Friday, January 19, 2018


The kids went back to school yesterday and I had JR's awards assembly first thing in the morning. I was there to see him get his award for honor roll, and was pleasantly surprised when they announced he was the distinguished student for his history teacher (who is also the basketball coach JR is the manager for).

The grade level principal was reading out the award and since he announced him as "JaaaaaaaaR Ingersoll" like JR says his name on the announcements, I had time to grab my camera and start videoing 

It's always fun to hear nice things about your kid, and we are always proud to have a distinguished student in the house. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Reed is upset that I said there was "no snow".

Ok, so there was enough snow for Kyle and Reed to make this awesome snowman. 

Oh, and if you'd like to see how big he really is, here you go.

And Reed was able to do this

In other exciting news, the kids went back to school today!
(If you're counting they've missed 12 days this year due to hurricanes and ice.)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

No School Again

I guess the theme of this school year is "let's not go to school".
We are on our 2nd day of a "snow day", though there's no snow.

Even Jason's office is closed today, confirming this:

Chloe and I have been doing this for 2 days.

Which also confirms:

Kyle and Reed have been staying active.
This shows why we can't have nice things...and why we have no use for toys.

They needed me to video, but they were able to take these pictures on their own.

And I really need them to go back to school before they tear something else up...or break a foot like Kyle did during Harvey.

JR has had friends spend the night the last 2 nights. 
Thankfully they just sit around and watch things on TV.

Monday, January 15, 2018

All Celebrated

Kyle and Reed's 10th birthday celebrations have come to a close.

They started on the night before their birthday when Granny Sherry took them to Saltgrass to eat ribs.

(They wore the left over NYE party hats for the picture only, not the rib eating.)

 When they got home they made sure to remind me no less than 10 times that the "Birthday Fairy" needed to come and decorate their doors.

 Unbeknownst to them, the Birthday Fairy had already made arrangements for the yard to be decorated...but not wanting the new ten year olds to be sad when they woke up, she (and he) went ahead and decorated the doors.

And here's the yard decorations The Birthday Fairy had planned.

For dinner they said they wanted Jason to cook them a steak, so here they are showing off their "favorite" dinner.

Birthday cake for dessert

They decided that instead of a big party, they each wanted to invite 2 friends each to Benihanas and have a sleepover (DONE!) We had that "party" on Saturday. 

 And instead of a cake, we let them make S'mores.

Fire is a huge hit with boys.

And if you're wondering why Kyle had so many clothes on, don't worry, that didn't last long.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Special Guest

On the way home from Breckenridge, JR asked if Steven (his BFF from Durango that now lives close to Ft. Worth) could come and spend a few days with him over Christmas break. 

A couple of texts and a  phone call with his mama (my friend, Liz) later, Jason and JR found themselves picking up Steven from the airport on the 26th.

JR and Steven have always been kindred spirits and have been friends since they were 6 or 7, it's been so long I can't even remember. 

It was funny having Steven here and not seeing him for so long, because in the 2 or 3 years since I've seen him, he's turned in to his dad...looks, talks, and acts just like him. 

  The boys had lots of fun.  They went to the movies, out to eat, went to the Texas Bowl (the UT/Missouri game), and did whatever else 14 year old boys do.

This was the only picture I got of them (as soon as Steven walked in the house) and I'm glad I did since I didn't get any others.

JR is already planning when he can go up and visit Steven.  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

All the Speedy Pants plus Me

Jason and I felt like these two could ski by themselves this year.

Of course we trust their skiing ability.  Which just don't trust their speed, jumping, or love of tree trails.

We skied with them as much as our legs would let us.  Jason even videoed them one day, which I was totally impressed with Jason's skiing and videoing at the same time skills.  
All of them are speedy pants.

 Jason and I quite enjoyed just sitting at the bottom and letting them ski while we rested every now and again (especially after lunch).

Jason even got some work done. (Notice the phone stuck in his helmet on his left side.)

All of JR's friends had gone home by our last day, so we made him ski with us a bit. 

Jason told him "act like you like your mother" for this picture.  
This is what we got.

Kyle was having none of that, so we had to take another one...with Kyle still pouting that I'd given JR too much attention.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

3 Stages

The 3 stages of exasperation that your brother won't hurry up and drink his hot chocolate so you can go ski some more: