Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Deep in the heart of Texas

Texas, our Texas! All hail the mighty State!
Texas, our Texas! So wonderful so great!
Boldest and grandest, Withstanding ev'ry test;
O Empire wide and glorious, You stand supremely blest.

[Refrain]God bless you Texas!
And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth,
Thro'out the ages long.

(State Song of Texas)

Texas facts:
Texas was the 28th state in the USA; it was admitted on December 29, 1845.
State Abbreviation - TX
State Capital - Austin
Largest City - Houston
Area - 268,601 square miles [Texas is the second biggest state in the USA - only Alaska is bigger] JOKE: If Alaska melted Texas would be the biggest state and Alaska would be the biggest lake. HEE HEE
Population - 20,851,820 (as of 2000) [Texas is the second most populous state in the USA, after California; New York is the third most populous]
Name for Residents - Texans Can I get a "Hell Yeah!!"

Major Industries - petroleum and natural gas, farming (cotton, livestock), steel, banking, insurance, tourism, Border patrol (I made that one up.)
Main Rivers - Rio Grande, Red River, Brazos River
Origin of the Name Texas - The Caddo Indians of eastern Texas called their group of tribes the "Tejas," meaning "those who are friends".
State Nickname - The Lone Star State
State Motto - Friendship Cuz we're friendly like that.
State Song - "Texas, Our Texas"
State Flag: The official state flag of Texas, called the Lone Star Flag, was adopted in 1845 when Texas became the 28th state of the United States. The colors represent bravery (red), purity (white), and loyalty (blue). The large white star was first used on Texas flags in the 1830's during the battles between Texas and Mexico.
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Mammal (large): Texas longhorn HOOK EM HORNS!!
State Mammal (small): Armadillo I like when there's a dead one on the side of the road and someone's put a beer bottle in it's paws....
State Flying Mammal: Free-tailed Bat
State Insect: Monarch Butterfly
State Reptile: Texas horned lizard
State Fish:Guadalupe Bass
State Flower: Bluebonnet
State Plant: Prickly Pear Cactus
State Tree: Pecan

I'm headed to Texas. Woo hoo!! I'm not really lookin' forward to a 2 1/2 hour flight with a 3 year old and wiggley 16 month old, but atleast I don't have layovers like last year. And I get the older kids on Saturday for 4 days! I also get to meet my nephew, Mason, for the 1st time. :) I will be in Texas until next Thursday, so for the next week you will be treated to reruns of old posts- but they'll be new to a lot of you. I will find some of my favorite posts from when I 1st starting blogging and no one was reading except for Gina and Robin. :) After I return from Texas, and after making out with my husband who I am going to miss SOOOOOO much, I will write about my trip. So, have an awesome week!! I'll be back soon. (That's not a threat, it's a promise:)


David said...

So, I take it you like Texas...

Stepherz said...

Oh, yayyy! I'm so happy for you getting to go back home for a spell. Enjoy your time!

Isaura said...


tara said...

okay... "it's a small world after all" Isaura is my good friend Ismari's sister! although she may have found your blog via me...

I mailed you something yesterday... but it's not going to get there in time if you're leaving today! SO I guess it'll be waiting for you. Have a great trip! (Too bad these two big cities aren't closer together, we could do lunch!)

Anonymous said...

Have a great trip!!

Mel said...

I love love love the good mail;)

Enjoy your stay in Texas.

annie said...

I'll be in TX all weekend too!
Maybe we'll bump into each other :o)!

Annie said...

Hmm. I wonder who are more proud of their state. Californians or Texans?

Amanda said...

Loved this post, you are so cute! I am happy for you that you get to go to Texas and see your kiddos. I am sure they are equally as excited as you.

I actually have family that lives in Texas. They are my Dad's cousins. They live near the Memphis Childress area in Estelline. They grow cotton and used to raise longhorns. We went there a few times when I was a kid and I always loved it. With the exception of the HUGE spiders that they would squash like any other annoying pest. That was one big squishy mess!

Have a great time!!! You will be missed, but I look forward to reading some of your older posts.

No Cool Story said...

Have a Super Happy time! You will be missed, but look forward to your return.

State Motto - Friendship. Awww, so true.

Suzanne said...

Well, I learned more about Texas in one post then I've ever learned before. Have such a great time! I went back and read a lot of your old posts after I started reading your blog, but I'm sure I haven't read them all...

BTW, is there really a State Flying Mammal of Texas or did you make that up? How funny! :)

Dana said...

Thanks for taking me back to 6th grade Texas History! Have a good trip.

s--max said...

Okay ~ you are officially a crackhead!!! If you love Texas so much, why did you leave us?! I can't wait to see you!

Anonymous said...

Californians are definately more proud of their state. We actually have electricity and don't hook up at family reunions. I mess with Texas all the time and nothin happens to me. All BARK no bite.

Tori :) said...

Dear Anonymous (aka MY HUSBAND)-
Don't make me have to disable the anonymous comment choice.
You know Texas rocks. Didn't you just say the other day "Yeah, I could live in Texas..."

Toni said...

"Hell Yeah!!"

You should hurt Sei! We do NOT hook up at family reunions!

Lauren said...

IN 5th grade I did my state report on Texas...it was the bomb. I love that place. My favorite memory was going to the stockyards and riding on an electric bull that shot steam out of its nostrils! Oh and the time my grandpa shot an armadillo!

elasticwaistbandlady said...

I win! I'm here first. I soooooo beat you getting to Texas. Oh wait, maybe that's because I haven't left the Lone Star State for any reason in about 15 years.

David said...

The Alamo was just on PBS. It made me consider moving to Texas!