Cattle in Hickory Creek.  I had a free appetizer coupon so we got the steak nachos thinking Hannah would also like that but they were REALLY spicy.  So not so much kid-friendly but she ate half of the loaf of bread and the entire container of butter so she was happy 🙂  After lunch we had to go to Wal-mart to get supplies for Hannah’s birthday party coming up on Saturday then had a pretty low-key rest of the day.  I did a lot of cleaning to get ready for the party and also my cousin Candace who was coming to stay with us Friday evening.

Friday my mom watched Hannah for a few hours while Sean and I did a little shopping at Target (I got a cute new dress for Hannah’s party) and ate at RG Burgers.  Now if you know Sean very well you know that no vacation would be complete without a burger at his favorite restaurant.  RG Burgers also has good coupons in the Ad Pages magazine so that’s nice.  I like it because I can get a turkey burger on a wheat bun and sweet potato fries.  I pretty much make a million substitutions and they don’t mind 🙂

My cousin Candace arrived about 7 pm on Friday–hooray!  Candace and I spent a lot of time together growing up and since I do not have any siblings she is the closest thing I have to a sister.  We ate dinner at home and then after Hannah went to bed she and I escaped over to my fave coffee place, Cafe’ du Luxe.  We had delicious latte’s and talked wedding stuff since Candace is newly engaged!

Saturday was the big party day–we threw a Wonder Pets themed party per Hannah’s suggestion.  I will post picture on here soon but it was a lot of fun.  Of course, what 3 year old wouldn’t love being the center of attention, opening lots of presents and eating hot dogs, macaroni & cheese and strawberry cake?!?  I also created a photo slide show with music that we showed (thanks to my awesome husband for figuring out how to get it burned onto a DVD that would play on our BluRay).

Saturday night we hit up another one of our fave Mexican Restaurants in Denton, La Milpa, with our good friends Bryan & Melinda.  It looks like a hole-in-the-wall kinda place but it is really good.  And there’s never a wait for a table since it’s not a popular chain type place.  I had their chicken fajitas and they were yummmmmy.  They are also another restaurant that frequently puts coupons in the Ad Pages.

Sunday we went to church then came home and had party left-overs.  After lunch Hannah and I went outside to try out her new sidewalk chalk Candace got her and her new soccer ball from Bryan & Melinda.  It was fun but boy was it hot and muggy outside so Hannah got a bath when we got back inside.  Then she and both napped for about 2 hours to recover from the staycation 🙂

For me, the best parts of our staycation were:

  • sleeping in our own beds
  • eating out more than we normally would
  • exploring some new places in our area
  • not having to spend a lot of money and
  • just being able to relax at home

So, I highly recommend a staycation wherever you live.  There’s more than you think in your own neck of the woods!

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3 Responses to "Staycation Part 2"

I made the blog!! Yay!!!! I had the best time with you guys. Thanks again for all the hospitality! I will be sending you photos soon! Love you

You know you’re “big time” when you make the blog 😉 Seriously though, we so enjoyed you being here! Thank you so much Hannah’s precious gift and for taking photos for us! You are so talented! Come back soon 🙂 Love you!

Also, I just edited my post to link to your blog!

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