Woohoo, it’s Friday! How was your week?
I spent the better part of it at the Hyatt San Antonio with my fam, so I feel like I’m playing catch up right now after relaxing all week.
But we had such a fun time. I have a few pics to share with you!
For starters: I usually share day-by-day recaps of our vacations (like our recent one to Portland), but this was such a chill one where we stayed in one place for the whole week…so I’ll just share a general overview.
My in-laws own a time share in Colorado…but since they recently moved to the Austin area to be closer to us, they decided to swap it out for a San Antonio condo this month.
They invited our fam of 4 to spend some time with them. Aww! It was so sweet of them, and we had the best week watching these two grandbabies enjoy time with their Grammy and Papa.
Side note: since San Antonio is pretty close to Austin (about 1.5 hours), Nate and I kind of tag teamed the week. He drove down with the babies to spend a few days there while I enjoyed a solo house.
A quiet and perfectly clean home all to myself for two days? Literally the best Mother’s Day gift I could have imagined.
Then I drove down and we spent a few day together as a fam, and Nate came back to Austin for work while I stayed in San Antonio with the babies and my in-laws. It worked out really nicely so that both Nate and I could enjoy a few days of vacation and a few days of work in a quiet/empty house.
We stayed at the Hyatt San Antonio Wild Oak Ranch. It’s a residence club, so the condos were pretty big (we had two separate suites connected by a kitchen/living area), and it was all so great! Y’all are always asking for true thoughts and opinions on places, so I’ll say this: the king size beds were really comfy, the bathrooms were huge (which is always something I care about when we’re traveling with two pack-n-plays and need to put one of them in a bathroom, lol), and the pools were amazing. My mother-in-law mentioned that this Hyatt San Antonio condo seemed a little more dated than some of the other time-share condos they’ve traded for (they’ve stayed all over the country!), but it was all nice and clean and comfortable and spacious.
In the mornings we’d wake up, make coffee and breakfast, and hang out for a bit. Grammy and Papa brought lots of toys for the boys (including Nate’s DUPLO lego set from the ’80s!) so we transformed the living area into a playroom.
And Dayton transformed all of the furniture into teething toys…
Woohoo! So excited to be in the water!
Texas is experiencing some HOT temps this May, which worked out in our favor since we were in the water every single day. This little boy absolutely loves splashing around in the pool.
^ The lazy river was our favorite! There’s a beach entrance where Milo played with sand toys, and the shallow entrance was perfect for him to run around and splash.
It moved at a nice little clip, too!
^ This might be the best pic we got of all four of us..haha.
I loved that they had towels, tubes, and water stations for us by all of the pools (there was a lazy river, sandy beach area, indoor/outdoor pool, and two waterslides.) So all we had to do was change into swimsuits and bring some sunscreen.
We were about 20 minutes outside of downtown San Antonio, so we drove to the Pearl District for dinner.
I loooove this beautiful spot in San Antonio! It’s full of restaurants and shops and a brewery, and there’s a big splash pad of fountains right in the middle.
We didn’t pack swimsuits so Milo ran around in his shorts and Dayton watched from a distance. 🙂
We had so much fun at the Pearl!
So we splashed around for a bit and then went to order some food. The intention was to eat at Southerleigh, but they were closed for a private event. So we went into the food hall and ordered from the booths.
It reminds me of the Fareground Food Hall in downtown Austin: a couple booths of food, a bar, some space to eat indoors, and lots of outdoor green space for the kiddos/dogs to run around.
Sooo beautiful inside! It was HOT on this afternoon so we opted to eat in the air conditioning.
^ Jerk chicken and fried plantains for me.
^ Quesadilla (what else?) for Milo.
No shoes, no shirt, no problem for this little 2-year-old.
Milo grabbed the stroller and just took off with Dayton. Of course, Dayton has not a care in the world and just sits there, gnawing on stroller strap, while his brother rams him into walls and people. They crack me up on a regular basis.
Milo and Grammy and I walked over to Lick to get some “chockwit!” ice cream.
Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt for Milo….
…and Texas Sheet Cake for me. I love ya, Lick.
My view on the ride home! We rarely use the third row of our car, so it was a strange experience to be sitting back there on the 20-min drive back to our condo. I felt so happy seeing all of these people in my car. Love them so much.
My seat mate was for sureeeee a nugget.
Wild Oak Ranch is across the street from the Hyatt Regency Hill Country, so we enjoyed some time at that pool, too!
The whole thing is designed to mimic the San Antonio Riverwalk, so the bottom of the pool is a darker color to look like a river. There are tons of big shady trees, waterfalls, bridges, and the whole thing is so relaxing!
This lazy river is sloooow. Haha. Mega lazy.
All week long, Milo and Dayton would sit on Grammy or Papa’s lap and go round and round the lazy river. It was especially nice in the evening after dinner when we would go do one more quick pool visit and we all felt too tired to play much, so the babies would just sit there and relax.
This one also had a pool just for little ones! It was heated (maybe 90 degrees?) and a beach entrance to one foot deep. Milo loved it!
Dayton loved it, too.
Dayton is still on a two-naps-per-day schedule, so he took his quick morning nap in the stroller. I got a piña colada to sip while I was walking him around the Hyatt during his nap.
No makeup, no shirt, no problems.
Since we were there on a weekday in early May (Texas schools haven’t let out for summer yet), it was nearly empty! The adults-only pool was quiet and calm, so I found a shady spot where I could nurse Dayton.
Lunch time! Chicken strips + fries for this cutie.
I got the same thing. 😉
Apple + spinach for this cutie!
^ Milo’s reaction when he saw a soccer ball sitting on the grassy lawn.
Goooo Miles Kennedy!
Since his dad loves watching soccer more than any other sport, Milo just assumes that soccer is THE sport.
It was all so beautiful!
I loved being able to check out both of these Hyatt properties side-by-side. The Wild Oak Ranch was awesome for the little ones. The water was nice, the river was fast, and it was so easily accessible with the stroller.
Having all of that space was amazing! (Thank you Grammy and Papa for booking such a large and spacious room for us!!) Traveling with kids = SO MUCH STUFF. I mean, you can leave plenty of it at home if you choose, but every little thing you leave means a slight inconvenience on the trip. For instance, we could have left Milo’s potty chair, but then every time he had to go one of use would have to sit there with him and hold him up. And if we left any of their nap time items (sleep sacks, sound machine, stuffed animal, pack-n-plays, tent to cover the pack-n-play, etc), nap time would have been a big ordeal when all we want to do is get the kids down so we can rest, too. So we end up just packing all of the things because in the end it makes our lives easier.
Anyway… The other one (the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort) would be such a fun place to go for a girls weekend adults-only getaway! I mean, it’s definitely kid friendly, but it was just so dang beautiful with that dark green “river” and shaded and luxurious…I just wanted to sit in a chair and read a book and soak it all up. (None of those things get to happen when I’m traveling with my babies.)
So I think it would definitely be fun to splurge on a weekend stay at the Hyatt Hill Country, but probably when I can go with one of my sisters.
Ok friends, that’s about it for this one! Like I said, I didn’t capture a ton of photos because it was a very chill, lazy sort of a vacation. We made some really fun family memories at the Hyatt San Antonio!
Psst: if you want to see other travel recaps, I keep track of them all right here.
Chat with you later!