Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Last Day of School Interview!

Today was the last day of school for all 3 boys!  They are so excited for the summer!


Here are their interviews....

Baby Boy


Baby Boy - Finished MDO

1.  My favourite thing to play is:  Batman

2.  My favourite colour is:  Orange

3.  My favourite book is:  Batman

4.  My favourite TV show is: Batman

5.  My favourite food is:  Sushi

6.  My favourite activity is:  Playing Batman

7.  I really like:  Batman

8.  I really don't like:  Showering

9.  My favourite thing about myself is:  [no answer]

10.  At school I enjoyed:  Reading a book

11.  When I grow up, I want to:  Be Batman

Little Boy


Little Boy - Finished PK

1.  My favourite thing to play is:  Transformers

2.  My favourite colour is:  Orange

3.  My favourite book is:  Every book in the whole world

4.  My favourite TV show is: Cybertron

5.  My favourite food is:  Pizza

6.  My favourite activity is:  Colouring

7.  I really like:  Cats

8.  I really don't like:  Broccoli 

9.  My favourite thing about myself is:  I'm smart

10.  At school I enjoyed:  Learning

11.  When I grow up, I want to:  Be an explorer

Big Boy


Big Boy - Finished Grade 3

1.  My favourite thing to play is:  Transformers

2.  My favourite colour is:  Green

3.  My favourite book is:  Ungifted

4.  My favourite TV show is: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

5.  My favourite food is:  Potatoes au gratin

6.  My favourite activity is:  Reading

7.  I really like:  Reading

8.  I really don't like:  Not reading

9.  My favourite thing about myself is:  I won a reading trophy

10.  At school I enjoyed:  Making art

11.  When I grow up, I want to:  Be an architect

Friday, April 22, 2016

After the Floods

Want to see something gross?

This is what it looks like after an area floods and then the flood waters recede.  In one park near our house, we were looking at how high the flooding was by where the "garbage line" lay on the grass.

This is a photo of an area under the I-10 that was covered in water earlier this week.




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Flooding

Down here in Houston, we are having flooding issues.  This seems to happen each spring.

Our family is fine.  Our house did not flood and we have water and electricity.  Today I even drove to the store and bought food.  The store had a lot of sections with missing food - almost no salad, only scrappy apples, not much by way of grapes, lots of water gone, etc.   I got what we need.

School was closed on Monday and Tuesday this week.  We are still waiting to hear about Wednesday.

Very near us but not on our street, the streets are flooded.  We drove out on Monday afternoon to take some pictures of the high water.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Camping!! Brazos Bend State Park

This weekend we went camping at Brazos Bend State Park (http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/brazos-bend).  The park is a little under an hour from our house and we have taken a few day trips there but this was our overnight camping trip at the park.  We nearly cancelled due to concerns about the weather, but the weather was acceptable - a bit windy and cold but no major rain issues.

We met friends at the park, and they arrived before us, so on Friday we added our tent to a "tent village" across three campsites.  There were lots of kids in our group and they all got on well.  They spent hours riding bikes together and playing with outdoor toys.

Saturday morning was very cold.  We took the kids to the playground and then (somewhat reluctantly) attended a show about birds of prey.  The show was amazing!  A team of bird experts showed us a bunch of different birds and they did tricks and test flights.  They discussed facts about each bird and their species and Big Boy particularly liked their corny bird jokes.  My favourite bird was a condor with an 8 foot wing span.  



The bird show did not end as expected.  The last bird, a falcon, flew away and refused to come back.  After trying for a while to coax it back onto a perch, the bird experts eventually ended the show.

This is the falcon....
After the show we went for a hike around Creekfield Lake and we saw infant alligators!  We saw 9 and the mother, but a park ranger informed us that there were 29 babies.  They look like a cross between the geckos that live in our yard and the deadly dinosaurs on Jurassic Park.  





At the end of the hike we ran into the people from the bird show.  They were tracking the falcon with radio equipment.  They thought they had a glimpse of the bird high in the sky but were unsure.

