I have some advice for parents of preschoolers...steer clear of fondue restaurants.
We went to one with my in-laws. I was thinking, as they were, that what with all the dipping and cheese and chocolate it would be a match made in heaven. WRONG! What none of us considered was the long sharp forks and pots of hot liquid at the table. There weren't any accidents but trying to eat fondue while nursing a baby and keeping Huck from skewering or scalding someone was no fun. But mmmm, warm cheese.
Austin is such a great funky town. We also ate at the South Congress Trailer Park Eatery. It's a weird little collection of trailers that sell food. Tacos, burgers, desserts. There's a swing under a big oak tree, lots of picnic tables with colorful umbrellas, a pavillion for live music at night and a whole flock of plastic pink flamingos.
Huck got a scabbard and two swords. I love that he made 2 swords. I mean, how sad would a balloon knight without a battle be?
Oddly one of the highlights of the trip was our visit to the State Capitol where my sister works.
The other highlight of the visit for me was seeing my kid do something I've been kind of play teaching him for a while. We often do a little play introduction. We shake hands and I say "Hi, I'm Mommy, what's your name?" and he says something like, "I'm Huck. I'm three." And then we do a little pretend greeting conversation. He thinks this is very funny. We were in and out of a lot of offices and there was lots of handshaking going on and my adorable little guy jumped right in and introduced himself to each new person we met. A little shaggy headed politician. It could not have been any cuter.
We're out of Austin now and headed west on the last driving leg of the trip. We'll make our way back to Idaho over the next 4 days. More dispatches to come...