The boys started their Spring Break with my mom in Houston, but unfortunately she had some problems with her retina and we went back to Houston on Monday to pick them up so she could recuperate (and so the boys didn't go insane with staying inside and resting for the week).
On our way back to Austin on Tuesday, we enjoyed the 4th trip along Highway 290 in 4 days, and this was the first time that we had no rain. So we actually had a chance to stop and take some photos in the bluebonnets.
I love springtime in Texas.
The drive was so beautiful, it helped ease the pain of driving to Houston on Monday, back to Austin on Sunday, then again to Houston on Monday, and back again to Austin on Tuesday.
We also stopped in Brenham and went on a tour of the Blue Bell factory. Its always closed on weekends, so we don't usually have the option to do this when we make our Houston trips.
A good chunk of Texas also had the same idea, alas, so we had to wait an hour for our tour to start.
Which left us with plenty of time for more pictures.
As well as ice cream before the tour.
No cameras were allowed on the tour, but it was a lot of fun. Alex was especially fascinated with the assembly lines. He declared this was his "best day ever!" and asked if working in the Blue Bell factory would be a good job for him. When he heard that employees can eat unlimited free ice cream, he decided that yes, it could be a good job for him.
After lunch in an old fifties style diner, we stopped at Horseshoe Junction. We've driven past this place hundreds of times, but it seemed like a good way to help ease the pain of the aborted spring break week at Camp Granny.
The boys drove go-karts, went on bumper boats, rock climbed, played laser tag, and we all played a round of mini golf.
We were here WAY longer than we thought we would be - almost four hours!!
Finally, it was time to drive the rest of the way back to Austin. Despite the change in circumstance for the week, we had a great Spring Break Day in Brenham!