Posts Tagged ‘snow’

Snow day at the Houston Zoo!

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

For the last couple of Julys, TXU Energy has sponsored a snowy “chill out” day at the Houston Zoo. So Saturday morning, we treated ourselves to breakfast out at Harry’s, and then hit the Zoo around 9:30 am. We were glad to be members because parking was scarce and the lines were really long. I overheard an EMT tell a colleague that their gate was nearly 6,000 people before 11 am!

We remembered to wear boots but forgot gloves, so our hands got cold. Nonetheless, the girls played in the “snow” for almost an hour!

Dad and Cate charged through the heat and crowds past the elephants to the snowy clearing

Cate and bootless Sam. Sam says, “my feet were hot in the boots” (it was about 95 degrees outside), so she took off a boot to cool off. But “I got cold and put it back on.”

Sam insisted I dig her “snow boots from Mt. Charleston” out of the winter bin.

Sam, Cate, and Mama Bob

Cate explained to me earnestly that she was super hot (it was 95 degrees out!) and so she pulled up her pants to rub snow on her leg, and then “I put snow in my boot!” Cate and Sam then both pulled up their shirts to rub handfulls of snow on their bellies.

Cate says, “I was trying to ring up snow.” Sam asks, “do you mean rough up?” Cate agrees, “yes, rough up snow!”

Sam says, “I was trying to dig in the snow. I was trying to make holes in the snow.”

Sam says, “I put snow in my boot. I was trying to cool off! But there was too much pieces of snow.”

Sam with sweat beading off her brow and lip

Cate says, “I was putting ice in my boot, toot, toot.”


Daddy Bill

Cate laid down briefly. She says, “I’m trying to get up from making a snow angel.”

After the snow, we rested and snacked on benches in the new clearing where the vulture pen used to be. Sam asked me very nicely if she could take some pictures with my camera. I really like what she got!

Cate and Dad, as seen by Sam

Mama Bob as seen by Sam

Las Vegas: Hello, Mount Charleston!

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

We’ve made loose talk about traveling with the girls. But over three years, we only managed day trips to Galveston (Papa Chuck & Baba Jean), day trips to Conroe (Gram Nancy), and one lovely weekend in San Antonio (Ben & Rebecca). Many of our favorite people are too far away to drive to (at least with toddlers) and we’ve been daunted by the prospect of air travel (with toddlers).

January marked the annual return of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to Las Vegas. Bill still has a stake in SpectraCal, which makes CES a work-like trip. We both had the ability to take time away from work (Bill had vacation, and all time off from my new job is discretionary), so we screwed our courage to the sticking place and bought plane tickets to Las Vegas. Whee!

When we arrived on New Year’s Day, Cindy, Paul, and their girls met us at our hotel for a simple dinner and catching up in the room. As we were checking in, the hotel manager told us about the buffet breakfast, glanced at our friends, and assured us we could bring our “whole family.” So Friday morning, we all grazed through the breakfast fare and then set forth to Mount Charleston!

We followed the 4Runner west and UP into the mountains

The high desert terrain is unlike anything we see in Houston

As the road ascended higher into the mountains, we felt the pressure change in our ears. We encouraged the girls to drink some milk and try to yawn to equalize their ears.



As soon as we got above the snow line, the little mountain road was lined with parked cars, and most every snowy open area was covered with sledders. So Cindy led us into the McWilliams campgrounds. A waiver, an entry fee, and a cord of firewood later, we were in and found a site.

The very first slopes we saw were covered with sledders

Cate bundled in thermals, tee/leggings, fleece, coat, hat, mittens, and boots!

Cate and Sam promptly slid down the hill to the bathroom on their bottoms

Emma is six-and-a-half!

Sonnet, Cate, and Sam found “an Iceberg” and built it up further




Cate tried to climb the Iceberg

Iceberg: 1, Cate 0.

Sonnet is three-and-three-quarters


Camp McWilliams

Cate was the first to get cold enough to warm her body by the fire

Cindy, our hostess with the mostest, presented hot cocoa!

Paul and Sonnet blew together to cool her hot cocoa

Cindy getting some Bruno cuddles


Cate lay down on the snow, the better to eat it

Bill took Sam and Sonnet for a hike up the snowy hill


Sam fell asleep within minutes, as soon as we drove away from the campsite

Cate feigned sleep, but was overtired/wired through lunch

Even Emma was wiped out by lunchtime

Mount Charleston

Desert sun

I shot more than a hundred photos, during our Mount Charleston outing. I meant to post only 8-10, but this is a full third of them. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Seriously… snow?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I spent the afternoon at a (cool) conference in the Uptown Galleria area, and came outside this evening to find it snowing. It’s not cold enough to stick or snarl traffic, but it is pretty coming down:

snow over Uptown

snow over Uptown

snow on my car