Kids and Cowboys

Trip Start Nov 29, 2007
Trip End Jan 30, 2008

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Yesterday was almost a December record for maximum temperatures in Houston.  The gauge in the car had it at 81 degrees - a brilliant, balmy day.  Today was to be more of the same.

Houston is a big place.  4 million residents.  The good thing is the large population can sustain some pretty interesting museums,  including a really cool kids museum.  We were told it might take a half day to do the museum but it was one of the first real opportunies Zac had to just be a kid and to play with other kids.  We took all day and could have played longer.

But it was educational as well as fun.  There was a Mexican school classroom mock-up and Zac played teacher to Cassandra and I, all the way from writing his name on the blackboard to setting out what we had to do in class.

He also put on a couple of hilarious puppet shows for us that just about had us rolling around on the floor.  But I have to say the funniest episode was when he came running back to us from a supermarket they had set up for the kids to practice shopping for healthy food.  Zac comes running to us with a huge handful of money and when we asked him what was going on, he told us that he was a robber and had just robbed the supermarket.  It was quite a bizarre thing for a kid to come up with but he knows it was probably not the right thing to do.  He also had a wonderful time fishing and cooking up a feast for all the other kids he could round up.  He had a blast and was thrilled that he had made some American friends.

We managed to squeeze in another quick game of gridiron and a play in the park before we had to race off to our Christmas with the Cowboys dinner at George Ranch.  Zac donned the cowboy get up again for this and he proved to be the centre of attention.  The night involves dinner and then a mule drawn hayride to three time periods from the ranch's 180 year history.

The ranch employees dress up and assume roles from the various periods.  The 1830s role play involved Zac quite a bit.  He had the chance to try a coyote skin hat in exchange for his coon skin hat and loved it when the actors pretended he was also from the 1830s - asking if he had killed the coon and suggesting that it was still moving.  The 1930s kitchen staff were a riot and had Zac laughing away and playing up.  And the cowboy campfire from the 1890s was also heaps of fun.

Zac was so excited from the ranch that he did not sleep at all during the 40 minute drive back to Uncle Rod and Aunty Cheryl's place.  But after a quick story, he was dreaming of being a cowboy.  We were not far behind.
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