Road Trip with Madelyn Day 2

Jul 2, 2014

Crockett Hotel

Wednes­day morn­ing, we got up ear­ly and head­ed down for a won­der­ful break­fast in the Crock­ett Hotel. As soon as Made­lyn found out she was going on a road trip with us she start­ed look­ing through the gallery of pho­tos on the Crock­ett Hotel web­site. She stum­bled upon a pho­to of a Texas shaped waf­fle and this waf­fle has been on her mind the entire month. Need­less to say we hit the waf­fle mak­er first thing and it did not dis­ap­point. She gave it a two thumbs up. While we were eat­ing, San Anto­nio was hav­ing a much need­ed thun­der­storm. We tried to wait out the storm to look around down­town a bit more but the fore­cast had rain pre­dict­ed into the after­noon, so after break­fast we checked out of the hotel and head­ed for Austin. We saw every­thing she want­ed the night before so leav­ing a few hours ear­ly was no big­gie.

Congress St. Austin, Texas

Once we got to Austin we decid­ed to take Made­lyn to two stores on Con­gress Avenue that we thought she would real­ly enjoy. The first shop was Big Top Can­dy Shop. This place is a can­dy lovers dream. It is filled with every kind of can­dy you can imag­ine lots of choco­late, every fla­vor of jel­ly beans, bacon fla­vored can­dies, sour can­dies, gum­my can­dies, taffy and more. It was fun show­ing Made­lyn some of the can­dies I ate as a child.

The next shop we vis­it­ed was Mon­key See Mon­key Do. This shop was enter­tain­ing for kids and adults. We all laughed at the items they had for sale. They have the best selec­tion of nov­el­ty items I’ve seen in a long time.

The next place we took Made­lyn was the Thinkery. This chil­dren’s muse­um is amaz­ing. We spent three hours in this hands on muse­um. At first, it was a bit over­whelm­ing for her because it was so crowd­ed and filled with bad man­nered unsu­per­vised kids run­ning all over but once they and some of the larg­er groups left it was real­ly amaz­ing and Made­lyn loved par­tic­i­pat­ing in all of the exhibits.


Since we still had a good 3.5 hour dri­ve home and it was now time to eat din­ner we decid­ed to sur­prise Made­lyn with an unplanned sleep­over in Waco instead of dri­ving back to Frisco. She was thrilled to get to spend the night in anoth­er hotel and swim in a hotel pool. It’s the lit­tle things that make kids hap­py. I let her swim until she was too tired to swim any­more. Tim­ing kids doing any­thing in a pool is a great way to tire them out quick. I timed her swim­ming laps, hold­ing her breath, float­ing and doing hand­stands and she loved that she had the entire indoor pool all to her­self.


Made­lyn was so excit­ed going to sleep know­ing we were going to tour the Dr. Pep­per Muse­um the next morn­ing. This girl loves Dr. Pep­per.


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