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Yesterday, Davison was convinced that a young neighborhood lad (and good friend of Brock) had pocketed and walked off with one of the really cool minifigs from his latest Lego set. He was contemplating a plan of going over to said miscreant’s house to play, and while there he would case the joint for the missing minifigure.

By way of background, the bedtime book that I’ve been reading to the boys has been “Anne of Green Gables”. During this particular counselling session with Davison on the appropriate way of handling the situation, we reminded Davison of the amethyst brooch and shawl incident in the Anne of Green Gables story, where Marilla could not find her amethyst brooch and accused Anne of stealing it. Our point being that it is easy to jump to conclusions when dealing with other people’s motives and actions, and possibly being wrong in our over-reactions. Upon being reminded of such, Davison’s response was “Dad, I’m not going to find the Lego minifigure stuck in my shawl.” The decision was made to let the incident go without trying to confront the neighborhood lego pocketer.

A couple of hours later, Davison came downstairs and was chuckling. Upon being asked, he told us that he had found the missing stormtrooper, The really funny part was that the stormtrooper had somehow got tangled up in the corner of a dress-up shawl that was hanging out of a not-quite-closed drawer in the playroom.

We’re not sure how the story resolution could have been any more perfect, but were quite happy that a big scene was not part of it.

I’ve been working on a new theme for the hubcrate.com site, and went looking for some sample content.  The second directory that I hit had a lot of great pictures taken back in 2009.  I don’t know who was taking pictures (usually it’s me), but it appears to be someone who was in cahoots with Daelynn.  I suspect Danaya or Rett neither of whom appeared in the pictures.

In our front yard flower bed, we had planted two watermelon plants – one from seed, the other from a bedding plant. We’ve only had a few watermelons show up, most (that would be qty of 3) of which went rotten when they were pretty small. However, one of the watermelons has grown to a reasonable size. On Saturday morning, Heidi and Mikaela picked it and stashed it in the fridge. We cut it up as part of our Sunday evening meal yesterday. Here are some pictures of The Watermelon.
The Unpicked Watermelon

Watermelon Still Life
Watermelon Still Life
Dad, Watermelon, Davison and Brock
Dad and Watermelon
Davison, Dad, Watermelon
Davison, Dad, Watermelon
Watermelon, Dad, and Brock
Watermelon, Dad, and Brock
The cut watermelon, not quite ripe apparently
The cut watermelon, not quite ripe apparently (who can tell with watermelons)  but still really good

In the interest of getting back to regular posting here on hubcrate.com, here are some of the photo highlights of the past few weeks.

picture of boy blowing up kitchen
Baking soda and vinegar fun with Davison
Picture of blackberries in garden
Some edible blackberries that the birds didn’t get
picture of Davison with chocolate pudding pie
Davison, the chocoloate pudding pie chef
pikcture of red climbing rose blossom
Climbing rose blossom
picture of small watermelon
Little watermelon growing in our front yard (but it had split so had to be discarded)
picture of girl sitting on kitchen counter
Danaya using her phone
picture of toad hiding in plain site
Find the toad
picture of lame word search
Easiest Sunday School word search puzzle ever

 

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.

picture of ladies talking at dining room table
Daelynn, Mikaela, Lori and Jenn in the Dining Room
picture of ladies talking in dining room
Another shot of the ladies’ table

There were a lot of kids over and much fun was had in the swimming pool.

picture of kids in a swimming pool
Lots of pool activity

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).

Signal Cannon
Signal Cannon

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.

picture of sparklers on Fourth of July
Sparklers and other fireworks

 

picture of fountain firework
Davison watching a “fountain” firework

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.

picture of military smoke firework
July 5th – setting off the “military smoke” firework

All in all, it was a pretty fun way to celebrate with friends.

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.

