Saturday, June 30, 2012

Life of a cat

Shadow demonstrates how to chill

Friday, June 29, 2012

April Hodge Podge

In April, Justin's projects at school ramped up.  For English, he had a list of things he could do to expound on a book that the class read.  He chose to make a clay character out of the book.  There was a Capuchin monkey in the book, so he moulded, glued, cut fur, painted and came up with this (all too real) monkey!

 He loves his dog and the feeling is mutual!
 As Volunteer Coordinator, I was put in charge of the Volunteer Tea at Jarin's school in April.  The music teacher had the kids from each grade sing a song to the Volunteers while they enjoyed coffee and pastries.
Jarin is to the right of the middle.
 Also in April, Mike and I attended the Fluor 100 year celebration.  They rented Reliant Stadium and we ate dinner on the football field!  It was quite a spread and telecast to all the countries where Fluor has offices.  Mike has worked for them for over 18 years!
 The tables 
 Colin Powell spoke via telecast from headquarters in Dallas 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

College Station weekend

In April, Justin had Merit Badge Day up at A&M, so we spent a weekend in College Station.  
Mike had never seen the Bush Library, so we headed out there while Justin was in classes.
 It's quite a place with multiple buildings, a museum, and a little cemetery where the Bushes will be buried and where their daughter who died at the age of 4 (Robin) is buried.
 A mock up of the Berlin Wall which was torn down during Bush's presidency.  A portion of the real wall is inside the museum.
 We took Justin back when his classes were over.  Unfortunately they closed early, so he missed the museum, but we'll have to take him back there another weekend.
 The boys had to have A&M gear, so they each picked up a t-shirt & hat.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

To the Zoo!

On one of the weekends when Mike & Justin were camping, Jarin and I went down to the zoo.
 The big draw was to meet this little guy, Shasta.  He was a little orphaned cougar that the Washington State Dept. of Wildlife captured after his mother was shot by a hunter.  He was one of 3 cougars that were captured.  His siblings went to a zoo in Memphis.  
 He came here to live at the zoo and become the official mascot of the University of Houston Cougars.  He was about 6 months old in this photo, and not quite full grown yet.  He was exploring his new surroundings before they introduced him to another cougar.  He seemed pretty comfortable with his new digs!
 His zoo keeper, Kevin, was glad to meet us and know that we knew the crew that captured him.
 It was bottle feeding time at the jaguar pen.  They feed them goats milk as it's better on their stomachs. A beautiful cat.
 The elephants were out and active too.

 This guy has a favorite keeper who brings him gum to chew.  He knew her when she showed up!
 The new African section has drums to play.
 and caves to explore
 Jonathan, the African lion, was roaring when we were there.  He's the oldest cat at the zoo, and we learned that he was a little spoiled after talking to the keepers.
 Jarin had fun in the Pirahna tube!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Swim party

We were invited over to the PTO President's (Jarin's school) house in March for a pool party.  The kids had fun swimming while the adults chatted.

Monday, June 25, 2012

New Ride

In March, we traded in our 9 year old Odyssey for a Toyota Highlander.  The Honda had 180,000 miles on it and it was still running great, but after some costly repair bills, we decided we should trade it off.  We really had no intentions on buying a Highlander.  We were interested in the Camry's, Avalons and the Venza's, but in the end, the features of the Highlander (7 seating capacity, cargo room etc.) won us over at the stage the boys are in now.  It gets a little better gas mileage than the van did as well.

 Mike's parents were here as well the week we bought it.  They were also in the market for a new car, so we told them about this beautiful Camry in the showroom.  They drove up to the dealer and ended up buying it!

So, two new cars in a week.  I think our salesman probably took the rest of the week off!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Camping at Bovay Scout Ranch

In March we camped with Jarin's Pack at Bovay Scout Ranch.  It's owned by our local council and it's truly Scouting at it's finest.  Mike's parents were here, so they dog/cat sat for us.
Shooting BB guns

 They had a parachute to play with for those who were waiting.  My pictures of the parachute were a bit overexposed.

 Evidence of deer
 This was something new since the last time we were there.  It's a boat that you pull the rope to cross to a little island.
 Shooting slingshots with corn for the ducks.  I tried my hand at this too.

 Flowers in bloom everywhere
 Planting flowers by the entrance to help make Bovay beautiful.
 The kids loved this big ball
 BMX biking
 Tired at the end of a fun day!
 Our Pack preformed the closing ceremony (lowering and folding the flag).