Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Skinny and (Almost) Average

These little people had their 5 year old check-up.
The verdict: they're skinny, and almost average.

Come on, average!!!
They're only a 1/4 inch apart in height, but that 1/4th of an inch makes Kyle soooo close to average. 40th percentile, compared to Reed's 35th.
As far as their weight goes...well, there's a reason they can still wear their size 18-24 months bathing suits.
36 and 37 pounds puts you in the 15th and 25th percentile for weight.
But hey, at least we're on the chart!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


This year's Pinewood Derby was certainly not all unicorns and rainbows.

The car looked good. (JR's is #4)

But, um, I don't think racing was really this car's thing.

Poor JR came in last in all of his heats.

You'd think an A&M engineer daddy could build a faster car.
 I'm guessing there must be some truth to all those Aggie jokes after all!

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Birthday's Back

Well, we finally got around to having a birthday party for Kyle and Reed.  With school starting up, a birthday ski trip, and a holiday thrown just didn't seem like there was ever time for a party.
Jason and I both agreed this was a super easy party.  An hour in the gymnastics center and 30 minutes for pizza and cake...and...done.



Sunday, January 27, 2013

Guess I Need to Invest in a Round Table

Sooo, JR tried out for another play on Thursday.
This time the play is King Arthur.
3rd play; 3rd play set in medieval England.
(He better change it up soon or he's going to find himself typecast!)
He decided he'd put down Merlin the wizard as his number 1 choice on his audition application.
He didn't really have his heart set on Merlin, there were some other parts he thought would be fun too, so he went to the audition pressure free.
(As apposed to the Robin Hood audition where I know we both would have been seriously crushed if he hadn't gotten Sheriff of Nottingham.)
Another reason he went into this audition with no expectations is because this play is for kids who have been in other productions. 
No new kids. 
 I was really shocked at the number of boys in the room when I dropped him off. 
 I called my mom and said, "there's a lot of boys, and they're big!"
Usually the cast list comes out the next morning, but by the time school was out, I still hadn't gotten it.

JR kept saying, "Could you just check? Could you just check again?"
Around 5:00 I checked yet again. 
 I saw his name toward the top of the list and thought, "Oh no, he's a townsperson."
(They list the cast in order of appearance, and I knew the 'townspeople' were toward the top".)
So I literally screamed "OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH!" when I saw that next to JR it said "King Arthur".
My first phone call was, of course, to my parents (who were equally as excited as I was).
And my second phone call was to JR, who was at his friend, Nolan's, house.
I called Nolan's mom (who just happens to be my friend, Denise, that made Reed's elf costume) and got JR on the phone.
 I said, "JR, the cast list came."
JR: Did I get Merlin?!
Me: No, Baby, you didn't get Merlin.
JR: Oh no! Am I a townsperson?! (Great minds think alike, don't they?)
Me: JR! You're Arthur!
JR: I'm Arthur?!
Me: You're Arthur! Are you excited?
JR: I'm VERY excited!

And Denise was nice enough to send me a picture of him right after he found out.
The message said, "I'm the whole play!"

JR's got a ton of work to do between now and March 14th. 
 The main part sure does have a lot of lines!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fashion Fabulous Friday

The kids have real knight costumes.

(Come on, I mean, what costume don't we have?)

But, of course, these they made out of paper are waaayyyy cooler.

Did I mention they used my entire roll of tape?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Most Popular Girl in Town

Our good friend, Zoe, was back to spend some time with us this weekend.
We all really like this dog, and I'm a little worried how desperately we seem to be seeking her approval.
 We're all on our best behavior when she's around,
so I literally gasped (and then took a picture) when I found JR using her as a pillow!

Look at her, she's even smiling when she's asleep.
Say what you want about how cozy and cuddly these two look, I know she still likes me best!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Star Bright

Reed's the star student this week.
It sounds way more prestigious than it is.
He filled out his own star student questionnaire.
If I can teach this kid to spell we are home free...since his handwriting is already better than Jason and JR's combined.
If you're wondering what a "dog party with Kyle" is, it's pretty much as awesome as it sounds.
They go in their room and have birthday parties for their stuffed animals (which are mostly dogs).

Monday, January 21, 2013

Don't Worry About Us

We're hangin' in there!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fashion Fabulous Friday

How you know your native Texan, isn't very Texany:
They put on their own scarf...wearing it for warmth, but still looking stylish.

This is Reed's scarf from the "knitted by Granny Sherry collection". 
(I may or may not have stolen it and worn it myself a few times.)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Where's Waldo (The Water Edition)

Since I'm still low on blogging material, (i.e. nothing exciting is happening around here) I thought I'd take a picture of the boys at swimming lessons.
Which, as you will see, was way easier said than done.
Here they are, the big splash.
And now they're the bigger splash.
Reed. Kyle as a small splash.
Reed again. This time Kyle in mid jump.

