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.
Week in pictures, June 4th
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.
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.
Back home for the next few pictures…
This past Monday was Memorial Day in the U.S. It was also our church picnic at a local park.
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.
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.
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.
Able Baker Heidi
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.
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
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!
Another Heidi post, Wildflowers
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.
Space Center Houston – “Aurora”
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.
This is a picture of the lower fuselage (I’m sure there is a more ‘rockety’ term, maybe ‘Stage 1 ancillary exterior’).
By this part in the tour, the younger ones were done with reading exhibits and walking slowly.
A couple of pictures trying to capture the size of the rocket.
Some facts about the Saturn V rocket.
Some of my most favorite people in the world.
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.
the Newberg Playground
Newberg, Oregon has a couple of really fun playgrounds. Following is a sequence of pictures that Lori took at one of them.
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:
It looks like fun was had by all.
Heidi’s Thoughts On Our Trip To Houston
“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.”