Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Randomness From Sugar Land

These are some more pictures from Brazos Bend State Park. We all went back on Sunday as a family. We didn't see any gators on the path, but the ranger was impressed with Steve's video and pictures from the other day and had him email them to him. He said most people don't see them that close up. I would like to think that was God's special gift to two of the most animal-loving people I know.

Baby gator

A heron with a fish she swallowed in one gulp-after she defended her dinner from a gator

The tiniest snake we have every seen. Probably just hatched.

Giant lillypad

They really do love each other!

Stopping to get some cotton on the way....

The kids baked Steve a "birthday cake" 6 months early.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

You Won't Believe It

Steve took Georgia to Brazos Bend Park here and this is what they saw. I'm a little scared to go, but intrigued. Jude definitely wants to go next time!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

She's A Cornerstone Chameleon!

Yes, you read that right. My little girl who loves all things lizards, is a student at Cornerstone Elementary and their mascot is...a chameleon!

We had parent night last night. It was a very brief rundown with her teacher about what they're doing, etc. I didn't get a chance to talk to her, but she seems nice. Her name is Ms. Hause and she appears to be pretty young. She is getting married in March. I guess she'll change her name which should be interesting with a class of kindergarteners!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tonight we drove to a certain part of our neighborhood and walked around. It's so pretty. My biggest fear right now is fire ants! They are everywhere and they hurt. We also have tons of ants trying to get into our kitchen at the drop of the tiniest morsel of food. Welcome to Texas!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Around The Neighborhood

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Breakdown

So Steve drove the big truck which pulled my van. I drove his car which pulled the trailer full of studio gear.

About 3 hours from Houston and at about 9 pm, I noticed the overdrive light flashing on and off. At first I thought it was ok, but it soon became clear that it wasn't! Steve thinks the transmission is blown. Thank God He kept us safe because we had to pull over on the tiny shoulder of a busy interstate for about an hour while we waited for the tow truck. I prayed the whole time and tried to chat it up with Jude to calm my nerves. I did lots of talking about how God takes care of us! Everytime a tractor trailer whizzed by, the whole thing shook.

We eventually were pulled safely to a hotel only 2 miles away. In the morning, we towed the trailer to the U Haul place, the car to a Ford dealership, and finally got on the road to our new home.

They can't look at Steve's car til Wednesday so I've been without a car since he started work on Saturday. His new boss is going to lend him his truck on Tuesday and I just have to take him to work.

I really love our house here and the town it's in: Sugar Land. It's a lot like Cool Springs in Franklin, but bigger. I went to Randall's, the closest grocery store, last night and I was impressed....they had a Starbucks in the store.

Now all I need to do is figure out where my coffee pot is! Ugh.

The kids LOVE the house. We can't believe how big it is and it has been so easy to unpack. Our bedroom here is about two times the size of our old living room. Thank you Jesus!

We hope that we get lots of visitors here! Houston is a great city and it doesn't get much below 50 at the coldest of the year.

We're heading to the beach today! Yippeeeeee

Oh yeah....the cats. Alex is the cat in the pictures. He is pretty neurotic anyway and was so relieved when we got in the van to drive it from Lake Charles, Louisiana to Sugar Land. They were in the van for 2 whole days without getting out. Don't worry, we had the ac on the whole time. That little rascal, Alex, delayed our leaving Franklin by about 30-45 minutes because Steve had to go under the house to get him. He was petrified by all the commotion of moving.

Moving Day

Steve's mom and her husband drove down for the day to say goodbye to us.
We had two awesome movers load up the truck last Wednesday. It didn't take them long, but then we had to go to the studio and load up a trailer there. We didn't get out of town til almost 9. We stopped around 11 somewhere I can't remember!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Houston there is no problem!

We made it! I'm sitting here in my new gorgeous kitchen (we're renting). This house is almost 3 times the size of our house in Franklin. The kids and I went crazy when we first got in here. Thank you God for it! We have already met the neighbor and their huge orange cat, Samson. He is so sweet-just like our cats. I'm relieved that we have neighbors who love cats. She is a veterinarian. If you didn't know it, our neighbors trapped our cats and threatened to take them to the pound for killing the birds in their yard. Oh yeah, they have two boys, 4 and 6. The 6 year old is in first grade at the school Georgia will go to.

Sugar Land is neat. That's about all I can say now. I love the flatness of Houston. It reminds me a lot of southern Delaware except for the palm trees!

We had quite an adventure getting here. I'll post that later with pictures. The cats spent two full days in the van by themselves (with air conditioning). It worked out well for all of us. They are now sequestered in a bathroom, petrified. At least they have each other, food, water and a litter box.

I'm thankful for the long weekend. Steve has to go to work tomorrow and Sunday but has Monday off. I have to get Georgia registered at her new school on Tuesday. Right now we only have the van because Steve's car is 3 hours away in Lake Charles, Lousiana.....