Thursday, September 21, 2017

Shout Out Ads

When you give a donation to either the middle or elementary school you get to have a "shout-out" ad in the school directory.

In middle school they don't even offer the option of having pictures because they know every kid would "totally die" of embarrassment, so our middle school shout-out says something about the choir being the 2017 UIL champs. (JR approved, of course.)

But Kyle and Reed are still "all in" for having their picture in their directory.  The picture due date is fast approaching so we ran outside and snapped one this afternoon.  

I think it came out great considering the subjects are 2 boys and a dog who all have way better things to do than sit still for a picture.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Kyle finally got his wish and started diving classes yesterday.
They are at the University of Houston natatorium and his teacher is the coach of the U of H diving team.

PawPaw asked him how his diving class was and Kyle replied "amazing". 

They spend the first 30 minutes doing a "dry land" workout.  (Using the trampoline and a diving board in to a foam pit) and the last 30 minutes they spend in the water.

Here are the highlights.  The last "dive" of the video is when they let Kyle go up to the 5 meter platform (that's 16 feet for those of us that are metric system challenged ).  

As you'll see, he wasn't ready to dive off that one just yet.  Knowing Kyle he'll be doing it in no time though. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Slow Go

We are still here and I didn't quit blogging. I just haven't had anything to say.
It's taking awhile to get back in the swing of things here in Houston.

School is back, but activities aren't.  Most should start back this week.

We got wrapped by the 3rd grade girl slumber party that was next door, but Kyle and Reed had it all cleaned up before I even got a picture of it.

The high school football games have started back, so JR and his friends did that Friday night.

And Baskin Robbins is open which is always a good thing.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Back to School Again

We went back to school (again) today!

The traffic on both of the options we can take to get to Kyle and Reed's school has been some of the worst in the city. (Voss or Chimney Rock for Houstonians)

 We practiced riding our bikes on Saturday and it only took 20 minutes, it isn't far (only about a mile and a half) but you have to cross under I-10 to get there.  

It's been taking about 30 to get to areas around the school, so we figured 20 minutes on the bike was better than 30 or more in the car. 

Ready to go.

Turns out, they opened up the main freeways that were making the traffic so bad for us last night at 10:00 PM.  Not knowing they were open, everyone walked or rode bikes to school in fear of how bad it was going to the traffic was lighter than a normal day! 

I peddled back home just in time to get Cool Breeze to school.

Then I felt guilty for enjoying that it was a "normal" day. 

The kids were all very happy to be back in school and had "great" days.

Since we don't have to make-up the 2 weeks we missed, Reed is still flustered that he "won't be as smart as he needs to be to go to 5th grade next year."  

The other 2 have voiced none of those concerns. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

In the Dog House

While most of us in this house have been going stir crazy the last 2 weeks, Chloe has been quite happy to have us all home.

She has been enjoying every second.

But she wants everyone to know it hasn't been all relaxing. She's been doing a little dog-sitting...and that is some hard work! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Photo Bomber and the Cake Thief have a Moment

It's Grandpa Gary's birthday today
Here are all the Ingersoll men together to celebrate. 

After the family photo-op, JR asked to have his picture made with just Grandpa because he's "the golden child".

 If you're a self proclaimed golden child, you're going to get photo-bombed. 

Don't worry, the Golden Child got his individual photo.

JR might think he's everyone's favorite, but Abby knows exactly who her favorite is.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Good News

I got Kyle in to see the orthopedic today and we got some good news.

On our way to see the doctor...I'm still feeling guilty.  
Thankfully Sonic's "limited menu" includes ice cream.

The doctor said that it's a small fracture near the growth plate.  It won't affect the growth plate, but since it's near it it will heal very quickly because that area gets lots of blood flow. 

He said fractures in that area usually heal in about 3 weeks, and since it's already been almost a week and a half since he hurt it, if he just takes it easy this week he won't have to get a cast or a boot!  

It's not easy keeping him still, but just a week or so more to go! 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Some Normal

The weekend Hurricane Harvey hit Grandpa and Granny Buffie were going to take Kyle and Reed to Galveston for the weekend and take them to Schlitterbahn Galveston for their birthday present.

Obviously all that got canceled.

This weekend Granny Buffie invited her nephew's daughters, Kylie and Remey, to come stay with them as their parents tried to recover from the 3 feet of water that came in their house. 

Kyle and Reed and Kylie and Remey are big buddies, so most of their time was spent at our house. We definitely had the prettiest little refugees you could ever have.

We were looking for something to do with the kids and we thought about Schlitterbahn.  Galveston fared really well during Harvey,  the freeway to Galveston was open, and Schlitterbahn was open. 

Everyone is going stir crazy around here, so we loaded up JR's friends and took off for Galveston yesterday.

Grandpa treated us all to Schliterbahn, and the kids had a fantastic time. We pretty much had the park to ourselves.  They rode everything multiple times.

JR and his buddies

Grandpa with Kyle, Kylie, Remey, and Reed.

