Friday, September 28, 2007

Parade time!

A powerful message
It was quiet as they all went by
Our military
Someone needs to teach this poor guy how to ride!
The boys at the start of the paradeOne cool duck!
Jarin was loving this as he has a thing for Hummers! It's the "Big Daddy" Hummer!
It's Ronald McDonald!
The Wells Fargo horses and wagon

The schools were all off today for the start of the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo. They have the parade downtown here in our town, so I took the kids this morning. They thoroughly enjoyed it. It lasted almost 2 hours! Notice Jarin's little head off to the left in the video. He loved the marching bands!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Montana photo

I hope Dustin P. doesn't mind if I post this picture he took at Ronan. This is absolutely beautiful and is worth sharing. Enjoy!


Kim, Carla, Preston, Anne, Jarin (can you tell he loves to have lunch with the ladies-ha!, and I)

I was busily checking e-mail and news yesterday when the phone rang and it was Anne M. Did I want to meet the ladies for lunch? Sure! So, off Jarin and I went and met up with Kim and Preston A., Patty R., Carla and Anne. We had a wonderful lunch and visit. Kim and Bob are scheduled to leave this weekend. I do think it's hard for Kim to imagine leaving all the friends she's known here and head to another country. Her parents moved here about a year ago and so it's especially hard for them to think of their kids and grandkids going to Denmark. We'll be thinking of them and hoping that they're back here in 3 years. Thanks to Patty for taking this picture!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Hay...what are those boys doing up there?????

After mtg. today the boys decided they would go sit on top of the big hay bale. Justin helped Jarin and Jesse H. (and apparently their cat too) up and Paula was able to capture these on her camera and sent them to me. Thanks Paula! They really enjoy eachother's company!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Celebrating 12 years

Our "Edible" arrangement
The cruizer for the evening
Our 12th anniversary dinner at Fogo de Chao
How they serve you the meat
Our dessert

We celebrated our 12th anniversary on September 16th. Since we didn't have a chance to eat out without the kids last weekend, we got a sitter this weekend. Mike surprised me this morning with an "Edible Arrangement". It was wonderful! Chocolate covered fruit of every shape and kind. We decided to try a restaurant called Fogo de Chao this weekend. It's a Brazillian steak house here in Houston. It was a neat experience. They start you with the salad bar, then it's on to cooked bananas, garlic mashed potatoes, and garlic biscuits. The waiters wander throughout the restaurant with skewers of every cut of beef, chicken, lamb, and pork you can think of and will cut you off a slice of whatever you wish if you turn your little coaster over to the "service please" side. We topped it off with a slice of Chocolate Mousse cake. It was wonderful. To make the evening even more special, our neighbors whom we dog sit for are on a job assignment out of the country and insisted that since they'd be gone until the end of October, that we drive their new BMW 530I. Since we can't say no to anybody, we took them up on it and enjoyed the luxury (don't 'cha all wish you had our neighbors)!:) Here are some pictures of our day and evening!

Friday, September 21, 2007

A Friday funny--Hard of Hearing

Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were taking a walk one fine March day. One remarked to the other, "Windy, ain't it?" "No," the second man replied, "It's Thursday." And the third man chimed in, "So am I. Let's have a coke."

Justin's collection

I have been collecting these for quite some time (since Justin was little). I had put them up in a ziploc and I found them the other day while cleaning out the cupboards. The kids had so much fun with them. We do have quite a few! Pez anyone?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My Afternoon Break

Last year Mike bought me an espresso maker. Even though it's been a bit of a pain to clean, it is nice to relax in the afternoon with a hot espresso. Jarin takes his afternoon nap, and sometimes I get a 15 min. snooze then get up and fix this...
It's nice to enjoy a hot Mocha while I read a magazine and just unwind until the whirlwind starts again when Justin gets off the bus. If you don't have one and you're a coffee drinker, you must get one!:)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lunch at the Cheesecake Factory

