The Kolmetz family, our neighbors in Shepherd Park Plaza, recently took a long summer vacation road trip to beautiful Wyoming. Jonathan, Kristi, Jackson (8 years old), Benjamin (7) and Charlotte (3) enjoyed touring Jackson Hole and visiting the Teton Range, Jenny Lake and Yellowstone National Park.
The family attended a memorial service for Kristi’s grandfather in Greybull, Wyoming.
Fun facts: The Kolmetz family drove almost 3,900 miles round trip and spent more than 83 hours in the car! The family arrived in Wyoming on July 4, spent the night in Cheyenne and checked out downtown Cheyenne. They next traveled to Jackson Hole and participated in the Bar T 5 chuck wagon cookout, where the group traveled by horse and wagon to a campsite for dinner and entertainment. Other highlights of the trip were floating the Snake River, playing in the snow, hiking, riding the tram on the Teton Mountains, walking around Jackson Square and hiking Jenny Lake, where they saw the most amazing waterfalls.
Next, the family arrived in Yellowstone and spent three days touring the park. Some of the sights included Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring and lots of wildlife! Finally, the Kolmetz crew spent a few days in Shell and Greybull, touring the towns where Kristi’s dad grew up, and they hiked, fished and had quality family time. The family would like to send a warm shout-out to Elyssa Horvath, who recommended the chuck wagon ride with Bar T 5 in Jackson Hole. The family also would like to thank their 10-year-old neighbor Sarah Myers for keeping their cat fed while they were gone. Thank you, Kolmetz family, for sharing your adventure!
Heights neighbor Rebecca Bridges just returned to Houston from visiting family in Massachusetts for two weeks. Bridges spent time on the beach and explored Cape Cod. She shared she loves Paws Pet Resort and usually uses them for boarding, but this time, being gone 20 days, she was looking to cut costs and used Mandi’s Mutts. Proprietor Amanda Newman stayed at Bridges’ home the entire time, which included the Fourth of July, which everyone knows is a horrible night for dogs, but thankfully all was well. Bridges has begun writing a blog called Houston Dog Mom (@houstondogmom) on Facebook and invites neighbors to check it out.
The Cunningham family of Garden Oaks had a fabulous summer vacation when they traveled to Orlando and St. Augustine, Florida. Jason and Alisha’s daughters, Lela (15) and Katie (13), experienced their first amusement park at Universal Studios. The teens also enjoyed learning about their Spaniard roots on their mother’s side in St. Augustine. The Cunninghams want to give a huge shout-out to their neighbor Bonnie Hernandez who was so kind to volunteer and watched their two dogs, rabbit and hamster. Bonnie welcomed the family home with happy pets, flowers and snacks. The Cunninghams are grateful for good neighbors and said, “Thank you, Bonnie!”
Lordy, lordy, look who’s 40! Happy, happy birthday to Jennifer Black Graham, who blew out 40 candles July 31. Lots of love from her mom, Jeanette Black, and her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Graham. Jennifer Black Graham will soon enjoy a girls’ trip to the Bahamas with three of her BFFs to extend her birthday celebration in the best way with fun in the sun. Sweet Elizabeth will celebrate her sixth birthday, which was Aug. 1, with a gymnastics party on Aug. 3. Happy birthday to Elizabeth from Nana and Aunt Jackie!