I’m a couple of days behind events with posting pics. On mid morning on Monday, the Traverse arrived. Happily, it arrived just a few minutes before Lori needed to, unhappily, go to the dentist for some emergency dental work.

In a related story, at lunch today, I was talking with a sales guy about his recent move from Phoenix to Houston. To save money, his significant other made alternate arrangements to ship her vehicle at a much cheaper rate. When the truck came to pick up the car, the driver requested payment ($500.00) in cash without any receipt. The car made it intact (albeit they had to meet the driver a few miles from home at a spot convenient to him) despite fears that it was going to end upon Mexico. In our case the driver unloaded on our cul-de-sac and parked the Traverse in our driveway.

My Dad, affectionately known as Grandpa Huber, has sent us some of the pictures that he took at Danaya’s grad ceremony (and afterwards out in the church parking lot). I’ll post some of those over the next few days.
For today, here is a picture of Layne and Elissa with Grandpa and Grandma Huber.


On Sunday morning at 9:00 am, the moving truck arrived with all of our stuff. Following are a couple of before and after pictures of the garage and the sunroom, where a lot of the stuff got stored.


And then some after pictures. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to be able to park a vehicle in the garage after all had been unloaded.


Of course, it will take us a while to unpack, but it is beginning to feel more like home.

During the last week of June, we celebrated Danaya’s Grade 12 graduation. The grad ceremony was on Thursday evening. On the evening before, we had a grad dinner at one hosted by one of the grad families. There were a number of families that had gotten together and planned (over a period of months via weekly planning meetings) a joint grad ceremony for their home-schooled graduating young adults. The Davidson family hosted the grad dinner on the Wednesday evening (that being 3 weeks ago today), they did a fantastic job, and the food was amazingly good.

Before the meal, there was a picture taking time with the grads. I haven’t seen any of the pictures taken by one of the better cameras present, but thought I would post a couple that I took with my cell phone. In the picture below, from left to right are Danaya, Mark, Michael, and Xavier.


There were also some less formal pictures taken. Here is one of them…


Just to let anyone know what is going on with the Hubers – we are currently in the Dallas airport, having just eaten at the local high-brow Wendy’s establishment. We are getting ready to take a spin around on the Skylink traing.


Ben: We’re having some connectivity problems at the hotel, so bear with us while this post evolves.

This morning, we headed to the airport, leaving just before 8:00 for our 10:25 flight to Houston (technically flying on WestJet to Dallas, and then American Airlines to Houston). We roused Layne from his slumber, and he took us to the airport in his new (relatively) car and dropped us off. (Probably around 8:20).

Once in the airport, everything took a while, doing the self check-in thing – which printed off 3 of the 4 boarding passes, but wouldn’t print baggage tags. Then it was in to the WestJet lineup for those who didn’t have baggage tags. Then on to the US Immigration lineup, which was pretty long and sort of crawled along slowly. When we made it to the border agent, I let them know that I was filing a non-immigrant petition for an L-1A visa. Well, this had to be handled by someone else in the Secondary Processing office.

So off we went to secondary processing, and happily were the only people in the office.  At this point, it was probably about 9:40 (although to be fair to others, I wasn’t taking exact notes of what happened when), plenty of time.  Well, not so much, it was a couple of minutes before the agent showed up.  We started the process and things moved along.  For the most part, “moved along” meaning that Lori and I sat in the waiting area and watched the clock.  I remember noting at one point (a few minutes in at this point) that it was 9:55, but we still had plenty of time.  Then the agent was called away to deal with someone who needed to speak to a supervisor.  Then a while later, someone else came in who had an easier visa to deal with, so he was handled right away.  By the time that we were done, we both really had to go to the bathroom, and it was around 10:20 am, about 5 minutes before the flight was to leave.  We had yet to go through security (the take off your shoes, belt and nose ring kind) and were a long walk from the gate (pretty much the farthest one) we were leaving from.  We made it onto the flight at about 10:32 (there were a couple of others in the same predicament – but with good connecting flight excuses, I believe).  Of course, we couldn’t use the bathrooms until after take-off happened and the seat belt sign went off.  And somewhere along the way, my nose ring disappeared…

The first leg of the flight was on WestJet from Calgary to Dallas.  The plane was only about half-full at most, so the stewardess suggested that Lori and I move places (after the seat belt sign went off), and we got a set of 3 seats to ourselves.  Hurray!  A window seat for Ben.

Air picture of mountain in Wyoming
The Lonely Mountain, or somewhere in Wyoming

Recently we purchased Photoshop Touch for our iPads. Here is one of the early fruits of playing around with it, Davison visiting one of his Minecraft worlds. (Minecraft is a game that allows you to build all sorts of things with blocks, among other activities).


So, a little weird, but something different. You’ll see more of these sometime soon.

I’m lagging behind on my “redwoods trip posts” – as I was trying to troubleshoot something on the new theme, and we had a pretty busy weekend.  Sorry for the delay, all of you readers out there (about 3 as far as I can tell).

IIRC (standing for “If I Recall Correctly” – a phrase that I will probably be using more and more during the years remaining to me, as my brain cells die off or just turn off), I had purchased a new camera shortly before this particular vacation trip.  It was a Konica Minolta 4 MP camera, with 16x optical zoom, and some video capability as well.  I really liked my camera and took a lot of pictures on this particular redwood trip (ooh – look – there’s another redwood tree – I’d better stop and get a picture of it), while other family members grew rather jaded to the joys of picture taking.

test pic 2
look - another redwood tree - this one with a twisting bark pattern, gotta get a picture

So, I have quite a lot of pictures from the trip – a certain number of which I am going to post over the next few days.  I’ll try and keep it interesting.

picture of road through the redwoods
The twisty road through the redwoods

And that’s it for today, as it is suppertime.