We went back to our campsite for a late lunch and a nap.    The bird experts drove by the site with their equipment....I wonder if they ever got the bird back?

On Saturday night we went to the George Observatory (http://www.hmns.org/george-observatory/).  The George Observatory is a part of Houston Museum of Natural Science but it is located within Brazos Bend State Park.  On Saturday nights, if the sky is clear, you can buy a ticket to look through their telescopes.  

We had to walk out to the observatory down the Creekfield Lake trail and we had a chance to see the baby alligators at night.  The trail through the forest was red lite to cut down on light pollution at the observatory and it seemed like a walk that was right out of a movie....a horror movie when I thought about all of the alligators.

After some initial confusion at the observatory we bought tickets and waited in the (long) lines.

We first looked through the largest telescope and saw Jupiter and it's 3 moons.  The staff were very helpful and I managed to see it clearly!  (I sometimes feel like I can never properly see through telescopes and binoculars).  I was very proud of Big Boy and Little Boy - they looked and asked questions until they could see properly.

The next two telescopes were both set to M42 (the Orion Nebula).  I was so excited - Orion is my favourite constellation!  We could see the coloured gasses.  The older boys were very interested - I think I may have to check out some library books about stars and constellations.  Baby Boy was not particularly interested - he was tired (we left well after 10:30 p.m.) and scared.

The staff at all 3 telescopes answered all of our questions and pointed out interesting things about the constellations.

We went to bed really late and right after I fell asleep a loud sound woke me up - some of the stitching on our air mattress had popped!  Luckily it didn't deflate.

Sunday morning we packed up and the kids played and breakfasted and we said "good-bye" to our friends.  On the way out of the park we stopped to hike the 40 Acre Lake trail because Baby Boy wanted to climb the observation tower.

About 2 minutes into the hike we heard some bullfrogs.  We tried to find them but we couldn't.  We continued down the trail and were surprised by a HUGE alligator lying on the path.  What to do?  We had no idea.  We chatted with other hikers and waited to see if someone else knew how to handle the situation.  We ended up walking as far as possible from the gator on the path past it...and then taking a photo when we were a safe distance.




This is the swamp next to 40 Acre Lake.
It is beautiful but I can never get the colour to look right in a picture.

As we chatted with the other hikers they told us that the "bullfrogs" we heard were alligators growling.  Oops!  I'm pretty happy we did't find one.

We walked on and saw another couple of alligators on the pathway - one was climbing out of the water in front of us.

We climbed the tower and took a few photos and now we are home....I'm sun burned, wind burned, and there is so much laundry!



Sunday, March 6, 2016

Home Depot Workshop

Yesterday we went to the March Home Depot Workshop for kids and the project was.....a toy wagon!

This was one of the most difficult projects yet because the kids had to do every single part....all of the wood needed to be nailed together to make the wagon "box" and the axels.

Big Boy built his all by himself!  


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Main Street Indoor Park - First Methodist

Today I took Baby Boy to Main Street Indoor Park at First Methodist (http://www.fmhouston.com/main-street-indoor-park/).  It is an indoor playscape inside the church with a faux main street and a lush lawn.  He had a great time climbing on the playground equipment and running about on the lawn.  I had a lovely chat with a friend on the park bench.  The park was quiet and pleasant and we will be back!





Saturday, February 20, 2016

Butterick B5753

I sewed another top - I actually finished it a couple of weeks ago but forgot to post about it.  

I used Butterick B5753 (the same pattern (but different view) as this top:  http://janiceljlj.blogspot.com/2015/11/my-first-knit-butterick-5753.html).  This is quickly becoming my favourite knit top pattern.  It's quick and easy.  

I love the flowy sleeves on this view.  I like this top but the fabric is really slippery so I'm not sure how comfortable it will be to wear....I plan to wear it for a while and then possibly make another from a different fabric.



Love my double needle!!