What a Winter for the Douglas Family!

Two different collages of pictures from this winter of 2015-16.

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What a Winter!

Winter in Texas is not like winter in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, or Pennsylvania! But we manage to have our own brand of fun in the sunny, mostly warm winters of Houston, Texas.

Summer of 2015

I put together a collage of our summer. The Texas heat didn’t bother us much!

Check it out here:


Guinea pigs have been a fun addition to our family. Our neighbor gave us two females. We named them Bubbles and Lily.

One day, Bubbles had a baby! We were happily surprised. We named the baby Nugget. He is a male. So when he was 3 weeks old, we had to put him in a separate cage.

The kids are having lots of fun with the guinea pigs.

If you don’t have much experience with guinea pigs or especially if you do, you might enjoy these fun video adventures of two guinea pigs named Carmy and Claire.

They are hilarious!!!

Hope your summer was fun!

Farm Days

Kelsey wanted to go to a Pumpkin Patch. What Kelsey wants, Kelsey gets. Nah, not really. I really wanted to take the kids somewhere fun, too, so I did a search and found a couple of farms in the area that had pumpkin patches. One of them looked like it had lots of fun stuff without being too terribly expensive or too crowded, especially during the weekend after Halloween. So we went to Blessington Farms to check out the pumpkins and the rest of the attractions.

We were pleasantly surprised at the amount of fun things there were to do there.

We had to pay $10/person to get in, but we didn’t have to pay for any of the rides or anything once we were in.

The big slide was a lot of fun.


Garrett came down laying down.


Abby came down slightly sideways.


Garrett on his back again. I think it slowed him down a little bit and made him feel a little safer.


Safer, that is, until Kelsey came down and almost ran into him!


Here Garrett tried it sitting up.


He tried it on his belly and almost crashed into the side. Abby was standing right there, but she was too busy looking up at the top to be of any help to him.


Sitting again.


Kelsey on her belly.


Kelsey at the bottom after a fun slide down on her belly. Abby went down lots of times, too, but I couldn’t really see what I was taking pictures of. I just had to point and shoot because the sun made it impossible to see what was on my camera screen. So the pictures I tried to take of Abby didn’t turn out too well.

Emma was with Gary on the other side of the hill, going down the slide there, so I didn’t get any pictures of her.


The little girls really liked the big sandpile, but we had lots of other things to explore, so they didn’t get much time to play in the sand.




We went through the petting farm.


The camels were 6 months old. I thought it was very nice of them to smile for the camera!


There were goats that were tiny.


They were so cute!


Nobody was afraid to pet them. One guy picked one of them up and carried it over to his son so he could pet it.


There were chicks.


My kids can’t wait until we can have our own baby chicks.


Garrett and Abby and Scooby rode on the pedal bikes.



Kelsey got in on the pedal bike action.


We finally found the pumpkin patch! But it had already been pretty well picked.


We were able to get some nice pictures with the few pumpkins that were left.


Garrett tried his hand at lassoing a steer.


Then we rode the barrel train.


The little girls rode in cows. And so did I. I rode in a cow behind them. It was so much fun! Riding on that barrel train was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I threw my hands up in the air and yelled, “Wooh” just like on a roller coaster.


Kelsey and the twins brought up the rear.


The twins were the caboose.


The little girls were having a lot of fun. Almost as much fun as their mama.


And the sun goes down on the barrel train.

The next weekend, Gary and I wanted to celebrate our 26th anniversary. So I looked for a Bed and Breakfast in the area. To my great surprise, I found a FARM that was also a Bed and Breakfast that was only about 12 minutes from our house. It’s called Honey Farm.


And on that farm there was a cat. E – I – E – I – O!


There were also 2 llamas, a pony and a donkey named Rufus. They told me that the pony is the boss.


This is the back porch of the main house. There is a screened-in porch where you can sit away from the mosquitoes if everybody remembers to keep the screen door closed.


Side view of the main house.


Front view of the main house. Great front porch!


This is the door to our cozy love nest. 🙂


We had a bathroom inside. We did not have to use the outhouse in the picture.


And this is where I spent the majority of my time. I slept most of the time! I think I was fighting something off.


But it was very beautiful and comfortable and quiet and peaceful.


And the breakfasts were terrific. We had wonderful hosts who met our every need.

Gary and I had a wonderful time. It was the perfect place for our getaway. God really blessed us during our time together, and we both came away refreshed and rejuvenated. A lot happened for us spiritually, but I will write about that in another post in the future.

Weekly Wrap-up Oct. 27-31: In Which A Lizard is Found, Preparations are Made and a Bake Sale is a Success

It all started when I decided to have a garage sale this coming weekend. I told Kelsey she could have a Bake Sale, too, if she wanted to. She did.

First, we cleaned out the garage.

We organized the things we wanted to sell (mostly Christmas ornaments I got at after-Christmas sales last year) and stacked boxes so the garage was clear.

I brought in a box of Gilbert Morris books I’ve been wanting to read. (We still have lots of things in boxes because we want to move to the country soon – like yesterday!) And I screamed! Something big ran out from under the box. I couldn’t tell if it was a big spider or what it was, but it sure moved fast.







We caught the creature and put it in our Creature Keeper, where Garrett examined it closely.



It was this little guy – a leopard gecko!


We kept him in the house for about an hour, so we could get a good look at him. Katie held him up so he could smile for the camera. Then we released him so he could go back outside and eat some more insects for us.



While cleaning the garage we found a box of clothes that we hadn’t seen in a long time. I let the little girls have it for “dress up”.



Then Katie made pizzas for all of us. She makes the best pizzas! All from scratch. We all love Katie’s pizza.



Then the pizza started disappearing.


One slice at a time.



Garrett practiced his photography skills.


Then Patrick found Abby’s new scarf.


And a Nerf Battle Axe.


He experimented with different looks.


Then we got busy making our garage sale signs.


The twins helped a lot with that.

Kelsey made lots of cookies, including chocolate chip and pumpkin chocolate chip, walnut chocolate oatmeal bars, pumpkin rolls and double decker fudge. She was busy baking all day long!

It paid off. She made $50!

I made somewhere between $30 and $40 on my garage sale.

We’re going to try again in 3 weeks. It will be closer to Christmas, and that will give time for Patrick’s Santa suit to arrive, so he can help advertise the sale in style!

This week I’m linking up with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers and Homegrown Learners.