These 2 one year olds are only about 2 weeks apart. Preston A. and Elyana S.
Elisa O., myself, Jarin, Jenny and Elyana S., Kim A. (Preston was sleeping) Patty R., Marissa M., and Carla

We had a great time at The Cheesecake Factory today. Marissa M. came down and rode with me and we met up with a bunch from the N. field. We all shared our dishes so that we had room for the cheesecake, because who ever heard of going to The Cheesecake Factory and not ordering cheesecake?! Elisa was enjoying her day without kids as her Mom kept them for her. We are enjoying a little more time with Kim A. until their Visa's come and they have to leave.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Our weekend

Carolyn H., Regina R. and L. Garcia
Brynn likes to feed the horses too.
Jarin loved the horses--feeding them grain
Bob cuts the cake
The pavillion that they had reserved--it was perfect for such occasions!
The cake--A Texas theme
Fun in the sandbox Justin and Brynn digging
The boys loved to feed the horses...they gave them grain, carrots and hay

We had a wonderful weekend. We spent Saturday afternoon at a neat restaurant saying goodbye to Bob and Kim A. They are moving to Denmark! They WILL be missed! The restaurant had a sandbox, horses to feed, a goat, a covered wagon, and a ping pong table. Lots for the kids to do!

Yesterday was our 12th Anniversary. We took the boys to Bennihana's for lunch. We hope to go out to dinner (without kids) next weekend as James & Charlotte D. have offered to babysit for us.

We hope you had a great weekend!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A hit (for others); A miss (for us)

Looking to the SE

Beautiful Sunset in the WestOuter bands of the hurricane
Strange cloud color to the SE about 7:30 p.m. It looked like the sun was trying to appear one last time before it hit.

Thankfully we avoided this one! We saw the outer bands of it, but it took a sharp turn to the East at the last minute, so we didn't even get a drop of rain! Shauna, I hope your Aunt Peggy and family are o.k. Looks like they endured the brunt of it. We were on the outer fringes of the West side. Here are some pictures that I took from the house.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Weather warning

It sure makes you feel good to check out your forecast and see this (a little sarcasm there)...We'll keep you posted on how it all goes and hopefully I'll get some interesting pictures! I brought the lawn furniture in and secured all else. Wish us luck! Note: We're in Ft. Bend county.

