Tuesday, May 27, 2008

to Washington-on-the-Brazos

Yesterday, we went to the state park at Washington-on-the-Brazos, just southwest of Navasota. The park contains a wonderful visitor center with many exhibits explaining Texas history, the reconstructed building where the Texas declaration of independence from Mexico was drafted and signed, a terrific picnic area overlooking the Brazos River, and the restored and still functioning Barrington Living History Farm. We all had a terrific time.

The Brazos River

Tree climbing after lunch was a big hit with all three kids!

The reconstructed building where the Texas declaration was drafted and signed.

More tree climbing!

Where the ferry used to take people and their possessions across the Brazos River.

Lots of wildflowers ... all over the place. They've clearly had more rain that we have at home.

The farmhouse on the Living History Farm is built in standard Texas "dog-run" fashion; that breezeway between the main rooms on the first floor is magnificent on a hot day!

The cookhouse was built separately and away from the main house. If it happened to burn down, the entire farmhouse wouldn't burn down, too!

The barn was also built in "dog-run" fashion. It and the other farm buildings were built away from the main house.

Friday, May 16, 2008

2nd graders' field day

Kira and all the other 2nd graders at her school had their annual field day on May 13 - postponed from May 6 because of heavy rains and soggy fields! They had a GREAT time!

Mother's Day flowers - beautiful!

Mother's Day flowers from Robert, Danielle, and Simone. They are gorgeous! My smallest cat, Ruse, however, thinks that flowers and leaves are snacks! So I have kept the flowers in my bathroom - with the bedroom and bath closed off for as long as the flowers are looking good!