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 digusted him because I am pretty sure he turned around and spat. I could be wrong though. I could be wrong again but I think we met this guy's brother at the 2009 Indian Pow-Pow.

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.

4 comments:

Diana said...

No, I could not read the sign, but I, too, find Kickapoo quite hi-lar-E-us!!!!
A small trade-off for living in the dishwasher that we lovingly call Houston.

Marissa said...

Aaron laughs EVERY-SINGLE-TIME we pass that sign on our way to see his parents. Even better, they are starting a subdivision called "Kickapoo Ranch." I won't even begin to describe the graphic images that discussion brought up. :P Also, another good trip to take is the memorial sites in Pasadena where Texas Independence was actually won. If you're interested, let us know and we'll tell you all the cool places to go.

Vilate said...

I wish all blogs could be like your blog. You set a good example for the boring/ not funny ones.

Science Teacher Mommy said...

I think I remember that sign; it IS funny.