Hyatt Lost Pines

We decided to have a little staycation for my birthday/Mother’s Day weekend. We always passed by Hyatt Lost Pines when we head back to Louisiana, but this was our first time to actually stop and stay.

We absolutely loved our stay here. I described being here like a cruise. There are plenty of actives for everyone and anyone. If you just want to hang by the pool, go for it! If you want to do crafts, you can! If you want to watch movies all day and night, here’s the schedule! If you want to just chill and read a book on your balcony, by all means do it!

When you exit to their driveway, you are welcomed with a beautiful stone sign and a winding road before even seeing the resort. My daughter described it as a “road slide”. Big trees surrounded both sides of the road and our car would go uphill and downhill. “Weee! Road slide”, Sweet Eloise said.

We were greeted by the valet and bellhop. While my husband checked us in, Eloise and I looked around the lobby and front lawn area. It was a beautiful evening. We were experiencing not a typical Texas May. It was a 57 degrees and breezy. We saw people enjoying riding bikes, walking around, and sitting by the fire pit. We were starved so we headed to the Firewheel Cafe, which served a buffet. It was so delicious! My favorite was the pasta station and Eloise’s the desert table. LOL!

After stuffing ourselves, we decided to burn some calories by walking around the resort. We saw people enjoying sitting by the lake, playing corn hole and horseshoe, and my favorite making s’mores! A staffer already placed marshmallows on a long pitch-fork, then when your mallows were roasted how you wanted them, you bring it to another staffer that places them between 2 graham crackers and a chocolate bar. Talk about service!

In our hotel room, they gave us a schedule of the weekend’s festivities. We met the mascot (longhorn), said “Hi” to the alpacas, road bikes (free!), swam in the pool, did the arts & crafts, watched parts of a movie, enjoyed their restaurants and room service.

Our last night we ate on the patio at Sheller’s. I reflected on another year around the sun and really soaked in our time as a family.

I highly recommend staying here. Our weekend here was so much fun.  We can’t wait to make this a yearly staycation!

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Travel Diary: Disney’s Magic Kingdom

We booked our flight to go to Florida to visit my husband’s grandma and other family members who haven’t met our sweet little babe yet. While we were there, we decided to go to Disney since it was close by.  We only went to Disney’s Magic Kingdom for one day, but we ended staying there for 15 hours!

Nowadays, going any where with a baby takes a lot of preparation. I packed all her diapers, extra outfits and food the night before so we would be ready to go early in the morning. I, also, packed her Minnie Mouse costume which included a cute ear headband to match her outfit.

We got there an hour after the park opened with our matching t-shirts 😉 It just happened to be Mickey’s 88th birthday that day and we all got birthday buttons. I was overwhelmed at first because there were SO many people! We took a ton of pictures before we even made it to Cinderella’s castle. We bumped into a line to see Minnie Mouse and noticed it wasn’t that long so we got her first character autograph. We, also, waited in line for Starbuck’s on Maine st. 😉

I had already gotten our fast passes for the Jungle Cruise, so we headed to Adventureland first. Eloise’s first ride was a success! She was clapping, smiling and making happy sounds. I forgot my GoPro to capture it all, but it will be embedded in my memory forever. After the Jungle Cruise, we found more characters to sign her autograph book. Eloise also loved the carrousel! She was screaming of glee, and when the ride was over, she cried! Bless her heart! We wished she would’ve been awake for the Little Mermaid ride- Under the Sea- because she would have loved all the colors and songs. One of our friends recommended the Winnie the Pooh ride. She is so inquisitive, just looking and observing while Tigger popped out of nowhere! We, also, added Winnie the Pooh and Tigger’s autograph in her book. Of course we had to ride “It’s a small world” because I feel like that is a mandatory thing to do while at Disney. Eloise absolutely loved it! She smiled and looked in awe at every little doll. Our last ride was Peter Pan, which she was barely awake for. I couldn’t blame her because it was almost 11 pm! By the end of the night, we were exhausted, but we had the time of our lives!

We bought the Very Merry Christmas tickets, which allowed us to stay at the park until midnight, see Christmas shows, the fireworks and attend the Christmas parade!

If you ever wonder if you should take your baby, I hope these pictures will enlighten you. Seeing her reaction to the lights, songs, characters and even the fireworks made us glad we made our first family trip to Disney.

We were surprised Eloise didn’t cry at all when we took pictures of the characters. We saw some kids crying and running away when it was their turn. Also, it’s awkward when you speak to the characters and they are in their character. I don’t know what to say to them! Eloise fell asleep while seeing Princess Aurora and she said, “Oh, another sleeping beauty. She’s just waiting for her true love’s kiss.” I was like, “Uh, yeah her daddy’s.” Hubs and I, also, realized that we don’t know our princesses. We met Merida from Brave and never watched the movie so when she started talking about her brothers, we had no idea what to say.

We truly made magical memories at the happiest place on Earth.