Sunday, May 31, 2015

Runners Up

Wow, the sun came out today.
I hardly knew what it was!

In between the beginning of the week floods and the end of the week floods, Reed's baseball team was finally able to play their championship game (almost 2 weeks after it was originally scheduled).

Reed did good in the outfield, but not so great hitting.  He was able to score 1 run when he ran home from second (we don't scream "you can't stop a cheetah" when Reed's running the bases for nothing).

The rest of his team couldn't seem to pull it together either, and they lost the championship.

But hey, 2nd place in a league of 44 teams is certainly something to be proud of.

Reed took it much better than JR, who we had to send to the car because he couldn't stop crying.
(See, I'm totally not exaggerating when I tell you about JR's passion for cheering on his favorite teams.)

Here's Reed with his well earned 2nd place trophy.

And this picture just cracks me up. 
 The dads all had to jump in the team picture. 
Of course, they (the dads)  didn't let the moms get one with the team!

It was a super fun first baseball season (even with all the rain) and Kyle will be giving up keeping the concession stand in business as he and Reed both are going to play a short summer season in July.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Last Year

This is the last year I'll be living in a teenager free house.
That's right, JR turned 12 today.
This is what the first day of the last year of being a preteen looks like.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Last Push

The teachers are in the home stretch of school, and it's easy to tell with all the projects.
(Thankfully the projects have been done at school so I don't mind at all.)
The other day JR started telling me about how they had to do a STEM job project.
 Unfortunately they had to pick their jobs out of a hat and he had gotten....mathematician.
JR getting mathematician isn't as ridiculous as someone like me getting it, but still, not the most exciting career for him to research.
The teacher told them they could switch jobs with someone if both people wanted to switch, but JR was sure he'd be stuck with mathematician. "I mean, who'd want that?"  (I had to agree.)
The next day JR got in the car and said, "Mom! You'll never believe it!  One of the boys in our class came up to me and said, 'JR, I know you like to hunt, so I thought you might like my job.  I got game warden, and I really would like mathematician.  Would you like to switch?' "
Obviously, asking JR if he wanted to switch mathematician for game warden was like asking him if he'd like to trade his broccoli for a bowl of ice cream.
He was very proud of his game warden brochure (which does look kinda professional) and he even made an A on it.
(The grade was obviously an end of the year grade too.)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Send in the Ark

So if you follow the news at all, you might have heard we got a little rain last night.
I've been through 2 hurricanes, and a couple of tropical storms and I've never seen it rain so hard for so long.  I've also never seen such bad lightning.
And if you think I'm exaggerating, it started raining about 9:00 last night and didn't let up (at all) til around 3:00 AM.  In that time we got 11 inches of rain. 
The news also said we were having 10,000 lightning strikes every 15 minutes.
We were lucky since we didn't loose our electricity or have water in our house. Our only issue was Hunter had a panic attack over the lightning and made sure nobody slept though any of the storm.
 Poor Granny Buffie was stranded in her car until 3:30 AM, but Jason was able to get out and go get her then.
School was cancelled, but Jason was able to get to his office going a different route than he usually takes.  I didn't venture out with the kids today (there were already 2,000 cars abandoned and/or flooded out in Houston and I didn't feel like adding to the number,) so there was a lot of this going on in our house.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Quick Trip

We got home today from a quick trip to Denver.
But in that quick trip lots of things got done:
JR saw lots of friends

Kyle and Reed saw lots of friends

Jason and I saw lots of friends

We saw lots of snow

And Zoe got lots of hugs.

Thank you so much to Scott and Debbie for hosting us, and Audry and Suzanne for hosting JR! 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fashion Fabulous Friday

It's super fun when old friends show up and you just happen to be twins.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dying to Know

So I know you've all been dying to know what's been going on in baseball.
Reed's little team won all their playoffs, so they are officially in the championship game!

And if you're wondering why we've acted like this is the biggest deal ever, well...there were 505 boys making up 44 teams in their 7&8 year old league.  So to be one of the 22 boys (out of 505) that get to play in the championship, that is a big deal.
One of the moms decorated our cars.

And we made signs and decorations
(When you win, even the cool 5th graders want to have a picture with you.)
Speaking of 5th graders, JR has added the role of mascot to his scorekeeping duties

If the weather holds out they'll play for the championship on Tuesday.  
Go Blue Jays!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Photo Bomber

I thought I had taken some really nice pictures of JR with his grandparents.
Then I realized they were photo bombed.
Good thing I just happen to know the culprit.

