Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Girl with the Dragon at the Zoo...

 Last weekend was for the blog books.  A nice tone was set doing a Friday night session at the temple, Saturday was spent at Hermann Park, and the grand finale was the chicken gumbo John made for Sunday dinner.  It was a  great weekend filled with food, family and slimy amphibians...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Houston Veterans Memorial

Today the kids and I went on a field trip for Veterans Day to the Houston National Cemetery.  It was just a short drive from our house.  We arrived before the rain and were the only ones there.   It was so peaceful and gave me a chance to meditate on the sacrifice of the brave soldiers.  Seeing all of the flags on the graves made me choke up.  I feel empathy for the families left behind, the loss of life, and the mental and physical anguish of the injured.  I am so grateful for those who fight for my freedom and hope to teach my children how blessed we are because of these men and women.  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Halloween From Our Corner of the Web...

We had a lot of costume changes this year for Halloween.  But that isn't different from any other time of year.  My kids love to dress up.  It doesn't matter what day it is.  James has a hard time understanding why I wont let him wear his vampire costume on an airplane and Rissy loves wearing her older brother's clothes all over town, so Halloween is a nice break from the weird looks we usually get at the grocery store.  
For the ward trunk or treat, my kids collaborated and went as a pair of pirates.

Tommy didn't dress up.  My mom says that is what happens when you are a third child.  Ha ha.  So true.  I am sure his brother and sister will soon be dressing him up so we have plenty of time to make up for it.
Fall can now be found here in Spring, Texas.  It just has to be searched out.
Walks around the block are so "bootiful" this time of year.
 My kids love making and decorating cookies.  Thanks for the Halloween cookie cutter Nana and Grandpa.  

For our Halloween activity (that was more for me than the kids), we went to see where Howard Hughes was laid to rest.  We met my friend Makana and her four kids there.  Glenwood cemetery was  gorgeous, the weather was wonderful, and we found a nice corner of the graveyard where the kids could explore and not wake the dead.
 Makana has kids the same age as mine, but she had twins after I had Tommy.  She hasn't let that slow her down.
 A few families from church met at our house to Trick-or-treat.  The more the merrier...or scarier!  By the way, James is the ninja turtle.
This was Rissy's third costume change of the day.  She spent half the day as Buzz Lightyear, changed to a puppy dog, and then as we were walking out the door she insisted on being a ballerina.  With the jean jacket she kind of looked Sixteen Candle-ish.
Our tiny dancer trick-or-treated the night away and outlasted most of the older kids.  And then passing out candy was icing on the cake.  Once a year our normally quiet neighborhood gets a million kids.  It is a nice change.  
Now that the cobwebs have been cleared we can move on to Christmas:)  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

From London with Love...

I told John to take lots of pictures for me while he was on his business trip in London.  His response was, "I've already taken pictures of everything there is to see on my last two trips."  I got mad at him and said he better send me something, even if it was just of a fancy chandelier in his hotel lobby.  If I am holding down the fort, I want photos to tide me over till it's my turn.  He didn't disappoint.  I may be biased because most of these feature the father of my children...But I've never seen London look so lovely...
This is a temporary installation at the Tower of London. Nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies were planted - one for each British and Commonwealth death in WWI.  What a beautiful and somber way to remember their sacrifice. 
 Oh how I would love to go to London in the Fall!...And while I am dreaming, wear a tweed coat out of Princess Kate's closet.  

On Sunday John attended sacrament meeting and then did some sight-seeing.  He had brunch at a Harrods cafe.
 John went above and beyond taking pictures of a Hotel Chandelier.  He even did some posing. 

 I couldn't pick between these two similar Big Ben pics, so I am posting them both.  This one features the London Eye ferris wheel in the background.
 And this has a red iconic double decker bus.  
 The houses of Parliament.
John was lucky to be in London (this is Trafalgar Square) on such a "blue bird" day.  

 St. Paul's Cathedral
 John giving a shout out to James.
 John and his colleague rented bikes and rode through Hyde Park. 

 I took this exact picture at the Tower of London when I went with my mom and sisters.  It made me smile.  

John has figured out the panoramic mode with his iPhone.  He took this at the National Gallery.  This series of paintings shares a portion of the story of Joseph when he was sold into slavery in Egypt.  It is a favorite of James.
 The British Museum.  
 Another testament of Noah's flood.  John 10:16 "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
The London skyline at sunset looks breathtaking and romantic!  Hopefully the stars will align and someday we will see this city as a couple.  Until then we will enjoy singing "London Bridge is Falling Down" in our living room for family night.
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