Friday, October 27, 2006

We Discovered Texas Town!

The Dallas Arboretum is a beautiful place in the Spring, which is when we have always ventured there. Thursday was the first day of their Great Pumpkin Festival, so Reese & I went to check out the Arboretum's Fall happenings. Turns out the "Festival" was a big dud...pretty much just hay & pumpkins, which we have 3 minutes down the road!

But, there was a fantastic permanent display called "Texas Town" that we had never discovered before. It was a kid-sized 19th Century Texas village, complete with a church, school house, general store, houses, etc. We spent almost 2 hours just in Texas Town. Reese came up with all sorts of scenarios and pretend play stories. We really had a great time!

Anytime there's a big lawn & a bird, you can guess what a 3 year old will do! Reese didn't quite catch the bird, but he sure ran far away from Mommy! If someone were following me with a camera, you would see me running, saying "Reese, come back here!"

Each of the play houses were full of old-timey tools, books, furniture, and just about anything else you could think of. It really felt authentic (or what I assume to be authentic!).

Reese was trying to get the water pump to work, but no such luck.

The Church had these great little windows that were covered in twigs. Inside the church, covering every inch of the walls, were handwritten passages from the Bible. Very cool!

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingReese with some sort of antique press kitchen tool. My guess was it was for pressing cooked apples to make applesauce. Reese thought it was for making mud. I'll have to do some research to figure out what exactly it is. It looks like a huge garlic press. Hmmmm.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingReese found an old wire wheelbarrow & was hauling this iron skillet between all the houses. It was so fun to watch him create for so long with these old tools & kitchen supplies!

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