Thursday, 18 August 2016
I mentioned in a previous post that we got some new neighbors, Henry and Mavis, in our garden a couple of months ago. Although some told me I was crazy, I was hesitant to shoo them away because I found it fascinating to see such a big spider so close up. It's paid off in many ways! The other day both Irene and I got the opportunity to see Henry catch a bug in his web and roll it up, preparing to eat it. Then the other day after some fairly heavy rains, we went out to check on the garden and found Mavis busily weaving her new web. We've all seen spiders hanging from the ceiling, but I've never seen one building a web. It was especially exciting because she's so big that we could see each movement clearly. The way she used her legs as hands to place the web was particularly interesting to us.
Saturday, 13 August 2016
Today we attended our 3rd annual back-to-school musical. It's something we discovered by luck the first year we moved here, and have looked forward to each year since. This year it was "The Big Bad Musical," about the wolf being taken to court over his misdeeds.
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
We're winding down our summer here in Texas. It's really amazing how quickly it's all gone by considering that we didn't really have any major plans. After our first camping trip of the summer in June, we decided to hold off on any further camping until fall because it's just too hot. Of course we have swimming every morning for the kids, and often they want to continue swimming at our pool when we get home. There have been a few $1 movies, and some play dates. But the best thing so far was a trip to the waterpark thanks to birthday presents from grandma and grandpa. We took our time in making use of it, and I'm really glad we did! Their favorite part by far was a rock cliff from which they could jump off a 12 foot platform into a 12 foot deep pool, or do some rock climbing and fall backwards into it. In order to do these things, they had to pass a swim test. If we'd gone earlier in the summer, I doubt Johan could have made the cut, but 2 months of swim team and he was good to go! Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for the fun day!
Another thing that took up a few days is Irene and I worked on sewing her a new dress. While she will no longer wear a dress or skirt on a regular day, she likes to wear them to church. About 5 months ago she picked out some fabric and I had yet to turn it into anything. Irene decided that she wanted to do it instead and I was all for that! It's not finished yet...let's hope it gets done before she goes back to school or maybe it never will be done.
Saturday, 23 July 2016
Sunday, 17 July 2016
We'll see if I we regret it. But I suppose the TV sloth in us will be balanced out by our other big purchase of the day - kayaks. I'll post more about those after our first trip next weekend.
Oh, and Johan's been keeping busy "listening to music" on his fake smart phone. At least he's having fun!
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Tonight the kids were being silly for the camera. I realized that I used to take all sorts of videos of them doing mundane things like rolling over or talking about random things, but I never do anymore. It is always nice to be able to look back, hear their voice, see their gestures, etc., at different ages. I didn't get much normal interaction though...once the camera came out it was showtime.