Thursday, February 22, 2018

5 is the Magic Number

I haven't written much this week because I've been going to basketball games.
Reed's team won tonight (36-22) which means they are going to the championship game (silver bracket) on Saturday.

These poor kids have played every night this week.  5 games in playoffs, 4 this week! 

The way the league plays is that each kid plays for a set amount of time for the first 3 quarters. In the 4th quarter you can play whoever you want.  (So in theory you'd play your best 5 players).

Their little group of 5 starters went out and prayed together right before the 4th quarter started tonight.  So sweet.

Aunt Traci came to the game on Monday night and took some great pictures, the ones that aren't so great are the ones I tried to take Tuesday.

You can see how hard he plays.  It's just so fun to watch. 

Looking for the ball

Trying to grab the ball away

He lands on the floor a lot when those big kids sling him down.  

One of his famous steals.

Going for a loose ball

Ready for the throw in

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Face

The face you get when you ask "is this better than eating lunch at school?" when you pick the kids up and take them to lunch before the orthodontist.

The faces you get when they beg to have their picture made with their froyo so they can "send it to JR".

FYI, I wouldn't let them send it to JR, nor will JR see this since he doesn't read my blog. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Much Smaller than a Basketball

Reed played in 2 different tennis tournaments this weekend.

The first tournament he won two matches and lost one.
And he sure did look fancy.  (We finally got him some "proper shoes".)

 Then he played with his junior tennis team on Sunday.
Reed won both his singles and his doubles matches against the first team they played.

He forgot his sunglasses so he wound up wearing Jason's. 

He had never played a doubles match in a tournament (and rarely at practice), but he and his partner, Jimmy, did great.

 Then Reed played doubles with Charlie against a different team.
They lost the match, but won some games.

 Switching sides after a win

 Reed talking strategy. 

 He was happy with how he played on Sunday, and Granny Sherry and I are very proud of our personal growth by not screaming and cheering like we do at baseball and basketball.  

Although Jason still has to shush us every now and again. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

One Less Ball

Kyle's basketball team wrapped up their season on Saturday.
They were a good little team...actually too good for their own good.

They wound up as the last seed in the  "gold bracket" for playoffs.

It's really hard to beat a team when they've got kids taller than JR.

Kyle was drafted on to a team where the coach didn't know him.  He had to prove himself the entire time, and by the middle of the season they had him guarding the point guard.

I was able to get some good video on Saturday of just what a defensive guy he is.

Kyle was proud of his basketball season, and was happy to celebrate it at Fudruckers.

Big Gary and Little Gary

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Valentine Winners

For the 2nd year in a row I was in charge of the Valentine parties for the entire grade.  
(Which made it super easy since I already knew how to do it.) 

I made each class (6 classes) an "estimation vase".  There were 57 butter-mints, and coincidentally, Kyle and Reed both guessed 56.  Hummmm...the vases had sat in our house for about a week.  

So Kyle and Reed did not come home with the vase, as I made them both give them to the person who had the next best guess.

They were able to legitimately win one of the hats and Mr. T necklaces I made in super exciting games of Valentine Bingo and speed heart puzzle putting together. 

The kids got candy for Valentines.

I got 2 dozen roses...oh yeah, and a new car (a suburban). 

And Jason got salt.  (Yes, he was happy to get salt.) 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Valentine

Just look at this picture.  

How could he not be perfect for me?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Coming Back From Cali

I didn't hear from JR all weekend while he was in California. 
(The first I heard from him was when he texted me to let me know his plane had landed in Houston.)

I was able to keep up with him from the few things I could find on Facebook.

There were thousands of kids there, but leave it to JR to wind up on the Junior Theater Festival page. (left back)

I also got a few pictures from his chaperone.

JR and his roommates

His group before the Radio Disney dance with one of their trophies.
JR is top left in the Hawaiian shirt.

Their group won best ensemble for their Little Mermaid, and out of 50 groups they were 1 of 3 asked to perform on the main stage (where they did Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

JR said he had a great time and was very happy he was picked to go.