The latest hanger-on at the Huber Houston house is Walter the ring-necked pheasant.  He’s an escapee from the dog shelter/animal menagerie next door.  He’s pretty friendly and sort of follows people around (or chases them in Daelynn’s case).

   
 

On Sunday afternoon, we were at another family’s home for a birthday party.  They love on a couple of acres and have goats and chickens.  But those animals are not what this post is about.  The neighbor’s dog, Skeeter, was over and brought his not-altogether-hygienic tennis ball with him.  While Brock was a little hesitant (see the picture of him tentatively reaching under the dog to get the ball), he played a little throw and fetch with Skeeter. 

    
 


It’s not every Christmas you receive the gift of a grandchild’s  birth–and your first grandchild, at that!
Brodwin (pronounced with a long “o”), Brody for short,  was born on Dec. 26, 2015, at 3:55 AM, much to the joy (and relief!) of his mother, Elissa, and his father, Layne. Of course, his grandparents and aunts and uncles are pretty excited, too!

 

Tiny Brody, about 12 hours old, held by his maternal grandmother

Brody is beautiful (I knew he would be! 😉)! He is calm and alert, and looks intently at people and objects. He looks a lot like his parents, IMHO.

 

Those eyes…

Brody did have to spend  the night and next day in the neo-natal nursery due to a few issues, but seems to be doing well. He and his mom (and dad, who has been at the hospital most of the time) should be arriving home on the 28th.

It’s going to be ever so hard to leave for our return trip to Houston!!!

 

Can you see the bubbles Brody is blowing in his sleep? He made tiny squeaking noises, too!!

We are thankful for the gift of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, for His death and resurrection, and the gift of forgiveness of sin and for victory over the ultimate consequence for sin–life instead of death.

This year, we are also grateful for the gift of our son’s son, and pray that he too will one day receive the gift of forgiveness of sins and the blessing of eternal life!

We’re currently staying at Layne and Elissa’s, prepping for Christmas and more importantly waiting for Munchkin, Layne and Elissa’s baby, to arrive.

This morning Elissa, Danaya, Davison, and myself (Ben) played a game of Settlera of Catan.  Davison pulled off a massive win with scoring 10 points while the rest of us were all sitting at 5 or 6.  He had the help of the Longest Road, Largest Army, plus multiple 12 and 2 rolls.

picture of Davison winning Catan
Davison wins!

Heidi has recently been enjoying baking gluten free desserts, most often without any prompting.  This afternoon she cracked open a couple of cans of cherry pie filling and made a bunch of cherry pecan individual pies.  They were cooked just right and were delicious.

 

Able Baker Heidi
  
Cherry Pecan Pies
 

A couple of days ago Davison was leafing through the Lego Star Wars minifig book that we got with the tub-o-Lego.  He recognized the wings on the picture of a set associated with the General Grievous minifig.  Upon closer inspection, the cockpit cover and one of the missiles were familiar as well.  So Davidon proceeded to build the set.  Pretty much everything was present, except for General Grievous himself; uh, I’ve heard that he um, fell into shadows in uh, the planet Endor…

Here’s some pics:

 

Master Scrounger Davison
    
  
the foldout wing cannons
 

We have finally (it took about a week and a half) completed the large Republic Frigate model.  Technically we have about 10 pieces missing, but we’re declaring it done (and will add the final pieces as they show up).

the Republic Frigate

 

After church on Sunday, we stopped by a nearby water park area.  At one point there were some stepping stones down the creek, possibly involving a little wading.  It wasn’t until all of the kids except for Brock had gone that Mom arrived and noticed the rather large snake sunning itself on the rock nearby.  Brock didn’t go wading.

the snake is on the rock to the right of Daelynn

the sunning snake
We’re not sure what type of snake, but based on descriptions it was likely a water moccasin.

This morning I picked most of the peaches from one of our peach trees.  The peaches on this tree were larger and did not seem to attract as many bugs.

 

I picked 8 peaches, 5 of which were ripe (although with a couple of spots to cut off) and were eaten immediately. 

these three were not quite ripe