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Our little mini little vacation July 22, 2008

Filed under: Cool stuff — las16 @ 4:58 am

Because Todd is going through the Academy, we were not able to schedule a vacation this summer. We promised each other a long time ago that every summer we would take a vacation. Both of us grew up on softball and baseball fields during summer time and neither of our families did the vacationing thing because THAT was our vacations. Traveling….playing ball….traveling….playing ball….you get it…

Well, after we went on our honeymoon to Maui, the next summer we went to Vegas…..so good so far….until this little hang up. So I scheduled a “little one”

We left Friday morning and went to NASA! Yes the nerds were coming out in both of us. Let me just tell you….I wanted to go to Space Camp something fierce when I was young. This is about the best alternative.

We bought the LEVEL 9 Tour tickets on line through John Space Center website. Around 80 bucks a person. WORTH EVERY STINKING PENNY! We traveled in a van around NASA with 10 other people on the tour. We were not aloud to use flash so bare with my pics….I tried to be as steady as possible! Here are some pics below….

This was the Visitor entrance to the JSC. Lots of fun exciting things to do for kids there, but don’t limit yourself to those things. Go big or go home in this trip. I’ll just take you to the good stuff…..

Above is the Neutral Buoyancy Lab where the Astronauts were training that day on the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station. Each Astronaut has 5 divers with them at all times. To give you a perspective, this pool is 40 feet deep and two football fields long. It has a life size replica of the Space Station and Telescope in in with lots of room to spare. VERY COOL!

Here is a pic of a pic from underneath the water! Just to give you some perspective.

This was the Mission Control room that all Shuttle Missions are worked out of! While we were there, they were training to dock the shuttle to the space station…..Another thing….this place is SMALL. I thought from watching it on TV that this room was HUGE. Nope! It’s an 8th of you think it is in your mind. They said that when the Russians built their mission control room, it was 10 times the size of this one. Because they had been seeing it on TV from a fish-eye lens that we had seen it on tv with! So when they came to visit, our guys took them on a tour of Mission Control and they thought us Americans were playing a joke on them when they brought them into the room! Funny!

Above is the International Space Station Mission Control Room. While we were there you could see the American working on something on the far right screen. Right now there is one American and two Russians there.

Above has to be our favorite stop. This is the Apollo Mission Control Room. This was absolutely amazing to be able to step foot into this room. All Apollo Missions were control from here. In the picture above with Todd and I, there is a speaker on the control panel. That is were the the world heard “Houston the Eagle has landed!” and “Houston, we have a problem!” We were literally sitting in History. Our tour guide told us that now days we have more technology under the hood of our cars than in this whole room. And we landed on the moon with that!?!?!?! Amazing!

This is the mock shuttle that they use to do their training in. This room was huge and it had all kinds of training mock ups in there. Tid bit of information. The shuttles will be retired by 2010. NASA will go back to using a similar version of a rocket that they used for the Apollo missions, with some enhancements of course. Once we are all moved into the Space Station, we don’t need a truck to move stuff up there. So we are using a car. Does that make sense?

The new car….behind this pic is the mock up module that can hold seven astronauts. Pretty cool!

This is a door. A door?!!?!? to what you might ask…..too complicated to explain….but it’s a door to a very big chamber that the whole shuttle can fit in. Tests for extreme heat and cold…blah blah blah….YES it’s a door!

This is the Saturn V rocket, used to get the Apollo missions up there. Holy moly this was big….they built the building around this sucker.

And this concludes your NASA tour. Please exit the building at your nearest convenience! Thanks for attending!

PART 2

We stayed in Kemah on Friday night and then on Saturday drove up to Houston to stay and go to the Astros game.  Here are some random pics. Let me just say our seats were wonderful!

 

Uh hello….yes we needed them…. July 12, 2008

Filed under: Cool stuff — las16 @ 3:38 am

Let me just tell you how excited I am about doing laundry now…..AND going to the grocery store. Last Sunday before leaving for Arlington, Todd and I went to Conn’s and got a Great Deal on new appliances. We have had hand me downs for years, and decided it was time to get big girl and boy stuff.  Todd says our stuff was nicotine yellow because they were so old. Everything worked fine, we just couldn’t pass up this sale.