It was so nice to get out and be "normal" at Schlitterbahn. I'm so craving "normal", and so are the kids!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Week

Kyle hurt his foot doing flips (in our house) on August 25th (last Friday).  He's been telling us it hurt and it turned purple and blue and yellow, and we kept telling him he was "fine". 

We would have been telling him he was "fine" even if we weren't in the middle of catastrophic flooding, but I'm going to use that as one of my excuses anyway.

He's also has had the worst "cold" since school started.  But then it started raining, so the first time the doctor's office was open was yesterday.  His "cold" just got worse and I was worried he might have a sinus infection so I was able to get him in yesterday afternoon.

After getting all the meds for "terrible allergies and more swimmer's ear", I said, "oh since we're already here why don't you just look at his foot."

As soon as the doctor looked at it she said she knew it was fractured, and sent us off to get it X-rayed.

The imaging center told us the doctor had put a "rush" on the x-rays so we would know soon.  

Because of all the traffic in Houston with road closures I left about an hour before our doctor's appointment.  We didn't have traffic going, so I parked at the mall and we walked through it to get to the doctor's office (there's a sky bridge connecting them) to kill some time. 

 About 80% of the stores are open at the mall,one of which was the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  On our way back to the car,  I felt so guilty that I'd more than likely let him walk around on a broken foot for a week, that I bought him the $10 cookies and cream caramel apple on a stick he wanted.  

We had been on the road for 20 minutes (it took that long to go 1.8 miles) when the doctor's office called to tell me it was fractured.  They told me to go to an orthopedic doctor near me that was open until 8:00.  

Of course that doctor's office is closed until after Labor Day because of the storm.  When I called the pediatrician back I couldn't get them on the phone because it was after 5:00.

Around 6:30 the on-call pediatrician finally called me back and said that we'd just have to wait until Tuesday to take him in to the orthopedic.  But he had some good news for us, Kyle was in hysterics over having to wear a cast (no swimming and the tears were over the no diving) but the doctor said since he'd been walking on it for a week they probably wouldn't put him in a cast, and he would be in a tight shoe. 

So now we are just trying to keep him from jumping around on it and hurting it more...which is next to impossible! 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Sun is Still Out!

The sun is shinning!!!! 

We have taken in "refugees".  We have Shelley, her son, and her mom here.  

They are all without electricity but it's looking like they won't get water in their houses!  We will still have to wait and see, but so far so good.

It's so fun having them here! 

Last night was wonderful.  I slept all night without having to get up and run check on the water in the street, and I woke up to only 35 text messages.  
We are so, so happy! 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Sun!

It rained most of the day, and then toward evening we saw it...the sun sorta-kinda peeked through the clouds!

It's the most beautiful sight I've ever seen.

If the reservoirs don't break, I think we are going to make it.

I finally feel like we've turned the corner...I think I might sleep through the night tonight!!! 


They say we are supposed to have an "easier" day today.
But it hasn't stopped raining.  It's raining hardish now and is super windy.

It rained all night; never stopped.

I haven't gotten out, but I did get these from a friend (I'm probably getting 200-300 texts a day.)

I have 2 routes that I can take to get to Kyle and Reed's school.

This is the closest to school.  If you know Houston, this is Chimney Rock and Memorial.

If that way is trafficy, then I can go up to Voss and turn on Beinhorn.

It looks like this.
As long as I have power I will update again today. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Is It Still Monday?

I guess it's still Monday since I wrote it was Monday morning about 12 hours ago.  
How would we know what day it is?  Every day is the same. 24 hours of nonstop news coverage (none of good, positive, or hopeful) and nonstop rain. 

It has not stopped raining for one second today. Not. One. Second.

We are heading into our 3rd night of this and the news is saying that maybe it will stop for a little while around 6 A.M. 

It was super windy today and it knocked the power out around 11 A.M.
I pretty much lost my mind.
I was convinced we'd be without power for weeks, and wound up knocking on my neighbor's door crying about 2:00.  

Soon after the power came back on and we all lost our minds (with joy).

I feel so guilty for complaining because everyone in this city would trade places with me right this very second. I'm just so, so sad for our city. 

We are fine, our streets are draining.

They are telling us people will have water in their homes for months and FEMA will be here for years. Years. 

I don't even know how to process it. 

Monday Morning

We made it through the night!

It's super windy out right now as the Hurricane is passing back over us to go back out to the gulf.
We haven't had any wind before this, so I'm typing this fast and furious in case we lose our electricity. (If it's windy we will.)

It has never stopped raining, but our streets look good as it wasn't heavy last night.

Chloe is as over this as we are.  She is not pleased with having to go outside to potty.

Please pray that God will have mercy on Houston.  That's our only hope at this point.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday Night Update

So the bad news first: according to the National Weather Service the flooding is "unprecedented".
"The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before. Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days."

It's rained all day, but not heavy.  We got really nervous about an hour ago when it started coming down again. I guess we weren't the only ones because both next door neighbors and our across the street neighbors all piled in to the street.

I don't know what we were all thinking, but it seemed like the thing to do. 

I was trying to show how high the water was in the middle of the street, but I guess I wound up also showing how hard the rain was coming down.

