A Happy Birthday picture with Paw-Paw
Friday, March 30, 2012
Today's really more of a fashion accessory fabulous Friday.
And what could be a better accessory in Texas after
(Yes, that's its official drought title.)
Umbrellas (out of necessity because rain is falling from the sky), of course.
Posted by Jan at 4:44 PM
Thursday, March 29, 2012
We were having a typical East Texas rain shower (complete with lightning and thunder) when I looked out the kitchen window and screamed, "Navidad just blew up!"
(The Navidad Resources field office is in the next pasture over from my parents. Guess you could say they're the "next door neighbors".)
I thought my mom and I were being super calm as we both called 911.
But I guess I wasn't as calm as I thought since my next call was to Jason and he didn't understand a word I said.
It scared the kids pretty good (JR started crying and begging to "just leave"), but I think they actually handled it great since this is what they were looking at.
(You can see the field office right in front of the fire!)
It's obvious this picture was taken from my dad's barn front porch.
You can see both guineas (right behind the fence) and martin houses in the foreground.
It's hard to come by news that isn't hearsay in a small town, but best we know there were no injuries or fatalities, (Praise God!) and it was either a salt water removal tanker or an oil tanker that was struck by lightning.
I'll let you know when I've got the full story.
Posted by Jan at 5:11 PM
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I missed the actual impact since I had walked inside for a minute.
But I knew it was "bad" when I heard Kyle crying and Reed screaming at him.
(On a side note, Reed stopped yelling and started hysterical crying the second he saw me walking toward him.)
Tears were plentiful, but luckily, so were the band-aids.
To be fair, the wreckage did look pretty bad, especially since both bikes were on the concrete before the "incident".
Posted by Jan at 7:53 PM
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
There's lots to cram into a day when you're at Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw's:
4-wheeling and trail wagon riding with Freddie.
Bicycle, tricycle, and big wheel racing.
Acting like I'm not even around and picking out the sugariest "sugar water" you can find.
Singing at the nursing home with Paw-Paw's gospel group (and helping Maw-Maw push the wheel chairs).
Eating Frito-pie hamburgers.
And of course...
Some serious office time.
Posted by Jan at 9:47 PM
Monday, March 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
I'm in Texas!
We're using the boys' spring break (and the next week too) for a quick trip down South.
We're in Amarillo tonight and I get to sleep somewhere there in between Kyle (the twin), Perry (the platypus) and Hunter (the dog).
Yep, 5-star luxury at its finest.
Posted by Jan at 6:54 PM
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I'm so glad we have every electronic/digital gaming device on the planet since the kids would rather entertain themselves by sliding head first down the stairs.
We were total sticklers when it came it safety.
We wouldn't let Reed ride down face first on JR's back.
Posted by Jan at 7:52 PM
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
We went to Fire Golf (it's real name is Adventure Golf) two summers ago on our first trip to Denver.
The boys loved it, made us go back last summer, and asked daily when we lived in Durango when we could go back to Fire Golf.
And wouldn't you know it, our new house is only about 5 miles away from Fire Golf.
We can go everyday if we want!
(And believe me, the kids want.)
There were cheers and woo-hoo's for Mommy when we pulled in the parking lot.
There were happy dances.
There was serious cheating.
Some took their game very seriously.
not so much.
Posted by Jan at 7:56 PM
Monday, March 19, 2012
I'm pretty sure I told this fella not to hurry back.
But hurry back he did.
And Kyle was having none of "just leave Buddy Bear in the backpack."
He wanted a costume change as soon as that bear crossed the threshold of our house.
Buddy went to the St. Patty's Day parade with us.
(Not really, but he did ride in the car that day.)
So here's Kyle's version of Buddy at the parade.
(Kyle's gonna have to work on his sketching technique if he plans on making it to Project Runway.)
Posted by Jan at 8:37 PM
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Jason and I were laughing that of all the years we lived in Houston neither of us had ever been downtown to a parade.
Yet we've been in Denver all of about 3 weeks and found ourselves downtown at the St. Patty's day parade on Saturday.
The Denver St. Patrick's Day parade claims it's the biggest St. Patty's day parade west of the Mississippi, and I'm certainly not going to argue.
It was a parade alright, but a total dog and pony show too.
I don't have pictures of all the dogs and ponies, but I do have llamas!
And a llama butt, but at least JR's looking at the camera.
Kyle was thrilled there was free jewelery.
And Reed was collecting parade flair like a pro.
