Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July Catch Up Post

Lots happening in July...obviously so much so that I didn't make time to blog.  Shame on me!

Let's give you a little run down on what was going on this month and maybe you might forgive me for not blogging...okay, I know there is no real excuse not to blog....teeheee.  Promise to do better.

Well obviously, we spent some time celebrating 4th of July.  In fact, we had THREE celebrations. 

My Dad 's birthday is 4th of July and he turned 70 this year.  Happy Birthday Dad! We had the family over to celebrate with barbque steak and all the fixings...Yum !  Love you Dad!  
Bianca and Nicolas insisted Grandpa wear the Silly Birthday hat...I think it looks good on him, don't you?

Some close friends of  ours throw a huge 4th of July party every year since we can shoot off fireworks in their neighborhood.  This year was no exception and their were tons of kids of all ages and lots of friends hanging out having a good time.  Plus really great potluck food! The fireworks show is always interesting as it is usually all the kids outside watching their dad's try and put on a fireworks show....they did a fantastic job. Well the exception of the firework that tipped over and scared the heck out of the spectators :)  Luckily no one was hurt.

The following night we were lucky enough to celebrate with some other dear  friends and we went and watched the incredible fireworks show downtown.  I just love fireworks, don't you? Unfortunately I forgot my camera so I don't have incredible pics to just gotta trust me on this one.

I kept Bianca the following week and we had a great time taking in some of the sights around town.  One day we went to the Johnson Space Center with my brother and nephew and enjoyed ourselves immensely.
And we went to the Children's Museum...I really don't know why they call it a children's museum since I had a great time playing there too :)  Oh, does that mean I am just a big kid..GUILTY as charged!

Bianca (on the far right) loved being a part of alive science show at Space Center Houston.  In fact, she asked the lady after the show how she could get a job like that!  Love that girl...always thinking ahead!

Let's see what was next...oh yeah, the Creating Keepsakes Convention was here in town and my daughter Crystal and some of her friends came to town from Dallas to go with me.  We had a lot of fun.  And I was glad to have Crystal and Winston here since it has been a while since they last visited.  Luckily the little mini flood we had drained off quickly and Crystal as able to travel back to Dallas the next day.  It actually rained 3.5 inches in only 45 minutes right over our neighborhood...flooded the streets and took 2 hours to drain off.  I haven't seen that much water on our street in a looooooong time.

Then of course, we had to take Bianca one night to go see "Lois" the Corpse Flower at Museum of Natural Science and History.  Lois became a mini celebrity as the city waited patiently for her to bloom and give off her stinky aroma and beautiful plummage.  Alas, we went at 10:45 pm at night (yes the museum had special hours just so Lois adoring fans could come see her), but we only smelled a faint rotten food odor....not the rotting flesh odor that had been predicted.  It was fun having a little mini adventure and going to the Museum at night.  We only had to wait 45 minutes in line to see Lois for 10 minutes.  Yes, we are a bit silly at our house.

Below is a picture of Michael and Bianca admiring Lois, the Corpse Flower.

We hosted a birthday party for our daughter Heather for all the family at our house the following weekend.  The barbque was great and everyone had a wonderful time.   Heather has decided it is time to stop mentioning the actual # of years old but I am glad she still wants to celebrate with family :)

You may have noticed that we have a BIRTHDAY HAT at our house that we force, I mean ask, the birthday person to is another silly thing we do in our family. 

Last weekend on Friday night we helped give a party to celebrate a 5th Degree Black Belt for Michael's Sensi, Rick.  It is quite an accomplishment and we are really proud of Rick for achieving this feat.  Again, we had great food and enjoyed hanging out with friends.

Then for some insane reason, we decided on Saturday to do on a 15 mile Bike Ride in 98 degree heat in the middle of the afternoon.  Boy, was that H-O-T !!!  It was the bike ride that did me in, it was the heat.  What can I say, I live in the Air Conditioning Capital of the World and I am NOT afraid to use it !!!

On top of all this I managed to fit in a few Cricut Demos at Michaels.  I have gotten pretty good with the Yudu machine now if anyone needs help silk screening :)  We have  full month of demos scheduled for August so I will be Cricuting again soon.

Okay, I am tired just reading about all that we did this month.  So long for now. I promise to be back soon to post some creative projects I have been working on this month. 

Hope your summer is going along smoothly and you are making time to enjoy good times with family and friends.

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