And finally, the two of them, being still!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Not -15, But It Might As Well Be!

Unless you want me to tell you how cold it is, I don't have much to discuss.
(BTW, it's super cold.)
I do, however, have a picture of Kyle letting his wolf drink out of his glass.
Does that count as something blog worthy?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Now That's a Frozen Birthday Cake

So what do Little People who have grown up in Colorado ask to do for their birthday weekend? (They've figured out the stretching of the birthday festivities over a week from JR.)
Go skiing, of course!
We spent the weekend in Keystone, and I have two 5 year olds that are official skiers.
Day 1: We were one of the first gondola loads up the mountain. 
 Temperature: -14!

Even in arctic temps, this bunch loves to ski.

The cutest ski lift partner around.

My view from the last two days.
Jason and I play sweeper from behind and collect the Littles that have taken a tumble. 
Their harnesses have a handle, so we just pick them up by the handle and set them back on their feet!

And if you were wondering if it warmed up today?
When we got started it was -15. It had warmed to -8 when we came in for lunch!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fashion Fabulous Friday

He's already got his outfit planned for Phineas and Ferb Live.
He says the Perrys are going too.  Can you see Big Perry is now wearing a pink necklace?
(Guess he's dressed for the big show.)
Did I mention Phineas and Ferb don't come to town until February?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

What it Had

So what did the big 5th birthday have?
It had donuts and pink milk.

It had 2 little people begging to go to Benihana's for lunch like it's McDonald's, and a mean mom who wouldn't take them there.
The birthday may not have had Benihana's, but when the requested Pu-Pu platter arrived, all was right with the world again.

It had Granny Sherry.

There was hysterical giggling over the blowing out of candles.

And, the best part...the much anticipated, "big gift".
(Contrary to the look on Reed's face in this picture, the big gift was a huge hit.)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hunter's Spy Log: Day 1

I have assimilated nicely.
They still suspect I'm one of them.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My Mini Me

We're back in the swing of things today, so I don't have enough time for the whole "We're FIVE!" lowdown.
But, I just have to show you this picture.
Everyday this child acts more and more like me.
I thought I loved attention because I'm an only child.
That's clearly not the case for this Little.
Who else would strike this pose while being serenaded with "Happy Birthday"?  Um, me.

But don't worry, the jazz hands didn't keep Kyle from loving it too.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Just Four Today

So these little things have been counting down to their birthday since Thanksgiving.
I don't think they could be more excited.
But today, they are still four.
They won't be tomorrow, but they are 'four' today.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Fashion Fabulous Friday

 Headlamp and a new pair of Crocs.
I'd think he was heading out on a serious adventure if he wasn't still in his pajamas.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Little Snowman

With the busyness that the end of the year brings, we hadn't done our one-on-one time with the kids since October.
Reed and I went out together last, but we were back together again because I really wanted to take him to Family Day at Canvas and Cocktails.
(JR went to see Life of Pi with Granny Sherry and Kyle went swimming with Jason.)
I picked this past Sunday thinking every Denverite would be tucked away watching the Broncos, but I guess there are a few like me out there, as it was still a full house.
Reed couldn't have been more excited for his "painting class", and started asking me early that morning how much longer.
But I think the waiting for the teacher once we were there might have been the hardest part.
I'm pretty sure the whole world has been to one of the classes by now, so y'all know how they work.  The nice thing about Family Day is the adult doesn't have to paint. 
This was the best decision I made.
I was able to help Reed mix his colors, get his brushes ready, and stand behind him and re-show him what the teacher had explained.
This little girl next to Reed kept looking at his picture and crying.
Her poor mom was ready to throw in the towel pretty soon after it started.
I would never take the other two to something like this.
It's lots of sitting, paying attention,and following directions.  (None of which are strong suits for the majority of the Ingersoll family.)
Since it was Family Day, it was a nice, easy painting.
We had practiced making Christmas trees when he was drawing Christmas pictures this year, so that wasn't hard for him to catch on.
He didn't really understand how to highlight the tress, so I would point to where to add the white and he'd say, "so just follow the lines?" 
During break time he saddled himself up to the bar and ordered an orange juice.
And here's his final product. 
 He learned a lot about the differences between painting and coloring. And I don't think he could have loved this day more.
Kyle is just as proud of Reed as Reed is of Reed, so the snowman painting is hanging in their room.
(Until I bring it out with the Christmas decorations next year!)