Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Birthday Jane

I unfortunately had the flu on Jane's birthday so 
we had our own time to celebrate on 
Lunch at Chick-fila and a carousel ride. 

We got her new runners and a little toy pet to decorate. 

Here she is outfitted in her Hello Kitty attire! 

Happy Birthday sweet Jane!! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Excitement in our backyard

Ummm, yes that is a firetruck at our home.   

While we were watching Anders T-ball, our neighbor phoned 
to see if the fire in our backyard was intentional? !?!?!


Elwood called 911 and drove home to this:

Apparently our compost pile caught on fire.  

A little excitement for our neighborhood. 

Lots of water and foam 

The fire is out but our recycle bin suffered some damage.  

We are very thankful our neighbor was home
 and very thankful there was minimal damage. 

A Variety of Sports

Last Saturday we had six sporting event to attend.
  Unfortunately I did not take pictures of everyone 
but here is a sampling of our day. 

Anders takes the mound in T-Ball!

The 'frozen' fans on the side.  I was wearing capris.  
It was not warm enough for that!  :(

That was followed by Jane's soccer

Coach Daddy gives a pep talk.

She listened and scored a goal!! 

We cheered Larson on to victory at his Basketball game. 

Then on to Anders first time at hockey. 

Gear on, stick ready, 
Now onto the ice! 

He did so good!  

This was followed by Larson's baseball game ~ 
~which we missed ~ and then Moon's hockey.

A great day of participation!!  
Way to go Kids!  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Amercia the Beautiful

Karin became a US citizen on Friday, April 4th

The only Canadian being sworn in that day. 

I pledge.... 

Congratulations Karin!

Now she can vote. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Galveston, Oh Galveston

We picked up Al & Emma in Houston.
So fun to see Carson & Hilary and their adorable children, 
Cooper and Annie Austen in their darling home.

Then we headed to Galveston.   
The Strand District

The recently redone Pleasure Pier ~
a midway on the pier with carnival rides
& Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

We watched this Cruise ship make a U-turn in the channel.  
It was amazing.  It also was able to miss the Elissa, 
the old sailing ship that was moored at the dock. 

We had a fabulous supper at Fisherman's Wharf 
and then some yummy ice cream & candy at La King's Confectionary. 
Behind us is the incredible candy counter.  

The next day we walked along the 10 mile seawall. 

Elwood could not get over the 4 ft square chucks of granite
~ used to disperse the waves so they don't damage the wall. 

Tried to take all of us together but
 I barely made it in the picture! 

These signs show the water level of the different hurricanes.  
The top one was Hurricane Ike ~ 
maybe 2 feet over the top of the door! 

We went to Moody Gardens.  
An incredible complex ~
hotel, water-park, aquarium, Imax, plus gorgeous gardens. 

In the pyramids are the aquarium, the Imax and the restaurant. 

Fun to see the flowers

and unique animals
Two gold & blue Macaws

We had a delicious dinner at the restaurant
right on the water.
Again, I am rushing to get into the picture.  
It made for some great laughs! 

Then a cruise of the harbor on the paddlewheel.

The advisors! 

We toured a lot of the island.  
They build their houses on stilts so when the floods come, 
the water goes right underneath them. :)

And they build lookouts to watch the ocean.  

Such a fun time with great friends

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Suffering from Fatigue

Elwood & Moon left me notes! 

Tough to be suffering from fatigue  :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Jan, Darlene and I went to California to help my brother-in-law care for my sister Carol who has FTD, a form of dementia.  
Paul & Carol picked us up from the airport 
and we went out for a fish and chips lunch right on the bay.  So fun. 

Saturday we stayed at Paul & Carol's and
 helped around the house and yard.
Clean countertops!

Flower Pots done!  

Sunday we went to see the Shield girls, Hannah & Caroline, 
in the musical Shrek.  A great production.
 So fun that Deanna, Jackson & Taylor could come too.  

Monday we drove out to Temecula to see Melanie and her family. 
A lovely lunch at a wonderful winery restaurant.
Gorgeous setting.   

Beautiful hanging baskets and gorgeous Wisteria to stroll under. 

We were able to see Paul & all the kids after school.  

Tuesday we drove down to Coronado Island and walked in the sand. 

Unfortunately, Darlene had to leave on Wednesday. 
Wednesday night we went to Rob & Cheryl's for
 a birthday supper for their kids.  
Thursday and Friday were days for little chores.  
On Saturday, Jan, Carol & I drove to the harbor 
and toured the Naval ship, the USS Midway Aircraft carrier.  
Fun to see real live sailors. 

A beautiful view

We saw lots of WWII airplanes 

We had a fun ride in a bicycle rickshaw.  

And ate by the water

Sunday we enjoyed going to their church. 
Their backyard is beautiful. 
 This picture doesn't do justice to their spectacular roses!

Paul took us out for a lovely supper before we left.  

Glad we could give Paul a much needed break
 from the constant care Carol needs.