School is back in session. This year Ivy is in 1st grade and has a man-teacher. His name is Mr. San Juan from Barcelona, Spain.
Joey, Holly, Ivy, Rusty, and Fifi!
It was a private birthday party for our friend (and realtor) Shawn Manderschied. He was having his birthday party at a rollerskating rink on the east side of town, so we decided to give it a try. I used to skate all the time when I was a teenager, but quit doing that for many years now. I wasn’t sure if I could still make my way around the rink! Turns out, it is sort of like riding a bike… you never forget.
We put skates on Ivy too, but we weren’t sure if she could do it or even if she’d like it or not. Turns out she loved it and did very well for her first time on the rink. By the end of the night she was standing on her own and scooting around by herself.
Fun night! Happy birthday, shawn. Thanks for the invite!Share on Facebook
Last year, I put Ivy into several Vacation Bible Schools and she liked every one of them. So we did the VBS tour again this year and even added 1 week of summer camp. Just like last year, it was a hoot! I volunteered for one of VBS and became the popcorn maker guy. There was always plenty of opportunities to volunteer from preparing snacks to full stage-productions including dancers and video and costumed characters and much more. Maybe next year I’ll get to wear a costume.
These were the themes at several of the VBS’.
When I was a teenager, I did 1 week of summer camp and absolutely LOVED it! So I wanted to expose Ivy to summer camp as well. This wasn’t an stay-overnight-in-a-cabin type camp, but rather a day camp in downtown Houston. So that seemed like a good way to expose her to camps and see if she liked it. She loved it! So we’ll probably do Pine Cove camps each summer … and maybe more throughout the year. Pine Cove has camps for the whole family and each session is jam-packed full of activities from day to night. Check out their Pine Cove website for more information:
Better yet, check out this 5 minute video showing all the features of their campground in Tyler, Texas. Pine Cove is AWESOME!
Like that? Want to see more? Check out the 21 minute video giving you lots of footage of activities from just 1 week at a camp.Share on Facebook
Okay, so it’s hot outside and I have a kid I need to entertain during this summer break. What to do? Maybe go to the library? As it turns out, the Heights Library wass having some kind of snake demonstration today, so I figured that might kill some time and we could even hang out and read a book or two while we were there.
Much to my amazement, there were about 250 women and children also checking out the snake demonstration. The room was wall-to-wall people! I felt a little out of place since I was pretty much the only guy in there (except for the speaker/snake-handler guy doing the talking), but soon found out that worked to my advantage. The snake handler asked for 2 grown-up volunteers from the audience to hold snakes for him. None of the moms were willing to sacrifice themselves. I raised my hand and quickly was chosen. Another teenage girl also raised her hand and volunteered.
So we spent the next hour handling lots of different snakes including pythons. Ivy was a bit afraid of the snakes at first, but by the end of the show she was adorning herself with baby pythons too. It was a fun morning! What a nice surprise from the Heights Neighborhood Library.Share on Facebook
Way back in 1985 while living in Dallas, Texas a friend invited me to go see a Christian rock band named “Stryper”. I had heard a few of their songs from an album called “Soldiers Under Command” and liked it, so I agreed to go along and check it out. They were playing at something called the “Bronco Bowl” which sounded like a big arena to me (thinking Rose Bowl or Cotton Bowl), but it turned out the ‘bowl’ actually meant ‘bowling alley’! LOL! This particular bowling alley had a small theater in which many bands played including U2, The Clash, Bruce Springsteen, and lots more.
When Stryper took the stage, I have to admit at first I was a bit stunned. Here were guys in revealing spandex and big teased hair screaming out some rock music… and even throwing bibles in to the audience! It was strange. But I liked it. I liked it a lot.
Stryper wasn’t quite famous yet. That would come only a year or so later with the release of “To Hell with the Devil.” That album put them on the rock-n-roll map and covers of rock-n-roll magazines. It also landed them several spots on MTV with videos such as “Free” and “Honestly”.
Anyway, years pass and Stryper eventually fades away along with much of the 80’s hair bands. But by 2010 they are back together and begin to experience a renaissance. By 2013 they are releasing their most critically acclaimed album to date: “No More Hell to Pay.”
So when they roll into Houston for a show, I’m there. They do a sell-out show at a place called “Concert Pub North” and rock way into the night… past midnight actually. The crowd was obviously familiar with their music and would sing along with nearly every song. These guys have become great musicians – I mean really great musicians – and put on a rockin’ good show. Yes, they still throw bibles into the audience. I loved it! I look forward to seeing them again, although they say they will not be touring for at least 2 years.Share on Facebook
I got this dog in April of 2004 while doing a satellite installation job at a house in Arkansas. The house was very trashy and full of cats and dogs. All of the dogs were running free in and out of the house except one. This puppy was on a chain because the owner said he kept running away. “I can’t imagine why!?” I thought to myself.
I felt kind of sorry for him and petted him for a minute or so, then the owner said, “You can have him if you want.” At first I hesitated, but then I thought I’d let him off the chain at least and play for awhile. The moment I let him off the chain, he ran to my truck, hopped in, and sat there tall and proud as if he had been waiting all day to go.
So I took him home and he quickly became an great dog and and excellent friend. I’m not exactly sure of his birthday, but I regard April as his birthday because that is when I adopted him. So 10 years later, he’s still around and available for scratching any time of day or night.Share on Facebook