Monday, August 31, 2015

Summer Pictures 1

I realized I have quite a few summer pictures that didn't make the cut.
Starting with pictures from way back on the cruise:
I hope that excited face is for the bird and not the beer.


Reed looks like JR's puppet.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

5 Days Down

Here they are celebrating the end of the 1st week of school.

We survived.
(Yes, I said "we", I'm included in that as much as anybody!)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Denver Comes to Houston

Jason and I went to the Texans/Broncos game on Saturday, and as you can see, Jason, who isn't much of a football fan, took a sudden interest in all "things" Texans.
We also got to go on the sidelines for warm-up.  JR begged me to wear his Payton Manning jersey, but since I think JJ Watt is much cuter, I wore my JJ Watt shirt and compromised with a Broncos hat.
They won't let you stand on the home side of the field if you have on the other team's paraphernalia (which I totally understand) so Jason and I went over to the Broncos side. 
 That turned out even better since I don't think JJ even came out to practice (obviously he isn't playing in the preseason) and we were about 10 yards away from Payton Manning.
I texted this picture to JR and he said, "Call his name, and if he comes over tell him about me."
Oh yes, I'm sure Payton Manning has never heard of a 12 year boy being a big fan of his!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Giants in the Sky

We spent the day before school started going to see JR in Into the Woods.
I guess I'm not artsy enough for "cool" shows like this, because Into the Woods was definitely my least favorite show I've ever seen.
But I must not be too off since JR didn't really care for it either, and felt the same way.

With that said, I still think he had the best part in the show: Jack, as in Jack and the beanstalk.
He had his cow Milky White with him for most of the show.

Then he sold Milky White for the magic beans.
And though I didn't love the show, I did crack up that they had him dressed as a mini Mr. T after he got rich from stealing from the giant!

Monday, August 24, 2015

The First

I overslept today on the 1st day of that was awesome.
Everybody got where they needed to be on time, but I certainly was doing some fast moving while trying to look calm and not fluster the kids.
Our back to school shot was fuzzy this morning with me trying to hurry up, so I took some after the 1st day of school shots.

Kyle and Reed strutted into 2nd grade like they owned the place and said everything was "great".
JR said he loved everything about middle school (I knew he would, but thank goodness!).

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fashion Fabulous Friday on Saturday

I did this post last year, and it's going to be almost identical this year.
Nobody cared about back to school clothes, and begged not to go back to school shopping.
(Although Reed asked me to get him a Jose' Altuve and Mike Trout jersey.)
I shopped for their clothes online, and we made a trip to Academy for tennis shoes. (Which is all they care about.)
I'm guessing this is what's in. (Under Armour, Vans, and Adidas are represented.)

Kyle picked out his backpack, Reed got his in Cozumel (not sure how functional or how long it will last) and JR was happy with the backpack I picked out for him while he was at camp...maybe I am a little bit cool after all!

Nobody is ready to go back on Monday (including me) but at least they'll be clothed and backpacked.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Little Dude Perfects

Kyle and Reed are obsessed with Dude Perfect on YouTube.
If you don't know what/who that is, well, then you're probably my age (or older).
I don't really know that much about them, but the gist is they're guys that do stunts/tricks. They're huge celebrities in my home (and I'm sure the homes of many other kids).  
Apparently, this is what they do, because my two are very proud of their Dude Perfectish "trick".

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Over and Over

All 3 kids have been to Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw's this different times.
They didn't want to go with each other; they wanted to be the only grandchild.
Maw-Maw has definitely taken one for the team when it comes to kids' movies.
She's seen:  Inside Out, Jurassic Park, Shawn the Sheep (twice), Ant Man, and Fantastic Four.
They've also done a few other things over and over:
Same tree

Sam Houston's home

snow cones

 and feeding ducks
And though most everybody participated in these other activities too, I only have solo pictures.
Sam Houston statue (Which is not by Sam Houston's home.)
Texas Prison Museum (You get to see Old Smokey the electric chair.)

and...of course...BB Gunning

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Little Jason

Not only does he look just like him, but the older Kyle gets the more and more he acts like Jason.
Kyle and I were at Costco and I was letting him put everything in the basket.
I was also letting him push it around, so I was walking ahead of him and not paying much attention to what he was actually doing.
When I did look down I noticed he had the entire cart organized just like Jason does.
It looked like a Tetris game! (I just throw stuff in.) 
 He would even take things out and reorganize as other items got put in.
(I've honestly never done that in my life.)
I took this picture and texted it to Jason knowing he'd be proud.  He said "that's how it should be."

