Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy belated birthday Taylor

This post is a week late due to technical difficulties, but I wanted to recognize that Taylor is now 18. It's amazing to look at the pictures and see how quickly time flies and how much he has grown. It was a wonderful Christmas 18 years ago to have a new baby boy to bring into our family. Taylor is a awesome young man and we look forward to what he will do in the next 18 years. Taylor has brought tears and laughter into our home and has been a great blessing in our lives.

Our brand new sweet baby boy

4 mos old-1st Easter

2nd Easter 1992-16 mos.




Baptism day 1999

Space Derby Champ-2000

the fisherman-2001


learning to waterski at Lake Powell 2003

With our dog Montana 2004

The pyromaniac & his goods 2008

The 18 yr. old 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Oh the weather outside is frightful-snow in Houston

For the 1st week of Dec. the weathermen kept saying we would have snow by the end of the week. Houston can get pretty chilly, but snow is very rare. Thursday was very beautiful, blue sky, about 60 degrees. It didn't seem possible to have snow the next day. The school district was on alert for "deteriorating" weather. At 5:30 am we were given notice that the school day would go on as regularly scheduled. As I took the elementary school kids there were occasional flurries. A bit exciting, but not that big of a deal. The temperatures continued to drop and things began to change. By 10:00 a.m. there were big fluffy snowflakes and it didn't look like it was going to stop any time soon. The school district decided that school would be dismissed at 1/2 day. Ken and I enjoyed watching the scenery being changed to white and decided to get Lexi out early so they all could enjoy this special day. By the time everyone was home the snow was letting up and already starting to melt. The kids enjoyed a snowball fight, building the best ice/snow man they could and just getting cold and wet. For a small moment in time it seemed like Houston would actually have winter. Just as quickly it was gone. By evening the lawns were back to green and only the most solidly packed snowmen survived. That night it was below freezing which took care of whatever plants hadn't been covered. Our "white" Christmas was short lived but very much enjoyed.

Our front lawn and plants with the snow.

Some of our Christmas lights with the snow atop.

Lexi taking aim with a snowball after leaving school

Lexi with her snowman

Lexi and Paige with a snowman they built with Boyers in their backyard. There was lots more snow to work with there.

Video showing where we started and how the snow progressed within a couple of hours.

Reagan in the snow

When it was snowing we took Reagan out to see this new phenomenon. she was a bit timid in the snow at first and then thought it was great running all over the backyard. The funniest part was when she was trying to catch the snowflakes. The video is of her going after the snowflakes. Excuse the potty break at the beginning. And sorry I can't get it flipped right side up. I'm still trying to figure out how to add the bells and whistles.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bayou Wildlife refuge

For Girl Scouts we are working on the animals and insects patch and to fulfill a requirement for the patch we headed to the Bayou Wildlife refuge in Alvin, TX. It was somewhat confusing because you pass all these homes and business and all of a sudden here's the sign for the refuge. I'm sure with all the growth in the past few years, city is getting closer and closer to country. We had perfect weather, not too hot and a big overcast. The girls loved the animals and I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of animals. They were very used to humans and the girls loved being able to feed them. I would recommend this outing, but line up a bunch of friends to get the group discount.

This deer was very interested in Lexi's patches and was trying to nibble at them. You can see there is no fear though, of either one.

This camel came right over to Lexi and gave her a kiss on the cheek, then of course it wanted food.

Lexi and the kissing camel

Lexi hanging in the petting zoo with the goats.

There were even pony rides. Of course its a trainer led ride, a bit tame for Lexi's taste.