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.

picture of Daelynn and Brody
Daelynn and Brody

 

 

too dark picture of uncle and baby
Uncle Brock pinching Brody

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.

picture of mexican restaurant
Lori and Heidi checking out the menu
picture of menu examination at restaurant
Layne, Elissa and Lori
picture of table at a restaurant with some of my favorite peeps!
Brody is entertained by his frog toy, while a mysterious hand makes a grab for more chips
picture of Davison and his taco goatee
Davison has finished the “hunger” part of his meal and entered into “play” mode.
picture of fun people at restaurant
Daelynn, Brock and Danaya at La Hacienda

Back home for the next few pictures…

picture of relaxing folks
Layne, Brody and Daelynn
picture of orange climbing roses
Roses in the front yard
picture of Mikeala
A unique game of checkers with Mikeala
picture of Heidi the beautiful girl
Heidi, Mikeala’s opponent. Apparently we are missing some checkers.
picture of two large cherry tomatoes
Couple of garden tomatoes

This past Monday was Memorial Day in the U.S.  It was also our church picnic at a local park.

picture of Heidi on basketball court
Heidi gets pulled into playing basketball by her friend Brieanna.
picture of two lads in a bouncy castle
Brock and Paton have fun in the bouncy castle
picture of lads falling out of a bouncy castle
Brock and Paton fall out of the bouncy castle
picture of Sunday school picnic activities
Davison coming in from the outfield in the baseball game

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.

picture of Naya and Dill on the bus
Daelynn and Danaya on their way to San Antonio courtesy of Megabus
picture of kids weeding
Saturday morning weeding chores

It was a busy week at the Houston Huber Household.  Probably most important was that I completed the green card process, getting my permanent work authorization for the States.  No pictures to show of that.  In other news…

At a local Barnes & Noble store, I picked up a ‘build your own gliders’ kit (from their half price table).  After some tweaks to the tail ailerons, it flew pretty well even though it was sort of windy.

picture of lad throwing toy glider
Davison with the glider
picture of boy with toy glider
Brock with the glider
picture of girl and pet dog
the requisite Bilbo picture

Flowers and Fruits

picture of young grape bunch
next step in grape development
picture of mature pomegranate flower
mature pomegranate flower
picture of young pomegranate fruit
pomegranate fruit (really small)
picture of a rose flower
rose
picture of a rose bud
rose
picture of a rose
rose
picture of cocoa red roses
roses
picture of strawberries on countertop
strawberry harvest
picture of growing green tomatoea
tomates
picture of orange daylilies
yots of yilies

Flood Aftermath

Danaya and I took an alternate route to the chiropractor on Wednesday, driving through one of the communities that has been hit hard by the flood.  There were a lot of houses in this community with piles of debris (drywall, carpet, etc) out front.  I drove through again this morning, and a lot of it had been cleaned up already.  There were some streets that were still in cleanup mode.


Zach Winters house concert

On Thursday night, I drove Danaya and Daelynn to a house concert featuring a musician from Oklahoma named Zach Winters.  It was held in a large very soggy backyard (like step on the grass and sink into a couple of inches of water) and was a whole lot of fun.

picture of back yard concert
Danaya and Daelynn find a dry place to sit
picture of Zach Winters in concert
Zach Winters in concert
picture of Daelynn and Danaya with Zach Winters
Daelynn, Zach, and Danaya
picture of filament light bulb
One of the filament bulbs at the concert

Pomegranate Blossoms

I had to return my Pomegranate Orchard Otharized Professional badge, as the pictures that I posted last week labeled ‘baby pomegranate’ actually turned out to be the pomegranate bud and flower as shown by the following two pictures.  I guess that the fruit comes after the pollination process.

  
  

Painting The Roses

Although I had captioned a picture last week about painting the roses (referring of course to the Alice in Wonderland movie), it was all in jest.  However, one (and only one) of the roses actually is mostly red and part pink, looking indeed like it had been partially painted.

  
Baker Davison

Davison made a dessert this week called a ‘pavlova’.  It consisted of a meringue crust, whipped cream and sliced fresh fruit.  It was delicious and allowed Davison and Brock to stay up past their bedtime as it took an extra long time to cook. 

 
 Mentor/Mentee Meet the Family event

For the past 1.5 years as part of a work-sanctioned give-back-to-the-community program, I have been mentoring a middle school student.  This consists of meeting once a week during a lunch hour for 30 minutes.

This past week, Lori and I went to a dinner and speaker event and had a chance to meet my mentee’s family.   Mentor (sitting) and mentee (standing) in the picture. 
Some additional yard pictures

 

picture of rose flower
Rose
  

picture of daylily flower
Daylily
  
picture of wild garlic flower
Wild Garlic
  
picture of zucchini blossom
zucchini blossom
  
picture of blackberry blossoms
Blackberry blossoms
  
picture of tropical  flower
Tropical Milkweed
and last and least…