Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MORE FUN ON EASTER DAY

Sunday, April 16 – After our Easter meal and some relaxing, we all joined in for an evening/early night stroll along the Buffalo Bayou Sesquicentennial Park, a river walk flowing through downtown.

Buffalo Bayou

Buffalo Bayou

Buffalo Bayou

Buffalo Bayou

We also checked out the Aquarium area, the Theater District, and the Seven Wonders.

Buffalo Bayou

Lots of colorful carriage rides.
Buffalo Bayou

In Buffalo Bayou's Sesquicentennial Park are the seven 70’ tall pillars “Seven Wonders.” The columns highlight Houston's history through the themes of agriculture, energy, manufacturing, medicine, philanthropy, technology and transportation. Each column is constructed of 150 individual children's drawings, etched in stainless steel plate. Each column has a 30-foot high brick base.

What looks like lace from a distance is actually laser-cut steel. To honor the park's concept, Chin, the artist,  asked schoolchildren born in 1986, Houston's sesquicentennial year, to submit drawings depicting each of the seven themes: agriculture, energy, manufacturing, medicine, philanthropy, technology and transportation.

Selecting 150 for each pillar, he and artists Rachael Splinter and Helen Nagge translated each drawing into a computer image, which was then cut into stainless steel. Our photos just don’t do it justice. You need to see these for yourself.

Seven Wonders

All seven of the columns.
Seven Wonders

Seven Wonders

our family

Not a bad “urban hike” for one day!

After four long days of driving, we have arrived back in Canton, Ohio. Stay tuned for the drama of our drive to Ohio.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

EASTER DAY

Sunday, April 15 – We did so much on Saturday that we forgot to post that we colored eggs too! Marsha insists we carry on this tradition from when the kids were younger. We did have fun.

coloring eggs

Easter Sunday began with the Easter bunny stopping by Carrie’s place.

Easter

Our son-in-law is always trying to suck up to Marsha.
Easter

After opening the baskets and playing with some of the toys, it was off to Hermann Park, another Houston Park. This park has everything: a zoo, art in the park, playground, Japanese garden, trails, paddle boats, etc., etc., etc. This is another beautiful park, and boy were the locals out enjoying the beautiful Easter holiday. Picnickers were here by the thousands celebrating the day with family and friends. Our goal was to cover 3.2 miles in honor of the 32 Virginia Tech students killed ten years ago on this day by a deranged killer. Carrie was a student at VT during this terrible time.

McGovern Centennial Gardens
McGovern Centennial Gardens

McGovern Centennial Gardens

The display of flowers was gorgeous.
McGovern Centennial Gardens

McGovern Centennial Gardens

Japanese garden.
Japanese garden

Japanese garden

The train is a huge attraction. It goes around the 445 acre park. The cost is $3.50 and all proceeds go to MD Anderson Cancer Hospital Children Ward.

train

Because the park is so big, there is a Pedicab that a person can hire to see the park.
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Hundreds and hundreds of people everywhere.
Hermann park

We returned to Carrie's to enjoy our family Easter dinner. With the help of mom and her sister, Carrie served a delicious dinner of pork loin, potatoes, and asparagus. Yummy! Of course it was time for naps for the boys, so Kelly and Carrie took a walk around downtown covering another four miles.

This is getting long. We will finish Easter day in the next post.

Easter blessings

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FUN FILLED EASTER WEEKEND…CONTINUED

Saturday, April 15 – After our visit to Discovery Green, Carrie had made plans to meet up with several of her friends at a local patio bar to introduce her sister and brother-in-law. So off to McIntyre's Pub we went. This was one of the many times we relied on Uber to get around town. What a nice and inexpensive alternative to driving ourselves. We enjoyed a few beverages and a little lunch while visiting with Carrie's friends. This is Crawfish season so the “southerners” enjoyed eating there nasty looking treat. Yuk!

McIntyre's Pub

Carrie, Kami, Kelly, Stephanie. The “crawfish” girls.
McIntyre's Pub

Paul, Virgil (from Ohio), Dave (son-in-law).McIntyre's Pub

There is always a corn hole game going on.
McIntyre's Pub  

McIntyre's Pub

One of Carrie's long-time friends, Nick, brought his parents along. There are also here for a weekend visit from the Virginia Beach area. Paul had met Nick's dad back in 2006, when Carrie and Nick were arriving for the first of three internship semesters of employment from Virginia Tech. They both were working for Exxon.

After another Uber ride back to downtown, we strolled the streets a bit enjoying the night-time excitement of Houston. There is sure a lot going on after dark!

That completes our first day with Kelly and Dave visiting Houston. Yes, it was a long day. We were exhausted and knew that there would be two more days exactly like today.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!