Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Texas

Last week, Texas celebrated it's 175th birthday ~ the 175th Anniversary of Texas Independence.  And we Texans are SO darn proud of our heritage, that we are gonna celebrate it all year long!!!


Every month, all over the state, something grand is planned.

Just 2 weeks ago, while at Sissy's 4th grade field trip, we were a part of the celebrating too.

Every year at Sissy's school, the 4th grade goes on the "Amazing Alamo" field trip  - they get a private charter bus ("with a bathroom Mom!!") that takes them down to San Antonio for the day.  They visit the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Alamo, and then the watch the IMAX movie "The Price of Freedom" (about what?  You guessed it- the Alamo!).  This field trip is a rite of passage for these kiddos and they look forward to it for years.
What is particularly exciting for me is that when I was in 4th grade, we did the exact same field trip (minus the movie - no IMAX in the 80"s....we toured Mrs. Barid's Bread factory instead).  So I jumped on the chance to be a chaperone.
So you all 'Remember the Alamo' right?  no?  Oh that's right, I'm talking to non-Texans.  So short version, The Alamo is a Spanish Mission built in what is now San Antonio, Texas.  In March of 1836, a small group of Texans defended the Alamo against Mexico and were defeated.  Because of this loss, Texans came together and won their independence against Mexico a month later under the leadership of Sam Houston.  175 years ago to be exact......

so how impressed are you that I knew all that by heart?
don't laugh at me.
every young Texan knows their Texas history....especially the history of the Alamo.
and did you know that Texas has had 6 different sovereignties leading us?  No?  Let me name them for ya:  Spain, France, Mexico, Confederate States of America, Republic of Texas, and the United States of America.
ya, I knew all those by heart too.
love me some Texas history - they don't call me a Texas girl for nothing!!


Connie said...

How fun! I've actually been to the Alamo....about a hundred (okay...13) years ago!

You really know your stuff!

Anonymous said...

What a fun trip! Looks like everyone had a blast!

Kelli said...

Look at you knowing your Texas history. The picture of you and Sissy is great :)

Shawn said...

Babe and I took a tour of the Alamo when we where in San Antonio for a business trip. It's great city, we loved it!

In Florida the kids go to St. Augustine, I had a great time with Honey, Peanut didn't go....I wonder why? Did they stop that field trip? Oh I hope not!

MiMi said...

You are so lucky to live in such a patriotic state!!
Oregon is SO NOT that way. We are "ashamed" to be part of the US half the time, I think. And we are all involved in our "green, weird, hippieness" that it's pathetic.
And by "we" I mean everyone else BUT ME. And Myya.

Miller Racing Family said...

Wow, look at all those facts! This looks like a great trip. Loved the photos of all the kids and the flags.

Charon Benton said...

ooh...what a FUN field trip!! Sounds great!!!!!!! I have ALWAYS wanted to visit texas for about a week and just see the sights!!!

shortmama said...

I love how proud Texans are of their state! Makes me want to move their...much better than the attitudes of those here in AZ

jennykate77 said...

Well, aren't you a good little Texan!! :)

Thanks for the history lesson.

Myya said...

Ha, I loved how Mimi called her & I out. :)

I LOOOVE that you are so patriotic. I love that you knew all that history. Honestly, I have always loved Texas because I just imagined that is what it would be like. Now, I really must visit one day :)

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