Thursday, July 8, 2010
This rather frightening looking rattle snake started out as a man's tie. Grandson Locke and I stuffed the snake with fiber fill, inserted a small plastic bottle with some beans for the rattle in the tail, and then I hand-stitched the head and tail openings closed. Next we cut a forked tongue from red felt and sewed on some googly eye buttons for his eyes.
As you can see, the scary snake is actually a pretty nice stuffed critter with which to cuddle while watching TV!
Grandson Locke, nearly 7, has spent a week with us in Waco. While here, he made some great new friends! Pictured above with Locke is Luke, one of the three brothers who first shared a cook-out meal with us and then invited us to their neighborhood's 4th of July parade. In the other picture, big brother Micah was running a free lemonade stand. Luke's bike was decorated with a sign that read "The Bike of Liberty." We also had a great time swimming with the John's parents and brothers at the Country Club.
Another new friend is Riley. Riley's grandpa invited us to go out on Lake Waco in his boat. Here Locke and Riley are in a rubber raft being pulled by the boat, sometimes super fast, "out of the wake," where the ride was as exciting as a roller coaster! We also watched the fireworks with Riley at his grandparents, and Riley taught Locke a new game, which will figure in another posting! Below Riley and Locke are enjoying the fantastic Lego exhibit at the Mayborn Museum.
Sadly, Riley had to return home to Austin, but another day Locke and Grandmommy went back to the Mayborn for a special "Knights and Ladies" festival. Locke enjoyed decorating a shield and sword, throwing a lance, and jousting, just to name a few fun activities. Locke swam in yet another place while in Waco--the indoor Baylor pool. He loves going down this slide!