Parents in Houston

NASA Space Center

Butterfly Pavilion in Houston, TX
Butterfly Pavilion in Houston, TX

Hermann Park train ride in Houston, TX

My parents came into town for a few days and we had a blast showing them around our new city. I love when my parents come to visit and Theo loves the nonstop attention! One of the great things about Houston is there are tons of museums, parks, and a great zoo nearby. We spent Saturday at the NASA Space Center which was definitely a highlight of their visit. Theo was in heaven running around and pointing at all of the space crafts, rockets, and satellites, hanging down from the ceiling. I loved the Mission Control Tour where we got to see the actual control room! Admission is a little pricey, but if you live in the area, the cost of a one-year pass isn’t much more than the cost of a general admission ticket, so we got passes.

NASA Space Center- The Traveling Runner's Blog

My mom sprinted after the astronaut so we could get a picture with him!

NASA Space Center- The Traveling Runner's Blog

NASA Space Center- The Traveling Runner's Blog

NASA Space Center- The Traveling Runner's Blog

NASA Space Center- The Traveling Runner's Blog

NASA Space Center- The Traveling Runner's Blog

NASA Space Center- The Traveling Runner's Blog

NASA Space Center- The Traveling Runner's Blog

NASA Space Center- The Traveling Runner's Blog

We also took them to Hermann Park to ride the train (something I have been dying to do with Theo), the Butterfly Pavilion at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Health Museum. Since my parents stayed at the Marriott in the Medical Center, everything was in walking distance through the park! We also spent a night playing in the pool. There were a bunch of people lugging around big cameras for the Super Bowl and we saw a huge motorcade escorting a giant bus coming from NRG Stadium on Saturday.

Hermann Park in Houston

Hermann Park in Houston

Hermann Park in Houston

Hermann Park in Houston

Hermann Park in Houston

Hermann Park in Houston, Texas

Hermann Park in Houston, Texas

Butterfly Pavilion in Houston, TX

Butterfly Pavilion in Houston, TX

Butterfly Pavilion in Houston, TX

Butterfly Pavilion in Houston, TX

Butterfly Pavilion in Houston, TX

Butterfly Pavilion in Houston, TX

Butterfly Pavilion in Houston, TX

Health Museum in Houston

Crawling through a cancerous colon… yuck!

Health Museum in Houston

He does this little “stretch” everywhere we go!

Health Museum in Houston
Health Museum in Houston
Health Museum in Houston

My mom and I ran a bunch of errands for a party I am throwing this weekend during nap time for Theo (and my dad) each day. We discovered Central Market and it is now my favorite grocery store ever! We went back for dinner on Tuesday night and we found out that  they do $1 roses on Tuesdays. Seriously, awesome. I could spend all day browsing this place.

Another great thing about Houston is all of the delicious food. My mom is obsessed with Torchy’s Tacos, so naturally that was the first place we ate. We also took them to some of our favorite dessert places, Chocolate Bar, and of course, Sprinkles for a Red Velvet cupcake. We also had dinner at Houston’s and lunch at Black Walnut Cafe. Both were delicious, Todd and I already have plans to go back and try the brunch at Black Walnut Cafe.

Houston's Restaurant

We had a lot of fun playing games, laughing, resting, and eating. Theo lit up the moment he saw them at the airport, running full speed in his Star Wars jammies and Hunter Boots into Grandma’s arms. He loves all of the attention and laughs all day with them. I feel so blessed to have my parents, thanks for coming to visit, mom and dad!

-Makenzie

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