Monday, March 27, 2023

Family fun

Who wouldn't like to throw noodles at a few family members?

Eric's Dutch Baby Pancake was delicious.

Toni gave her family a scratch-off book for Christmas filled with fun activites. You don't know the activity until you scratch it off and then you MUST complete it. We paired off and took turns catching noodles. Some of us were trying to play more fair than others!  We had to count our noodles to find the winning team. 

We had 3 girls with nothing to do one night so we agreed to go to Seabrook Waffle Co. for dinner. I had the strawberry, banana and Nutella waffle. One of Seabrook's Pelican Statues sits there.

Then we played Treking the National Parks. Lilah was the winner with Alexa second

Teddy had to have another surgery. I patched him a year ago but someone rubs him on that spot every night.

The Giant Swallowtale was perhaps the largest butterfly I've ever seen. In fact, it is the largest butterfly in North America.

These curls were found on the bathroom floor when Mom and Dad were out of town. We're hoping Lilah had a trim and Clara wasn't trying out a pair of scissors.

Alexa wanted to see some constellations. Too bright when we were in San Antonio so last Friday we went to Galveston Island State Park for one night for some stargazing.

There is a bay side and a beach side. The beach side had been closed since we started going to Galveston 4 years ago but reopened this spring. We got one spot (no hook-up loop) on the beach side for just the one night.
It is a beautiful park. We had a view of the ocean and only had to cross the dunes to get to the beach. 

After viewing the sky we watched a movie, stayed up late. All of us were very tired.
What a fun time!

We started out with something from Sonic.

The girls couldn't wait to see the beach Friday night.

They said they wouldn't get wet! Red flag warning with big waves. 

Clara helping Alexa check out her constellation book.

A predicted rainy day for Friday turned out nice and the predicted cloudy night gave us a beautiful starry show. By 10:30 fog was heavy but we had seen what we came for.  S'mores while we waited for the stars. 

An app, Stellarium, gave us real-time stars and constellations at Jamaica Beach. Alexa had already pointed them out though. She came prepared. Her favorite I think was seeing Mars.

We were out swimming early Sat. morning. A great day for the beach. 

Last weekend I was breakdancing, this week I tried the boogie board.

Taking their oath as Junior Rangers. 

We had to be out of our campsite by noon. Might have been Clara's first trip to IHOP.

Heading to The Strand we saw a couple of cruise ships in. We had a view of Carnival Vista's top deck waterpark and rope course. 

Our final stop: LaKing's Confectionery on The Strand in Galveston. Ice Cream and candy, a must stop.

Where are the Piepers now? Houston, TX

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