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:

https://goo.gl/photos/c5kMSKKN1S54aD9T9

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.

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Garrett came down laying down.

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Abby came down slightly sideways.

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

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

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Here Garrett tried it sitting up.

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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.

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Sitting again.

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Kelsey on her belly.

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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.

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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.

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We went through the petting farm.

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

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There were goats that were tiny.

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They were so cute!

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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.

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There were chicks.

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

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Garrett and Abby and Scooby rode on the pedal bikes.

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Kelsey got in on the pedal bike action.

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

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

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Garrett tried his hand at lassoing a steer.

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Then we rode the barrel train.

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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.

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Kelsey and the twins brought up the rear.

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The twins were the caboose.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Side view of the main house.

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Front view of the main house. Great front porch!

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This is the door to our cozy love nest. 🙂

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

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

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

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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.