Our Texas Vacation – part 1

I’m finally getting back in the swing of things after taking a few weeks off for vacation. And one of my goals this year on the blog, is to get a little more personal and share more day to day type posts. So today I’m sharing all about our recent vacation to Texas! While I definitely wanted to spend some time at Magnolia, we also wanted to soak up some sun and just lounge at the beach. So we decided Galveston, TX would be a good spot to do just that! 

Whenever I’m planning a vacation for longer than a few nights, I always check out vrbo.com . It’s an awesome site that lets you search for vacation rentals all over the world. I’ve used this site to book a vacation home on Lake Michigan that my extended family and I visited every summer for 7 years. The home was perfect – large enough for all of us (8 kids & 12 adults!) and just a few blocks to the lake. We’ve made countless memories in that house and watched our babies turn into adolescents. And it was super affordable because we shared the cost between all 6 families.

So when searching vrbo in Galveston, I came across this gorgeous home. Close to the beach? check. Pool? check. Clean, comfy, and beautifully decorated? check!

The look on my kids’ faces when we opened the front door was worth every penny! Honestly, the house was much bigger than what our small family of 5 needed. We felt kinda funny having it all to ourselves, but we’re hopefully going to go back and take my parents and my brothers’ family too. It’s the perfect size for a few families to all enjoy together!

Gorgeous beach front home in Galveston, TX - found on VRBO

Galveston TX - view from our back deck
view from the back deck 🙂
comfy outdoor lounging space - Galveston, TX
comfy outdoor lounging space
beach walkover - Galveston, TX
beach walkover right next door

beach walkover - Galveston, Tx

beach front community - Galveston, TX
neighborhood houses to the south

Galveston, TX

beach fun in Galveston, TX
fun on the beach!

In the evenings we loved walking along the beach looking for jellyfish and shells. Then we would come inside and play cards for a few hours. We taught our kiddos how to play euchre and I think they are officially hooked now! It’s funny how we drove all this way to spend time on the beach, yet one of their favorite activities was just spending quality time with us playing cards. It hit me recently that we only have 5 more years until our oldest daughter leaves for college. How the heck did that happen!? makes me sad just thinking about it! So I am trying to make an intentional effort to make more memories and spend more time just relaxing with my kiddos. We’re going to put a summer bucket list together soon too – this is a good one to get ideas from.

Galveston, TX

Galveston, TX

And here’s the remaining shots of the house – of course I had to get lots of photos for you guys! The attention to detail in the decor and finishes was amazing! My kids especially loved the barnwood on the wall and the kitchen backsplashes (both upstairs & downstairs!) I loved all the light fixtures (you know I’m a sucker for a good light fixture)

powder room with amazing light fixture!
powder room – LOVE that light!
coastal beach bedroom
downstairs bedroom w/2 queens
coastal bathroom with shimmering backsplash
attached bathroom w/gorgeous tile detail

coastal bathroom with shimmering backsplash

coastal bathroom with shimmering backsplash

coastal farmhouse kitchen with barn wood detail and amazing backsplash
full kitchen w/ amazing views!
coastal farmhouse kitchen with barn wood detail and amazing backsplash
lots of storage!

coastal farmhouse kitchen with barn wood detail and amazing backsplash

coastal beach house in Galveston, TX with farmhouse table and amazing light fixtures
huge farmhouse table – perfect for playing cards!
reclaimed barn wood shiplap wall in our Galveston TX beach house
awesome barn wood feature wall w/ snack bar
balcony off the master
beach house master bedroom with balcony overlooking the gulf
upstairs master w/ balcony
coastal master bathroom
master bath w/ oyster chandelier!
coastal beach house bunk room
upstairs bunk room
coastal beach house living room
upstairs living area w/kitchenette
coast beach house upstairs kitchen area
small kitchen area complete w/ fridge, microwave & sink
amazing glass bubble backsplash
amazing glass bubble backsplash

Thanks so much for following along! I’m so thankful to each and every one of my readers. This blogging journey has been an amazing blessing to me and my family and I couldn’t do it without you! I’ll be posting the second part of our vacation – our trip to Magnolia! – very soon, so stay tuned! xoxo


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  1. Oh my, that powder room light fixture…wish I could find one similar! or the exact same?! Any hints as to source of this one? Saving this house info for sure, since this is a yearly destination for us!

    1. thanks Susan – you will not be disappointed with this house! we were so sad to leave, lol! thanks for reading 🙂

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    1. I do have her number, but since I am unsure if she wants me to give it out – your best bet would be to contact her via the VRBO listing. You can send her an email via the site and she is very quick to respond. Thanks for reading!

  3. What a beautiful home! We’re heading out of town in Sept. to Tampa and I haven’t booked our lodging yet. Funny — I have done photos for a vrbo owner before, but didn’t even think to look there! I will definitely check it out now. 🙂

    1. yes, it is such a great site! And amazingly some of the homes are even more affordable than hotels – but so much more comfortable and spacious than staying in a hotel! have a great trip, Holly!

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