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!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

FUN FILLED EASTER WEEKEND

Saturday, April 15  – Kelly and Dave, our oldest daughter and son-in-law, flew into Houston, TX, on Friday to spend a long Easter weekend with Carrie, our youngest daughter, and us. They stayed at Carrie's downtown apartment. We visited all day, each day! What a blast we all had!

The “youngins” enjoyed Friday night on their own in downtown Houston having a bite to eat and enjoying a few beverages. Only the first of frequent happy hours we spent over the weekend.

On Saturday, we enjoyed a cruise together on the Sam Houston Boat Trip in the Houston Ship Channel.

Sam Houston Boat Trip

This boat can handle 100 visitors, but on this Easter weekend, it was only about half full. The trip is free. They offer beverages at the beginning of the tour and at the midpoint also. We've enjoyed this cruise several times in the past, but it was special to have the entire family with us this time around. Carrie is a great tour guide. Carrie’s company has several loading docks along the channel. She was at one time in charge of all the docks.

Our Captain greeted us as we boarded.
Sam Houston Boat Trip

Sam Houston Boat Trip

First time for Kelly and Dave on the tour.Sam Houston Boat Trip

This waterway is not open to privately owned pleasure crafts. Only ships doing business with the Port of Houston are permitted on the water. And busy it is! It is the #1 port for exports in the United States, much of that based on the petroleum industry.

Sam Houston Boat Trip

Very busy indeed!
Sam Houston Boat Trip

Ship Channel Boat Tour

After our cruise, we drove back to Carrie's place and walked to Discovery Green, a downtown Houston Park. This is located in the heart of the city next door to the basketball arena, baseball stadium, convention center, and many downtown hotels. They hold weekly events at the park. This week was the SpringWorld IFEST which promotes awareness understanding of other cultures represented in our communities. We had the best time watching all all types of international dance and enjoying the activities around the park.

Discovery Green

Discovery Green

Discovery Green

Discovery Green

These guys were a hoot.
Discovery Green

Kelly, Dave and Carrie enjoying the many art pieces.
Discovery Green

Our day isn’t over yet. Tell you about the rest of the day in the next post.

We will be several days behind in our posting. Please continue to stop by and see all the fun we had.

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017 HOUSTON ART CAR PARADE WINNERS

Saturday, April 8 –  Houston Art Car Parade Weekend honors the DRIVE to CREATE and the ARTIST IN EVERYONE! It shows the creative, energetic and fun side of Houston, the Art Car Capital of the World! This year, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art awarded $19,000, using these criteria: Overall theme, Craftsmanship, Design, Originality, Transformation. (Taken from the website.)

The crowd was huge. They estimate between 300,000-350,000 people watched. The parade was led off by the Soul Band of South Texas State, which pretty well set the mood with their great music and dancing routines. Everyone seems to be having a great time – even the Mayor was in a car and received shouts of support from the crowd.

Houston Art Car Parade 

Here are some but not all of the winners.

MAYOR'S CUP
- Grand Trophy and $2,000
"Purple Reign" by Heights High School, Rebecca Bass teacher.
Houston Art Car Parade

HALL OF FAME - Grand Trophy and $2,500
"Sashimi Tabernacle Choir" - Richard Carte
This one is a hoot. All the fish sing.
Houston Art Car Parade

Houston Art Car Parade

FIRST PLACE ART CARS: 
"Boney Whipman" by Andy Hazell
Houston Art Car Parade 

"Char Car" by Mark "Scrapdaddy" Bradford
Houston Art Car Parade

BEST YOUTH GROUP:  FIRST PLACE (TIE) - GRAND TROPHY & $1,000 EACH
"Hyppalectryon's Candy Dreams" by Frank Black Middle School, teachers Julon Pinkston and Sarah Reavis
Houston Art Car Parade

"Fins and Needles" by Shadow Creek High School, Courtney Werden teacher
They used needlepoint to make the entire cover. Must have taken days and days to complete.
Houston Art Car Parade

BEST PAINTED CAR: FIRST PLACE - Grand Trophy and $500
"Homage to the artist Pedro Linares Lopez" by Mary Anne & Charles Fried
Houston Art Car Parade

BEST CYCLE:  FIRST PLACE - Grand Trophy & $500
"The Mardi Craw - Crawfish Scooter" by William Workman
Houston Art Car Parade

BEST POLITICAL STATEMENTFIRST PLACE - Grand Trophy and $500
"Tweet Tweet" by Shelly Buschur and The Birds
This one was great. Had all of Trump’s famous quotes.
Houston Art Car Parade

BEST MUSIC:  FIRST PLACE - Grand Trophy and $500
"Green Goblet and the Tribal Lillies accompanied by the Rear Trailer Band" by Mitchell Clemons
Houston Art Car Parade

  The following cars did not win, but we thought were pretty cool!

Houston Art Car Parade

  Houston Art Car Parade

The water on the roof of this truck kept time to the different songs that were played.
Houston Art Car Parade

It was a great way to enjoy a beautiful day in Houston. We capped it off with a happy hour at one of the nearby taverns with an outdoor patio. Thanks Carrie for spending the day with your parents and sharing your “life in the big city” with us! It was a blast!

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

30TH ANNUAL HOUSTON ART CAR PARADE

Saturday, April 8 – It seems like there is something interesting and unique going on in Houston, TX, just about every weekend. Today was no exception! The Art Car Parade fills the streets of downtown Houston. The history of the Art Car Parade is very interesting. You can read about it here. The cars are parked on display at 11 a.m. So after a quick breakfast at one of the many mid-town/downtown restaurants, we along with daughter, Carrie, headed over to the show.

Carrie works downtown, so we took advantage of her parking garage. There are over 250 cars in the show. Many are professionally done but that doesn't stop the local school art programs, elementary schools and just ordinary everyday people from entering their own creations. The following are entries that did not win in any categories. We will show you the winners of the parade in the next post.

Camera car.
Art Car

Art Car

Guess what this car was entirely made of.
Art Car

That is right…Peeps.
Art Car

Carrie just couldn’t pass up a Shock Top beer out of this car.
Art Car

Art Car

Art Car

The Houston Opera sponsored this one.
Art Car

This car was completely made out of wood. It was beautiful.DSC07923
Art Car

Art Car

Their motto:  We are #1 in a #2 business.
Art Car

Art Car

Art Car

Art Car

Art Car

We walked several miles taking in the sights. These crazy events bring out some people looking to party and have a good time, so the “people watching” is in full-swing as well.

Art Car

Art Car

Art Car

Many of these decorated cars will end up in the Art Car Museum which is also located in Houston. That is a stop we've made in the past and is enjoyable and FREE. We planned on walking around viewing the cars, and then high tailing it before the parade started.  But we were having so much fun, we just headed back to the parking garage where we moved the car to the 2nd floor railing and sat there to enjoy the parade. What a hoot!

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