Tropical Storm Harvey update
Well, it’s Tuesday evening in Houston and I thought that I would provide an additional update. Things were fairly dry today, we actually had a blue sky and sunshine late this afternoon. My measure on the amount of rainfall that we received in total is in the 38 to 39 inches range. Lori and I took a short trip yesterday up to the Sprouts grocery store for eggs and milk. On the way Lori took some pictures of the flooding that we observed. I’ve marked up a flood plain map to give you an idea of what we saw. The green star is where our home is approximately located, a pretty good distance from the designated floodplain areas.
Heading north on Hiway 249 on our way to the grocery store, we passed the local Lowe’s hardware store on our right. It is the #4 red star on the map. It looked like it had 1 to 2 feet of water covering the parking lot and the lower part of the store. Sorry, no picture on that one.
Coming home, Lori took some pictures of what we saw.
Just to put things in context, here is the YWCA facility in happier times:
And here are a couple of updated pictures around our place – the detention pond (currently empty), and a view of our house across the green space, again without all of the water.
Hurricane Harvey update
Texas is currently experiencing Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey which hit the coast near Rockport and is now dumping a lot of rain elsewhere, including Houston. Our house and neighborhood have traditionally handled flooding fairly well, but Harvey is really dumping a lot of rain. At this point (Sunday afternoon), we’re in pretty good shape. Here are some pictures of what is going on.
Another Heidi post, Layne and Elissa’s visit
Ben: Before reading Heidi’s post – a quick word of explanation… I’ve been fixing picture links in old hubcrate.com posts, and came across this post which was written back in March 2015, but had not been published yet. Even though it is a little dated (and predates Brody), we can still enjoy Heidi’s writing and pictures.
We were so excited that Layne and Elissa were coming to visit ( especially us kids to get a break from schoolwork) and it turned out to be a great time. Ar first we just had some relaxing family time, but then we went on a couple outings. First we went to the beach which was fun , but there was a festival so traffic was awful and because of this we came home sort of late. Then we went to the NASA space Center that was really fun. Layne and Elissa took each of us kids out for lunch to just talk about what’s going on in our lives, I don’t know about the other kids but I really enjoyed that special time and just being with them. Looking back I know God has given me the best family I could ask for.
Flashback: Davison the two (?) year old
This small set of pictures isn’t dated (other than the parent folder date of 1980 01 01 which can’t be accurate). However Davison looks to be about two and the location (for the Davison and Dad pictures) is our kitchen in Calgary before we renovated it.
Brody, 5 month update
Now to be a little more current (this news not quite 2 weeks old yet), here is Elissa’s post with an update and 5 month old Brody pictures.
Hope you are all doing well. Our little Brodwin turned 5 months old yesterday, and this last month was full of adventures and lots of firsts:
First (and second) time flying on a plane, and first time out of the country! We went down to Houston for 2 weeks to visit the Huber family. He did very well flying, on the way we were allowed to take our carseat on, as they had an empty seat beside us, then on the way back we held him, as it was a full flight. He had a few fussy moments, but he didn’t seem too bothered by the altitude changes, or the turbulence at times, and was able to nap for short times on my lap.
First time swimming in a pool (or floating anyway). We enjoyed the Huber’s pool a number of times, and Brody got used to the water pretty quickly, he seemed to enjoy playing/screeching at their giant pool noodles and watching the other kids swim.
First time to the Calgary zoo- Mom took him, with another friend and her baby. He slept for a good part of it, but was able to see the penguins and some scenery from his stroller view.
There were a number of other first experiences… I likely wont be able to name them all, but they would include his first time riding his swing on the highest setting, and first time at a boardwalk amusement park, where he rode on a train on Dad’s lap. (see pictures below)
Brody continues to be cheerful and curious, and is now adept at putting his feet in his mouth, and rolling from his tummy to his back. We are excited for many more adventures as soon we will start trying out soft/pureed foods.
Enjoy the pictures,
Love Layne, Elissa & Brody
Brody, 4 month update
Well, this post is long overdue (as Brody turned four back in late April), but as I have another post in the wings as Elissa has posted Brody’s 5 month update, I need to get this posted. And hey, there really cannot be too many Brody pictures…
To grandparents, great-grandparents, and other great people…
Once again, the 26th of the month has arrived, and this email is brought to you by Brodwin’s monthly birthday… We celebrate by taking note of some of the things Brody likes to do…
As seen in the pictures, he is learning to read books with Dad, play board games with the guys, and enjoys visiting with Auntie Daelynn and Grandparents, as well as spent some time outside on our warmer days, cloud-gazing and exploring the outdoors. He id definitely more aware of things around him, and wants to look at screens – TVs and computers, so I suppose we need to be aware more of what we watch!
He has been laughing more, (he has a number of ticklish spots) and making interesting squealing and dinosaur noises. He is becoming more coordinated to grab onto objects and put most of them in his mouth, and has stronger head and neck muscles, as well as leg muscles now.
On April 17th, he was dedicated at our church, and prayed for by Pastor Glen, which was special. He didn’t cry at all while being held up on stage. Thanks to those family members who were able to be part of that!
Altogether, we are having lots of fun. We are also excited to go down to Houston in May, to see family, and perhaps have Brody try some swimming!
Lego Undersea Explorer
Another one of the Lego sets that we discovered in our tub-o-Lego was the Underseas Explorer, part of the Atlantis series of Lego models. This one was missing a couple of the wheels (there should be three on each side rather than two) and one of the leg armour modules has been repurposed from Lightning McQueen of Cars fame.
I have no idea what type of ferocious fish this is; it appears to be pretty much all mouth and tail.
The Undersea Explorer is somewhat of a transformer and converts from its mech/robot form into a more traditional ocean bottom crawling mini-sub.
Kemah Boardwalk, part 4
One of the rides that we had really looked forward to going on was the wooden rollercoaster, “the Boardwalk Bullet”. Grandpa Ron and the boys didn’t go on it, but everyone else did, once. It was quite the ride, going 50+ mph, a 92 foot drop, and a lot of bone-jarring, head-ache inducing, whiplash type of stuff going on. Daelynn and I went back in the afternoon and rode it a couple of additional times. We tried one run sitting in the front of the ride and one in the back of the ride. I liked going in the front better as you could see where you were going and anticipate things a little more.
The train ride was interesting and it took you all around the boardwalk area. Since the boardwalk is owned and run by a restaurant company, there was quite a lot of restaurant advertising during the tour, and indeed there were a lot of restaurants handy.
The Rockin’ Rocket was a fun ride for the younger set; it didn’t get too exciting, but we went on it a few times.
I don’t have a picture of it, but some of us (Dad, Danaya, Daelynn, and Mikaela) went on one ride a handful of times. It was one where you were belted in, and then were lifted up a pole and dropped from a couple of hundred feet up (it felt like about half a mile, but I don’t think it was that high) to free-fall for a couple of seconds before
splatting on the pavement being brought to a gradual halt.
Another one of the fun rides was the boat swing, in this case with a Pharoah theme. The first time that I went on it I was with Brock. It was a little much for Brock and he hung on for dear life.
Kemah Boardwalk, part 3
One of the rides which everyone went on was the “WipeOut”. It was one where you go in a circle, sometimes at quite an angle, sometimes forwards, sometimes backwards, and sometimes really, really fast (in which the person on the outside gets squished). We ended up with lots of pictures of Wipeout rides, so here are a bunch of them.