Monday, March 07, 2011

Happy 175th Texas!

One of our family goals this year was to take one day-trip a month together. In February we went to the 175th Anniversary of Texas declaring it's independence from Mexico. I would be scared of some rebel fighters whose flag had a cannon on it with the slogan "Come And Take It".

We drove to a state park called Washington On The Brazos aka The Birth Place of Texas which is in the city of Navasota and is 50 miles north of our house (confused yet?). The weekend we went was the actual 175th anniversary date and to celebrate the park had set up camps that resembeled the ones along the Brazos River in 1836. There were people dressed up and demonstrating things like: 

Blacksmith-ing (something tells me that's not the correct term)...

Candle making...


Quill-writing...


Long-horn handling...

Cannon-firing...


(which kind of terrified Archer)...


And how to correctly wear three or more animal pelts at the same time...
This guy asked us if we were "natives" and we said that we had moved to Houston almost 3 years ago from California. I think we disgusted him because I am pretty sure he turned around and spat. I could be wrong though. 

Della's experience consisted of dragging one of her parents from tree to tree so she could get a good look at each one. She could have cared less about the live (or dead) animals that surrounded her...

Sissy wore herself out walking around and Daddy was happy to give her a ride...


We ate hot dogs, chicken, and pickles for lunch but the best part was the homemade potato chips. They took a whole potato, sliced it up in some fancy machine, and deep fried it, all while you were standing there watching. So good (or bad)...

Archer wore his boots and leather satchel he got from the Pow-Wow for the occasion. We asked him if he wanted to pick up a souvenir to commemorate our trip. He enthusiastically told us that yes indeed he would like a souvenir. Then he suggested a $30 arrowhead. We said no. So he settled on this rock...
Can you tell how thrilled he is?


I was hoping the kids would fall asleep during the car ride home. But that didn't happen...


Although it was close...
BTW- That's chocolate on her face from the M&M's we feed her during car rides so that we don't have to listen to her crying and/or grinding her teeth which she does constantly.


I end with this picture that Archer requested I take. Can you read the sign?

It says "Kickapoo Rd." which is hilarious...to a 7 year-old. And apparently also funny to a 34 year-old, and a little bit funny to a 29 year-old. Della just laughed because we were laughing.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Love By Archer

I found this on iMovie. Archer edited the entire thing, added the captions, and put it to music. Double click the video so you can see the full screen. I really hope that this is the way he feels about his life.

February In Pictures

Top Row: Chicken or Waffle's feet (they keep taking dust baths and scratching around my artichoke plants and exposing their roots. Stinkers!), peach blossom, shells from all the eggs we've been eating.
Bottom Row: Chocolate dipped strawberries that Archer made (with some help), tomato transplants under a grow light, Sprinkles cupcakes (I waited 2 long years for them to open up in Houston! Bonus: It's only 5 miles from Texas Children's Hospital!), "White By The Gate" camellia (they only bloom for 3-4 weeks once a year but they are so worth the wait)