Corpus Christi

We made a trip down to Corpus Christi this past weekend. My Uncle Jamie, Aunt Marybeth, Cousin Alecia & Ronnie, and their kids Alexis, Porsha, Shelby.  And you can’t leave out Bubba the white lab and Rusty the Maine coon cat.  What a family!

Emmy’s school was out on Friday, so we got an early start to a 6.5 hour road trip. That’s if you drive straight through. You can imagine we weren’t too bullish on getting there by lunch or anything. We made a decently long stop at a burger place in Georgetown, TX which proved to be a good call.  See…

Pulling up to Uncle Jamie’s house, a million memories of my childhood come flooding back. We would come visit most summers and go to the beach in Port Aransas. Back then, the beaches had tar and weren’t the cleanest, but as a kid you don’t really know about the difference between the Caribbean islands and the gulf beaches. These days, though, the beaches are nice. And with Emerson’s continued obsession with Treasure, Ariel’s cat that she found at the beach in one of E.K.’s nighttime books, we certainly needed to make a visit to the North Shore beach in Corpus.

My aunt and uncle are some of the kindest, most generous people I’ve ever known. I’m sure I’m biased, but I really can’t say enough about how good they’ve been to me over my lifetime. And, true to form, they gave us the royal treatment. Cooking, showing us around, letting us pick where to go and what to do, etc.

But the biggest gift of all was Emerson’s new best friends. Shelby, the youngest daughter of my cousin, was like a big sister to our little bear. They played and played and played to the point of exhaustion. It was so fun. Porsha was there quite a bit too, picking up Emerson and playing with her. You can tell she’s got that same Horn kindness in her.

Saturday was the most eventful day. We started the morning with a quick breakfast and then an 8 AM soccer game. Soccer is a big sport for the Peck family. From Alecia on down, they’re all soccer stars. Shelby was playing in this contest and Emerson was watching and cheering for her new favorite person. Afterwards, the whole family stopped into a local eatery for a second breakfast. Alexis was doting on Emerson as Shelby and Porsha helped get her fed. It was like free babysitting.

With our bellies full of delicious breakfast burritos, we stopped at the day-old bread store to grab a loaf to go feed the turtles. When this activity was described to us, we thought, “Okay, some ‘big’ turtles down in a pond.” In reality these were dozens and dozens of huge turtles, all varieties, down 30 feet into a creek off a bridge. Just look at this.

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When Aunt Marybeth mentioned she wasn’t sure that bread was good for turtles, we verified that with a quick Google search and Jess stated that we now owed our turtle friends some lettuce and tomatoes.

And then, we loaded up to head to the beach. It was the first beach trip for Emerson. And at first, she wasn’t too excited about the sand beneath her feet. But as Uncle Jamie took her by the hand and walked through the water, she warmed up to the idea quickly. It was a very sweet moment.

Cousin Alecia scoured the beach for seashell souvenirs. Porsha and Shelby joined E.K. and Uncle Jamie as Aunt Marybeth, Jess and I watched on dotingly.

We headed back to the house for some dinner and sleep.

The next morning, we packed up and said our goodbyes. It’d been 3 years since we’d last been there. It won’t be another 3 before we go back though. What fun we had!

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