Monday, July 21, 2008

Pioneer Spirit

I missed this great activity at church that celebrated the pioneer spirit and included a country store, demonstrations or quilt making, butter churning, and other pioneer crafts. There was also an appearance by our talented young people as a our musical performers. And there were treats like homemade scones, homemade ice cream, cookies, rolls, etc. Fortunately for me, at least one cookie and some rolls made it home. Of course, Mom had to defend those from Jessi and David.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Gramps Camp 2008 Day 2

Day 2. Grandma took everyone to the park to give Grandpa a break. He didn't wake up feeling too good. After lunch, we all headed to downtown Beaumont and to the Texas Energy Museum. The exhibits are great, but the kids (including Grandma and Grandpa) were most fascinated by the Brainteasers exhibit - a room full of puzzles. Everyone had a good time trying to assemble a cube and do other puzzles. We tried again for Gator Country, and this time the weather cooperated. It was pure Bubba, but the grandkids had a fine time. The highlight was the opportunity to hold a young alligator and a Burmese python. After mac and cheese and corn on the cob for dinner, everyone is watching a movie about a cheetah cub raised by a young boy and then released to the wild. So, it's all nature, all the time.
And to close the post, we have an all-star performance of "On Top of Spaghetti."

Gramps Camp 2008 Day 1

Up early for a nature walk. We gathered leaves and bugs. Grandpa pushed over a rotting beech trunk in the woods, and we found a large family of stick bugs. After breakfast we headed to Gator Country. Unfortunately, when we got there it was pouring down rain Southeast Texas style - that is, rain blowing sideways and in buckets. We ate lunch in the car waiting of the rain to stop, but Mother Nature didn't cooperate. Grandma and Grandpa had a plan B for rain, and we went to Tinseltown and saw "Wall-e." Grandma had a nice nap - the kids and Grandpa enjoyed the show.

After a stop at home, we all went to the local water park and stayed about 4 hours. We came home, made pizzas out of English muffins (good, by the way), and then drove downtown. We went to Grandpa's office and sat at a floor-to-ceiling window in a small conference room on the 9th floor to watch the fireworks show. After we got home, everyone had a popsicle, brushed their teeth, and went to bed. Grandpa is reading "The Whipping Boy" to our campsters, and they wanted more and more Thursday night, but Friday night one chapter was all they could handle before they were headed to dreamland. Here's a montage of our first day activities - mostly at the water park. I'm still learning how to use OneTrueMedia, so there are some glitches, but it is pretty good.