Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's been awhile!

The last time I sat down to blog was back in May. I have been a slacker! Here are some of the highlights of the last couple months.

In May, Eric and I flew to Philadelphia to attend the graduation of our son in law from optometry school. Eric got to meet our newest grandson for the first time too.
Grandpa Eric bonding with Oliver

Sorry, not a great picture. Bailey, Miles and Dr. Clark following the graduation ceremony.

We drove to Denver to be with family for the wedding our nephew, Nathan and his bride Abby. I forgot to take pictures at the temple. It was fun to see everyone and to get to visit for a few minutes. Paige's family was there too and they were making their way to Texas for a visit. We caravanned back with them. Bailey's family also came from Philadelphia and stayed for a few weeks while they got things in order to move back to Idaho for a job in Pocatello.

Leslie told me that she wanted to see the butterfly place and the beach so those things were on our agenda. We visited the Museum of  Natural Science in Houston. The kids liked the butterfly room and the dinosaurs.

Leslie is getting an up close look at a butterfly

The whole group minus Eric (he was still looking at the butterflies) at the end of the exit of the butterfly room.

Brooke, Leslie, and Miles riding a giant caterpillar.

Brooke hanging out with a dinosaur.

Another fun thing we did was go to a zoo in Alvin, TX. We rode around on a wagon thing and we were able to feed the animals. The animals would walk right up to the wagon and eat out of our buckets of food.

Miles and Leslie feeding a deer that was hanging out in the picnic area. It was cool for a little bit, but then it became annoying because they wanted to eat the food we brought for our lunch.

Getting ready to go on the wagon ride to see the animals.

Grandpa feeding an animal while Leslie looks on.

Miles and Leslie watching the camel eat.
Grandpa and Oliver

We also went the Surfside Beach, but it was a bust. The water was so full of seaweed we were unable to get in it. Plus the seaweed was washing up on the beach and there was several feet of it piled up. We did find an area were the beach had some sand we could play in so we stopped and built a sand castle. We were so sad the beach was not good! And to make matters worse, the swimming pools in the neighborhood were not open for the summer yet! We managed to find things to keep us busy and we had a good time. Paige's family stayed for a week and Bailey's family stayed for two weeks. It is always fun to have the kids and grandkids around.
Eric and I decided to invest on improving our patio. It was so small we couldn't fit our patio swing, table with chairs and grill on it. And of course the timing worked out that the workers were ready to start when the family was here. Isn't that the way it always goes. None the less, the improvements were made and we are happy with it. We enlarged the patio area and also had a pergola built over it. Eventually we hope to grow some grape vines over the pergola.
After  our kids left, we had Eric's sister, Karen and her family her for a few days. They had just moved to the area and their housing was not lined out yet, so they stayed with us. I am glad we are her so we could help out. They ended up getting a house that is about an hour away so unfortunately we don't get to see each other as much as I had hoped.
Now life has slowed down again for us. We are back to our normal routine, running and biking. I don't bike much, but Eric rides to work a few times a week. It's 24 miles to his work so it is quite a commute. I try to run 4 times a week. Each morning I go out, I hope for a cool crisp morning but I get hot humid sauna. I am trying to adapt to the climate because running outside is much better than running on the treadmill. Outside I get to see things like alligators, turtles, rabbits, crawdads, huge snails, frogs, various varieties of birds, snakes (which I don't necessarily like to see) and lots of different kinds of plant life.
The days are hot and humid so I basically hibernate in the house all day. I have developed a love for quilting. I have started several projects and enjoy my days watching old movies on Turner Classic Movies and sewing.
We are going back to Wyoming in a couple of weeks to attend the Robertson Family reunion. We are looking forward to visiting with not only our kids, but most of  Eric's siblings and their families and also his extended family. This is the last Robertson reunion that will include Robertson aunts, Uncles and cousins as the funds that were set up by Eric's grand parents, Vernon and Gwen Robertson to pay for this type of thing have run out.
Eric is busy at this work. He found out today that a project he is working on will require him to spend some time in Kuwait. We thought originally it would be a couple weeks here and there, but it is looking like it will be more like a month at a time. That means I will just have to go to Idaho and Wyoming and visit while he is gone.
We are anxiously awaiting the return of our missionary. She only has 5 1/2 months left in Japan.
That is our life in a nutshell.