Archive for the ‘Texas’ Category

Hill Country Vacation

July 23, 2017

We all agreed that the tube slides were the trip highlight – with the lazy river and beach a close second. We also enjoyed the kids night out because we got to order whatever we wanted for dinner (including juice and dessert) and play games with other kids.

Zilker Park, The Trailer Shop Picnic and Barton Springs

May 28, 2017

The plan was to take the little train around Zilker Park  – but we ended up going up (and down) the Colorado river by canoe.

The Barton Springs Trailer Shops are highly recommended for lunch. Pepperoni pizza with real strawberry ice pops for us, kebabs and wraps for Grandpa John and Papi and an organic grilled vegetable, arugula and goats cheese salad for Mum – everyone was happy!

Barton Springs is also highly recommended but comes with a warning – that water is FREEZING!!!!!

State Capitol and Salt Lick

May 27, 2017

Yep – we’re in Austin! We had a fantastic morning checking out the State Capitol Building. We even sat in on the House of Representatives for a while, hung out with some State Troopers and learned all about being a cowboy in the late 1800s.

Afterwards we headed to Round Rock and had lunch at the famous Salt Lick BBQ.

Rodeo

March 7, 2017

Our rodeo field trip was awesome! We fed the chickens, collected the eggs, milked the cows, harvested the corn and tomatoes and drove a tractor. I got $2 for my hard work on the farm, which I spent at the grocery store on a fruit roll up. I came home with sunflower seeds, animal fact cards and a big smile on my face!

The River Cruise

January 1, 2017

The Alamo

December 31, 2016

This morning we visited The Alamo and learnt all about the pivotal battle in Texas’ history.

In February / March 1836 the Mexican Army took The Alamo Mission in a 13 day battle against the Texian defenders. The Mexican Army outnumbered the Texian Army 6 to 1 and with the news of the defeat of Alamo, General Santa Anna assumed the Mexican Army would be able to hold back the resistance.

However, the fall of Alamo had the opposite effect and it sparked Texan settlers and adventurers from the United States to flock to Houston’s Army to defeat the Mexican Army in the battle of San Jacito in 18 minutes on April 21. Santa Anna was captured and forced to withdraw Mexican troops and Mexican control of the territory giving legitimacy to the newly formed Republic of Texas.

 

My 7th birthday

December 30, 2016

My day started well – waking up in my new bed!

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Followed by opening my wonderful pressies from Abuela and Iggy, Grandpa John and Jennifer and Aunty VJ and Dave – thanks guys I feel so spoilt!

Then we packed a few things in our bags and jumped in the car. We’re off on a road trip! We tailgated lunch at Buc-cees!

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Arriving in San Antonio early in the afternoon.

We celebrated with my birthday dinner on the River Walk. Unfortunately WordPress and / or the hotel internet are not cooperating in uploading our pictures of that!

 

Government Canyon State Natural Area

October 2, 2016

Sabor a Pasion

April 10, 2016

We’ve just got back from a mini vacation at Sabor a Pasion in Palestine – owned and managed by Kiwi Chef Simon Webster. Who knew there was a top Kiwi Chef living in rural Texas?!? Anyway, his B&B is so tranquil and relaxing. Mum and Papi hung out on the patio whilst we ‘drove’ the tractor around the property, played chase in the vineyards and hung out with Tea (short for Aotearoa) who apparently turns into a unicorn in the full moon. We asked Simon to cook us dinner but didn’t give him specifics and we’re so glad we left it to him to surprise us: tender lamb (which had cooked all day in the pizza oven), a big salad with fresh mint from the garden and his own special dressing, fresh lobster ravioli in tomato sauce, and the dessert – wow the dessert. Rafa scoffed his entire plate before any of us had even started so Simon gave him another serving to eat with us making him #1 Chef in Rafa’s eyes.

Check this place out: Sabor a Pasion

Lake Livingston State Park

October 5, 2015
After school on Friday we headed straight up to Lake Livingston State Park.

After school on Friday we headed straight up to Lake Livingston State Park.

Where we joined nine of our mates and their parents for a big camp out.

Where we joined nine of our mates and their Mums and Dads for a big camp out.

the weekend got off to a good start with a roaring fire

the weekend got off to a good start with a roaring fire

The weekend got off to a good start with smores

and smores

And late-night flash-light fun

And late-night flash-light fun

It was a bit chilly in the morning

It was a bit chilly in the morning

but after hot chocolate and coffee

but after hot chocolate and coffee

farm fresh eggs

farm fresh eggs

And a visit to

And a visit to “my pee tree”

We were off to activity #1

We were off to activity #1

Horse riding = coolest thing EVER

Horse riding = coolest thing EVER. My horse’s name was Sissy so the wranglers called me Sissy the whole ride. It’s a good thing none of the boys had to ride her!

The highlight of my weekend. I was on Sissy.

And look! No lead!

And we went on a beautiful forest trail.

We went on a beautiful forest trail.

When we got back from our trek the little kids were allowed to have a little ride too. Rafa was equally impressed

When we got back from our trek the little kids were allowed to have a ride too. Rafa was equally impressed with Sissy.

See… all smiles.

See… all smiles.

The afternoon started with the highlight of Rafa's weekend. The ride to the Marina!

The afternoon started with the highlight of Rafa’s weekend. The ride to the Marina!

The Marina was pretty

The Marina was pretty cool too

the park fun

the park was fun

and the ice-cream

And the ice-cream hit the spot

Likewise the power nap

Likewise the power nap

Back at camp we played a few games

We played a few games

Dug a few holes

Dug a few holes

Then as the sun was starting to set we walked over to the cove for a spot of evening fishing

Then as the sun was starting to set we walked over to the cove for a spot of evening fishing

Which we now know means you sit down holding your rod

Which we now know means you sit down holding your rod

and wait

and wait

Some of the group were successful…

Some of the group were successful…

Some of us, not so much, but we all had a great time!

Some of us, not so much, but we all had a great time!

Needless to say, back at camp it was burgers and hotdogs for dinner

Needless to say, back at camp it was burgers and hotdogs for dinner

Before the evening shenanigans

Before the evening shenanigans

and partying began

and partying began again

Sunday morning was just as chilly as Saturday

Sunday morning was just as chilly as Saturday

But nothing pancakes couldn't fix

But nothing pancakes couldn’t fix

And before we knew it air sleeping bags were folded up, tents were being pulled down and cars were being packed

And before we knew it the sleeping bags were folded up, tents were being pulled down and cars were being packed

A few quick photos

A few quick group photos

Of all 24 of us together (that includes the dog)

Of all 24 of us together (that includes the dog)

Thanks to all our friends who helped make our big camping weekend so much fun!

And we were off home. Thanks to all our friends who made our big camping weekend so much fun!