When you’re in Texas, it’s impossible to forget where you are for even a moment. This is one of the things I find fascinating about this place: it insists that you are here and not there. You can see it for yourself in the state flags, the cowboy boots, the pick-up trucks. But of course this place is much more than that. Texas also means beautiful architecture, wildflower-lined highways, and hat stores that have been visited by everyone from the Pope to Johnny Cash. It’s a strange place, but I love it nonetheless.
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Our recent trip to northern Virginia revolved around a family reunion. We spent a wonderful Saturday afternoon at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station where we ate a picnic lunch, rode a carousel, and took a short hike on a wooded trail to the lake.
I was amazed to see the trees. It’s hard to explain, but you just don’t see tall trees like this in southern Texas.
Of course, I would never suggest that it’s a good idea to carve into a tree. However, it’s hard to deny that there’s something fascinating about these names, initials, and hearts etched into the bark.
If you’ve visited the About page of this blog, you’ve seen this picture of a perfect-moment-gone-wrong at Disney World.
Luckily, our visit to Disney World corresponded with E.’s second birthday last year. We watched as her face lit up on her first Disney ride, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. We giggled at E. and her cousin B. who wore matching Disney Princess shirts, and we took an almarming number of pictures. However, this was one of the most highly-anticipated events of the trip: meeting Mickey Mouse.
As you can see, E. wasn’t particularly thrilled to pose with Mickey for a picture. She whined, squirmed, and tried to walk away. She finally calmed down enough that we were able to take a photo, but a major meltdown followed. Take a look at this:
E. was so beyond the point of logic and reason that we decided to just let her get it out of her system. Nick stood watch as E. screamed and cried, red-faced, on the floor.
So, there it is. Photographic proof that travelling with children isn’t always perfect. Yet, we have lots of good memories from the trip to Orlando, and we can laugh at the not-so-good times. Isn’t that what parenthood is all about?
P.S. Letting your child “cry it out” is always a judgement call. We took her to the opposite side of the building, away from Mickey and the line of children waiting to see him, so that she would be less of a distraction. After a few minutes, she stood up, dusted herself off, and went about the business of having fun.
It was about a year ago that we drove from Ohio to Texas, stopping along the way in Little Rock, Arkansas. In all likelihood, we’ll be moving again a year from now. I wonder what we’ll discover on our next moving-day(s) road trip?
For more travel photos, stop by the family travel blog Delicious Baby and check out Photo Friday.
Last week, I wrote a guest post as part of the “Why We Travel” series at The World is my Jungle Gym. I talked about travel as a way to introduce my daughter to people and places that are different from what she sees in our own neighborhood. However, there’s another reason why travel is important to us. It allows us to see family members who don’t live nearby and helps E. form solid relationships with her cousins even though she doesn’t see them on a weekly–or even monthly–basis.
We’ve been able to go on a few trips with extended family, which includes seven adults and three kids…a total of four generations! E. adores her two cousins, and I hope they’ll remain close. I think travelling is an important part of forming lasting memories that the three kids will remember when they’re older.
Here are three things I wouldn’t mind enjoying right now: sun, sand, and a pedicure.
What are three things you need to make your day better?
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P.S. I got the sandals at Target for about $8.
I didn’t expect to fall in love with Floore’s Country Store when we drove over to Old Town Helotes today. I expected that E. and I would walk around, take a few pictures, and get back in the car. But sometimes the best adventures are the ones you don’t expect.
As someone who is fascinated by Texas, particularly the small towns of the Hill Country, I knew I had to walk into Floore’s Country Store the minute I saw its large, over-the-top signs.
According to the Texas historical marker, Floore’s has hosted the likes of Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, and Hank Williams. A passerby told us that he remembers sitting on the steps with his kids years ago and waiting to get a glimpse of Johnny Cash. This place sure has a history!
E. and I went inside and got drinks (a milk for E. and a Big Red for me), and took our drinks outside and sat on those same steps.
The lesson I learned today? You never know when you’ll stumble onto a place you love. Your next adventure could be right around the corner!
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This picture might be blurry, but it documents E.’s first subway ride:
When we were in Boston, we did a lot of walking, and we took a cab roundtrip when we went to the New England Aquarium. However, our brief ride on the subway was one of the highlights of the trip for E.
Be sure to check out the photo of E.’s first cab ride, which took place in Chicago.
For more travel photos, stop by the family travel blog Delicious Baby. Happy Photo Friday!
Taking a stroll, stopping for a bite to eat or a drink…these are great ways to experience the riverwalk. However, my favorite way to see San Antonio’s famous riverwalk is to take a river cruise. My daughter loves riding in a boat, and I love all of the architecture talk.
Here are some photos I took on a recent Sunday afternoon river cruise:
For more information on river cruises: Rio San Antonio Cruises
For photos from other travellers, check out Delicious Baby, an excellent family travel blog.
For me, cemeteries aren’t particularly sad to walk through, nor are they unsettling in the way they seemed to be when I was a kid. Instead, they are like outdoor art museums. For instance, we found some beautifully carved tombstones in Castroville, where we took a walk through Saint Louis Cemetery.
I know this isn’t a typical mother-daughter outing. Sometimes I don’t think we give kids enough credit. Just like us adults, they can find beauty in the unusual.
For more photos from other travellers, check out Photo Friday at the family travel blog Delicious Baby.