Sunday, April 14, 2013

Unexpected Pleasures

It's Sunday night and we've had a wonderful weekend. We had two great big surprises. First of all, Katy and Our Little Princesses came to visit. Travis had a busy weekend which included some continuing education classes and his poker night, so they took the opportunity to visit us.

On Friday, while I was working, my phone rang and the caller ID said it was my nephew James from the Dallas area. I must admit that the first thought that went through my head was that someone must be dead. James is my eldest brother's son. We see each other at reunions, weddings, and funerals. So, to get a phone call from him was a first. Turns out, he and his family were in town for the weekend and wanted to get together. We arranged to meet for lunch on Saturday at Fajitaville on the beach.

We have eaten at Fajitaville several times now. Its casual atmosphere with an open air restaurant and bar on the first floor keeps pulling us back. The food and service have continued to improve every time we've been there. Saturday, the food was exceptionally good. I had the catfish fingers. I think it was the best catfish I've ever had.

It was sunny and warm, but very windy. We sat outside and visited while Our Little Princesses frolicked on the beach.

As you can see from the photos, Princess E continues to love life at the beach.She was so overcome with joy that she literally whirled in the sand. I'm pretty sure that when she's a teenager, she can be enticed to spend a lot of time visiting Grams and Grandad. I know she's definitely a beach bunny in training. Meanwhile, Princess J loves to jump. She will climb on the bed or sofa or anything else that's bouncy and jump up and down. Her family sometimes chants "Jump, jump, Princess J" as she jumps through the house. She thought the washer-toss games were there for her jumping pleasure and proceeded to jump off the elevated ends over and over again.

It turns out that James and his family were here with their son Benjamin and his scout troop. They stay overnight Saturday night on the USS Lexington. The museum, located on board the decommissioned aircraft carrier known as the blue ghost, is right on Corpus Christi Bay. If you're coming to visit, you definitely should include a trip to the museum. One of their most popular programs is allowing scout troops to camp overnight on board the ship. I must admit, I'm a little jealous. I would love to stay on board overnight. The ship is purported to be haunted. It was even featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters. I have been on board the ship several times, but never overnight. The tours are interesting and there is even an IMAX theater on board.

The museum was also used for filming the aircraft carrier scenes for Pearl Harbor starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, and Alec Baldwin. When they were in town, you would hear gossip about where they were eating lunch or dinner. I never ran into any of them though. Darn the bad luck. 

We had expected to spend a quiet weekend just hanging out at home. I probably should have been sewing. I still have two crib sheets to finish for my friend Kandyce, who is due in less than three weeks now.

I'll be very busy this week with substitute teaching a kindergarten class. School is already starting to wind down for the year. We're already in our last six weeks.

I hope there were a few unexpected pleasures in your weekends too. We thoroughly enjoyed ours.


  1. The Princesses really do look like they are having a wonderful time! SO glad you got an extra chance to enjoy them. Have fun this week!

  2. The little Princess is so pretty and obviously having a great time!
    I'd love to spend the night on that haunted ship too! Wow...really interesting story!
    Glad you had such a great family weekend!

  3. What wonderful photos, Vicki! Your granddaughters are absolutely precious!!

    Kitchen Crew

  4. Oh those little darlings are so darn cute!!! :)

    So nice that you had surprises this weekend..sewing can wait ! :)