Thursday, April 17, 2014

Down South on the Texas Coast

We had a nice little va-ca down south to the Texas Coast.  We love it down there!  Pake was going with the school for Texas State Skills USA, so we decided to tag along.  

The first day we went bay fishing. But, we are almost as interested in the sights we see in the Corpus Christi Bay as the fish we catch.  The oil rigs and ships and cranes are so BIG and so cool!  

But the fish we catch are pretty cool too!  This is a BIG Bad BLACK drum.  

We used these crab for bait.

Tater Jack hooked a big one too!

He put up a pretty good fight!

He was almost as big as TATE!

He also made this cool drumming sound... I'm guess that's where his name comes from... Ok, ok I know blonde moment but I really never knew this. He really does make a drum sound.... it was cool, really... 
guess you had to be there lol

Kerry Don caught a big one too! 

Not really, he just caught this cute little red fish!  
Shhhh don't tell him we revealed that his had the smallest catch of the day.  

So here some of the THS guys on the trip.... we took them for a ride on the ferry over to Port A!

We love Port A and we love the CrAzY Cajun... but you probably already knew that ;)

The kids dug right in and they especially loved the snow crab legs!

They loved the beach too!  

Tate, KD & I also toured the Lexington, a retired aircraft carrier.  

It was way neat, checking out all the planes up on the deck.

and the inside of the ship too!  Pake and his crew had taken the hard hat tour.  They said it was very interesting as they went down into parts of the ship that aren't open to the regular tours.  Wish I had pictures of that crew but I don't.  I do have more pictures of the Skill USA guys and their project and I will share those soon!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Break 2014

We had a great adventure this spring break, a great REDNECK adventure!

We went camping and ATVing.... two of our favorite things!

We saw some really mean muddy MONSTER trucks!

KD, Pake, Newt & Tater

KD & I do love some muddin' FUN!

KD & Newt cooked... in the ATV trailer!  Thank goodness for it!  The trailer became our main hang out to stay out of the dust & then rain!   But we're rednecks, we love the dirt and mud!

The kids loved it too and let me tell you these girls don't mind the mud!

Pake & I at the Turnpike Troubadours concert and I might add we were standing in ankle deep mud.... 
thank goodness for irrigation boots!

Tate being the funny guy he loves to be!

Did I mention we saw some Monster trucks?

Here we were up on Redneck Mountain, watching a side-by-side race. 
 It's basically like motocross just with RZRs!

And one of the best parts of the whole weekend, was that I ran into one of my Townsend cousins and his son, Trent and Josh.  By the way.... do y'all think we look alike?  I do, we could probably pass for siblings.  

So Spring Break 2014 has come and gone.... but it was fun while it lasted and will not soon be forgotten!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Miniature Motorcycle Trailer

Pake's a big bad freshman this year.  I know I can't believe it :/  Every year at our high school open house, Pake and I would go down and see the welding projects.  He just couldn't wait to be in high school so he could have Mrs. Wilfong's class.  The year started out great, welding was his favorite class.  Then, Mr. Wilfong had a heart episode and was out of school for a couple months.  Pake was sure worried about his favorite teacher.  Fortunately, the sub was one of our cowboys and he helped Pake get started.   I think when he started everyone thought he was crazy.... 

But little by little, we all starting seeing that he knew what he was doing.

Pake has welding two periods a day.   The kids really learn a lot and some even become certified welders.  And by the way, his teacher is doing much better and is back teaching these kids skills!

It really turned out good.

Then, he brought it home for bondo,  I really wouldn't consider this the fun part. 

He made a few more changes.


By the way where in the world did he get this idea?  Well Pake's great uncle rides Harley's quite a bit.  Well actually he's been everywhere from the Artic Circle to Nova Scotia, Canada to Mexico and California to Florida.  Anyway, he had this idea for Pake to build him a little mini trailer.  He likes things that are different and he just thought it would look neat.  Who knows he may even haul his dogs.  I think he needs a miniature donkey!  lol 

Painting is tricky... he had a few runs that had to be sanded out.

This is Mr Reyes. owner of Reyes Trailers. He helped pin stripe, and it really added a special touch. 

Then, came the lights.  Actually wiring a trailer is pretty complicated.

It turned out soo good!  I want to say it's cute, because it really is.
  I'm not sure Pake wants us to call it cute... just because it's little!  lol

It was exciting to see it hooked up behind a motorcycle!
Well Pake did a great job and he did well at contest.  He received Best of Show and this little trailer is going to state for Skills USA.  The best part is state is in Corpus Christi and we can't wait to go!