We lasted for 3 1/2 hours before we called it a day and headed for home.
(Yes, you read that right. Three and a half hours and there were at least 50 floats to go!)
Yep, we totally know how to parade.
Reed and JR with Randi's (of Runnin' of the Green fame) boys.
Posted by Jan at 8:22 PM
Friday, March 16, 2012
My friend, Randi, invited me to do the Runnin' of the Green 7K with her. Luckily, it's touted as a "classic Irish jog" cause joggin' is just what I did.
Randi will be running the Boston Marathon in a month, so I'm really only athletically qualified to stand near her and take pictures before the race starts.
(And go out to eat with a table full of Boston Marathoners and/or/also Iron Men-Women after. Talk about feeling like the fat kid in gym class! Sheesh!)
Our friend, Ginger, decided at Canvas and Cocktails that she would run too, so it was awesome to have somebody just my speed to run, chat, and giggle with for the 4ish miles.
So you might be wondering how this has anything to do with fashion.
Well, thankfully, St. Patty's Day costumes are pretty much demanded for the Runnin' of the Green!
My pink bows are covered in shamrocks (from the dollar aisle at Target) and you can barely see that I was also wearing bring orange knee socks from my Velma costume.
(I don't usually wear anything that accentuates my calves that have been questioned if they'd fit in ski boots, but good costuming always trumps common sense!)
Randi and I both made pairs of socks into "arm warmers".
(Mine were toe socks.)
And the best part?
They had tons of fun after-run activities including a photo booth with props!
Posted by Jan at 1:06 PM
Thursday, March 15, 2012
We had to go to Jason's office today to get letters notarized that approve JR to leave the country without us.
(In case customs was to ever have questions.)
Jason, JR, and Grandpa Gary are going to Namibia in June, and JR will also be going on a cruise with Granny Sherry in about a month.
(I'm still not sure how JR landed a fabulous travel itinerary and all I have on the agenda is a trip to Texas!)
Anyway, the kids are so used to Jason's office being over an hour drive they couldn't believe it when we were only in the car for 20 minutes.
20 minutes, and in the middle of downtown Denver.
And downtown Denver has a Pinkberry.
Awesomeness all around.
Posted by Jan at 8:50 PM
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I don't usually post pictures on Facebook and here, but since some of my blog readers aren't on Facebook (my mom) and since I think this is a funny picture (and a slow week) I thought I'd go ahead.
While furniture shopping for a new breakfast table this weekend, we made the mistake of turning our backs on Kyle for a second.
Can I feel good that he at least took his shoes off before making himself at home?
(You might also notice Perry the Platypus relaxing as well.)
Posted by Jan at 8:25 PM
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
After the first day walk to school, the boys have been riding their bikes everyday.
The best part is our neighborhood is set up with tunnels, so we don't even have to cross the street!
Their school is a Pre K-8, so there are some seriously big kids walking around.
I thought I'd snap a picture of all the big kids in the background while the littles were waiting on me to catch up with them.
I'm sure we'll giggle about how little they were when they're that big!
They definitely win the award for smallest bikes at the bike rack.
Check out that fancy bike lock!
Then they strut into class wearing their helmets like they rode up on Harleys.
Posted by Jan at 5:12 PM
Monday, March 12, 2012
Oh lucky me.
Reed GOT to bring Buddy Bear home with him this weekend.
Apparently, Buddy Bear is the classroom bear who invites himself over to spend the weekend.
I just love trying to keep up with a bear that has more costuming options that me.
(This is the outfit Reed picked out from the backpack of choices.)
Knowing if anybody could lose/tear-up/destroy not only the bear's wardrobe, but the bear itself, it was my three...I mainly just tried to make sure Buddy Bear was hidden for the weekend.
Along with getting to take care of Buddy, Reed was to also draw a picture of something fun Buddy did with him.
Now, I'm here to tell you that Buddy did nothing fun at our house,
(I promise, it was for his own safety.)
but I figured "saying" Buddy and Daisy played together was as good as anything.
So long, Buddy Bear.
No need to hurry back.
Except that you will...
Being that I've got another kid in the exact. same. class.
Posted by Jan at 7:36 PM
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
A couple of weeks ago, Kyle and Reed were thrilled to go to their friend, River's, birthday party.
They were even more thrilled to find face painting as a party activity.
And though they're supposed to be tigers, I can't help but think of Angela from the show The Office saying, "just a couple of kittens, out on the town" every time I see this picture.
Posted by Jan at 12:51 PM