Category Archives: A-Z Archive Challenge

Two Challenges (A-Z & Sunday)

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March 2001, the birth of our son. New mother, new father, and newborn son. My son’s first picture after birth. The picture was taken by his proud and exhausted Daddy. The “new” is for “N” for Frizztext’s A-Z Archive Photo Challenge. I used the Snapseed iPhone photography app to change the color photo to black and white for Jake’s Weekly Sunday Post.

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A-Z Archive: M Challenge – Monument (Catching Up)

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Some history from Wikipedia:

“The San Jacinto Monument is a 567.31-foot (172.92 m) high column located on the Houston Ship Channel in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, United States, near the city of La Porte. The monument is topped with a 220-ton star that commemorates the site of the Battle of San Jacinto, the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution. The monument, constructed between 1936 and 1939 and dedicated on April 21, 1939, is the world’s tallest monumental column and is part of the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. By comparison, the Washington Monument is 555.427 feet (169.294 m) tall. The column is an octagonal shaft faced with Texas Cordova shellstone, topped with a 34-foot (10 m) Lone Star—the symbol of Texas. Visitors can take an elevator to the monument’s observation deck for a view of Houston and the USS Texas.”

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A-Z Archive: L Challenge – Lion in Las Vegas (Catch up Challenge)

The MGM Lion in Las Vegas. My husband and I drove by the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino during our honeymoon in 1999. I was on the passenger side, so I snapped some pictures as we drove. The next morning we took a long road trip to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is more my style.

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A-Z Archive: K Challenge (Catch Up Challenge)–Knowledge

My son enjoys learning about science and animals. I am thankful that he has learned the value of knowledge. In the picture above, he is expanding his knowledge as he reads a book at the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park in 2009. He was 7 years old at the time. The photo behind him shows a teacher expanding her students’s knowledge in a classroom.

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A-Z Archive: J Challenge – Jumping(Catch Up Challenge)

My son, at age 6, jumping on the trampoline at his grandparent’s house. Looks like he’s floating in midair.

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A-Z Archive: I Challenge – Ice Incident (Catch Up Challenge)

In the winter of 2011, Houston was very cold and roads and vehicles were covered with ice. One morning during that cold winter, my husband ventured onto the roads to check on his mother who was ill. He didn’t make it to his mother’s house that morning. Below is a picture of the result of another vehicle sliding on ice and crashing into my husband’s truck. Except for my husband being shaken a bit, he had no injuries. Not even a scratch. Thanks to another “I” word, insurance, we were able to repair the truck.

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A-Z Archive: B Challenge – Blue Bell (Catch Up Challenge)

The photo shows me and my son in front of the factory that makes our favorite ice cream. My family and I visited the Blue Bell Ice Cream factory in 2011. The sign has a brief history of the Creamery. Photo taken by my husband.

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A-Z Archive: A Challenge-Autograph (Catch Up Challenge)

Frizztext at Flickr Comments by Frizztext has started a new A-Z Archive Challenge with stories. The photo challenge is over and there are a few letters I missed at the beginning of the challenge earlier this year. I was very much set on covering all the letters of the alphabet using my photo archive, so I will pass on the story challenge. Instead, I am going to play catchup until I get all the letters of the alphabet covered and complete the A-Z Photo Challenge. After all, the challenge is to complete the challenge. And I want to complete the Photo Challenge. So for the next couple of weeks I will be doing a personal Catch Up Challenge. Let’s see, I need A, B, I, J, K, L, M and N. I have eight weeks there. Today, I will start with A for Autograph. Next week will be B and so on until I finish the challenge. After that I will just have two photo challenges to follow (The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and Jake’s Weekly Sunday Post). Which works better with my busy schedule.

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Several years ago, before my husband and I married, he and I went to a lecture given by a famous psychologist named Albert Bandura. He is famous in psychology history for developing social cognitive theory and the Bobo Doll experiment. Dr. Bandura was part of a guest lecturer series at the University of St. Thomas. At the time, I was an undergraduate at the University of Houston, and I brought a copy of my Theories of Personality class textbook to the lecture. I was more shy back then, so I asked my husband to go up to Dr. Bandura with me to ask him to autograph my textbook. My husband handed him the textbook and asked him to write “to Claudia.” Dr. Bandura looked up and asked my husband, “are you her spokesman?”. The photo above is the textbook with his autograph. Dr. Bandura is the gentleman wearing eyeglasses on the right page. He signed: “To Claudia, May the efficacy force be with you, Albert Bandura”.

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A-Z Archive: Z Challenge- Zoo

My son at the entrance to the Dallas Zoo. He’s holding a platypus from the zoo gift shop.

My son watching the flamingos.

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A-Z Archive: Y Challenge-Yard

Our yard in December 2009 on a rare snow day in Houston.

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A-Z Archive: X Challenge – X-Ray

There’s a display at The Health Museum in Houston where visitors can see x-ray-like images of internal organs through their mirror reflection. In the photo, my son visits the museum and tries out the display. The red stuffed toy in his hand is a bed bug. Photo taken in 2009.

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A-Z Archive: W Challenge- Woodwind

20120531-070243.jpg The photo above shows my son last Wednesday at his school band concert. My son plays the clarinet which is a type of woodwind musical instrument. (The photo is a little blurry because I enlarged and cropped the original. The original was taken with my iPhone several yards away.)

“A woodwind instrument is a musical instrument that produces sound when the player blows air against a sharp edge or through a reed, causing the air within its resonator (usually a column of air) to vibrate. Most of these instruments are made of wood but can be made of other materials, such as metals or plastics.” (Excerpt from Woodwind Instrument entry on Wikipedia)

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