Monday, August 17, 2015


I got back yesterday from a girls trip to New Orleans.
We actually all went to New Orleans together 11 years ago....just this time we've got a few more husbands and a bunch more kids between us.
As I told Shelley on the drive home yesterday, I'm not sure we could have had any more fun. 
(Of course, New Orleans itself is as hot and humid as Houston, and smells like, well, New Orleans.)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

3 Times

My kids go to the doctor for being sick maybe once a year.
 Yet this summer I've now been in our doctor's office 3 times (plus a trip to the ER for Kyle's staples). 
I'm all for over-the-counter, home-remedies, and my personal fav "you'll be fine"...which is what we did to Reed last week when he woke up in the middle of the night with an earache.  I found some eardrops in the medicine cabinet, gave him some Tylenol, and besides everyone playing "musical beds", everything was fine.
This morning I woke up to him sobbing (sobbing into his pillow!) that his ear hurt again.
Pitiful sobbing and a little face like this gets you an appointment with the doctor.
He has an ear infection behind the eardrum, which gets him 10 days of antibiotics.
He's feeling just fine now.
And hopefully no more doctor's visits this summer!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


It was 106 today.
And no, that wasn't the heat index or what is was "supposed" to get up to.
That was the temperature my car was giving me as I drove around.
It's what I call "can't breathe hot".
Looking for sympathy Reed said, "It's so hot, I can't breathe."
Getting none, Jason said, "You sound like your mother."
I guess it got so hot that it actually hotted-up (I'm know it's not a word, but I can't think of a better description) a rain.
I was so excited to see some rain to cool us off I took a picture of it.

Technically the temperature did cool off to 83, but at 1,000% humidity, it's still hard to breathe.
On a side (but related) note, I've been spending some extra quality time with my ferns since I'm having to water them all the time.
Look how pretty!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Dropping Like Flies

Kyle refuses to come home, and then Reed packed his bags too.
This is all I've got.

Kyle is having so much fun at MawMaw and PawPaw's he hardly has time to call us, and Reed decided if Kyle wasn't coming home, he'd just go to Granny Sherry's.
And it's not like JR's not leaving cause Jason and I are cool...he has to be here to go to his rehearsals.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Kyle's Stand In

Kyle's sweet teacher who we both loved very much sent out an email that her husband had been transferred and she wouldn't be back. She was worried the kids would be upset when they came by to give her hugs that she wasn't there, and wanted them to know.
The moms put together a last second meet-up for her so the kids could drop by and say goodbye.
Kyle is still at my parents and I couldn't get him in time, so Reed stood in for Kyle and gave and received goodbye hugs.
Here's the little crowd of almost 2nd graders that were there when we were...with Reed playing the part of Kyle.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Man Down

As you can see, I'm missing one.

I assumed they'd want to stay home this week after being away at camp.
I was wrong.
Kyle and Reed have begged nonstop to go stay at Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw's house...alone...without me or each other.
Reed has a friend coming over today, and not even the excitement of "swimming with a friend" could keep Kyle home.  We dropped him off yesterday.
He called me last night to tell me his upcoming schedule.  Which included: donuts, fishing with Freddie, and going to the movies.
Maw-Maw promised me she'd teach him to write in cursive.
He didn't list that on his "schedule".

Monday, August 3, 2015

Under One Roof

Can you guess what this is?
That's the pile of dirt and debris I swept up after finishing 8 loads of camp laundry.
8 loads is a new record for me (usually after a vacation is 6).
 And this is what it looks like before the washing of the 8 loads begins.
As soon as we pulled up at camp we began hearing all about The Ingersoll boys, and specifically how much everyone loved Kyle and Reed's skating routine for the Talent Show.
Apparently it was the "best ever". 
(I'll get them to do it this week and video it.)
JR was even named Cabin Camper of the Week.  The counselors pick one kid a week, and JR got it the last week. Only 3 kids get it (out of 11 in the cabin) the entire time, so that was a nice honor for him.
As soon as we saw JR and Steven they told us how much they loved 3 weeks of camp, and they didn't get homesick at all.
Kyle and Reed started telling us that one week was way too short.
Reed won best entertainer in his cabin, and Kyle won best nicknamer...Mainly due to giving one of their counselors the nickname "Eight Foot Nate."
It's great having everybody home, and JR goes "back to work" today as he starts 3 weeks of rehearsals for Into The Woods.