Saturday, June 27, 2009

SpaceVentures Camp

Caleb attended SpaceVentures Camp this week at the Texas Energy Museum. He absolutely loved it! He got his picture taken in a Space Suit that was actually worn in space.

The museum builds capsules and there is an intercom system, so the kids take turns either being mission control or being an astronaut and they act out a mission. Caleb was on the Apollo team.

On Friday they got to shoot off rockets they had made.
Do you see that speck in the cloud? That is Caleb's rocket.

Caleb has one more year that he can participate in this camp. The museum does an amazing job during the camp. Their goal is to have one of their campers actually become an astronaut. Who knows, maybe it will be Caleb!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Before and After- The Dreaded Haircut



Lukey loved his long hair. But it was time for a haircut. Last weekend two different people thought he was a girl. Um, yes definitely time for a haircut. When I told him I was going to cut his hair he started crying. He did let me cut it though. One thing is for sure, whether Luke has long hair or short hair- he is still handsome.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

To Dad:

What Makes a Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ...
~~Author Unknown.~~

To my wonderful Dad, Happy Father's Day!

Caleb's Art Exhibit

This week Caleb attended Art Camp that was all about drawing. On the last day we attended Caleb's Art Exhibit.

I love this flower that Caleb drew with pastels. I am going to frame it and hang it in our house.

Look at this camera! Different items were placed on the table and Caleb had to pick one to draw. He did an amazing job on it!

For this drawing Caleb had to draw a wooden mannequin that can be posed. He turned his into a Jedi in a Clone outfit. Caleb says this is his favorite.

See the building with the clock tower? Caleb had to look out the window and draw it.

For this drawing Caleb had to cut out pieces of colored paper and make something using the entire sheet of paper. We say it is a T.V. sending out crazy messages.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

On butteflies, bees, earthworms, and pools.

We have had some delightful days at the butterfly house. (Can I call my house the butterfly house? I say yes.)

Yesterday I wore one of my favorite shirts that my amazing and spectacular sister gave to me. It makes me happy when I wear it.

And, I used my butterfly bag given to me by my magnificent mom.

We spent the afternoon in the pool. Our new pool. More on the new pool in a minute. Luke yesterday wanted to swim. He usually never puts his head under the water. The boys have swimming lessons in a couple of weeks, so Luke asked me what he needed to do at swimming lessons. I told him to practice putting his head under the water. Well he kept doing that successfully, then I told him to try and kick his legs and move his arms. He was swimming just like that. He swam for two hours straight. Back and forth across the pool, under the water.
Here are the new pool pictures. (I took these when the boys first got in before Luke's swimming success.)

Water Bugs?

There is a long complicated story about our old pool. The short story is that it was damaged in Hurricane Ike last year. We thought it was okay. But it wasn't. We thought we could baby it through the summer, but sadly it was time to let it go.
We wanted to speed up the process of taking down the pool, so the boys held down the sides to let the water flow out. As the water gushed out into the grass, we noticed that all of a sudden there were earthworms everywhere. I guess we had flooded them out. Sorry earthworms. The boys were running around saying, "Attack of the earthworms!" Some ended up on the walkway. Lukey rushed over to pick them up and move them into the grass. Caleb would not touch them and used a shovel to move them.

Playing one last time in the old pool.

Lukey = Future Surfer

We came in and read one of our favorite books:

After all of our work and the kids were in bed I tried to get Aaron to watch The Secret Life of Bees with me. He wasn't going for it. He called it a girly movie. I am interested in this movie, because I had just read the book.

I enjoyed the book. I still do want to watch the movie. To bee or not to bee? Aaron no, Lori yes.

The next day we went to purchase our new pool. We looked over all of our options and decided to get a frame pool that was 48 inches tall. We didn't think very much about how tall 48 inches is. We spent three hours putting this pool together and when we got it entirely together neither Aaron nor I felt good about this pool.

The problem was the 48 inches- that was clearly listed on the box. The pool came up to Caleb's neck and was completely over Lukey's head. Lukey would not have been able to touch the bottom. We just didn't feel comfortable with that size for a pool. So what did we do? We ate dinner and went right outside and took the pool completely apart and packed it back into the box and returned it. At the store Aaron told them we took it out and it was just too big for us. They refunded our money and we got a smaller pool with an inflatable top that is exactly like the pool we had before.

That is the end of butterflies, bees, earthworms, and pools.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

What to do when trouble comes.

It seems like lately so many people are going through major tough times. I know of four families that are going through situations that they could have never imagined. The only thing that I know to do when tough times come is to trust God.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
Psalm 20:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7

But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."
Psalm 31:14

I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
Psalm 91:2

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.
Nahum 1:7

I just ran across this scripture today. How did I never notice it before? I love it.
O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD— he is their help and shield.
Psalm 115:10

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Family Update

Aaron's Update:
In the mail this week, a letter from the president of Lamar University congratulating Aaron on being named to the President's List for getting all A's. How awesome is that?

Aaron has started his 8:00 a.m. summer class. He has been getting up early every day so on Saturday he woke up early and decided to go to some yard sales with the boys. Without me. So Aaron and the boys went out and they came home proud of their two finds. First he found a PlayStation 2 with two games for $5. Now we do not really need a PlayStation 2, but for $5 he couldn't pass it up. It will probably end up on ebay. And he found this game- Stratego. He played it when he was a kid and had forgotten about the game. As soon as he saw it all of the memories of the game came back to him. The game looked as if it had only been played once, he got it for $2. Aaron and Caleb spent half the day Saturday playing the game.

Caleb and Luke's Update:
Caleb was so excited to get his first watch. I think he had it for about two weeks and then it disappeared. We looked everywhere. I finally convinced myself that I had accidentally thrown it away. That was about a month ago. So what did I do? I went out and got him another watch. They didn't have the same one and he didn't really like the new watch. Well our playroom is stuffed with toys and I mean the toys are stuffed everywhere. Lukey this week was pulling out every obscure toy and playing with it. The playroom started to look like this:

Finally I had enough of the mess and we spent some time cleaning and putting toys away. All of a sudden I look down and there on the floor is Caleb's original watch. We couldn't believe it. Is anyone in the market for a boys watch that is black with red flames? I can make you a deal.

Okay this picture here is the boys at Christmas. Look at their short hair. Both of the boys' hair is getting long and neither one of them wants to get their hair cut short. I keep trying to talk them into a summer cut, but neither one is going for it. I think I prefer Caleb's hair long. What do you think?

Caleb's hair now.

Luke's hair now. Look at that face. I need to conclude this post, so I can go give this face a kiss.

Caleb earned his Senior Red Belt. The next belt he will test for is the Probationary Black Belt. Then he will earn his Black Belt- probably in December. At our TaeKwonDo Academy it is a big deal when anyone earns a black belt. They bring the student to the front of the room, Master Howells talks about the student, and then the parents come up to the microphone and can say whatever they went to their son or daughter. Then everyone gives the student a standing ovation. This past week at the awards ceremony almost every parent brought me to tears from the words they were saying to their kids.

Caleb we are proud of your hard work. Almost to black belt!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Your Love

Your love, oh Lord
Reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness stretches to the sky
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains
Your justice flows like the ocean's tide
I will lift my voice
To worship You, my King
I will find my strength
In the shadow of your wings
Song: Your Love Oh Lord
By: Third Day
From: Psalm 36