Spring is being quite fun this year (albeit pretty rainy).  In the picture the tree on the right is in our back yard, while the two farther to the left are in our neighbor’s yard.  I think the dark pink one is a peach tree.  I have no idea what the tree in our yard is, but it dropped a lot of leaves and pods into the pool over the past few months.

On this Saturday afternoon Mikeala and I were taking a walk in the next door park. We came upon huge patches of clover, and we kept seeing beautiful flowers and picking them until we had a bouquet full of wildflowers. We talked about how God can make such little details, and how thankful we are for them. 



One day when Layne and Elissa were visiting, around 3:00 Layne, Elissa, and I were sitting by the pool sketching while Layne was on his computer. I finally decided to sketch Layne although I knew it would turn out awful since I’m not the best at drawing so I began to sketch. Layne laughed when he saw it but hey, at least it captures the real Layne.

On the Friday before Valentine’s Day, we participated in a church sponsored progressive dinner for couples, being the final stop, serving desserts.  Being inspired by the photo booth at Grandpa and Grandma’s 50th anniversary party, we decided (the day before) to do something similar.  We happen to have a lot of dressup clothes for girls, ladies, Knights, monkeys, dogs and M&M’s – but not a lot of dressup clothes and props for grown men.  So we scrambled for props, and managed to come up with a few.  Meanwhile, Danaya and Daelynn were focused on making the desserts to serve our guests.  They baked up a wonderful set of desserts including cheesecake, creampuffs, a chocolate caramel flan, and something else I think.  We realized after that we missed taking a picture of the food layout.

Here are some pictures of our kids (with friends) taking advantage of the photo booth setup and props.

it is starting to be springish here in Houston, and I’ve been out doing some yard work.  In our front yard there is a section which used to have a couple of large trees in it (as you can see in this picture from Google street view).

Here is what that part of our yard (to the right of the driveway) currently looks like.

One of the things that we’ve done in that area is planting a couple of peach trees.  It will be at least a couple of years until we get any peaches, but here is a picture of one of them with some blooms on it.  

This one had blooms on it when we purchased it so, We can’t lay claims to having green thumbs yet.  We also planted some raspberries and grapes in the back yard, and are also hoping to plant a lemon and a pomegranate tree as well.

On Christmas morning (after we opened stocking stuffers, but before we opened presents), we sang some songs, read a scripture passage and then did a wee bit of reminiscing about Christmas’ past. Here’s the video of the reminiscing part.

Hmm, according to my thesaurometer, I’ve already used up my quotient for the year for the word “reminisce”.
Ben

One of our family traditions is to open stocking stuffers during breakfast on Christmas morning (and to make sure everyone has a few small stocking stuffers). Part of this tradition is that the Huber guys get one or more matchbox cars as part of their stuffers. For your enjoyment is a timelapse video of our fun Christmas morning breakfast together. The young man in black with his back to the camera is Rett, who was able to spend a couple of weeks with us around Christmas this year.

I opened one of my regular gifts before breakfast, as I knew that it was a kit for the iPad which provided a tripod mount for it. I setup the iPad on a tripod, and kicked off the time lapse video recording, taking one shot every 5 seconds. Post video, there was some additional doctoring done to slow to down a bit (extending the video from the original 35 seconds out to about 2.5 minutes, adding some old video artifacts, and a (questionable) soundtrack.

Hope you enjoy it! Today we’re hoping to head off to Galveston and to hit Rudy’s BBQ with Rett.

One of the areas at Space Center Houston that the younger set enjoyed was the kid’s play area, with an Angry Birds theme. Many thanks to Daelynn who took most of these pictures.


When dealing with the gallery format, you can get the full picture by double-clicking on it which opens a window with full gallery mode (which also allows you to comment on individual pictures). Enjoy!

The Houston Hubers are enjoying having son and brother Rett visit us for a couple weeks! We heated the pool yesterday when we had company, and there is a bit of residual heat left today. Rett joined joined the rest, and hilarity ensued.

What a great way to celebrate Heidi’s 11th birthday today!

You’ll notice that the two younger guys have their wetsuits on, which keeps them a bit warmer and gives them a bit of extra buoyancy.

Rather than comment on each picture, I’ll just point out that even though several pictures look alike, notice the stages of water gun streams snaking their way to their intended targets.

Happy viewing!

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The second stop on the tram tour was at the Rocket Park. Out front, they had some older rockets which were used for early Mercury missions and to push early satellites into orbit. The big feature was inside the building, where a Saturn V rocket was on display. This is the rocket that got men to and from the moon back around the time that I was born. My photos from this part aren’t really complete, as I was engaged in some other creative work, which will show up in one of the next couple of posts. But there are pictures of people here who you know and love, so if you want to find out more about just the rocket side, there’s some good sources on the Internet.

Picture of US flag on rocket fuselage
Rocket fuselage flag
This is a picture of the lower fuselage (I’m sure there is a more ‘rockety’ term, maybe ‘Stage 1 ancillary exterior’).

Picture of girls being silly
Mikaela, Kiersten, and Heidi
Picture of girls being silly
Heidi, Mikaela, and Kiersten
Picture of kids
Ethan, Heidi, Mikaela, Kiersten, and Brock
By this part in the tour, the younger ones were done with reading exhibits and walking slowly.

Picture of Saturn V rocket
The view from near the top
Picture of Saturn V rocket
Looking down the length of the Saturn V rocket
A couple of pictures trying to capture the size of the rocket.

Picture of F-1 Engine placard
Rocket facts
Some facts about the Saturn V rocket.

Picture of Lori and the girls
Lori, Danaya, and Daelynn
Some of my most favorite people in the world.

Picture of Lori, Daelynn and the Saturn V rocket
Lori and Daelynn look at the details
Picture of Lori, Daelynn and Saturn V rocket
A larger view
Picture of people looking at rocket
Danaya, Dad, and Daelynn check out the nose section of the rocket
And to finish off this particular post, here are some pictures of us looking closeup at the rocket. These pictures were taken of the top of Stage 2 showing the fuel (or possibly oxygen) tank, as well as looking up into the next stage. I haven’t taken the time to really understand how this rocket worked, but I’m guessing that the big open space that we are looking at was where the lunar lander was located during the trip into space.

This was the second and last stop on the tram tour, I think I have two more posts and then we’ll be done with Space Center Houston.

Ben