Friday, August 31, 2007

Excursion to Galveston

This past weekend, we went to Galveston to tour the Moody Mansion. It was built in the 1890's by a woman who was trying to outdo her niece-in-law, so there are a lot of features that were extravagant even for a Victorian mansion. Most of the first two levels, which are all that are shown on the tour, was fully furnished. One desk and chair set was made of African mahogany, which is now an endangered species, so it's literally priceless. It was a really fascinating old place. The black-and white version.
Fun with photo editing software :)

When we'd finished there, we ate a picnic lunch and then went to the state park to play in the water. On our way back, we stopped at the seawall, where this picture was taken.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Day in Galveston

We went down to Galveston yesterday for a tour of the Moody Mansion, a historic mansion that has been beautifully restored. This hibiscus blossom was in the front garden.

We couldn't take pictures inside, but here's the outside. It was very impressive. I love old mansions! They have so much more character than new ones.

The new gate guard.

A picnic lunch on the grounds.

We went to the beach also, but I was too busy frolicking in the waves to take any pictures. Speaking of the waves, I had the misfortune of losing my glasses when a wave washed over me. Wearing my glasses out in the ocean was one of the dumbest things I've done in quite a while, but at least I was planning on getting contacts anyway. I guess this is a good time! Besides that, we had a great time, and didn't get too sunburned.

Monday, August 13, 2007

A Photographic Smorgasbord

I've decided that it would be pointless to try to fill in every detail of what has happened in the past two months, so I'm just going to post a rather random assortment of pictures from that I liked, especially since Katie did such a good job of chronicling our vacation.

A lovely rose.

Hang on, Becca!

'Nuff said.

The cornhuskers.

Strong man.

Seth had a grand old time using this trumpet, which was the leftover scrap of PVC pipe from a project.

The Gateway Arch.

That's a long way down.

Our first bonfire.

A drapery formation found in a Missouri cave.

The Lily Pad Pool at the same cave.

New friends.

My, this lid is on tight!
The passionate broommaker.

Our dedicated photographer.


The monogram queen.

Shooting off firecrackers. Every project needs a supervisor, right?

Learning to pressure wash.

Another new friend.
What happened to this poor fellow?

Um, well, funny things happen around here sometimes.

No, I have not bought a laptop. This is Papa's old one, which he was using for seminars, but he doesn't need it any more, so it's now available to us children. Although the laptop doesn't have internet, it has still been a luxury to not have to fight over the desktop quite so much!