|Nate and Naomi in the Hood's fairy grass (aka rye grass) of a backyard! The Hoods planted the grass in the early fall, then it will die in the spring and then you can harvest it as actual rye (like the bread, or the Poirot mystery, or like the gluten that Mica can't eat).|| |
|The watermelon had its last days mid December.|
Alas, there was some gooey gross stuff on the outside of it, then when we opened it most of it looked bad to eat. But mom and I took a wee bit of the good parts; it wasn't extraordinarily sweet. But, I actually grew something!
So, while the girls were in Dubai, Mr. Neal mentioned that he was going to ship a few things to our house, and we could open the boxes, put some letters and stuff in, and condense the contents into one box. So the first day, we got two skinny packages, I wasn't sure how we were going to a book and a bottle of Witch Hazel (for cloth diapers) into those packages. But every day we continued to receive more packages, and boxes, till three weeks later, we had 19 boxes! But, we managed to condense everything into three or four boxes!! Mica and I were very proud of ourselves. :P
This little field mouse was literally an inch big. We found it in the Hoods backyard.
|A sweet friend gave me a mug!|
We got to meet the Hood's Nonnie and Poppie!
[Note the impressive deer head, stylishly mounted on the wall, compliments of Mr. Hood.]
Dom with his sword, Mia with her hat.
|Yeah, this is pretty much how we take pictures; that's why we can never take professional family portraits.|
|Oh, we went shooting too!|
To get to this "shooting range", we had to drive very, very far, past the sticks. But it was worth it because there was no one at the range to boss you about; just you, your guns, your friends, and other people with their guns and friends.
|The family, well some of it.|
|Yes, we believe in child labor. :P|
|Nicole bought Elena, Mica, and Mom some special cupcakes-- from the best cupcake place in Austin-- for their birthdays which we had missed.|