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.
Flashback: Davison the two (?) year old
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.
May 7th, the week in pictures
Ben’s BirthdayI don’t have any pictures from my birthday party (maybe Lori might). We had the traditional birthday trifle with ice cream.
Someone’s been using my cellphone
In reviewing cellphone photos for this week’s update, it was immediately evident that someone (likely Heidi or Davison as they weren’t in any of the pictures) had taken lots of pictures with my iPhone. Here are some of the pictures.
When we purchased our refrigerator back in 2013, we also purchased a 5 year full coverage plan on it. We’ve recently been having an issue with the fridge that numerous repair guys have been unable to solve. So, Sears has labelled it a lemon and provided for a replacement. This replacement comprises of a credit for the amount that we originally paid for the first fridge – that we can spend at a Sears store on a new fridge. Warranty-wise, this new appliance takes over the last two years of the original warranty. We can spend more than the credit and pay the difference if the refrigerator chosen is more expensive than the original. As might be guessed, it ended up being more than the original.
I love opening the fridge. -Brock
It appears that one of the attractions of our yard to neighborhood kids is that frogs (or maybe toads, or maybe both – do frogs and toads get along or are they like rival gangs or something) like to hang out in the damp dark space where our water meter and shut off valve are located. While working in the yard today, there were a couple of times when girls came by, got out frogs and played with them. One of those times; they took a couple of frogs off to the detention pond. I was tempted to say “Hey, put those frogs back”, but then I remembered that I don’t like frogs, so kept quiet.
Lanier Library Lecture
We’ve been enjoying the nearby Lanier Theological Library, usually going there on Tuesday afternoons and evenings. I went to a lecture on Saturday night, featuring a University of Cambridge professor that they had brought in for the weekend, one event being the Saturday night lecture on the topic Jesus and Geography, in particular looking at the the validity of the gospels in their geography as validated by extra-biblical sources (i.e. Josephus, rabbinical literature, etc).
The speaker was Simon Gathercole, and it was a pretty good time. The chapel was full, so I was in one of the two overflow seating areas in the library. After the talk there was a question time in which the speaker was asked to answer questions ranging from the basic (“Are the Tyre and Sidon in the New Testament the same ones referred to in the OT?”) to the interesting (“Since Josephus was originally a Jewish generally, but then became a traitor who ended up on the Roman side, can we trust his writings?”) to the complex and open-ended (“Can you explain Isaiah 53?”). Answers to the above by the way were yes, yes, and a rather longer explanation than I wrote down.
The host (Mark Lanier) and the lecturer had a really good rapport, and there was a good deal of banter back and forth during the question time. One of the exchanges that was really fun was when Mark corrected Simon with “It’s pronounced ‘I-Zay-ah'” – versus the more academic/English pronunciation.
Kemah Boardwalk, part 5
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!
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.
More dog shelter pictures
Poodle Rescue of Houston
One of Mikaela’s long standing dreams is to be more involved with dogs. Shortly after we moved to Houston, she began researching Houston organizations that allowed 12 year olds to volunteer. The only one that she was able to find was Poodle Rescue of Houston. After we purchased our Houston home, we discovered that Poodle Rescue of Houston was located very nearby, in fact about 100 yards as the crow flies; slightly longer if you aren’t allowed to climb a fence to get into the back end of the property.
Poodle Rescue of Houston currently has over 140 dogs that they are looking after (in a facility geared toward handling 70 dogs). Last year they adopted out over 500 dogs, pretty much all with a reasonable cost to the adopters, so they are not giving the dogs away, but are trying to ensure they are going to good homes.
A couple of Saturdays ago, Daelynn (who apparently also likes dogs), Mikaela and myself (Ben) attended the monthly volunteer orientation session. It turns out that 12 year olds can volunteer, but need a parent with them until they are 14 years of age, which resulted in me filling out the volunteer form as well. We will probably be going a couple of times a week for volunteer work with the dogs. This consists primarily of taking dogs from their cages to a larger area, letting them run, and then petting and cuddling them for a while.
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.