Archive for February, 2016
Today we went back in time at George Ranch where we experienced life of the first Anglo pioneers in the Brazos River area, back when Texas was still part of Mexico. We went to a stock farm camp out, witnessed the historic 1837 duel between Commander Albert Sidney Johnston and Junior Brigadier General Felix Huston (the Commander was shot in the hip, but survived). We attended the 1891 wedding of Elizabeth Ruth Jones to Charles McElroy. Ana was chosen to be part of the wedding party assisting the bride with her veil. After the wedding we danced and enjoyed a piece of the wedding cake and lemonade made in the 1860s Ryon Prairie home kitchen. We took the hay ride by the 1890s Davis Mansion which was very impressive and on our way spotted alligators basking in the sun by the river. We then headed to the cattle sorting pens where real life cowboys showed us how to lasso and brand cattle and we were impressed by the speed and agility of the quarter horses (called quarter horses because the breed are extremely fast sprinters, running up to 55 miles per hour … but only for a quarter of a mile). George Ranch was one of the first to export cattle up North so we also learnt about their involvement in building the early rail to the South and what they had to do to prepare the cattle for travel, including clipping the horns and putting them through arsenic baths to get rid of Southern ticks!
Tonight Ana gave me a tour of big kid school. It was the first time I’d been inside which was very exciting. We ticked off all the things on the activity list, such as meeting her teacher and seeing her art work and poetry book. Ana read us a book about a dog and I helped her with a math game. We bought Ana a school hair bow from the school shop and then the best bit – choosing books from the book fair. TWO EACH – WAHOO! I got a dinosaur one and a dragon one. Ana got a mystery book and one about a pet fly. We even bought a book for Ana’s classroom which Ana got to sign her name in the inside cover. Big kid school is SO COOL!
There are two new superheroes in town: