Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Justin's Lego creation

Justin is back at creating Lego creations. Hop on over to his blog to see the latest.:)

Parade Morning

We should've thought of this (balloons!). This is another float that made a balloon arch.
The Needville Youth Fair Queen
Our pack on the trailer
The news chopper hovered overhead at the start of the parade
The boys getting ready
The sign on the Right is the one Justin's Den did (Webelos)
Oops! I downloaded it twice. All for your viewing pleasure!:)
Getting our Pack Flag hung up...Justin posed for me
These Junior High Cheerleaders were in front of us, so we listened to a band and their cheers all through the parade.

Night before the parade

We did the majority of the decorating the morning of the parade as we figured the banners and streamers would rip.
Trying to decide what to do with what we've been loaned
Jarin with Rowan, one of the girls in his class who also has a brother in Scouts.
Trying to decide where to mount the flag

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Top Ten Reasons why Hurricane Season is Like Christmas

Sharon B. just sent this to me and I thought it was blogworthy for those of us living down here...Enjoy!

Top Ten Reasons why Hurricane Season is Like Christmas:

Number Ten: Decorating the house (with plywood).
Number Nine: Dragging out boxes that haven't been used since last season.
Number Eight: Last minute shopping in crowded stores.
Number Seven: Regular TV shows pre-empted for 'Specials'.
Number Six: Family coming to stay with you.
Number Five: Family and friends from out of state calling you.
.Number Four: Buying food you don't normally buy . . . and in large quantities.
Number Three: Days off from work.
Number Two: Candles.
And the Number One reason Hurricane Season is like Christmas: At some point you're probably going to have a tree in your house!

Homework and more homework

Jarin says "thank you" to Uncle Joel and Aunt Sarah for his write on/wipe off letter board. As you can see, he's learning to write his letters neatly!

And Justin has Math almost nightly. They have a "place value" and times test today.

Signs and Helicopters

See below for the description...Let's hope we don't ever have to ride in it!
Here are some of the signs that will go on the float for the parade. The boys made these on Tues. night at the Den meetings.

This is Justin's Den sign
Also, on Tuesday night the boys got a "once in a lifetime" experience. The LifeFlight Helicopter was parked in the parking lot when we arrived and they were doing some training for the local fire department. The firemen have to have training in how to direct a landing and take off for the helicopter in case they ever need to call it out for assistance. After the training was over, the boys were able to look inside it before it took off.
Checking it out and the pilot explaining the various components of the helicopter to them.

Sorry the video is long in length, blurry and dark. I was trying to steady the camera and I didn't want to miss it taking off, so it got a little longer than I'd hoped, but it was worth it. After they flew off, they circled and flew right over the school. What a great experience for all of us to see it so close!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It's official! We have a Number!

Justin's Cub Scout Pack will be entering a float in the parade this year! They will help decorate some more signs tonight and we'll be in the parade on Friday! Look for more pictures to come!

Haunted House making

The making of the house (Justin's)
Jarin's house. The glue wasn't sticking so he resorted to masking tape.

A few weeks back, the boys were with me in Michaels and they saw these foam haunted house kits. They proved to be invaluable as this past week without school left them "bored". We hauled these out and they pasted and decorated them for hours.

More pictures of Ike's wrath

The CVS in Sugar Land is missing some roof. I didn't get the picture of the other side, but some siding is torn off too.
Hmmm..ya' think? Sign leaning from the power of the wind.
Sign down
Hey, I thought lamp posts were supposed to go on top of the post!
What's wrong with this signal? As long as there are wires to hold one end up, it's working!
Fences down in New Territory
Trees down on power lines in New Territory

This is the light on 90 in New Territory. It's been out since Ike hit with no sign of the other light, just left the wires. It's treated as a 4 way stop, but takes forever to get through as it's a major intersection.
Power poles leaning in Sugar Land

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pictures of the destruction

Here's the link to some more pictures of the destruction in and around the Houston area.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Glad to be home!

A little insight into the destruction around here. This is a flooded gas station in Brookshire, Tx, about 20 mi. down the road.
Downed trees everywhere
Sorry this is blurry. I was trying to capture them as we were driving. Looks like a war zone around here.
Fences torn apart
That roof in the background is the Pecan Grove Plantation's Country Club roof that was partially torn off.
Our backyard fence. Mike has braced it up now, but it'll need some cement and new posts. My poor canna lillies!
The leaning tower of peaches. The peach tree is leaning.
And, finally, beauty in the storm! My azaleas are blooming despite all the wind and rain!

If anyone hears of anyone in the area needing a place to stay, we have power! Just let us know! Thanks!