Friday, January 13, 2012

Austin, TX Capitol Tour

We had an unfortunate, surprise puke from the one year-old on our bed that resulted in the demise of my childhood pillow as well as yet another trip to a laundromat.  Yeah, this has made me miss the ease of just throwing stuff into the washer when it happens.  Nothing quite like hauling day-old, puke-covered laundry into the laundromat & washing it out in the big laundry sink...and then watching a little old lady use the restroom & wipe her hands on the towel that was hanging over the side of the laundry sink that you just used to wash the chunks off....Ewwwwwwwwwwww!!!

Nonetheless, we got the nasty laundry done yet again...and decided we had enough time left in the day and healthy enough people to daytrip to Austin for a capitol tour.  Off we went!  We enjoyed ourselves, too!  We took advantage of the information on the Capitol Visitors Center website prior to our visit, so the kids were a bit more familiar with Texas history and what we were going to see.  The Capitol Visitors Center is nicely set up, with plenty of hands-on stuff for the kids to do to learn more about Texas history.
Jake is walking all over the place now

It's nice that the Capitol tours are often and free, and that the public has so much access to the Capitol building.  We were able to go into the rooms where the Senate and House of Representatives meet when in session.  At Genna's insistence, we also went into the library and somehow managed to avoid any little ones having any outbursts before we made our exit!  Wow...that is one serious library!  Genna was bummed that we left the library without anything.  We do miss checking out books from the library, for sure!

It was good to get out and do something again!
Looking up into the dome, the star in the center is 8 feet wide
This was in Gov. Rick Perry's waiting room
Native Texans
Future house speaker?

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