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.
Ben: This is a bit of a late post, but possibly better late than never…
To celebrate the 4th of July, we had a number of families from the church over for the afternoon and evening.
There were a lot of kids over and much fun was had in the swimming pool.
One of the families brought along (unbeknowst to me) a signal cannon. Here’s a picture of one that I snagged from eBay, that was pretty similar to what they had (except that they only had the metal/aluminum cylinder but not the wooden carriage).
The basic premise is that it is a very loud noise-maker. It consists of a metal cylinder which has been smoothly bored most of the way down, and has a separate small fuse hole. A fuse is put in the cannon, and then it is loaded with gunpowder (up to the top lip, I believe) which is then tamped down (in this case I think they were using a short broom handle). No projectile is fired, but the resulting noise is extremely loud (for those of you who have played the game “Bang!”, think of the “BLAM” made by the Howitzer). On its first firing, I was behind the house by the pool, it was pretty startling. It was only fired twice, which was probably okay as we live in a pretty quiet neighborhood.
We had purchased a bunch of fireworks (of the lesser explosion variety) to set off after it got dark.
Davison was our chief firework lighter and did a pretty good job of it. We landed one firework on a neighbor’s roof (they weren’t home and it rolled off without starting a fire) and almost hit a couple of vehicles with others. But it all ended safely and the kids had a great time, especially with the sparklers and the snappers.
We also had some items that generated smoke which didn’t really work well in the dark, so we lit some of it off the next day.
All in all, it was a pretty fun way to celebrate with friends.
With my children I have a reputation for occasionally picking up weird and wonderful items, usually because they are on sale and being unloaded cheaply. Some of these purchases end up being winners, but others not so much. So, I thought I would throw together a post with some of the more recent winners and losers for your enjoyment.
I’m probably a bit of a sucker for gadgets (specifically ones that are not too expensive), so when I saw a set of specialty lens that could be used with iPhones and iPads (and more specifically that the set was less than $20), I did some research (as there was a bunch of options) and then committed. The set that we get has a clip that you use to hold the lens over the lens on the device. There are three different lenses, one a fish eye lens, the other two providing a couple of other options including close-in macro shooting.
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.
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.
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!
I missed last week’s “pictures of the week” posting in lieu of a couple of other posts, but mostly because I was busy and time got away from me and I forgot to do it, and, and, and. So this post is pushing up a bunch of pictures from the last couple of weeks.
Actually I don’t think Brock was pinching Brody, but I will sometimes joke with people about pinching babies when the baby is crying while being held by them. So, I got a kick out of this picture.
On the Sunday before Layne, Elissa and Brody headed home we went out for a family meal at La Hacienda, one of our favorite restaurants (although given how often we eat out, you could probably count the total number of Houston restaurants we’ve visited in the last year on one or at most two hands). Over the years, our younger kids have not usually made the economic connection of eating at home versus in a restaurant, particularly when there are 8 to 10 people. The other factor of course being Dad’s (Ben) notorious cheapness.
Back home for the next few pictures…
This past Monday was Memorial Day in the U.S. It was also our church picnic at a local park.
Part of the “fun” at the church picnic was Davison paying attention to the base runner, not the ball thrower in the baseball game which resulted in him catching the ball with his face, right between the eyes. A bunch of time with ice resulted in only a bit of swelling, with no black eyes in the bargain.
Danaya and Daelynn were not present for the church picnic, as they were visiting their friend Gracie in Hondo, Texas (about an hours drive the other side of San Antonio. They took the bus to San Antonio and were picked up their by Gracie and her family. A fun part of the bus trip was that they paid extra to reserve two seats in the front row – on the second deck of the bus.