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  • Writer's pictureMarcy Lytle

The Farmhouse

We had four days and three nights with our kids at the most fun house/area not too far Brenham, Texas. We took several games and DIY projects, fun foods, and had a daily excursion away from the house. In case you're looking for a getaway, here are some fun ideas...

The farmhouse itself was so great for the nine of us (it sleeps 10). It had three big bedrooms for the adults, and an upstairs area for the kids with three more beds. Three bathrooms, a huge kitchen and a great dining table on a back porch, overlooking the backyard and pasture (we loved seeing the cows in the morning, and deer at night). It wasn't far outside of Brenham, and it was the coziest home and had everything we needed.

We met on a Friday at lunch at Kenney Fort Pub for lunch before heading to the house. We started the fun by making coffee filters flowers, marshmallow shooters, tin can bowling, and more. And for dinner, it was an array of foods and snacks and cool bamboo plates, where we each made our own charcuterie "board."

Saturday breakfast was a great casserole from Pioneer Woman and parfaits, before we drove to Bellville to Newman's Castle. What an experience that place is! They also include lunch, and pastries from the bakery, also run by the owner. He's an eccentric man, for sure, but loves showing off his amazing and real castle with drawbridge, moat and everything cool!

Back to the house, we played beach towel/water balloon volleyball and blow up limbo, and more. We also enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles - everyone loved this! Dinner was Spanish rice bowls, and we even found ourselves playing the old piano in the hall, or just enjoying the big old house - with even a fun manicure going on upstairs.

Sunday breakfast was Belgian waffles and toppings, and then we packed a picnic lunch for Washington on the Brazos State Park, where we picnicked, toured the Barrington Farm and learned so much. The kids even learned how to play checkers while sitting on an old porch! That park is beautiful.

More games and fun at the house. Evening meals included conversation cards or jokes so that we all conversed and had a good time learning bout each other. Crafts were made, and tonight's dinner was grilled hamburgers (the grill was outside and great) with all the toppings, AND jarcuterie jars - all sorts of desserts and candies - and each one creates their own jar full!

Monday we enjoyed bagels and toppings for breakfast, and started cleaning up to leave. This house was really so great. We even experienced a pretty severe thunderstorm one night that broke a branch in the side yard. It was exciting :)

Our last excursion was nearby Peeka Ranch, where we petted and learned all about alpacas, and shopped in their huge alpaca store! We enjoyed City Meat Market's BBQ in Giddings on the way home, and gave our hugs and and good-byes.

So thankful for my family. One was sick, but she got better. The forecast was grim, but it all worked out and we didn't miss a thing. Yay for family vacations!

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