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The Weikel Family

23 Apr

This morning I had a great time at The Woodlands Waterway with the Weikel Family. Here are a few highlights!

Trevor had fun being upside down.

We had a lot of fun walking around the different parts of the Waterway.

Thanks Weikels for the fun morning!

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Garden Update

17 Apr

We have most of our spring and summer garden up and growing for the year. We’ve expanded with three more raised beds. They are smaller than the main ones we built last year though. We’ve been eating broccoli, and the peas are coming in as you read this, which I’m very excited about. Our peas are bunching together a bit though. I don’t think I spaced the twine close enough together for them to grow as vertically as I had hoped. I’ll know next year.

We planted our bush and pole beans from seed and they seem to be doing well. These are also new this year so I’m learning as I go.

A few weekends ago we bought and planted seedlings of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, zucchini, and squash. They are all in the ground and are doing well, except for one of my poor little squashes is a little yellow. I might try to fertilize it to see if that’s the problem.

Hopefully we’ll have some tomatoes soon.

Here’s the garden in panorama of sorts.

We also have carrots and radishes growing in pots on the back porch. I’ll have to take some pictures of those as they get bigger. The last thing on my list to plant in the garden is okra. Hopefully in my next update they will be up and growing as well.

Crawfish Time

3 Apr

Our local grocery store, HEB, was having crawfish on sale this week for 1.99 a pound. Sean had been talking about crawfish for a while now so I thought this was a good opportunity to have our own little crawfish boil. I had never cooked anything that was still alive before so I was a little nervous, but it all seemed to go well. At least for us, not so much for this guy who was trying to escape.

We were pretty careful with the amount of spice we put in the boil since this was our first try. It tasted good, but we both think we will make it spicier when we make it again.

More London

17 Jan

One afternoon Sean and I went over to Somerset House to see the Courtauld Collection. In the courtyard of the palace the seasonal ice rink was in full swing. It was a little too cold for me to consider skating though.

I really loved all of the real Christmas trees around town. I feel like most of the big trees in Houston are artificial ones. There’s something about a huge real Christmas tree that’s very magical.

When we left the museum it was dusk already, 3:30 PM.

Another afternoon we went to Marylebone High St to look at some shops and see one of the oldest pubs in London.

The little streets around this part of town were decorated with lights, and not just Christmas lights. Part of the decorations were long colorful florescent bulbs hanging in different patterns on different streets. Pretty cool.

Galveston

25 Oct

Last Friday night Sean and I headed down the Galveston for his parents’ church couples retreat. We got to stay at the Hotel Galvez , which made me very excited because I love cool old buildings. (The hotel opened in 1911)

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We couldn’t have asked for a better room. It was on the front corner of the fifth floor looking over the beach. However we did learn from Sean’s parents the next morning that our room was supposedly the most haunted room in the hotel as well. Luckily we didn’t notice anything.

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That night we also went down to Galveston’s historic downtown called the Strand. I never realized how much Victorian architecture is on the island. There are so many interesting houses that look to be close to one hundred years old, but a lot of them look like they could use some work as well.

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I love the details on this building.

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Sean was sad that Colonel Bubbies wasn’t open.

We ate dinner at a greek/seafood place on the pier. We split a sampler and were very pleased.

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On Saturday, after the conference was over we also went to the aquarium at Moody Gardens. The aquarium had a great selection of animals including penguins and sea turtles, so I was very happy. Unfortunately the rain forrest pyramid doesn’t open again until April because of Ike. I remember liking it when I was in middle school and would like to see it again. I guess I’ll have to make another trip down in the spring sometime.

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Back alley Sean.

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