Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I scream, you scream....

This blog title could refer to the decibel level most frequently heard at our house but it's really about ICE CREAM.  Earlier in the summer Marcy, Emily and I took a "cousin" day trip to Brenham and Washington-on-the-Brazos and College Station.  Sarah and I drove down from Dallas and Samantha drove up from Houston.  What a great way to see everyone.

Highlight of the trip was the trip to the Bluebell Ice Cream factory in Brenham.  We grew up eating Bluebell and you can't get it everywhere in the US so it was fun to see how it's made and hear how they decide which flavors to produce on a daily basis.  But, of course the best part was the free scoop of ice cream at the end of the tour.

After ice cream we drove to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.  We visited Independence Hall which was the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836:

Then we went to the living history farm which represents farm life around 1850.  The kids fed crickets to the chickens, tried some games, and did some chores:

Lastly, we went to the museum where the front desk lady made it very clear that she doesn't like children very much.  She gave them all the rules (no eating, no drinking, no running, no touching, no climbing, no screaming, no leaving parents) and then told them she would be watching them on the cameras all over the museum and she would yell at them over the PA system if she caught them doing anything.  Scary lady!  Thankfully, we found the "kid room" of the museum where we spent the whole 40 minutes until closing.  (But, then she came in and told us we better put everything back exactly like we found it!)

After all this, everyone was hungry.  We had planned on BBQ right outside the state park.  But, it was closed.  Sarah pulled out her phone and found another place close by, but it was closed.  We ended up at Hullabaloos in College Station which was open and had been featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.  Great food with HUGE portions - a lucky find to end the day on a high note!

I wish we could have tried for another trip midway between Dallas and Houston so we could meet up with the Thompsons again.  But, most everything requires being outdoors and it's just too darn hot this summer to consider that.  We'll organize another next summer!

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