Shelley invited us to go to the Astros game with her on Saturday. JR was excited to go, and it was fun to see Craig Biggio in his second to last game. We saw the Astros hit 2 home runs, so JR was excited to hear the cannon shot off and see the train drive back and forth. And of course, Jason and JR enjoyed hot dogs while Shelley and I really enjoyed our chili cheese dogs! I saw Allison and Geoff from our seats. (I know where their season tickets are, so I know where to look) I didn't have my cell phone with me to call Allison and say hi, so I took a picture of them from our seats. As you can see, they have the best seats in the house! We all had a great time! Thanks, Shel!
We've added something new to our Pre K routine. JR is now riding the school bus. I was taking and picking him up everyday, and he kept asking to ride the bus, so as of Monday, he is a bus rider. He says he loves riding the bus, and I love it too since the bus picks him up and drops him off at the end of our driveway. Hunter (our bichon) loves to go to the "bus stop". It is quite a scene in the mornings. Whenever we see the bus coming, JR starts jumping up and down and twirling in circles and then Hunter tries to get on the bus with him! You should see me trying to say goodbye to JR (who could really care less about saying "bye" to mom when there's a bus load of kids) and pull Hunter off the bus at the same time! Harley (our 15 year old blue heeler) doesn't usually make the trip in the mornings, but will sometimes meet JR when he's getting off the bus in the afternoon. I can't believe he is getting so grown up!
Ever since JR saw that his cousin, Caleb, was featured cooking on his mom's blog, I haven't heard the end of JR wanting to "cook with a cooking hat." This is one of the pictures that has sent JR into a full tizzy to become a chef for the last few days. For the full story on Caleb's culinary skills, check out http://kristiscreativeramblings.blogspot.com/ under "Chef Caleb".
Leave it to Maw Maw and Paw Paw to save JR from a life of non cooking without a cooking hat . After their tour of the Blue Bell Factory on Tuesday they were quick to arrive on Wednesday with a cooking hat in hand. JR did point out that it was an "ice cream cooking hat and not a real cooking hat like Caleb's", but was still thrilled to wear it proudly while getting the pizza ready and making Halloween cookies with Maw Maw and Paw Paw. So without further ado, JR finally makes his blog debut as Chef JR!
Do you notice anything unusual about this picture? Most of you would probably say, "No, looks pretty normal to me." But to those of you who have been friends with Jason for many years, your probably wondering "What's Jason doing wearing a pink shirt and drinking a pink drink?!" I too have to ask, is this the same Jason who showed up to our first date in blue jean shorts? The same Jason that hunts, fishes, and works cows? Yep, that's him. He picked out his own outfit and his own drink...I guess real men do wear pink!
We’ve had three good days in a row at school so hopefully JR is now on a roll. Wednesdays is JR’s church choir night. I’m the assistant in his class and helping out in the 4 year old choir room is pretty funny. Surprisingly, it seems the boys enjoy it more than the girls. Most of the little girls are too busy coloring to sing, so the boys are the ones who really participate. We learned fast that if we pass out some bells to ring or sticks to beat together they really get into it! We are supposed to start working on our Christmas songs soon, so I guess we’ll have a little Christmas show. Can’t wait to see how that comes out!
We got home from the Bahamas yesterday. Marcia and Adam had an unforgettable wedding! They were married on the beach and the rain held out just in time for them to finish the ceremony. With the rolling clouds and the huge waves it was really quite beautiful, but the bride was the most beautiful of all! I don't have any pictures of the wedding to share, but when Shelley posts hers on Snapfish I'll snatch a few and post here. Congratulations Marcia and Adam! JR had fun at the Atlantis resort, he was upset that he couldn't ride all the waterslides (you have to be 48 inches) but Jason took him jet skiing and that seemed to be enough danger and excitement for him! Now I have the fun task of getting all the laundry done from the trip.....it's times like this I sure do miss our Ayi!!
Here's a short video of Jason and JR jet skiing and swimming in the ocean.
Thank goodness JR had a good day at school! He got in the car and said he had “an awesome day”, the teacher didn’t tell me otherwise, so we’re going to go with “awesome”. JR’s highlights of school today include: getting to help the teacher, one of his friends having an accident (in his pants which JR so vividly described), learning how to spell the word “red”, and playing with “lots of friends” at recess. Alas, we still don’t know any of these friends’ names, except for his friend Miracle. Best I can tell, Miracle and JR are big buddies. JR still hasn’t learned the advantages of learning his friends’ names. In China everybody has a title so the Chinese really never learn anybody’s real name. JR still calls Melissa, his Beijing best friend, “Mei-Mei” which means “little sister”.
In other exciting news we are leaving in the morning for the Bahamas. My sorority sister, Marcia, is getting married on Saturday. I’m a bridesmaid in the wedding, and we are going down tomorrow to have a little mini vacay before the festivities. The wedding is at The Atlantis and we are staying there too, so I’m sure I’ll have some fun stories for when we return!
Many of you know that JR just finished up his first week of school. The best thing I can say about the week is that JR took a really great first day of school picture. I'm hoping once we get into a school routine, the days will get better. Of course MawMaw and PawPaw (my mom and dad) blame his "bad" behavior on his abnormally high intelligence. According to my mother "JR 's intellect needs to be challenged with higher level thinking skill manipulates. Gotta love grandparents, especially ones that have just finished their 43rd year of teaching!
So I am totally and completely copying my cousin Kristi's blog. I have enjoyed reading hers each day, and Jason has been after me to start up our website again (which I have told him is just too much work) so, I figure I will give this blogging thing a try. And to give credit where credit is due, you can check out Kristi's blog at http://kristiscreativeramblings.blogspot.com/. For those of you into scrap booking or card making, she is the master, so you will especially enjoy checking it out.