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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

  

One of the sets in the tub-o-Lego is the Imperial V-Wing Starfighter.  This one came with instructions, and possibly was a late addition to the tub as the sticker sheet was still intact and hadn’t been applied yet.  We’ve been working on building the Republican Frigate, a rather large model, but Daviaon decided to take a break to knock this one off.

 

the Starfighter
  
Davison and starfighter with noir filter
   

When we bought the tub-o-Lego a couple (Daelynn, that means two) of weeks ago, the one set that we knew was present was the Millenium Falcon model.  Davison did a great job of finding and assembling all of the pieces.   

Davison and the Millenium Falcon

a roomy spaceship
  
Brock is more of a player than a builder
 

The first Lego set that we found and assembled from the tub-o-Lego was the Tie Defender set.

  

Those of you who know us well (which is likely anyone reading this blog) know that we have a certain amount of Lego.  If we started getting Lego for Layne when he was 5 years old, we are 20 years into this particular journey.

So when I stopped at a garage sale last Saturday and saw a large tub of Lego for sale, the thought did cross my mind, “Do we really need more Lego”.

  
But then I noticed that some of the pieces on top of the tub were from the Millenium Falcon set.  I confirmed with the lad selling the tub-o-Lego that it was indeed said model and that all of the parts should be there.  And that sort of short-circuited the decision making process.  

Some pictures of the minifigs included (most of them with hands – a lot of our minifigs hands have disappeared over the years)…

   
    We (primarily Davison with some help from me) are in the process of building the models that we have determined are present.  There were no instructions, but those are now all available online.  I’m planning on posting pictures as models get built,

I had one last post that I had wanted to get up on the site to complete the Kemah Boardwalk trip series.   Without a whole lot of explanation (other than that the ride Brock is on with-not-a-lot-of-other-riders is the “Jungle Bounce”) since you know the people, here is the last set of pictures.

          

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 (bone-jarring, head-aching, quite-a-thrill) wooden rollercoaster
the (bone-jarring, head-aching, quite-a-thrill) wooden rollercoaster

Davison, Brock, and Grandpa Ron end up in jail.
Davison, Brock, and Grandpa Ron end up in jail.

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 (captive-advertising) train ride
The (captive-advertising) train ride

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.
The Rockin' Rocket
The Rockin’ Rocket

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.

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.

Daelynn and Davison
Daelynn and Davison
Dad and Grandpa Ron
Dad and Grandpa Ron
Can you find Grandpa Ron?
Can you find Grandpa Ron?
On an angle
On an angle
Daelynn and Danaya
Daelynn and Danaya
Daelynn and Davison again
Daelynn and Davison again

I found some additional pictures that fit in with the first post, so I’m posting those before we move on to some of the other rides.

Upon arrival
Upon arrival

The lower level of the carousel featuring the sea dragon
The lower level of the carousel featuring the sea dragon

The view from the top level of the carousel
The view from the top level of the carousel

the Flare, heading up... I'm guessing some of us are on it, but cannot tell for sure.
the Flare, heading up down… I’m guessing some of us are on it, but cannot tell for sure.
Lori and Grandpa Ron
Lori and Grandpa Ron