I guess we learned to just let him be in the least he can't photo bomb.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Surely You Didn't Think...

I'd let you get away without seeing videos of JR's musical numbers.
Here's his 3 biggies.

76 Trombones

Marion the Librarian.

I think Marion the Librarian is my favorite.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Professor Harold Hill

JR did two shows of the Music Man this weekend and he was fantastic! 
 I didn't cry, but I did tear up a time or two.
I was able to get some great pictures of JR as Professor Harold Hill. 

And though the show is over, this won't be his last time playing Harold Hill.
He'll actually be doing it again for a summer show at 2nd Baptist so Kyle and Reed can be in the show with him (in the chorus). 
At least we won't have to do much practicing at home!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

It Rains Everyday

Baseball season should be over. But with a combination of Reed's little team still being in the playoffs and that it rains everyday so we can never play, we're still baseballing.

It cleared up long enough to play on Saturday and just look how cute he is.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fashion Fabulous Friday

I still don't have a computer, so this will be short and sweet.

JR picked President Ronald Reagan for his research paper.
And though President Reagan wasn't his 1st choice, thankfully, Payton Manning hasn't made enough of a historical contribution to our country to be an approved topic choice. 

JR picked to "be the person" for his project.
 (Of course he know JR's certainly not going to spend his time making dioramas or posters.)

His costume was our easiest yet since everything he has on came out of his own personal closet.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Oh No

So don't give up on me. My computer (that I've had forever and love and don't want to change) has finally died. I want to cry. I'm not really talented enough to blog on my iPad, so I'll be back as soon as I can figure out how. ;)

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Here's wishing a happy day to....
Granny Buffie
And Granny Sherry
And my mama (and their Maw-Maw)
And of course, happy day to me too!

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Reed's baseball team just won their 2nd play off game against an undefeated team.
It was almost as exciting as the boys' teacher coming to see them...and bringing her dog.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Fashion Fabulous Friday

Jason and I went to a Kentucky Derby themed charity event for Child Advocates on Saturday night.
My plan was to buy a new derby style hat, but I couldn't find one I just loved.
So I wound up making my own.
I already had the hat; I just pinned it up on one side.
And then I grabbed some fake flowers from around the house and hot glued them on.

Poor Jason, it's hard to take a picture with a sunflower shoved in your face.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Big Fan

Tuesday was our last regular season baseball game.  I love their little team.  The boys are so sweet and the moms (and dads) are all really nice.  I thought baseball was going to be miserable, but it's been really fun.
Here's their little team.

I just couldn't handle the cheesy, fake background (as seen above) from Reed's individual pictures, so I took some myself.
Mine are way cuter.
Even with the bandages from his stitches.

The boys got 3rd place in their division (Reed's super excited they won trophies) and they made the playoffs. 
You pretty much need an engineering degree to understand the playoff bracket, but I did understand it enough to know to show up to our 1st game tonight. 
Granny Sherry and I are treating these playoffs like it's the Astros in the World Series, as you can see by my bloodied finger from ringing a cowbell.
I mean, if I'm not the most obnoxious fan in the stands then I'm pretty much a failure, right?
(And yes, the torn up knuckle was worth it...they got the win.)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Running and Math in one Post

So after the big Talent Show Friday night, Kyle and I were up bright and early to run a 5K to support art programs in our school district.  And yes, I find it totally ironic that it was Kyle that ran and not the two kids I have that love art and dramatic art.
JR just stayed home, and Reed had a baseball game later that morning. 
Here he is having a little celebratory lunch after the game. 
(On a side note, these two are in the same class at school.  Reed's poor teacher.  She's forever calling them each others names, and I even have trouble telling them apart on the baseball field!)

Here's our 5K selfie (obviously white visors are cool).
And Kyle's post race bottle of water.
Now, I'm going to be real honest with you, I haven't run since I did the marathon. I ran 3 miles about 2 weeks after it, and then I've never run again.
 I just haven't felt like running. (I sound like the opposite of Forrest Gump.)

So with this 5K under my belt, I've now run exactly 6.1 miles since January 19th.
(It's pretty sad when the math is that easy.)
We didn't do the competitive race so we don't have an official time, but I timed us, and we did it in 40 minutes...which I think is decent for little 7 year old legs that have trained about as much as I have...which is none.