Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Adolf Hoepfl Garage Hosts 7th Annual Fish Fry on Saturday, March 24 to Fundraise for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The team at Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage is used to the heat of car repairs. On Saturday, March 24, the crew will kick into high gear with a fish fry that’s open to the general public. All funds raised benefit the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

Dinner will include Cajun fried catfish, cole slaw, French fries and dessert. A chicken plate is also available for non-fish eaters. The suggested donation for the adult food plate is $15 and $6 for the kids plate. Music with a festive DJ, dancing and friendly conversations will serve as the evening’s entertainment. The festivities will run from 4:30-8 p.m. at Adolf Hoepfl Garage, which is located at 4610 N. Shepherd Drive in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest area.

“This is our seventh annual fish fry and it’s a great community builder,” owner Kathryn van der Pol said. “In addition to being passionate about car care, we’re also passionate about supporting our community through the MS Society.”

In fact, owners Kathryn and Sybren van der Pol ride in the MS 150 bike ride from Houston to Austin each year. Photos from last year’s fish fry can be viewed online.

Guests are not required to be avid cyclists to participate in the March 24 event. Friends of all ages are encouraged to attend. Call 713-695-5071 in advance to reserve your tickets.

About Adolf Hoepfl and Son Garage
Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage is committed to leading the auto repair industry by providing the highest quality workmanship and the most helpful service for our customers. Since 1946, Adolf Hoepfl Garage has been committed to exceptional, quality car care and the friendliest customer service. Adolf Hoepfl Garage understands that the best investment we can make for our future is contributing and giving back to our community. For more information, please visit www.adolfhoepfl.com call our crew at 713-695-5071 or stop by the shop.

Hope to see you all at this fun event for the family. 

Until the next nap time...

Friday, March 16, 2012

Miniature Horses in Brenham

I've heard for years about the mini horses in Brenham but when we called last time, they were closing for good.

Imagine my surprise when I found the same place mentioned in a 2012 brochure. Upon calling, we learned the place used to be run by the Poor Clares Nuns but now is run by the PaxChristi Sisters.

Little K loved seeing & petting all the miniature horses & we enjoyed selecting a ceramic/plaster horse to paint on site. (there are all sorts if figurines from pets to vases, guitars & even holiday decorations.) I liked the small chapel on the premises too.

After our visit, I wish we had packed a picnic lunch as there are a few picnic areas available. The Sisters are working hard to raise money to renovate the premises & I have to say, it needs the updates. Still, I'm so glad we went today & look forward to returning. The Sisters' peaceful, helpful nature was reassuring. With only 3 of them on site, they have their work cut out for them. Add this to my list of places I'd like to donate to if/when I win the lottery. :-)

Until the next nap time...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bluebell Ice Creamery during Spring Break

Today, we journeyed to the Bluebell Ice Creamery in Brenham, TX. By 3 pm, the tours were completely booked, which was okay because Little K said she didn't care HOW they made it, she just wanted to eat the ice cream. (How polite, right?) So we enjoyed our $1 ice cream (such a deal!) despite the crowds. If you want to participate in the tour to see how the ice cream & Popsicles are made, head out in the morning to ensure a spot. Ice cream before lunch is okay in my book.

If you head up Hwy. 290 from Houston, you'll also start seeing bluebonnets along the route. Pull your car over to a safe place & set up your own photo shoot. This pic is actually from our family ranch in Navasota but we saw plenty of folks on Hwy. 290.

Until the next nap time...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Life's a Beach in Galveston for Spring Break

Yesterday afternoon, we headed down to the beach in Galveston for some Spring Break fun. I was pleasantly surprised that the beach wasn't crowded at all and there were no scenes from "Girls Gone Wild". Don't get me wrong. I love a good party and am not a stick in the mud, but when you have a young child, you look at Spring Break entirely differently than you did when you were in high school or college. I never liked "Girls Gone Wild" though. :-)

Any ways, the water was still too cold for my taste at (I'm guessing) about 70 degrees, although plenty of others were swimming. Instead, Trent, Little K, our dog & I walked along the beach, letting the water splash on our legs. Little K borrowed a basket from her CiCi to collect shells in. It was such a nice, leisurely walk for blocks down the beach. Ahead of us, we could see the beginnings of the Pleasure Pier under construction (set to open May 28).

Little K stopped to build a mini sand castle for a bit. Then we turned around and walked back to our original juncture. It was really nice.

I'd recommend heading to Galveston for Spring Break but try during the week, instead of the weekend, for a less crowded beach. We started at 45th Street and the Seawall and headed east toward Gaido's Restaurant, another favorite eatery of ours.

Of course, for those of you who can't make the trip to the island this weekend, plan a trip for this spring or summer. There's so much to do here and it's a nice, casual getaway from the hustle and bustle of Houston. 

Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Climbing Tree Explored during Houston Spring Break

During Spring Break, many parents try to find fun outings for their Houston kids. While I do the same, I also think there's great value in kids finding their own fun... Without a scheduled program.

Little K is spending time at her CiCi's house today & loves the big climbing tree. She also looked for Rolly Pollirs, lady bugs & snails. Kids just don't play outdoors like we used to.

So this Spring Break, we're not just going to the tourist attractions in greater Houston & Galveston, we're also exploring outside.

Until the next nap time...

Friday, March 02, 2012

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday on March 2

Today, March 2, is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. Whether you have an assortment of Dr. Seuss books at home or head to the library, be sure to delve into one his whimsical stories today. My personal favorite is Yertle the Turtle because I remember my mom reading it to me as a child. I loved how Yertle kept climbing on the other turtles so he could see across the land, but later learned that you shouldn't be so selfish that you put yourself above (literally and figuratively) above others.

Little K (at right) loves that story too, but is most excited about reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish to the pre-kindergarten class at school today. Too cute! 

My husband's favorite Dr. Seuss book is The Lorax, which Little K has reminded me is also a movie that debuts today. Check out the trailer and find a local movie theater that is showing this fun flick today. It's a wonderful tale that encourages kids to take care of the earth, which of course is also a great read for Earth Day on April 22.

Have a Seussical day. Until the next nap time...