... Tropical depression number nine strengthens to Tropical Storm Humberto in the northwest Gulf of Mexico... This statement recommends actions to be taken by persons in thefollowing counties: Brazoria... Chambers... Galveston... Harris... Jackson... Matagorda... ... Wharton... Fort Bend... Liberty... Montgomery... San Jacinto... and Polk... Watches and warnings... a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Port O'Connor Texasto Cameron Louisiana.An inland Tropical Storm Warning is in effect along and south of Highway 59 until 7 am CDT Thursday. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 PM CDT Thursday along and to the east of a line from Edna to El Campo to Houston to Conroe to Livingston. ... Storm information... at 100 PM CDT... 1800z... the center of Tropical Storm Humberto waslocated near latitude 28.3 north... longitude 95.1 west or about 70miles... 115 km... south-southwest of Galveston Texas and about 145miles... 235 km... east-northeast of Corpus Christi Texas.Humberto is moving toward the north near 6 mph... 9 km/hr... andthis general motion is expected to continue over the next 24 hours.On the forecast track... the center of Humberto should becrossing the Texas coast within the warning area tonight.Maximum sustained winds have increased and are now near 45 mph... 75km/hr... with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening ispossible prior to landfall. The earlier Air Force Reserve unitreconnaissance aircraft returned to base for mechanicalreasons... but a second aircraft is expected to reach Humbertowithin an hour or so.Estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb... 29.68 inches.... Precautionary and preparedness actions... residents across the eastern half of southeast Texas should prepare for heavy rainfall and possible flooding. Rememberturn around don't drown. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the roadway. Tropical storm force winds will make driving potentially hazardous for high profile vehicles this evening and tonight.Loose items... such as lawn furniture and trash cans should also be secured or picked up. ... Storm surge and storm tide... coastal storm surge flooding of 1-3 feet above normal tide levelscan be expected along the Upper Texas coast.Location high tide times expected water MaxMorgans Point... Thu 4:02 am. 3.2 feet.Clear Lake entrance... Wed 11:46 PM. 3.2 feet.Eagle Point... Wed 9:35 PM. 3.3 feet. Thu 10:36 PM. 2.3 feet.Port Bolivar... Wed 5:55 PM. 3.2 feet. Thu 5:54 am. 3.6 feet. Thu 6:56 PM. 2.7 feet.Galveston Channel... Wed 5:41 PM. 3.2 feet. Thu 5:40 am. 3.6 feet. Thu 6:42 PM. 2.7 feet.Galveston Pleasure Pier... Wed 4:35 PM. 3.7 feet. Thu 4:34 am. 4.3 feet. Thu 5:36 PM. 3.5 feet.Jamaica Beach... Wed 8:19 PM. 3.4 feet. Thu 8:18 am. 3.7 feet. Thu 9:20 PM. 2.8 feet.San Luis Pass... Wed 5:32 PM. 2.0 feet. Thu 5:31 am. 2.4 feet. Thu 6:33 PM. 2.2 feet.Freeport... Wed 4:57 PM. 3.7 feet. Thu 4:56 am. 4.0 feet. Thu 5:58 PM. 3.2 feet.Port O Connor... Wed 7:34 PM. 2.6 feet. Thu 7:30 am. 2.9 feet. Thu 9:02 PM. 2.1 feet. Note: tide levels are referenced from mean lower low water... Winds... winds are expected to increase to 35 to 45 mph along the immediate coast between Sargent and High Island this evening. Areas along the Galveston Bay shoreline will also likely see windsincrease to 30 to 45 mph this evening. Gusts between 40 and 50 mph will be possible in squalls moving inland from the Gulf of Mexico this evening and overnight... especially across coastal areas. Inland areas of the coastal counties will likely see wind speeds ranging from 25 to 40 mph... with higher gusts in squalls.Areas south of Highway 59 across Wharton... Fort Bend... Harris and Liberty counties will likely see wind speeds between 25 and 40 mph... .with higher gusts in squalls. ... Rainfall... along and east of a Sargent to Houston to Livingston line rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches are expected with isolated totals of 15 inches possible in this area through Thursday. ... Tornadoes... isolated tornadoes will be possible across coastal areas late this afternoon and overnight. Overnight... isolated tornadoes are possible east of a Sargent to Houston to Livingston line. update... The next local statement will be issued around 5 PM CDT.

The making of a (possible) tropical depression

I took this last night. Here comes the rain!

The boys enjoy reading

Justin loves to read to Jarin and the feeling is mutual. Jarin said he wants Justin to read to him every night.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Morning conversation around here

Over breakfast this morning the conversation went something like this...

Justin: "Jarin, when we get big, me and you can go hunting for Alligator eggs. Then when we find them we can save them and let them hatch then we can put them in a pool in our back yard and play with the baby Alligators. Wouldn't that be fun, Jarin?"

Jarin: "Yes, then we could pick them up and play with them?"

Justin: "Yes, Jarin".

You gotta love it! From a Hermit Crab to Alligators...what will they think of next?!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Getting kids to bed...the new challenge

I was trying to put the boys to bed tonight and thought it would speed things along if I told them the little rhyme that used to scare us to get in bed as kids...You know the one...Wee Willie Winkie! Grandma had a book that had a picture of little Willie. There he was in his nightgown, lantern in hand, kind of bent over (he would be diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in this day), night cap on his head, slippers on and a strange wink to his face and he'd be peering in house after house of the little village in the book. So the story goes...

Wee Willie Winkie, runs through the town.
Upstairs, downstairs, in his nightgown.
Rapping at the windows, crying at the locks,
Are the children in bed, for it's now 8:00!

