We went down to Austin to meet some of my family. They treated us to an “all you can eat” chinese buffet which the kids really enjoyed. They never get to go to buffets – a McDonalds or a Taco Bell every now and then, but it is pretty rare for them to get to go to an “all you can eat” event. As we drove down there, we played games in the car.
1. There was the word game where others have to come up with a word that starts with the last letter of the word that the person who is “it” says.
2. There was the feeling game where we have to guess how someone would feel in different situations (worried, angry, happy, laughing, sad).
3. There was the numbers game where the person on your left gave you a starting number between 1 and 100, and the person on your right gave you one or two numbers between 1 and 10, and you had to count backward from the starting number subtracting the 2nd number (or alternating between subtracting 2 different numbers) until someone caught you making a mistake.
4. And finally, there was the “guess which car part I’m taking out” game, where you describe the parts of the car that are removed to get to the part you need to replace.
Later as we tried to find a place to camp, for lack of money, we pitched the tents at a rest stop, and had a really good rest. The next morning we went to college station. I wanted to give the dogs a good run, and the kids wanted to ride my bike, so we stopped first at the dog park, and the kids really enjoyed riding the bicycle around.
I wanted to do something at the university that the kids would be able to remember on TV, so we went by Kyle stadium where the Aggies play football. As we approached the stadium, the kids asked me about college, and I explained to them that not everyone gets to go. You have to have good grades, and get above a certain score on the standardized tests (SATs), and that even then, your teachers had to say good things about you, and you had to have extracurricular activities like helping other people, and playing sports. They asked me what happens if you don’t go to class.
I told them that college was very expensive, and that if you don’t go to class, that you lose a lot of money, almost like $30-$50 for every class you miss. And you might lose your scholarship, if you were lucky enough to get one.
As we get up to the field, there were some college women running track on the field, and the boys gave it a good college try…
and we stopped by the bookstore to see some of the many different subjects that they could take in school:
and also at the hall of fame to see some of the athletic awards:
and the kids really wanted to go swimming, but I couldn’t figure out the logistics of how to do it, me supervising them in the pool while holding the dogs.
Finally, we stopped for one last picture before heading out.