Thursday, September 21, 2017

Shout Out Ads

When you give a donation to either the middle or elementary school you get to have a "shout-out" ad in the school directory.

In middle school they don't even offer the option of having pictures because they know every kid would "totally die" of embarrassment, so our middle school shout-out says something about the choir being the 2017 UIL champs. (JR approved, of course.)

But Kyle and Reed are still "all in" for having their picture in their directory.  The picture due date is fast approaching so we ran outside and snapped one this afternoon.  

I think it came out great considering the subjects are 2 boys and a dog who all have way better things to do than sit still for a picture.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Kyle finally got his wish and started diving classes yesterday.
They are at the University of Houston natatorium and his teacher is the coach of the U of H diving team.

PawPaw asked him how his diving class was and Kyle replied "amazing". 

They spend the first 30 minutes doing a "dry land" workout.  (Using the trampoline and a diving board in to a foam pit) and the last 30 minutes they spend in the water.

Here are the highlights.  The last "dive" of the video is when they let Kyle go up to the 5 meter platform (that's 16 feet for those of us that are metric system challenged ).  

As you'll see, he wasn't ready to dive off that one just yet.  Knowing Kyle he'll be doing it in no time though. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Slow Go

We are still here and I didn't quit blogging. I just haven't had anything to say.
It's taking awhile to get back in the swing of things here in Houston.

School is back, but activities aren't.  Most should start back this week.

We got wrapped by the 3rd grade girl slumber party that was next door, but Kyle and Reed had it all cleaned up before I even got a picture of it.

The high school football games have started back, so JR and his friends did that Friday night.

And Baskin Robbins is open which is always a good thing.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Back to School Again

We went back to school (again) today!

The traffic on both of the options we can take to get to Kyle and Reed's school has been some of the worst in the city. (Voss or Chimney Rock for Houstonians)

 We practiced riding our bikes on Saturday and it only took 20 minutes, it isn't far (only about a mile and a half) but you have to cross under I-10 to get there.  

It's been taking about 30 to get to areas around the school, so we figured 20 minutes on the bike was better than 30 or more in the car. 

Ready to go.

Turns out, they opened up the main freeways that were making the traffic so bad for us last night at 10:00 PM.  Not knowing they were open, everyone walked or rode bikes to school in fear of how bad it was going to the traffic was lighter than a normal day! 

I peddled back home just in time to get Cool Breeze to school.

Then I felt guilty for enjoying that it was a "normal" day. 

The kids were all very happy to be back in school and had "great" days.

Since we don't have to make-up the 2 weeks we missed, Reed is still flustered that he "won't be as smart as he needs to be to go to 5th grade next year."  

The other 2 have voiced none of those concerns. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

In the Dog House

While most of us in this house have been going stir crazy the last 2 weeks, Chloe has been quite happy to have us all home.

She has been enjoying every second.

But she wants everyone to know it hasn't been all relaxing. She's been doing a little dog-sitting...and that is some hard work! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Photo Bomber and the Cake Thief have a Moment

It's Grandpa Gary's birthday today
Here are all the Ingersoll men together to celebrate. 

After the family photo-op, JR asked to have his picture made with just Grandpa because he's "the golden child".

 If you're a self proclaimed golden child, you're going to get photo-bombed. 

Don't worry, the Golden Child got his individual photo.

JR might think he's everyone's favorite, but Abby knows exactly who her favorite is.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Good News

I got Kyle in to see the orthopedic today and we got some good news.

On our way to see the doctor...I'm still feeling guilty.  
Thankfully Sonic's "limited menu" includes ice cream.

The doctor said that it's a small fracture near the growth plate.  It won't affect the growth plate, but since it's near it it will heal very quickly because that area gets lots of blood flow. 

He said fractures in that area usually heal in about 3 weeks, and since it's already been almost a week and a half since he hurt it, if he just takes it easy this week he won't have to get a cast or a boot!  

It's not easy keeping him still, but just a week or so more to go!