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Williamsburg Colony February 2018

Family Focus Why They

Family Focus Why They Love Living in Katy “Our family has lived in Katy for over 30 years and we couldn’t imagine our children growing up in a better city. Katy has the hometown feel of the both small towns that Patrick and Melissa were born in. Patrick is originally from Lumberton, Texas and Melissa was born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky. People in Katy are friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand to their neighbors. Katy is “country” with all the amenities of the city and Houston is close enough that if you want to see a major sporting event, concert, theater, etc., you are able to. We love the people and pride in Tigerland!” What They Love to Do This family most enjoys the local parks in Katy, feeding ducks and being in the outdoors. They love to explore the local businesses in Old Katy, especially antique and resale shops where hidden treasures are often found. The Katy Rice Harvest Festival is one of their most anticipated events of the year, as well as the parade and the Katy Rodeo. Love is in the Air How They Express It: “Something you will hear many times a day in our home is one person will say ‘Love y’all’ and you will hear all the other family members reply with ‘Love y’all.’ Levi is usually the first one to prompt this but we all do it when we want to. I think this makes our family unique because we do remind each other through our love language of what we mean to each other, daily.” Celebrating Valentine’s Day: The family gets in the spirit of this holiday by enjoying mom’s decorating in a special part of their home, and indulging in a nice meal together at home or at a restaurant. They give each other special tokens of their admiration for each other and of course, enjoy creating, crafting and delivering their Valentines. What Makes It Tick: They love reminding their family and friends about how much they mean to them, which is what Valentine’s Day is all about for this tribe. Keeping in mind how much Jesus loves them and how He asks them to love one another is also an important reflection on this holiday. Family Roster Dad: Patrick, Machine Shop Supervisor (Precision-Hayes, Sugar Land). Machinist for over 25 years, learned the trade in his dad’s machine shop in Beaumont, TX. Avid gun collector, enjoys spending time on the gun range. Mom: Melissa, Accounting (Linco Construction, Katy). Loves crafting, decorating, traveling and supporting her boys in all they do. World traveler and especially fond of Germany and German culture (spent many summers with grandparents there). Aspires to own a farm one day with cows, chickens lambs and lots of dogs. Koen: 11 YO boy. Loves to ride his hoverboard, bike and go-kart. An avid gamer, enjoys building things on his computer. Member of the National Junior Honor Society, loves joining various clubs at his school. Has played soccer with FFPS since he was four years old, has been a great way for the family to spend time together cheering him on. Aspires to be a singer and will be starting music and voice lessons in 2018! Levi: 8 YO boy. Enjoys playing outside, on his computer, and with friends. Greatest past time is spent building Lego sets. Has also played soccer with FFPS since he was four and the family loves cheering him on. Straight A student, made it to the finals at his school’s spelling bee this year. Wants to own a farm with mom one day and help raise all the animals, family calls him the “animal whisperer.” Atlas: 3 month old fur boy (mini schnauzer). Although he is a fur baby, he is most definitely one of the family – he fills their hearts with such joy. We Would OVE to Feature Your Family! Each month, one family will be chosen from one of our communities. To feature your family, email Gardening Tips for February FLOWERS • Plants to set: Alyssum, Calendula, Canterbury Bells, Carnations, Columbine, Cornflower, Daisies, Delphinium, Hollyhock, Larkspur, Lobelia, Nicotiana, Pansy, Petunia, Phlox (Louisiana), Shrimp Plant, Snapdragon, Stock and Verbena. VEGETABLES • Plant beets, broccoli (plants), brussel sprouts (plants), cabbage (plants), carrots, cauliflower (plants), celery, chinese cabbage (plants), chives collards (plants), endive, kale, lettuce (leaf and head), mustard, onions (plants), parsley, garden peas, radishes, rutabagas, spinach, tomato (seeds) and turnips. TREES AND SHRUBS • Finish all transplanting, get everything in the ground for a good spring spurt of growth. Transplant balled and burlap, container-grown, bare-root deciduous evergreen trees, shrubs, roses and vines while still dormant. • Finish pruning roses. Weed and cultivate lightly all beds. Replenish mulch as needed. • Control early spring insects like thrips on glads and aphids on young tender growth. Spray with Malathion, Diazinon or Orthene. • At the end of February: peach, apple and pear fruit must be thinned to insure quality production at harvest. • Give groundcovers a haircut. They will spread faster. • Divide daylilies, daisies and other perennials now. 34 February 2018 | Community Newsletter

