Sunday, January 31, 2016

We All Rocked It

I am finished with the talent show!
It was deemed a success, and everyone was happy.
Here are my 1-3rd grade performers
(with the two most important performers sitting on the bottom to the left).

And just to give you an idea of how many kids (and mamas) I was dealing with, here are the 4th and 5th graders.

And here's their routine to We Will Rock You from Friday night. 
(Kyle (in blue) did a little more improvising in this one than he did in the morning show.
I was thankful to have JR and his buddy, Christian, to come work Friday night and help me.
 Christian did the videoing since I was a little busy.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I'm Talented

I'm one day away from our elementary school's talent show.
Why is this important?
Because I'm in charge.
Of the whole thing.
I've learned a lot this year, and have plenty of new rules for next year.
(As long as they let me keep the gig.)
We had dress rehearsal yesterday.  I'm calling it successful because I didn't break down in tears.
Last year they only let 3rd-5th grade be in it. (You might remember JR was in it and the host.)
 I'm letting the whole school be in it simply because my kids are in 2nd grade, and if you think I'm putting on a talent show that my own kids can't be in...well, then you don't know me at all.
But I think they'll always let the whole school be in it from now on, cause ya know what's cute?  Little 1st graders trying to sing and dance.  Ya know what's not? 5th graders.
I'm off to make copies of programs.
See you on the other side!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Fan Fest

JR really wanted to go to the Astros fan fest on Saturday, but Kyle and Reed each had a basketball game so there was no way we could take him.  JR being JR, talked Granny Sherry into taking him, and they had a great time.
JR is as much of a fan of the commentators as he is of the players.

Chatting with the sports radio guys and telling them how he wants to have their job one day (if acting or ESPN doesn't work out).

But don't worry, he gets excited to meet the players too.

Granny and JR sat in the dugout, and then they both ran the bases!

Monday, January 25, 2016

And The Party, Finally

We finally got around to having the boys birthday party.
(January birthdays are hard!)
I thought nobody was louder than junior high girls (or maybe me) but 30 second grade boys give them a good run for their money!

We had a laser tag party Friday after school and every single kid they invited came.
They have so many cute, fun friends.
It was a 3 way party with their friend, Cash, that shares their birthday, and since they're all playing basketball right now, a basketball cake seemed perfect.
And now we're done with birthdays for awhile!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Broncos Nation

At least he'll be happy for the next 2 weeks.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Chloe Update

I know everybody thinks their baby is the cutest, but, oh my goodness, my little baby is the cutest, sweetest thing ever!


Tuesday, January 19, 2016


We made our annual trip to the Houston Safari Club Convention on Saturday.
This entire picture has me at a loss for words.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

B Ball

Basketball season has officially started.
And the boys are on 2 different that's "fun".

Can you find my kid? That's right, smallest one out there. 
Reed's team won by 20 points.

Kyle's team won by 2 points. 
And here are their basketball pictures.
Yet again, I just took my own.

(This child looks more like Jason everyday!)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

At Least as Good as

Kyle's tackles look better than the Texans (especially their tackles at last Saturday's game).

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Polar Bear Plunge

At the school auction there were two 2nd grade parties you could buy.
I asked the boys if they wanted me to buy them the Nerf gun party or the polar bear plunge.
They wanted the polar bear party.
I'm not sure if it was because the Nerf party was boys only and this one was co-ed, or they thought jumping in freezing water sounded fun...or a little of both.
So while we were off watching the Texans "play", Kyle and Reed were having way more fun.
They even got a "I took the plunge" T-shirt, but best of all, there were s'mores.
Kyle's the one trying to do bunny ears on his friends, Reed's the 2nd on the left laughing.
(And look, the one next to Reed just pushed a kid in!)
Reed looking at the camera, now Kyle's laughing.
(And the kid that got pushed in is back in the picture.)
That's Reed in the middle of the hot tub. 
(These boys need to up their game...not a girl around!)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I Thought I was Good Luck

Every Texans game I've been to this year they've won.
I really was starting to think it was good luck for me to be there and watch my boyfriend, JJ Watt, play.
So we had high hopes going into Saturday's game.
Here we are with big smiles on the way
Big smiles tailgating (even though it was super windy)
and big smiles before the game.
And then the game started, and there were no more big smiles again.
There was a glimmer of hope when Alfred Blue made the only good play of the game, as documented here by JR and his friend, Christian.  But other than this video...I'm not sure there were any more cheers from anybody.

Saturday, January 9, 2016


Kyle and Reed's birthday was a success.
Their friend, Cash, has the same birthday so we had a mini party at his house after school with their very best friends.  (I didn't pay the $500 to have their birthday put on the board.)

Next door neighbors ran over to join the party when they saw there was cake!

Chloe was happy to be there too.

Kyle and his bestie, Caden.
They got new bikes for their birthday, and as soon as we got home Kyle ran and got Mary to go riding with him.  (Reed had basketball practice.)

But don't worry, he's been able to get plenty of riding in.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

They're Old!

These little people are 8 today!
Which I think actually makes them medium sized people.

They started celebrating yesterday since Maw Maw and Paw Paw came to town to take them to dinner and do presents.

They might be 8, but they still want me to me carry them, sit in my lap, and most importantly...give me hugs and kisses when they see me at school. 
The days are limited on all those so I take what I can get!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Our New Baby!

After grieving over Hunter since September, we finally felt we were ready for a new dog.
All of the kids asked for a dog for Christmas, so we knew it was time.
I wasn't prepared for how hard the getting a new dog process was! When we got Hunter I remember looking in the Greensheet for bichons, and going over to a lady's house to pick him out from the litter the same day I found the ad.
We thought we wanted a mini golden doodle because we had such a great experience keeping Zoe (who was a golden doodle but standard size) in Denver.  I quickly learned that the wait time for a mini golden doodle was about 6 months...if they would even let you on the list.
After many exhaustive searches of all different types of breeds, I was finally just looking for a small, nonshedding, female, that wasn't a full bichon (because Jason said it would be too hard to have a dog that looked just like Hunter).
Finally, New Year's day night I found an ad (in the Greensheet again) for shichon puppies (A shih tzu and a bichon).  The pictures even showed that they weren't all white, so they wouldn't be exactly like Hunter, but being part bichon we knew they would be sweet dogs.
We finally got a hold of the lady the next day, and she had 1 little girl left. 
And here she is (on the car ride home)!

We named her Chloe...after a family debate that included secret voting.

2 1/2 pound puppies like to sleep.

First awake portrait at 6 weeks old!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2 Years Later

2 long years after Kyle lost his front teeth, 1 of Reed's has finally come out.
His little front teeth were/are literally nubs, so it took forever to get this one pulled because there was nothing to hold on to.
I'm convinced he's the oldest kid ever to still have their front teeth!
(Also, as you can see, hair brushing has been somewhat optional this vacation.)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy 2016

Happy New Year from The Ingersolls and a pile full of balloon animals.

Guess who got a "how to make balloon animals" kit from Santa?
He can make:
A giraffe
 a dog

a dog with a really long nose
and a sword
He's definitely ready to hit the 2016 birthday party circuit.