About this Blog

We are determined not to spend our summer glued to televisions, computers and video games. This blog is about our endeavor to experience 81 new adventures--one for every day of this summer--before school starts back up. If others are following along we'll be more likely to reach our goal, so thanks for your help! Your comments and ideas are appreciated.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Catching Up--Part One 38-46

The first day of school has arrived, and with all the moving out, looking for a house, living with Gaby and Charlie for 3 weeks (definitely a new thing--#38), then moving into a new house,we found it impossible to reach our goal of experiencing 81 new things before the end of the summer.   Because of the extenuating circumstances, we believe an extension is in order, and we're going to press on! 

While we have fallen behind, we have kept working on 81 Things, so now that we're moved in and have Internet access, I'm going to get caught up in two or three posts.

39. Picking Parker County Peaches
We spent a weekend at Mimi's in Weatherford after moving out, and one of the first things the kids did was pick fresh peaches in the back yard. In case you didn't know, some of the best peaches in the world grow in Parker County.

40-41. Parker County Peach Recipes
Of course, after picking fresh peaches we couldn't wait to try some new recipes.  First we made a special topping to go on vanilla icing--it didn't turn out perfect, but it was good enough that we're going to experiment again with fresh peaches, cinnamon, brown sugar and dry oatmeal mixed together and baked.

When we got back to Gaby's she and the girls whipped up a batch of easy peach jelly, I'll see if I can get her to post the recipe as a comment.


42. Historic Weatherford Cemetery
While in Weatherford we spent some time at a historic cemetery.  We didn't find any headstones that referenced Indian raids, but we did come across the grave of Oliver Loving, the "Dean of Texas Trail Drivers".

43. Exploring the Baker Hotel
Ashley and I have always been fascinated by the old Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, so we headed out there to do some exploring.  The hotel has been vacant and shuttered for many years, but walked where we could on the veranda and peeked inside the broken windows. Of course there was lots of discussion of possible ghosts, and Hogan was pretty sure he spotted a severed arm wrapped in cloth through one of the broken windows--you can check it out for yourself in the first photo below.

44. Les Miserables
We took Hogan, Gage and Harley (Lexi and Olivia spent a few days with Mimi) to see Casa Manana's student production of Les Miserables. When I told Hogan what we were going to do, he huffed and said, "Oh I'm gonna be les miserables alright."  I tried to get him a little excited by telling him about the story of Jean Valjean, and the smart _ss said, "Yeah, well I'm gonna be Jean Val-gone!" While he may never admit it, he did like the show, which was outstanding. (sorry for the poor quality picture below)

45. Music Camp
Lexi, Hogan and Olivia attended church music camp, their first "formal vocal training". At the end of the week they participated in an outstanding patriotic choral performance and are looking forward to being a part of the Burleson FUMC children's choir and it's rendition of The Sound of Music later this year.

46. Taste Test
Ashley and the kids performed a blind taste test to find out if you could tell the difference between name-brand foods and generics. They tested sodas, cheese puffs and cookies, among other things. Turns out you can't always tell the difference.  The kids had a great time and learned a lot about shopping for value and the scientific method.

Coming up in the next post: A trip to Waco and other adventures.