Thursday, December 8, 2011

Blogger problems

Blogger is not letting me publish any pictures, so you'll have to believe me when I say the month of July was fun with the kids each taking a summer camp class down at the Museum of Natural Science. It was about a 45 minute drive every day (each way), but with the classes staggered, it allowed me to take each kiddo through the exhibits. Jarin and I also rode the train around Hermann Park. Justin and I spent a morning at the Holocast Museum as well. It was very educational for both boys. We also did a family outing in July down to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Houston is full of different museums and I think we just scratched the surface of all there is to see in the Museum district.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

5 Miles My Way


On the 4th of July the boys decided to man a water station on our local 5 mile race for Boy Scout service hours. I decided to bike it. I finished in 25 minutes, making my average about 5 mph. Not the best, but I was just happy to finish.:) I plan to do a 5K with my sister on Thanksgiving morning (YMCA's Turkey Dash). The boys will join us, with Jarin doing the 1 mile kids race and Justin doing the 5K with us. We'll be running/walking that one, before we go home to indulge in turkey and the trimmings.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Joel's birthday

We celebrated Joel's birthday in July up at their house. He wanted a chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting. I found a recipe for a chocolate whipped cream frosting, so I went with that.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Brazos Bend with Tami

When Tami was here we headed out to Brazos Bend to see the alligators and birds




and Water Moccasins

And Turtles! This smart Momma turtle was digging a nest to lay her eggs in a patch of poison ivy/oak.


A short video clip of the alligator swim
video

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Auntie Tami's visit

When Mike and Justin were away at summer camp, Tami came for a visit. One night, she and Jarin practiced yoga in the living room.
Trying to get him into a headstand.
And we bought Jarin a hula hoop. He's actually very good at it!
Stretching with Maddie's leash
Auntie Tami with Maddie and Jarin

Monday, November 14, 2011

Grand Canyon side trip

On the last day of Summer Camp, Justin's Troop took a side trip and drove up to the Grand Canyon.



Mike and Justin
Doing their best Louis and Clarke


Friday, November 11, 2011

More scenes from Summer Camp 2011

I thought this might be an appropriate picture to post today...Veteran's Day. The other flags in the background are the flags from each state who had a Scout Troop camping there.
Amphitheater and pool area

Starting fire from lint and flint

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wilderness Survival; Summer camp 2011

At summer camp this year Justin took a "Wilderness Survival" Merit Badge class. They had to build a shelter and sleep in it for the night.
I'm impressed at the skills of these 4 boys

Just one of the many benefits of being a Boy Scout. I don't worry too much anymore about him.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

More scenes from Scout Camp 2011

Justin helping cook
Several patrols cooking various meals


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Summer Camp 2011-Day 1

About a week after school got out, Mike and Justin left for Boy Scout Summer Camp in Arizona. They took a charter bus. Along the way they saw the fires that were burning in West Texas.
Saguaro cactus

Listening to instructions at camp

Monday, November 7, 2011

Field Day 2011

I only had one kiddo to take pictures of on Field Day...Jarin! I helped with the "Dress the Scarecrow" station for the first hour, then I was free to move around with Jarin's class. I must say though, that I had the best station of them all. The object was to form lines (relay race style). Four "Scarecrows" were chosen and the clothes layed in a pile before them. Each child had to run down and put something else on the scarecrow until he/she was fully dressed. Then they had to undress the scarecrow back to he/she's original outfit. It was a hilarity of a relay. Here is Jarin in a few clothing items. Just getting started.
These poor girls. It took the two of them just to get the overalls on him and pull them up.
The scarecrow had to adjust his overalls.
Then it was on to the cafeteria for the floor scooters.
Pass the sponge was a good game to cool them off in the hot sun.
And volleyball with the huge soccer ball.
And the parachute. There were a few other booths, but I didn't get pictures of all of them.
A fun day for the kids!

Adena and Nick J's wedding

On Memorial Day we attended Adena and Nick J's wedding in Cameron. The bridesmaids looked beautiful (Jaycee, Alicia, Sarah and Atrisha). Jr. bridesmaids: Darcie and Joani. Flower girls: Tyleigh and Talia
The wedding was at Randy & Franci D's house in Cameron. The setting was beautiful with the valley below.
Tyleigh and Talia were incredibly cute.
The happy couple.