Thursday, January 19, 2012

Raingutter Regatta-September 2011

The Annual Cub Scout Raingutter Regatta was in September while Mom was here.
Jarin's boat
 The race is on!

 He won a 2nd place trophy for his rank
 Justin and one of the Boy Scouts who was helping out, race their boats

 The other Scout won, but his boat was a makeshift Sonic cup!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mom visits & Fort Bend County Parade

We had a fun time while Mom was here.  We went to our local parade and to the Rodeo.
Why are the two police men standing in this photo?  Well, a reporter from our local newspaper wanted a photo and I guess since we had the red, white and blue chairs and flags, they figured Mom and the boys were good candidates for a picture.
 High school marching bands/drill teams

 I'm liking this Hummer

 Art car


Monday, January 16, 2012

Mike's old truck

Back in mid-September, we finally got around to having Mike's old truck delivered.  This was his grandpa's farm truck so it carries a lot of memories for him.  It's an old Fordamatic with the gears on the column.  
 We found a car hauler who could bring it down from the barn it was stored in in Montana.

 The boys were pretty excited to see it.

 We had to hook the chain up to Mike's truck, sit Justin in the seat to make sure the wheels stayed straight, and pull it off the hauler, as it's not running.
 He did a great job and he is anxious to get it up and running.  Isn't this every boy's dream?
 In the bed of the truck, they hauled Sylvia I.'s 4 wheeler.  Her parents live in the same town in MT and when they found out our plan, they were able to throw the 4 wheeler in and ship it down for Sylvia and Homero to ride.
 Hopefully we'll get around to fixing it up and restoring it.  This will be a great project for some boys in this household.  Personally, I think it looks like something out of "Cars".  It's a real classic!

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Making of the Maddiott

This past summer, Justin worked a bit.  He put out flyers for pet sitting in our neighborhood.  He took care of 2 birds, 2 dogs (not including his own) and a cat (not including his own).  He also sold organic dog cookies to one of the neighbors.  He saved up his money and managed to buy the necessary supplies to build Maddie a dog house.
 This was a fun weekend project for the boys.

 Maddie checking things out

 I should post a more current picture, but it now has a coat of red stain, red carpeting (inside), and a sign that says "Welcome to the Maddiott" on the outside.
 Jarin even liked it!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

First day of school; 2011-2012

The boys started school the 3rd Monday in August.  Jarin started 3rd grade, and Justin started 7th.
 We have a Junior High Schooler now!
 3rd grade
 Maddie wanted to be in the picture too!

August trip to Schlitterbahn/Austin

Right before school started, we took the kids over to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels.  We headed up to Round Rock after our day in the water and went to meeting with Russ & Andrea the next day.  We were able to grab a quick bite to eat at Pei Wei with them before we headed home.  Jarin really ejoyed Benjamin.
Jarin, Benjamin, Trevin & Justin

 Andrea and I

Holocast Museum

Justin and I spent one morning here.  I wish I could've had pictures, but they ban cameras from the place out of respect for those who lost their lives.  They have one of the train cars that hauled Jews to the camps in the back.  It's very moving to see and hear it all.