HOUSTON AREA EVENTS AND ROAD TRIPS FEBRUARY 2018 February 2 nd -13 th - Mardi Gras Galveston. If you’re looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience in 2018, grab some beads and hit the beach! Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season. The island’s 107 th Mardi Gras celebration, is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, parades, balcony parties and several elegant balls. At Mardi Gras! Galveston, the extravagance found in Texas’s largest Mardi Gras celebration starts with the beads! More than 3 million beads will be thrown at Mardi Gras! Galveston and that’s just the beginning of the elaborate parades, headliner performances, family events, feasting and other festivities that come with hosting Mardi Gras island style. For more information, visit February 7 th - The Houston RV Show is now the largest in Texas with over 600 units on display. This includes Motorhomes, Travel Trailers, Tent Campers, Fifth Wheels and Van Conversions. Recreational Vehicle related vendors representing campgrounds, resorts, parks and RV supplies. The Annual Houston RV Show will be in the NRG Center Halls C, D, E. Parking rate in the past was $12 per space, cash only. For more information, visit February 8 th - Texas Monthly 2 nd Annual Whiskey Affair. A premium whiskey tasting event that will highlight up to 50 brown spirits and celebrate the whiskey lifestyle with delicious chef pairings, couture cocktails and live music provided by Doc Watkins, owner of Jazz, TX. Texas and international brown spirits makers will serve straight pours and cocktails from their portfolios with spirit seminars led by Texas Monthly Editor in Chief Tim Taliaferro and Wine & Spirits contributor Jessica Dupuy. The event will also feature up to ten award-winning chefs and mixologists serving dishes to compliment a wide array of whiskies. For more information, visit February 9 th -11 th - Texas Home and Garden Spring Show. Houstons’ Premier “One Stop Shopping Opportunity” for all your home & garden needs. From Windows and Doors to Ceilings and Floors over 700 experts, products, services and ideas all under one roof. Adult Tickets are $10, Seniors and Military $8 and children 14 and under free. For more information, visit February 9 th -11 th - Tristar Collectors Show. Your trusted source for sports autographs, trading cards and collectibles. Tristar will be held in NRG Arena, Hall C and D. For more information, visit February 17 th - 2018 Lunar New Year Festival. This year’s Lunar New Year Festival is from 10 AM-4 PM at the Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Dr., Houston 77036. Free Admission & Parking. For more information, visit Community Newsletter | February 2018 February 22 nd - 24 th - Houston Livestock Rodeo Cookoff. More than 250 teams, led by barbecue aficionados, compete in the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. While most team tents are invitation-only, visitors can enjoy several public venues, including The Garden, Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon and the Chuck Wagon. Plus, the carnival is open, for wild rides and fun games. The Miller Lite Stage at The Garden features some of the best up-and-coming and established artists in Texas country. The Rockin’ Bar- B-Que Saloon also features live and DJ music and has an outside patio for visitors to enjoy. Inside the saloon is the Chuck Wagon, where visitors can pick up their complimentary sliced beef sandwich with chips and beans. February 24 th - Rodeo Run. Run for a cause! Proceeds from the event benefit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. The 2017 Rodeo Run had more than 9,500 participants in the wheelchair race, 10K race and 5K fun run/walk. Since 1988, nearly $5 million has been contributed to the Rodeo. For more information, visit February 24 th - Downtown Rodeo Parade at 10 AM. Every February since 1938, the nation’s fourth largest city is transformed from a bustling metropolis to a down-home celebration of Western heritage. Decorative floats intermingle with thousands of men and women on horseback to fill the streets with hoof beats and marching bands. Enthusiastic Houstonians join out-of-town spectators to line the streets and sidewalks to be involved in one of Houston’s most popular celebrations! For parade route, street closures and parking information, visit February 24 th - Love tribute bands? Love food trucks? Join us for the 2 nd Annual Texas Classic Rockin’ Food Truck Rally presented by Shiner Beers. Our goal is to not only be the biggest food truck rally but one of the most amazing rockin’ roll shows the Gulf Coast has ever experienced! Come out early to get your grub on with ALL YOU CAN EAT samples from all of your favorite food trucks from Noon to 3 PM, while supplies last. Vote for your favorite gourmet food truck as they compete for the Grand Champion of the Texas Classic Rockin Food Truck Rally title and all the bragging rights that come with it. Come prepared to rock! There will be an amazing lineup of bands. The event will be at the Galveston County Fairgrounds. General Admission is $20, kids under 12 are free. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for the show and no coolers are allowed. For more information, visit February 25 th - It’s official! The Houston Kosher Chili Cook-off is now the largest kosher food event in Houston. The 8 th Houston Kosher Chili Cook-off will be held at the ERJCC. There will be MORE cooking teams, MORE food, MORE money raised for local charities and MORE fun! At 12 PM, the public is invited to sample chili, mingle, enjoy children’s activities, listen to music and simply have a great time in an outdoor, festival atmosphere. The event will conclude with the selection of the winning chili by celebrity judges. So, don’t miss this “hot” event! For more information, visit 35