Thursday, June 13, 2019

Claire, Graduate

Claire graduated from Harmony School of Excellence this spring, having spent her entire academic career there, from kindergarten to 8th grade.

I used to read to her class every Friday, from kindergarten to third grade. Here are the kids that were in her kindergarten class.

Congratulations, Claire! On to high school...

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Mother's Day 2019

Celebrating Mother's Day with our usual crawfish boil. All the mothers in attendance:

The Tran clan:

Cathy's parents:

Saturday, April 13, 2019

George Bush Library

Whilst the older child was busy touring America's Finest University (aka Texas A&M), I was free to roam about the place. I soon found myself on the west side of campus at the George Bush Library.

Before going in, I found this statue of the man.

There is also this art piece celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall.

I like horses so I took several pictures.

There were lots of interesting things in the library, but the lighting was not the best for photography. Here is the replica oval office.

In the back of the library is a pond that is very nicely landscaped.

To the left of the picture is the path to the President's grave site. He is buried there with his wife and first child.

Coming back from there is this quote on the rear of the building.

"Let future generations understand the burden and the blessings of freedom. Let them say we stood where duty required us to stand."

Overall, a very nice museum. Interesting artifacts from a full life.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Fruits of Her Labor

Emma has earned "the most prestigious award in the world for girls and the most difficult to earn" - the Girl Scout Gold Award.

For her project, Emma developed the curriculum for an elementary school STEM club. She then led the club, with a team of volunteers, bringing a variety of science and engineering projects to the students.

To help sustain the club after she graduates, Emma created this website to pass on the knowledge and experience she gained.

Congratulations, Emma, on a job well done!

Sunday, February 11, 2018


While in Georgia, we headed north from Atlanta to Dahlonega and the Consolidated Gold Mine.

The first thing is to pan for gold. The girls rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Now they are much richer for the effort. 

Then it's into the old gold mine. Claire was the safety engineer since she's the only one who grabbed a hard hat.

Here are some of the blasting holes.

And the machine that helped make them.

All in all, a very interesting day, both above ground and below.