Camping in Fredericksburg, TX

This was our first camping trip without diapers or pack-n-plays, but honestly I'd say the biggest difference was that we could let the boys play at the playground while we sat nearby and chilled with a glass of wine.  

Beau texted me just last Monday with the idea to go camping over the weekend.  He didn't think I'd say yes, since I'm not known for my spontaneity, but I did and I'm so glad we went.  It's been about two years since we last visited Fredericksburg, TX but it was without the boys.  I pulled up my last blog post from Fredericksburg as I was packing on Friday to find that I had written then that I wanted to bring the kids here.  

Since we haven't camped in awhile, and most of our camping supplies are behind a large stack of moving boxes in the garage at the moment, we decided to rent a little camping cabin at the Fredericksburg KOA.  We headed out from Houston just after 3pm and arrived about 7pm.  

Ephram and Alwyn immediately went to the park while Beau and I finished setting up the beds.  Then we took a walk to explore the campground a bit and look at the chickens.  Just as we were heading back to our cabin one of the camp attendants offered to bring the boys back and collect the day's eggs.  So fun.  We've been talking about getting chickens once we move, and this totally sealed the deal for me.  

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Nothing better than fresh eggs.  

Or a husband who tolerates random photos. ;)

Saturday morning we headed to Enchanted Rock.  

I had my doubts as we were driving here, worried the kids wouldn't be able to do it.  But they both shocked me and climbed up the whole thing with only one brief rest and a few requests from Alwyn to be carried towards the top.  

We're all about the poses right now, I guess? 

Gorgeous view. I could have sat up there for quite awhile, but rain was approaching and Ephram was in a hurry to get down.

Alwyn, on the other hand, would have spent the rest of the day climbing these rocks if we'd let him.

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I may have had to bribe Alwyn by taking several pictures of him on the rocks before I could convince him to keep climbing down the batholith. 

Staged photos just never work out very well... but it was such a perfect sitting rock!

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After a little drive to allow Alwyn to take a short nap following our hike, we did some exploring in downtown Fredericksburg.  

Ephram is in love with horses right now, so this mama gladly whipped out 50 cents for these smiles. 

I have this thing with cactuses.  

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Then we grabbed sandwich supplies and headed back to the cabin to hang out.  

And to check out the longhorns nearby.  

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 This one... he's just too cute sometimes.

I may have taken an equal number of photos of both the chickens and my children on this trip.

The best part of camping: giving the kids something new to do outside.  They pulled several weeds out of the park and decorated one of the park structures, for a pretend celebration, of course.  Love their imaginations.  

We headed out early Sunday to get back home since there was more rain on the way.  But this was such a peaceful and beautiful campground.  I'd definitely recommend checking it out if you're near Fredericksburg! 

Check out the Houston With Kids archives to find something perfect for your family in or around Houston!


Aquarium Pyramid at Moody Gardens

Exploring Houston with Kids
Exploring Houston with Kids

My mom flew in for a visit late last week and, since I knew it was going to be cool and rainy for most of her stay, it seemed like the perfect excuse to head down to Galveston and check out Moody Gardens.  We visited the Rainforest Pyramid about a month after we moved to Houston, but that was over 3 years ago!  In fact Alwyn is now older than Ephram was during that visit!

This time we checked out the Aquarium Pyramid and it was just as fun.  Especially since we decided the Friday before Spring Break would be our best day to visit to avoid a crowd.  I know we won't have opportunities like that when Ephram is in kindergarten next year so I suppose I better start using his Friday's off more diligently!

Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium

There are three main cylindrical aquariums (& a tunnel?) inside the pyramid, and even without any crowds, we were a bit lost inside.  But we haphazardly found our way to each exhibit and all the smaller tanks as well.  Sometimes more than once.

Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium

Since I'm a lover of photos, I didn't think to take many videos. Luckily my mom did and the kids enjoyed re-living the visit that evening, watching the videos on her phone. It surprised me how interested the animals were in us humans and that was captured a bit better on video.

Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium

Somehow we wandered upon each main tank's feeding during our visit. Hence the closeups on these turtles who thought I had more lettuce for them.

Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium
Exploring Houston with Kids | Moody Gardens Aquarium

Overall, a great morning activity for my 2 and 5 year old.

What are your Spring Break plans?

Our Weekend Away

Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls

We don't get away very often. My mom came for a visit a few weeks ago and suggested we go somewhere. Just Beau & I. It didn't even occur to me until we we driving away early Saturday morning that that night would be my first night away from Alwyn... who recently turned two. Two! It's been at least two years since we had a night away.

Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls

We thought about heading to Austin or San Antonio, but nothing really sounded like "us". Instead we opted to head out to the Hill Country to hike. Something we can't do with a 4 and 2 year old without walking at a snail's pace and a billion snacks in tow. We got to Perdenales Falls about an hour after the sun rose. Did I mention we left our house at 5:30am? It was gorgeous.

Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls
Texas Hill Country - Pedernales Falls

Afterwards, we drove to Fredericksburg where they were having a Wine & Food festival. Lots of fun, but we wore out quickly after hiking all morning. I guess we're a bit out of shape after being slowed down by children the past 4.5 years.

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Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock

The next day we were reenergized and ready to explore Enchanted Rock. This place was immediately added to my "bring the kids here when they're older" list. So beautiful. Especially at sunrise.

Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
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How did we go so long without a weekend away?

Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock
Texas Hill Country - Enchanted Rock