 

Arlington Trip

Filed under: Cool stuff — las16 @ 3:34 am

AKA “Coaching School”

This year we were in Arlington for the big summer clinic that the our Coaches Association puts on. Here are some shots from the trip. Some of these were taken with my iphone so sorry about the quality.

Monday we took one of our girls up there because she was playing in the Texas All-Star game on Tuesday. This is her batting at the game! We are oh so very proud of our future little Georgia Tech star!

Here are some pics from our hotel room we stayed in. Lovely little hotel! We had a great view!

Every morning before our clinic I got up and ran around the ballpark.

AND THEN…..best of all…….I have some lovely people who took great care of us and gave us tickets to the Rangers games on Wednesday and Thursday!

Wednesday, Josh Hamilton hit a walk-off homerun to win it in the bottom of the 9th!

And then on Thursday we got great seats again to watch them play 11 innings! They just couldn’t pull it off….

What a great mini vacation…. Oh yes and I learned a lot about coaching…..as you can tell.

 

God Bless America! July 4, 2008

Filed under: Cool stuff — las16 @ 10:09 am

Just wanted to say Happy Fourth of July to everyone! I am so proud to be living in this wonderful country of ours and I am so extremely thankful for our freedom and all the men and women who sacrifice their lives so that I can sit my butt on the couch everyday and watch Oprah. I have the greatest respect for them and their families. There’s my bit!

Anyway, here is a short video to get your fireworks fix….

The Dell Diamond puts on a great show every Friday night. Living next to the park and the stadium for 3 years, we have become fireworks snobs.  When I was a kid I could not wait for the Fourth to see them. Now I get them every week during season and we have grown callus to them all. But tonight we took the time to go sit and actually watch the show. This is from the park looking south to the stadium.  The finale is the best…..I just wish once…..at least once…..they would set ’em all off at one time…..Wouldn’t that be cool?

Anyway, hug your hubby/kids/family today, and say a little prayer for everyone out there that can’t.

 

What about you? July 3, 2008

Filed under: Nothing special — las16 @ 1:38 am

What about you?

i am: dreading my summer vacation being over.
i think: a lot about having kids some day and how much our lives will change.
i know: that I love my husband and he loves me.
i want: my friends and family to know that I love them dearly.
i have: everything I’ve ever wanted, plus some.
i wish: my sisters lived closer.
i hate: ignorance.
i miss: my life as a child. Didn’t know how easy life was.
i fear: a house fire, and losing a loved one.
i feel: happy and anxious.
i hear: my Molly sighing as she lays down on the couch.
i smell: laundry detergent on my hands.
i crave: EVERYTHING that is not good for me.
i search: for my phone all them time.
i wonder: when will be our time to have kids.
i regret: nothing. It’s what got me here.
i ache: in my back. I need a massage.
i care: deeply about our country and the people who are fighting for our freedom!
i always: say a prayer every night before I go to bed.
i am not: perfect.
i believe: that God has a plan for me.
i dance: to Thriller!
i sing: in the car.
i cry: a lot! I’m a big baby!
i don’t always: control my facial expressions. VERY hard for me to do.
i fight: the bulge. It’s in my genes.
i write: on the blog as much to inform others as to have a record of our lives.
i never: have smoked a cigarette or done any drugs.
i stole: this from Amy J.
i listen: to other people’s conversations. It’s a bad habit I have.
i need: Finish painting the inside of our house. Stupid white walls.
i am happy about: Todd becoming a Police Officer. So proud!

Oh yeah…check out Todd’s goofy haircut. I know it’s easier for the academy….but I can’t wait for him to grow it back out. Love ya honey!

 

I wanna dance with Matt! July 1, 2008

Filed under: Cool stuff — las16 @ 3:28 am

Can’t we all just get along? YES WE CAN!!!!!! One bad dance at a time! Thanks to Larisa (blogger friend), I had to share this with my friends!

Great website too! www.wherethehellismatt.com