Huntsville State Park
Actually, we started our Spring Break with a family reunion at Huntsville State Park. That's right folks, the same location of my first trail race and the place where I earned my black eye! The weather was a bit drizzly and cold at first, but luckily it cleared up enough for us to take the kids on a walk through the nature trails. It was fun listening to the kids talk about what creatures might be living in the woods, where they live, etc. Of course, after about a mile the adventurous talk soon turned to whining about aching legs and being tired, lol! This park is quickly becoming one of my favorite places! It's only about 35 - 40 minutes from our house, so we may be getting a season pass and coming out here more often.
|The kiddos...not really wanting to get their picture taken!|
|Checking out the trail map before we set out on our adventure...|
Blue Bell Creamery
Being a native Texan and only a little more than a hour away from Brenham, you'd think I'd been to Blue Bell numerous times...but no, I'd never been. We woke up super early in hopes of beating the spring break crowds and make the trek to Brenham. My Mom joined us for the day (thanks for helping me corral the kids, Mom!) and even though we hated waking up so early on our day off, it was totally worth it! There were not many people (yet) and we were able to take the first tour of the day.
|Brrr...not very spring-like weather!|
|Inside where it's warm, waiting for the tour to start!|
The tour was great! We were able to learn a little about the history of Blue Bell and see how the ice cream and other frozen treats were made (never, ever say Popsicle!). We saw the cookies being added to the Cookies & Cream, we saw the strawberries being poured into Strawberries & Homemade Vanilla, we saw ice cream sandwiches being made and much more. And, at the end of the 45 minute tour, you get a scoop of Blue Bell ice cream. It was the perfect brunch!
|Enjoying some strawberry (Munchkin) and dutch chocolate (Kiddo)!|
|The Munchkin showing us how ice cream really should be eaten!|
Washington on the Brazos
After enjoying our ice cream, we drove to Washington on the Brazos state park. Not to be confused with "Washington on the Potomac", Washington on the Brazos was the site of the Convention of 1836 and where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed...you know, back when Texas separated from Mexico and became its own country. Since it was getting close to lunch time, we decided to tour one of the park's three attractions - The Barrington Living History Farm. The farm is great way to see how pioneers lived back in the mid-1800s. There was a main house, a kitchen, smokehouse, slave quarters, barn, gardens and amazing people who work there. On the farm, you're encouraged to participate in the work of the farm. The kids tried to wash clothes, pick carrots and saw how thread was made on a spinning wheel. After hearing about all the chores that the children were required to do back then, the kids realized that they had it pretty easy!
|Checking out the slave quarters...awesome history lesson!|
We ended the day with a late lunch in Brenham and then checking out a few cool stores. The kids loved the candy at Yumm! I have to admit, I did too!
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
I'll be the first to admit, that I am not really a country music person. t, I will also admit that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is an amazing event and one of the coolest things to do while on Spring Break!
This is the 3rd or 4th year we've made a point of going to the rodeo over spring break, so a spring break just isn't complete without it. However, I should probably clarify - we don't really go to the rodeo with the kids (yet), but we take full advantage of the livestock show and carnival. Every year, we arrive super early and see the livestock first, then have lunch (hello carnival food!) and finally play games and ride rides. This year was a bit different, because the Munchkin decided that he would try out Mutton Bustin'! He'd been telling us all week that he would do it, but earlier that morning it sounded as if he wasn't quite sure about it. In fact, I was a little hesitant about signing him up (and paying for it), because I wasn't quite sure he'd really do it. To our surprise (mine, the Kiddo and Grandpa), he did it! And, he did great! He didn't win the grand prize (a big, shiny belt buckle), but we were still super proud of him.
|Before: Looking confident, but still a little unsure in a "What did I just sign up for?" way|
|After: Proud and giving me the thumbs up that, other than the dirt in his mouth, it all went well|
|Riding rides...in this case, the Ferris wheel|
|Awesome view of the carnival...it's HUGE!|
|The Kiddo enjoying one of the many treats...she's checking out the Kona Ice here|
After the rides, we finally made it to the livestock show. We saw the baby animals, learned about milking cows, saw baby chicks hatching and so much more. It's a great learning experience for the kids (and us grown-ups, too).
|Checking out the livestock show...lots of fun for us city folk!|
Before we left, I decided that I would get something that was deep-fried. I couldn't make up my mind - deep fried oreos? cheesecake? pop-tarts? snickers? Finally, I decided on none of those and ended up with a funnel cake. I hadn't had a funnel cake in years! And no, I would not typically eat anything deep fried, but once a year at the rodeo? Heck yeah!
|Yes, I went there...Yummy fried goodness!|
Since we were gone pretty much all day on Wednesday and Thursday, we decided to do something a little more low-key on Friday. We went to the movies to see the Lego Movie (yep, I was taking one for the team...you owe me, honey!).
|Clowning around before the movie|
|Now this, I want to see!|
|Ready for some 3-D action!|
Afterwards, we went to the mall and let the Kiddo chop off about 6 inches of hair. She's been tired of the tangles and wanted it short again. As much as I hated to see the hair go, I have to admit that I do love her new 'do!
|The Kiddo sporting her new 'do! Bye, bye tangles!|
Overall, we have a great week! It was probably one of the most enjoyable Spring Breaks we've had...well okay, other than our Disney Cruise last spring. We loved the mini-road trip, the rodeo and just hanging out.
When is your Spring Break? What do you have planned?