Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I'm in a Pickle

So I did a really bad job of taking pictures on this vacation.

 Aunt Traci was always walking around with her fancy camera, so I just didn't take any. 

Kyle and Reed did talk me in to taking some action shots of them.

And I snapped this picture of the other set of  "twins" that were on the trip.

I documented JR's snow cone

I took 1 picture of everyone together.

And finally, proof that I was on the the form of a picture of me in a pickle.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pretty Sand and Water

The water and sand in Florida is some of the prettiest I've ever seen.

You'd think I would have done a better job at documenting it. 

Pretty sand

Pretty water

Yep, that's the extent of my beach pictures. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Yoga Ball was the Most Important Thing We Packed

We just got home from almost a week in Florida. 
This video is the whole, entire reason Kyle and Reed had been begging to go.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Kyle and Reed wanted me to take them and some friends to bingo night because one of the prizes was "A GUMBALL MACHINE!"  (We have a gumball machine upstairs.)

3/4 of my group was super in to bingo

1/4 of my group was super in to dinner.

But after dinner all bets were off, it was excitement all around.

None of mine walked away winners, but they still had an awesome time. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

One More Swim

I really did think I was done writing about swim team, but turns out I've got this one more.

We were out of town for the swim team banquet so we didn't know until after the fact that Reed won most improved boy 9-10. 

They only gave out most improved and best swimmer in each age group, and it was also nice to hear that the age group coaches were the ones that picked the winners.

I picked up his medal the other day, and it was a surprising end to the season (that we thought was already over). 

Monday, July 10, 2017

East TX

Kyle and Reed tried very hard to not let JR's Minnesota trip outdo their time at Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw's house.

They went fishing

 Made their yearly trip to their favorite Huntsville tourist destination. 

Spent a day at Incredible Pizza


Saw 3 movies- 

Here they are at 47 Meters Down.  They sent me this picture and I was texting them back to say they weren't allowed to see it, and...oh yeah, the picture was to let me know that they had just finished watching it! 

And, most importantly, got milkshakes on a daily basis

Saturday, July 8, 2017


JR and Granny Sherry are home from Minnesota. They had a great time and JR kept commenting on how nice everybody was to him.

He enjoyed seeing where Granny Sherry and Grandpa Gary grew up, and as he put it, "meeting all the family that looks like Reed." 

Speaking of meeting family, there was plenty of that.

He spent some time with Grandpa Gary's brother, Ronnie, who we think looks like the Duck Dynasty version of Gary.

And a handful of the many "little cousins" he has on Granny Sherry's side.  
(They are Sherry's great, great nephews so I have no idea what they would actually be called.)

He also got to go to The Mall of America  (which clearly he enjoyed).

The poor child finally got to eat at Bubba Gump's since we never take him with us, and not surprising, he answered all the trivia questions without a hesitation. 

He got to enjoy some Minnesota nature, but I think his favorite thing was playing cards every night.
I think he might have racked up quite the gambling debt...I think I owe some vikings some money.

And with him finally home, that means in the month of June he spent exactly 7 nights at home.
Must be nice to be JR. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

That's a Winner

We might not have won in the 4th of July floats, but Kyle definitely won at fishing! 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

2nd on the 4th

To be fair, I actually had more decorations for this "float", but it started raining and didn't let up until about 15 minutes before the parade started so this really was the best we could pull together considering the weather!

Honestly, ours really was the best, but the VFW beat us.
Reed was furious at the injustice even with us telling him "you have to let the old, military people win".

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Cow was Fine

You might have noticed the cow looked like it was going to get shot from the picture I posted yesterday.

Well, not to worry, besides the shooting for snacks texts I got, I also got this one

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A New Shot at Entertainment

I'm not sure if my mom is desperate for entertainment, or just hates meal planning as much as I do, but these are the texts I've been getting from Kyle and Reed these last 2 days. 
 (They've also overtaken my parents' phones.)

This was the first text I got.

And when he says "hit", he means with a shot from his BB gun! 

That's right, I said "good job", because, seriously, what else was I going to say?

Then, tonight I get his text. 

To which I very sarcastically replied,

But, no, he was serious. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Austin City Limits

Jason was in Austin all week taking a class at UT.
Since JR is in Minnesota with Granny, and Kyle and Reed are at my parents, I decided to tag along.

Our hotel couldn't have been any closer to campus.  Seriously, it's this close.

We had dinner with my cousin, Joy. and her husband.  Jason had never met Joy and asked what she was like.  I said, "She's just like me.  It will literally be like having dinner with me."  As you can guess, there were no quiet moments at our table. 

I also had lunch with Kari and spent the day with Cassidy and Kelli, but I have no photographic proof of those events. 

I made Jason walk around campus with me and showed him all my old buildings and places I (or anyone he's ever met that went to UT) lived. 

I also made him eat at all the old places I liked eating at.

One evening we walked over to the Texas Capitol.  We went inside and toured ourselves around.

We also went to check on our buddy, Governor Gregg Abbott, but this was as close as we could get to his house,

We stopped at the Hyatt Lost Pines on the way home from Austin to hang at the pool and spend the night.

We had a fun week, and I might actually be tired of eating...but probably not. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hamster Nascar

Kyle and Reed are at MawmMaw and PawPaw's this week. They took their hamsters with them, and have already been to Pet's Mart to buy more stuff for them. 

Reed was telling me that they bought the hamsters cars to race in, which really made me laugh. I told him I couldn't wait to see that, and lucky me, they had already posted a video of it to YouTube. (Of course they had). 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Not Michael Phelps

Our swim team season continued in to this weekend since Reed actually qualified for the "championship" swim meet.  

It was Saturday, and it's officially called "The Country Club Invitational".  I'm positive there are way more competitive swim leagues, so it was nice that everyone there was the opposite of a crazy sports parent.  In fact, I was even chatting with one of the dads whose only complaint was that there wasn't a Bloody Mary bar.  

Each team got to have 2 swimmers per event.
Reed swam freestyle and butterfly.

It was at the University of Houston natatorium, and I never dreamed it would be so nice.  I was very impressed. 

Reed was most excited that his name was on the big board! 

He's the one in the middle

It was just like the Olympics where they get disqualified for starting early, and they had to touch the pad underwater to stop the clock.   (And I'm only comparing it to the Olympics because that's the only other time I've watching swimming.) 

He didn't place, but he didn't come in last in either event either.
Here you can see he got 5th in his heat (you'll see the kid above him got disqualified, so that was helpful) 

Here's the Houston Racquet Club Team.  
Reed is on the top row 2nd kid from the left and he's not wearing a swim cap.

And they came in 2nd in the meet.

We were very proud of his 1st ever swim season. 

And I didn't even notice until that night that they wrote on his arm to make sure he knew when to swim.