the Huber Family creative site

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.

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

Layne, Elissa and Brody are currently visiting us in Houston for a couple of weeks.  As Layne is not the world’s biggest fan of competitive cooking shows, we watched one of the original Star Trek episodes last night.  In this case “watched” means, watched most of, but fast forwarded through the romantic interludes.

One of the girls (who will remain nameless for this part of the post), Brock and I were sitting at the kitchen table.  Part way into the episode, nameless girl was puzzling through something.  “Speck?  Spunk?, Dad – what is his name?”  As it turned out the name she was searching for was “Spock”.

A few minutes later Brock finished his meal and migrated to the couch.  This particular episode had the transporters malfunction and send the away teams simultaneously to a space ship in an alternative universe (the other universe of course, being an evil one).  This led to the Brock comment to Elissa “What, there are two Spunks in this episode?”

So, a couple of fun pictures that I found out on the Internet commemorating this particular Star Trek episode, one of which I doctored up in honor of Brock.

Picture of evil Spock

picture of good and evil Spunk

And on to the other set of Brockisms for yesterday evening.  The setting is that it is about 7:45 in the evening and the boys are hoping to go swimming with Layne.  Sadly, there are some dark clouds partly overhead, making loud noises.  We’ll pick up the conversation there.

Mom would not allow us to go swimming during a thunderstorm.  – Heidi

Mom is not always right – Brock

Yes, but she usually is – Dad

She usually is, but not always – Brock

Rather than moving away, the clouds moved in overhead, there was more light and noise and quite a bit of rain.  Nobody went swimming; Mom was right again.

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
 

 Brock: “I’m just like a guy who works in a gift shop. I’m decorating gift wrap.”

Notice that the sticker on his back assures us that he is Organic, thanks to sister Mikaela’s apple.

   

      So fun doing lessons with this guy

  Heidi makes Dutch Babies for our lunch.

  

 You probably can’t see the cute little green frog in Brock’s net, but he is there.

 

  Davison enjoys a spring day

  

  Nighttime swimming

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  Some backyard views

 Behind the rosemary plant is one of our new baby Meyer lemon trees.

 

 Our new baby pomegranate tree

 

  More babies: a blueberry bush, a lime tree, and a Meyer lemon tree

  

Our two baby peach trees

 And, sadly, our dead tree

 

  

  

   

 

Afternoon of the wildflowers

 

  

  

  

  

  

  Rainy days with friends and a crackling fire

Thanks for joining me as I roam through a few weeks of pics!

On this Saturday afternoon Mikeala and I were taking a walk in the next door park. We came upon huge patches of clover, and we kept seeing beautiful flowers and picking them until we had a bouquet full of wildflowers. We talked about how God can make such little details, and how thankful we are for them. 



The second stop on the tram tour was at the Rocket Park. Out front, they had some older rockets which were used for early Mercury missions and to push early satellites into orbit. The big feature was inside the building, where a Saturn V rocket was on display. This is the rocket that got men to and from the moon back around the time that I was born. My photos from this part aren’t really complete, as I was engaged in some other creative work, which will show up in one of the next couple of posts. But there are pictures of people here who you know and love, so if you want to find out more about just the rocket side, there’s some good sources on the Internet.

Picture of US flag on rocket fuselage
Rocket fuselage flag
This is a picture of the lower fuselage (I’m sure there is a more ‘rockety’ term, maybe ‘Stage 1 ancillary exterior’).

Picture of girls being silly
Mikaela, Kiersten, and Heidi
Picture of girls being silly
Heidi, Mikaela, and Kiersten
Picture of kids
Ethan, Heidi, Mikaela, Kiersten, and Brock
By this part in the tour, the younger ones were done with reading exhibits and walking slowly.

Picture of Saturn V rocket
The view from near the top
Picture of Saturn V rocket
Looking down the length of the Saturn V rocket
A couple of pictures trying to capture the size of the rocket.

Picture of F-1 Engine placard
Rocket facts
Some facts about the Saturn V rocket.

Picture of Lori and the girls
Lori, Danaya, and Daelynn
Some of my most favorite people in the world.

Picture of Lori, Daelynn and the Saturn V rocket
Lori and Daelynn look at the details
Picture of Lori, Daelynn and Saturn V rocket
A larger view
Picture of people looking at rocket
Danaya, Dad, and Daelynn check out the nose section of the rocket
And to finish off this particular post, here are some pictures of us looking closeup at the rocket. These pictures were taken of the top of Stage 2 showing the fuel (or possibly oxygen) tank, as well as looking up into the next stage. I haven’t taken the time to really understand how this rocket worked, but I’m guessing that the big open space that we are looking at was where the lunar lander was located during the trip into space.

This was the second and last stop on the tram tour, I think I have two more posts and then we’ll be done with Space Center Houston.

Ben

Newberg, Oregon has a couple of really fun playgrounds. Following is a sequence of pictures that Lori took at one of them.

Picture of Heidi relaxing at the playground
Heidi Relaxes

Picture of Mikaela at the playground
Mikaela Contorts

Picture of Mikaela and Daelynn
Daelynn joins

Picture of kids on a park bench
Brock Tries

Picture of four kids on a park bench
Davison cheats

As previously mentioned (and currently being experienced), Lori and the kids are in Oregon for a couple of weeks, while Dad is back at work living out of a cheap hotel. Lori sent me a bunch of pictures of the goings-on so I thought that I would post them here – with my best guesses about what is going on in the pictures. Those of you in the know can chime in and set me straight.

First up the pictures that were dated July 26th, which incidentally was Davison’s 8th birthday. I know that they visited a lavender farm and picked lavender, went to the county fair in Newberg, and some of the party went swimming. Here we go with the pictures:

The expedition to the lavender farm
The expedition to the lavender farm

The whole lavender-pickin' team!
The whole lavender-pickin’ team!

Auntie Marta and Brock discuss the economics of growing lavender.
Auntie Marta and Brock discuss the economics of growing lavender.

Brock goes crazy picking Lavender
Brock goes crazy picking Lavender
Davison and Brock with one of Davison's birthday presents in the background
Davison and Brock with one of Davison’s birthday presents in the background

Fun at the Newberg Fair
Fun at the Newberg Fair

Swamp water rules!
Swamp water rules!

Swimming at the hotel in Newberg
Swimming at the hotel in Newberg

It looks like fun was had by all.

Heidi in contemplation
Heidi in contemplation

“I enjoyed the lift-off, pop, and snacks. I would have preferred a whole can of pop, rather than just a little bit in a glass.”

“The swimming pool in our area is pretty big and fun. But I didn’t like it when the lifeguards blew their whistles and said, “Don’t swim (She realized later that they said, “Adult swim!”)!” All the kids had to get out for 10 minutes. That was just annoying.” ;)

“I like the little green lizards here, our big empty house, and air conditioning.”