I guess he'd be considered a modern day peeping tom, but we were always scared enough, especially when Grandma would say, it's almost 8:00, you kids better head for bed. So, with a few changes (9:00 instead of 8), I recited it to the kids. When I was done, Justin thought about it for a few minutes then he said "That's a good one to tell kids because it always scares them even though he's NOT REAL".:) Jarin just laughed and ran around the house saying "Wee Willie Winkie" for the next 10 minutes until I got him into bed. Oh well, what can I say...I tried!:)

Texas BBQ

For those of you who have never been to Texas and experienced "Barbecue", you are really missing out! Barbecue here isn't about hauling out the grill and throwing on the's much better than that! It goes something like this...
  • You get up at around 4 am and start up the wood in the enclosed smoker (similar to a tubal wood stove with a little door hatch). The wood can be anything from pecan, mesquite, hickory etc.
  • Then you put the meat (usually a brisket that's been marinated in liquid smoke) in the smoker.
  • By 6 pm the meat is usually done and so tender it's falling off the bone. The trick? Keep the smoker at a constant temperature.

For those of us who don't want to spend the time, we can drive to a handful of BBQ places within 10 minutes and have beef, pork, chicken, turkey or sausage with all the wonderful flavor of homemade BBQ. Jarin and I did just that today! We headed to Brookstreet Bar-B-Q. It was great! If you don't believe us, just take it from their slogan on their cups...

It's the best dangblasted, boot kickin', finger lickin', rib stickin', flavor packin', lip smackin', tongue teasin', belly pleasin', rootin' tootin' Bar-B-Que ANYWHERE! And it is! Hungry anyone?

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A chuckle for the day

I don't know if any of you get the catalog called "What on Earth", but it's got some of the funniest t-shirts and wall hangings, I've ever seen. Here's a few of my favorite t-shirts:

  • I searched for myself on GOOGLE and found nothing
  • Hot FLASH DANCE--sweater on, sweater off, sweater on, sweater off
  • She got the closets, but I got the garage
  • You know that social security they keep taking out of your paycheck? Well, it's going to me!
  • I woke up and smelled something (but I don't think it was coffee)
  • I don't want to. I don't have to. You can't make me. I'M RETIRED
  • I've still got all my a jar
  • They say I have A.D.D. but they just don't understand. Oh Look! A chicken!
  • NATIONAL SARCASM SOCIETY--Like we need your support

And these are a few funny wall hangings:

  • This job is only a test...It is only a test. Had it been an actual job, you would have received bonuses, raises and promotions.
  • Regrettably, all the good paying jobs start before I get up.
  • BEWARE OF...Well just beware
  • I can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan...but I'd rather just go out.
  • Mamas don't let your cowboys grow up to be babies

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

One last picnic out on the patio

We had dinner out on the patio last night! We haven't done that since April as it's been either too hot or too rainy! Mike's parents left today to head to Joel & Sarah's. We enjoyed having them here for a few days.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Labor Day Weekend

Happy Birthday Wesley!Jarin and Daddy are "on the ball" Justin loves to play Scrabble with G'ma and G'pa
Carl, Mike and Mark before they left
The big game
The only 4 MSU fans with yellow shirts
The MVP of the game, Hannah, shows the guys all how to play football!

Mike, his Dad, Joel and Mark E. went to the A & M vs. MSU Bobcat's game on Saturday evening. They enjoyed it, even though MSU lost 38-7. Sun. was full w/ 2 mtgs. then we were invited to Dean & Lisa K.'s house for supper. Today (Labor Day) there was a potluck at Kent & Linda O.'s house. We had a good day and some played flag football and volleyball. It is Wesley L.'s birthday tomorrow, so they brought a cake and celebrated a day early. Happy (early) b'day Wesley! Tonight we kicked it into "slow gear" and Carl & Inez played Scrabble with Justin while Mike wrestled with Jarin and I blogged!:) Happy Labor Day to all!