Saturday, February 14, 2015

Deep in the Heart of Texas Blog Hop

Hey ya'll! I am super excited to be linking up with some of my favorite Texas gals to bring you the Deep in the Heart of Texas blog hop! If you know me in person or followed my blog for a while, you know that I'm a Texas girl full of Texas pride. I'd rather wear boots than high heels. I'd rather sit out on my back porch than watch TV. I'm a simple country girl who loves her state. 
Today, I'll be sharing some of my favorite things about the Lone Star State along with some other goodies too! 

Just FYI! There might be a photo over load in this post! 

I do want to clear some rumors up though. Yes, people in Texas have electricity. Yes, people who live in Texas drive cars. No we do not ride horses everywhere. I'm not even playing, I've been asked both of those questions more than once in my life. :)

Now, as I mentioned above, I LOVE my state. It is 801 miles long of God's amazing beauty. It is one of the only states where can see forest, the beautiful Texas hill country, deserts and canyons all in one place. It is the home of the Alamo, NASA, Big Bend National Park, Washington on the Brazos, the San Jacinto Monument, Battleship USS Texas, Luckenbach, Shiner Bock Brewery, the world famous Gruene Dance Hall,  Schlitterbahn Water Park, Six Flags over Texas, ATT Stadium, the American Rodeo, the historic Fort Worth Stockyards and is known as the cowboy capital of the world. 

It also has what I personally believe is the best music scene in the US. Texas Country or Red Dirt Music takes country music back to its roots. At any dancehall on any given night, you'll find some great live music, people dancing and having a great time. Wade Bowen, Cody Johnson, Josh Abbott, Stoney LaRue and Randy Rogers are just a few of my favorites. 

Here are few fun facts about my great state! 

Texas still owns all of its public lands. If the federal government wants to create a park or cut a stand of timber, it must first ask the state’s permission.

Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.

It is the only republic state that can succeed from the United States

After the popularity of the song “Luckenbach, Texas,” so many road signs were stolen that the government stopped making them.

There are more than 70,000 miles of highway in Texas, of which 40,985 are paved farm and ranch roads. Along Texas roads, there are more than a million signs and markers. Texas uses 1.6 million gallons of white and yellow paint each year to paint stripes along its highways.a

Davy Crockett, who died at the Alamo, once told his Tennessee peers in Congress “Ya’ll can go to hell. I am going to Texas.”

The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.

Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.

Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial can sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper. *I grew up just 20 miles from Dublin.

The world's first rodeo was held in Pecos on July 4, 1883

Texas possesses three of the top ten most populous cities in the United States. These towns are Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.

As you read earlier, Texas is 801 miles long and 773 miles wide. I'm only 26  years old and I have lived all over this great state. I have more than just one "home" in this great state. 

I went to college in Lubbock Texas and attended Texas Tech University. Lubbock is my second home and always will be. It is the only place where I have seen rain, snow, ice, sleet, wind, and 80 degree sunshine all in one day. Yes, that really happened all in one day. It is the home of my Red Raiders and I bleed red and black.

My 2 best friends currently still live there. It is a 8 1/2 hour drive to see them from my current house. 

This is where some of my best memories have taken place. Jones ATT Stadium where I cheered my Red Raiders on for 4 years! 

I grew up on the edge of the Texas hill country on a beautiful ranch in a very small town halfway between Fort Worth and Abilene. My hometown was population 715. It was exactly what you picture when you think of a small town. We had a convince store, 1 restaurant, a school (K-12 all in 1 building), and train track in the middle of town. On Friday nights the entire town would shut down to go to the football games. 

My family ranch sits on 3,200 acres of God's amazing work and is ran by 3rd and 4th generation family members (my dad and brothers). This place means more to mean than anyone will ever understand. It isn't just where I grew up. It is where I learned to ride a horse, ride a bike, drive, and how to feed catfish with cattle feed! It is where my granddad taught me how to dance on his front porch. Where he would sit with his sweet tea and tell stories for hours. It is where I fell in love with the Lord above and was taught that the simple way of life is what is important. 

I was very fortunate to take the love of my home and share it with my now husband. We were able to take our engagement pictures and get married with my family legacy in the background.

(Yes, we are sitting on a real rock. Yes, we are really high up!)

I currently live and teach in a small, small town in east Texas. It is very similar to the town I grew up in. The population is 450. I actually have a large class this year with 22 students. Last year I had 13. I love my small town live and the simplicity it brings. I don't live near a Target or a mall. We drive 20 miles to the grocery store, to go out to eat, or to see a movie and I'm perfectly ok with that. We have a gas station, a restaurant, a post office, a bank, a park, a car wash, and a blinking light and I'm perfectly ok with that. My husband and I currently live about 10 miles outside of town on a small piece of property that is about 12 acres. We hope to one day own lots of land to raise our family on. 

Since we are on the subject of Texas, it is also one of my favorite things to teach about. In 2nd grade, they learn all about the Texas symbols. You can read about it here.  Each year, we make these Texas symbol booklets and the students really enjoy them. 

My favorite product that we use daily is my That's a Fact Jack: Math Fact Fluency Pack! Each day we take a timed minuted test and track our math fluency. Their addition and subtraction skills have grown so much already this year. 

I'm all about simple, easy, and engaging activities. Sight word stacking is a class favorite. Click here to read about it and grab the FREE recording sheet!

Sight Word Stacking FREEBIE by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Another favorite FREEBIE is my Spin and Adjective activity. You can grab it here

I hope you've enjoyed learning little bit more about me and my wonderful state. Now me and my Texas gals have some wonderful goodies to give away!

Click on the buttons below to visit some other awesome Texas bloggers!


  1. The Texas Symbols books are precious! Glad to be part of the blog hop with you! Happy Valentine's Day! Julie

    Green Apple Lessons

  2. I was in Texas once... At the DFW airport... Looks like I need to make a trip down by you so you can show me around!!

  3. WOW! Thanks for sharing all that you did! You've made me want to visit other parts of Texas because clearly it isn't all like Houston. Thanks for participating in the hop!

    Literacy Spark

  4. Love the Hill Country - our plan is to retire there & have goats. I love your wedding pics:)

    Deniece, This Little Piggy Reads


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