A shed-in-a-box is nothing like a bed-in-a-bag!
The shed is much harder to figure out how to put together.
I love Buc-ees!
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I love Buc-ees!
I hope you enjoyed my photos and comments.
Feel free to post your own comments as well!
Ok...ok....here is a good one
Hey Jason, if you see this print it out for Grandma! LOL! Oh she is going to have a fit!
The Johnson Space Center website was having a special offer for Memorial day, tickets bought online that weekend would be half off the regular gate price of $19.95 and would be good through the summer. Two for the price of one...you can't say no to that! Tickets. Check!
Also during the summer Johnson Space Center would be featuring many artifacts from the George Lucas films including Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Frankie loves movies especially ones by George Lucas. Entertainment for hubby. Check!
Now enjoy some pictures from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Named for former President Johnson.
Astronaut in space.
Look! A real working "astronaut"! : P
First men on the moon.
First step on the moon.
Saturn V - Larger than the Statue of Liberty!
Historic Mission Control: This is where the words, "Houston, the Eagle has landed." were heard.
Up close of Mission Control. It was state of the art for the time.
I really like this picture. I think it is my favorite.
Here are my favorites pictures from the George Lucas collection:
It was very awesome to see all of this and it gave me a great appreciation of the space program and all they have done! It impressed Frankie as well. Now back at home he has been watching the NASA channel more...it could be worse. : )
We would NEVER go there for any other reason that I can think of. It is just too crowded for us and the state is too small. We are to use to our wide open spaces and super-sized state.
Plus, I don't think that I could ever get adjusted to winters up there! It was "cold" while we were there and it was the beginning of June. Texas temperatures were in the high 90's even up to the 100's. Texas doesn't have a reputation for being hot in the summers for nothing! But, in Connecticut it never got out of the 60's to 70's. That was of course a nice break for us, but I tend to like the heat.
I don't want this to be a bash Connecticut blog, there are some wonderful things up there. It is beautiful. Very green and lush, especially compared to our drought stricken south Texas. There are animals there that just don't like the heat of Texas unless it is fly by on their way to other places.
Here are just some facts about Connecticut that you may or may not know.
To finish up, I do understand that this has nothing to do with Connecticut per say, but this is where it was and I wanted to share it. We went to this place for kids where it filled with large blown up things for kids to climb and bounce on. There was this one thing in the shape of a caterpillar where kids went in one side, went through it and then came out the other. Here are the beginning and end, I just don't know about the person who designed it!
I gotta say the out bothered me more than the in...
So that is all the Connecticut I have for you. Of course, if you have any stories to add feel free to comment!
After our visit was over we got on a plane and flew southwest...the direction...not the airline. :)
Airyel (8 months), Me, Mahalah (6 yrs old), Frankie, Jonathan (4 yrs old), and Abby (7 yrs old)
Oh yeah, and their parents, but when you have four little people that cute to see, it makes all others pale in comparison. (Keith and Melissa, you know we love you too and come to see you as well!)
I would like to tell you about our nieces and nephew.
Every time we get to see our nieces and nephew we are amazed at how much they have grown and just how much fun they are to be around. This was our first time to meet little Airyel and she is just a gem. She loves the water! Warm bath, cold lake....doesn't matter she is happy! She has got to be one of the happiest babies I have ever met. Here is video proof and this was how she was pretty much the whole time we were there!
He is a silly boy too. He would be doing something and I would take a picture. If he knew I took it, he would run over and say, "Let me see!"
He would then proceed to put both his hands on the camera over mine and tilt the camera this way and that way. He would move his head up and down to get a good look and the whole time his glasses would be at the end of his nose. It was just like an old man! There were times when I guess I didn't take enough pictures for his liking because he would tell me, "Take my picture!" and then he would pose with some toy. Too cute! He wants to be a fireman or a policeman when he grows up.
Mahalah is the quietest of the four kids. She is a very kind and compassionate child. She wants to be a chef when she grows up and LOVES to watch the cooking shows. She was telling me that she was going to become a chef at Friendly's (New England version of Denny's). I told her she could open a branch in Texas (They have free ice cream days...so yeah open a branch here!) and we could see her more often. She liked that idea but was worried she wouldn't get to see Mommy and Daddy. I told her she could go back and forth. She was ok with that. I would so totally eat the food that she makes...just look at her...you know it would be good!
