Sunday, July 31, 2011

Views from my arch window

I love the views out this window - at all times of day and night, as well as times of year!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Kira at 11

Here's my favorite photo of Kira, taken last week ~ her birthday week!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

An afternoon at the park!

This afternoon, family and friends went to Minute Maid Park to celebrate Kira's upcoming birthday ~ to have lunch, birthday cake and ice cream, and watch the Astros game.

This is the area outside the Center Field Entrance to the ballpark.

Walking into the FiveSeven Grille ~ we went on upstairs!

The inside of the FiveSeven Grille, and the loft upstairs ~ a game room with lots of space for eating, etc.

A view of the baseball field from the loft.

Boys playing Pacman!

Boys watching TV and eating!

Girls eating their lunch ~ Abbi, Isabella, Kira, Morgan ~ cuties!

Austen putting the candles on Kira's birthday cake.

Singing "Happy Birthday" before Kira blew out the candles. Six candles because she's going into 6th grade ~ Austen's logic!

Girls watching the ball game after lunch and party!

Boys, walking back to the car after leaving the ballpark ~ notice the colors of the party-favors bags!

Another shot of the boys and party-favors bags ~ emphasis on the colors!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Trees in trouble

That there's a drought all across the southern tier of the US (<~~click here to see the current map) from Arizona to Florida is not a big secret. This part of Texas has received about 23" less in rainfall than normal in this "water year" (October, 2010, to now). And it's showing in the numbers of dead -- not just dying, but dead -- trees all over the area.

It's all very heart-breaking.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Baby oak trees in my back yard!

In the first two photos, there are two baby oak trees. I've known they were there for a couple of years, but I have been wondering if they'd make it through this drought, even though I run sprinklers often. The brown edges on the lower leaves are the result of running sprinklers - water with chlorine in it - that's my conclusion anyway! Rain water doesn't have this effect. But the little trees look healthy, and that's a joy to me.

And in the next two photos are four more baby oaks! REAL babies - they just started growing this spring!

What amazes me most is that these are oaks growing at the bases of elm trees - and they are different from any other oak trees in either my front or back yard! The work of birds?

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Kira's summer haircut!

Today, Kira got a MAJOR haircut for the summer ... and to get used to so she's more stylish in intermediate school in the fall.  We love how it looks on her!!

Summer camp!

Simone has been at summer camp in Massachusetts for almost 2 weeks. Learning to water-ski and to be the Ring Mistress for Circus of the Kids have been her main emphases! She's clearly been having a terrific time!!

Water-skiing on June 29.

Circus rehearsal on June 30.