Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2 of 3

JR had his Christmas choir concert last night and they sounded so amazing.
I'm already getting a little sad that this is his last year with his choir teacher.

The boys sang "Jolly Old St. Nicholas"

And then the advanced combined choirs sang "Carol of the Bells"

and "White Winter Hymnal" 

Monday, December 11, 2017

2 Early Mornings!

Kyle had a diving meet this weekend, which required us to leave the house at 6:30 AM both mornings so he could be there by 7:00 to warm up.

When I woke him up at 6:15 on Saturday morning and told him it was time to go dive, he immediately had a huge smile on his face.  So he must really love it because I don't smile about anything that early.

He tied for 4th place in 3 meter springboard (that's 10 feet) and I think he learned a lot about competing. 

He said he had fun which is all that ever matters.

I got nervous watching him dive and would forget to video, but I did get these.
(Kyle is the one on the board closest to the camera in the long speedo.)

He had a diving fan club with him.

 And I made sure to get my picture with him since I'm the one that drives him across town to lessons twice week.  So like 10% of that 4th place victory is mine, right? 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

1 of 3

We have 3 choir concerts in 5 days.

Last night was our 1st one when Reed sang with the Spring Branch Boys Choir.  The Spring Branch Boys and Girls Choirs both performed and they all sounded good.

Boys choir has been hard scheduling wise since he's had to miss his tennis class.  With basketball starting up and baseball right around the corner, there's just no way to continue on, but we finished out the first semester and we're going to call it a success. 

Reed had a big audience.

And a big taco to celebrate.

Friday, December 8, 2017

It Didn't even Freeze

 The Gulf, Central, and East Texas all collectively lost their minds last night because it snowed.

And technically, yes it did snow.  

But after living in Colorado almost 7 years it's kind of laughable.

I'm just so proud that we didn't cancel school.  
(I mean, it didn't even stick to the concrete, but usually 1 flake of snow in the sky calls for a school cancellation.)

My mom even texted me their snow pictures.

 Our snow was all gone by 8:00 this morning. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Odd, Wacky, Ridiculous, Awesomeness

Wrapping up our trip to Austin...

Austin is known for its weirdness.  
It puts all its odd, wacky, ridiculous, awesomeness out for everybody to see.

And we saw all of it.


Who puts a turtle pond on a college campus?  UT does.  I even call it "Ms. Shelley's turtle pond" because Shelley has always loved it...so did Kyle.


Which was the inspiration for the Thai and sushi restaurant down the street "Thai, How are you?" 


I'm not sure if a blowup snowman in a van is ridiculous because they have to leave the van door open for it fit, or if it's totally "Austin normal" to a have a blowup in a van and it's only ridiculous because it's a snowman in 85 degree weather. 


Where all the girls he'll want to date will live. 

And for odd, wacky, ridiculous, awesomeness rolled in to one I present the Matthew McConaughey Christmas tree at the University CoOp

The tree topper is a Lincoln car hood ornament, those are movie quotes, and oh by the way, do you see the bongos?! 

When I tell you McConaughey is a Texas treasure, I'm not exaggerating. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


So back to when Kyle and I were in Austin...

We somehow wound up with all kinds of pictures of him with the Capitol.

And since we were so close, we went inside and found the important stuff.

The House of Representatives

And where Governor Greg Abbott gives his press conferences. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

On Time!

This thing showed back up on December 1st.

But there was really no way he could have forgotten to come on time (this year).
Kyle and Reed talked about him nonstop for a week leading up to December 1st...and begged for him to come early.

Sam the Elf has quite the attitude this year.
He's already left Chloe a note that she's getting coal and that he'd rather be Jose Altuve's elf.

I guess holiday stress is already getting to him.