Abigail is the oldest and acts like the oldest. She is the boss, the leader, el jefe. It just makes it all the more entertaining to watch her in action with the others. She is very good with the baby. In fact, they are all so sweet to Airyel. Jon was constantly giving her kisses then he would run off and play. Abby likes to hold the baby and really knows how to make that girl laugh! She is starting to read and can spell words that I still have trouble with. (Beautiful...anyone?) The secret language of adult spell is soon going to have to become extinct in that house.
At the mall in one of the stores, Abby saw a mannequin and decided she needed to pose too. It made us laugh so then she continued doing it. I, of course, had my camera with me.
Notice how she even has the hollow cheeked look! Where do they learn these things!?!
She wants to race horses when she grows up. She is a horse fanatic! When she was younger she would say that her daddy was a big white horse and everyone else was just a brown horse. She claims she doesn't remember that though.
On one of the days we were there we all piled into the van...all eight of us...and headed to Quassy Amusement Park. It was the promotional night of $20 for a car load! Sweet deal if you ask me. It has a small roller coaster and other carnival type rides. It was at Quassy that I discovered my oldest nieces and my nephew are insane. My little 7, 6 and 4 year old nieces and nephew don't just LOVE to ride the scariest rides, they like to ride them with hands up in the air!! I rode one with roller coaster with Mahalah and she screamed because she likes to, I screamed because I am apparently a big ole' chicken! You couldn't even hear her scream over me. It was sad. At the end of the ride I had to hoist her back up into a sitting position because she had slid down so far.
Quassy is a neat little amusement park. I rode the Tilt-a-Whirl six times in various combinations of kids and adults so that we could make it spin more. The best spinning was when it was me, Melissa, Abby, Mahalah, AND Jonathan! By closing time the kids were so wired! This was the best picture anyone could get of them. They are all so goofy! They of course crashed on the way home. : )
One last thing about the kids then I will move on to a different topic, but really if you have kept up with me this long it must not have been that bad.
Now that the kids are older, one of there favorite things to do is attack Uncle Frankie. Last time we went up there it was attacking him with pillows on the couch:
This time it was more just sitting on him, using him as a punching bag, etc. He takes the abuse and loves it no matter what his expression might say.
He lets them go on for awhile and then comes the part they love...he gets them back.
Jon often kept threating to give Uncle Frankie a widget (Keith talk for spanking) if he didn't stop picking on them. Like he really wanted it to stop!
That is all for this episode of my travel diary. Next time I will tell you about Connecticut itself, and all it oddness. Have a great one!
The day of the flight went very well. The plane did not leave early so we didn't have to get up at some unsightly hour like 7:00 AM! We were able to pack that morning, which apparently was more than Frankie could handle. We took two suitcases. He put his stuff in one and mine in the other. I noticed that his clothes would fit better in one I was going to use so I wanted to switch. Here is roughly how the conversation went:
Me: Put your clothes in this bigger suitcase.
Frankie: But it would make it too heavy.
Me: It wouldn't be any different.
Frankie: If we put my clothes and both air mattresses in here it will be too heavy.
Me: Leave one air mattress in this suitcase and the other in the other suitcase.
Frankie: But where will you put your clothes?
Me: *giving him a look* In the other suitcase...
Luckily, we were able to get this all straightened out and finished getting things ready. We almost forgot to leave food for the cat. Oh, I would have felt just awful! But I did remember and he got super excited about getting that much food at once. I swear he drooled...which for our cat, Pan, is not that hard to imagine!
The car was packed with suitcases and dogs to take them to the kennel...the dogs that is...not the suitcases. The dogs don't care that we leave, as long as they get to ride in the car. The love we get from the dogs is heartfelt! Off we go...
At the airport they have computers to check-in yourself. We were going along just fine until the last step. I pushed one button and Frankie pushed another. Instantly, a message popped up saying, "Please see an attendant." It was Frankie's fault...of course. :)
Here is a great (read that corny) joke that we came across in the airport: Why don't dogs make good dancers? They have two left feet! HA!
We were soon on the plane towards our first stop, Atlanta!
I was hoping, just hoping, that I would get to see something, anything, dealing with the Atlanta Braves. (The best baseball team in the world!) After landing I saw this.
I thought for a brief moment that it was the Braves plane! Then I saw the side and it said AirTrans. I was so disappointed. I got over my disappointment quickly when we got to ride on the moving sidewalks. Those things are AWESOME! It feels like floating. I want one at home. I think I would go walking more! :)
I did get to see this at the Atlanta airport and it was good:
Back in the air for our final leg of the trip. I love flying in the clouds. It is amazing to see them so close.
We made it to Connecticut and to our family's house. But I will leave that for tomorrow. I am blogged out!