25 February 2013


Well, I'm a bit unimpressed with my lack of updates on here, but this busy culture keep us going.  Sure am missing the simplicity in Kenya.  And we did just add a baby in the mix.  Yeah, forget the culture excuse, lets go with the fact we now have a 5 year old, 3 year old and newborn.  Oh yes, I did just say 3 year old.  Today Claire is THREE!  Gosh, how time flies.  But I'll save her three year old birthday post on here for another time.  Whenever that'll be.  So moving along.... here's an update in pictures.

Elisha got his first cowboy outfit this past week.  Thank you wal-mart.  

He was so excited to dress like his Poppa and Dad and wear real "cowboy jeans".  (wranglers with a picture of a little cowboy on the tag)  He kept asking to sleep in the outfit.  At preschool, he was able to wear it for rodeo day and then we went to the famous San Angelo Rodeo Saturday.  Yes folks, you haven't lived until you go to the San Angelo stock-show and Rodeo.  Just for fun, I saw this little bit about Texas on Facebook and thought I'd share...

Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks from Texas

If someone in a Lowe's store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you may live in Texas;

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Texas;

If 'Vacation' means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend, you may live in Texas;

If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Texas;

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Texas;

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Texas;

If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Texas;

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph --you're going 80, and everybody's passing you, you may live in Houston, Texas;

If you find 60 degrees 'a little chilly,' you may live in Brownsville, Texas;

If you actually understand these jokes, and share them with all your Texas friends, you definitely have lived in Texas.

Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas :
1. Beaumont to El Paso : 742miles

2. Beaumont to Chicago : 770 miles

3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas

4. World's first rodeo was in Pecos , July 4, 1883.

5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water. Destroyed by Hurricane Ike - 2008!

6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston , Texas .

7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America .

8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America 's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.

9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.
10. The worst natural disaster in US history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island
11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was " Houston ," but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.

12. The King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island .

13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a US rainfall record of 43" in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979.

14. Texas is the only state to enter the US by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union ) instead of by annexation.
This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the US Flag, and Texas may choose to divide into 5 states.

15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.

16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.

17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper.

18. Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg , Galveston , Velasco, West Columbia, and Austin .

19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the US which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington , DC (by 7 feet).

20. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the world and it is taller than the Washington Monument .

21. The name ' Texas ' comes from the Hasini Indian word 'tejas' meaning "friends". Tejas is not Spanish for Texas .

22. The State Mascot is the Armadillo. An interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies.

They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.

23. The first domed stadium in the US was the Astrodome in Houston .

It's still been fun for Elisha to be in school while here, although he mentions something about school at Mattaw almost daily.  For reals.  Crazy the  memory this kid has.  And yet he always misses numbers 13-16 when counting.  I think he's just messin with me.  

So this past week the field trip he took with his school was to the rodeo.  There was a petting zoo, craft fair, show animals, and a clown!  Elisha asked him to make a balloon "piki piki" which I had to explain is swahili for motorcycle.  We still have our languages and countries mixed up :).  And then of course I have to go into that whole conversation of answering the general 10 questions of where we live and why :-).    

Saturday was the big event of the Rodeo.  It was the finals so we got to see the best of the best.  And really, watching that was not so enjoyable for me!  Seeing guys get trampled by bulls and calf's slammed on their side and tied up.  Not awesome.  It was a great show though and it was good to be with friends and family.   

We also went to the carnival before and after.  Had to stuff our faces with some awesome fried food and ride some overpriced rides.  Caleb got to ride bumper cars for the first time, with the help of Elisha...

Then Elisha and Claire ran around with their bestie Sophie.  We all sure will miss that girl when back home in Kenya!  It was all super fun and we'll talk about for years.  The next morning I caught Elisha tying up his stuffed animals "like the cowboys" do.  Oh and I left Ezra with his Nene for the first time.  Sure missed him but it was nice to focus on the two big kids.  Who would of thought just the two would seem so easy!  

 And speaking of the little fighter Ezra.  When Elisha was this age, I already had 20 posts on here with 100 pictures of him.  I laugh saying his baby book will be of instagram photos.  At least I managed to get something on here.  He's about to be two months!  And is well caught up on weight after that whole hospital incident.  Here's a few pics.  

Caught him smiling in his sleep.

We don't like the dreadful carseat.  He screams EVERY time.

All bundled up...

Time to go have a day all about princess Claire!


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