I found a bizarre little app and decided to have a little fun with it.
Meet the Wesens!
Joey, Holly, Ivy, Rusty, and Fifi!
I’ve been to the Art Car Parade only one time several years ago and didn’t really like it very much. It was mostly bohemian and had too many pot-smoker, anti-christian, and prissy gay guys prancing around in high heels. It was kind of a turn off, so I never cared to go back.
But today the weather was nice and there was nothing else to do, so I asked Ivy, “Do you want to go see a parade?”
Of course the answer was YES! So off we went. She enjoyed it for awhile, but about 2/3 of the way through the parade she had enough. “When does this end??” she whined. It did go on for a long time. Hundreds of cars!
It was as bohemian and offensive this time around. Lots more families and regular people in the parade. I saw only one prissy guy in high heels. Only one pack of pot-smoking NORML people were at the very end of the parade. No anti-Christian parade cars at all this time.Share on Facebook
Another Easter weekend. The weather was nice and Houston had lots of activities to choose from. I decided to take Ivy to an easter egg hunt at the “Orange Show“. I’d never been there before, but heard it about in magazines and and on TV. The Easter egg hunt went quick, and in fact it was an Easter Orange hunt too. Ivy snagged several oranges instead of eggs. Good job! Then we took some a little time to investigate this Orange Show place.
It just so happened there was another festival going on in a nearby park. It was spread out over 3 parks, actually, with the biggest section being at MacGregor Park. It wasn’t an Easter celebration, but some sort of Buffalo Bayou celebration thing. There were several carnival rides and exhibits. It was fun! I even rode a ride (a spinning barn caught up in a tornado).
I decided to try editing a simple video on my phone too. This is my first phone-production. Enjoy!
Sunday, after going to the early service at Lakewood, we (Me, Ivy, Holly, and Jane) went to Galveston to the Easter-Egg hunt and festivities at Moody Gardens. Then some food at Rainforest Cafe.
Then a seagull pooped on my head.
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I don’t remember Spring Break being this exciting for me when I was a kid! Ivy has had a great week full of all kinds of activities and family. One day was Rodeo and an Ariana Grande concert, and the next was splashing in the water fountain and riding some carnival rides at Discovery Green Park. We also visited the new Gardens at Hermann Park and rode the little train while we were there. As if that wasn’t enough, she also got to see a Cirque Du Soliel show with Mom and Dad, 2 Grandmas, 1 Grandpa, and an Aunt and Uncle. Oh, there was also breakfast and a movie (Cinderella) at Movie Tavern, as well as a children’s play (Flat Stanley) at Talento Bilingue Theater. What a week!
It turns out several of our family members all decide to show up in Houston during Spring Break all at the same time. This wasn’t planned; it was just totally a coincidence. My mom and her husband Larry got a wild-hair and decided to drive down to Houston on Tuesday. At the same time, George and Loann were making their way eastward from Arizona (after having visited Megan in Pheonix) and were planning to spend a few days hanging out with Jane in Houston. Then it just so happened that Toni and Nabil (Holly’s Aunt and Uncle from her Dad’s side of the family) were coming into Houston for a conference over the weekend.
Good grub at Hickory Hollow afterward, too!
What to do on Martin Luther King day and there is no school? How about feed carrots to horses!? Ivy and I went to the grocery store and loaded up on carrots and apples, then headed over to the Mounted Police horse stables on Little York Road.
It was kind of fun! I was surprised that we were the only people there other than 2 workers. They were very friendly and instructed us on how to feed the horses without getting bitten, and which one not to feed at all because it has an allergy.Share on Facebook
Believe it or not, for once we didn’t take very many pictures!
But yes, a Christmas trip to Arkansas did happen. It was one of the biggest gathering of family and friends we’ve had in years with about 25 people packed into Wes & Jenn’s house. Even the dogs had a good time with Molly (Jenn’s dog) and Rusty and Fifi (our dogs) romping around the house and having a good time.
I met up with Jim Gooing one afternoon at Twin Peaks restaurant. Good food there! Flirty waitresses too. We also caught a movie (Into the Woods) on Christmas Day with Glenda & Lloyd. I got an iPhone6… and dropped it. Had it only 2 days before shattering the entire front cover of the phone. Holly was not happy.
Then back to Texas we drove. No bad weather. No headaches. All went well. Once we were in Houston, I took Ivy to the Galleria one day for her 1st attempt at ice skating. She took to the ice like a pro! Well, maybe not a pro, but she was able to scoot around on the ice without too many tumbles.Share on Facebook
Holly and Jane whipped up some fabulous Thanksgiving Day food for us. It was almost too pretty to eat. But we snapped a photo and commenced to devouring. Instead of a traditional turkey, Holly tried turkey ravioli – it is turkey and dressing stuffed inside a more bite-sized ravioli. Yum!
Afterward, Ivy and I went to see Penguins of Madagascar and then stopped at Discovery Green park for some playtime and to check out the ice skating rink and “Field of Lights” display.Share on Facebook
Ray and Becky Canatella stopped by for the night as they were making their way to Louisianna for the Thanksgiving holiday, so I suggested we take advantage of the good weather and go to the Renaissance Festival. I’ve been there a few times and Ray has been once, but Becky had never been to the festival. So we 3 grown-ups and 1 child headed north to spend a nice day back in medieval times.Share on Facebook
Our pretty Toyota Tacoma got its first ouchy.
But insurance covered all the repairs with no hassles from the insurance company. I was able to choose a body shop that was within walking distance of the our house, so that made life a little easier too.
I’ve dealt with enough car repair shops in my lifetime to know when they say, “Sure, just drop it off and we’ll get it taken care of” that really means they’ll start ordering parts… and then wait for parts to arrive… and then apologize when the parts are on backorder… and then 2 or 3 weeks will go by while you are struggling to deal with a lack of transportation. This time I made it clear I will drop off the truck when the parts ARRIVE. 1 week later the parts did arrive and I dropped off the truck, but then it turned out they had ordered the wrong parts!! So I still had to wait until the following week for new parts to arrive and repairs to be made. All in all, the truck was at the shop for about 9 days.
The moment I picked up the truck from the shop a rainbow appeared. God was smiling down and saying, “Hey, that’s a really nice truck!”Share on Facebook