Then this is a picture I took of my boot in the water as I left our driveway.
 Those are my black shorts and then the water is at the top of my boot, which was up to my knees. 

I honestly believe if it doesn't rain hard tonight we will make it without our house flooding. I could be wrong, but that's what I'm hoping.

The pictures you are seeing on the news are the same things we are seeing because we can't leave our house. And if we could, where would we go?  Both airports are closed until Wednesday and according to the news today the "entire Houston freeway system is literally paralyzed." 

We don't have school all week, and I wouldn't be surprised if that extends into next week. 

I remember after we had Hurricane Ike and feeling like things would never go back to "normal".  I know they will, but I'm getting that feeling again.  It's a feeling that makes you just want to sit down and cry.

But we have so, so much to be thankful for.  We have electricity and no water in our house!
 Please pray for Houston that the rain will stop. 

Good News Bad News

The good news is we still have electricity and our house and street aren't flooded. 
I have promised myself I am not going to utter one complaint as long as my lights are on.

We've gotten 12.3 inches of rain in 12 hours.  (I'm looking on the internet at that total, my dad is saying The Weather Channel is saying our area has gotten 15.)

And since I love a good flourish to a story and you may not believe me, I'll quote Jason, "I've never seen rain like this."

It's still raining, but it's not just pounding us like it did all night. (Update: I waked away from writing this to talk on the phone and it's raining in sheets again.)  
We aren't getting wind and the lighting was only bad for about an hour last night. 

Our pool overflowed, but I'm embarrassed to even mention it compared to what people are going through. Just information on how much rain we've gotten.  

School is canceled at least Monday and Tuesday. Again, not going to complain.  I don't really want to leave the house. 

The bad news is that Houston is under water.  We have friends with water in their houses and have lost both cars.
The really bad news, we've got a couple more days of this. 

 If you are an out of state reader, our closest bayou  (maybe two or three miles) is "Buffalo Bayou at Voss and San Felipe", you'll probably see it on the news.

For a family update: Granny Sherry is in North Carolina visiting her friend so she is safe (and in the best place possible!), Grandpa Gary and Granny Buffie are about like us, and my parents are getting rain, but not the heavy rain like we are. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

So Far So Good

We have electricity, which is what I care about the most.
It hasn't been windy, just lots of on and off rain.

Reed's best friend, Sean, was supposed to have his birthday party at 4:30 yesterday, but his mom just moved it up to noon since we didn't have school.

After the party we changed locations so the kids (and the moms) could keep on playing.
We got home about 10 last night.  Tons of people were out, I guess we all know we might be stuck in the house for a few days so we were getting in a last hurrah.

Friday, August 25, 2017

It's Raining

There's a hurricane that's supposed to hit Corpus Christi, but the way everyone is acting you'd think it was hitting Houston head-on.  I'm convinced that the news is just trying to get us worked up so people will watch them.

I may be eating my words later, but I expect: wind, rain, flooding, and people will drive in to the high water and drown (but what else is new in Houston?) 

I was not one of the crazies stripping the shelves of water, bread, and peanut butter.  My across the street neighbor is hollering out we're going to get 40-50 inches of rain.  Well, if that's true, we'll be in such a mess I'm not sure how an extra case of water is going to help you out.

I did pick up a lighter when I was at Walgreen's yesterday (because we didn't even have one) and I'm doing laundry and writing this blog so those will be all caught up if the electricity goes out.

So, consider myself prepared.

School was cancelled (it's literally barely a drizzle) but as long as there's electricity mine will all entertain themselves.

I'll be happy to eat crow later if I'm wrong, but I'm sticking with my prediction for now.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chloe's First Day of School

Chloe has been extremely upset all summer since her car trips have been very limited.

She didn't get to ride on the 1st day because of my mascot duties, so she was trilled when she got to go on the 2nd day of school.

And since the broadcast team doesn't start up until the 2nd week of school, she did an absolute happy dance when she figured out  JR was going later and she was getting two rides! 

She hung her head out and soaked up that hot, humid Houston air the whole way...loving every second. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

No Bow No Go

The first day of school was a success. 

JR strolled in to Spring Branch Middle like he owned the place, which I guess he does since he's an 8th grader. 

Kyle and Reed were happy with their first day of 4th grade.

I even got this little nugget texted to me from one of the moms.

I made it in lots of 1st day of school pictures doing my mascot job.  
I added the giant bow and tu-tu.
(Yes, I made the bow myself.)

I wore 2 ice packs and 2 frozen wash cloths inside my suit. 

End of the first day reports:

Reed: "My teacher is awesome. She's almost as good as Ms. Badrack." (Kyle's homeroom teacher he named his hamster after and Reed's reading teacher from last year.)

Kyle: "My class has a guinea pig!" 

JR: "There weren't any fights today, unfortunately." 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Preparation is Key

School starts tomorrow and we have been preparing these last two days with both a Texans and an Astros game. 

They are well fed 

And they shouldn't have any problems with low blood sugar.

They are also properly motivated

Especially JR

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Meet the Teacher and the Cougar

I have a new job to add to my super impressive resume.
 It looks like I'm now in charge of the mascot costume at the elementary school.

It's a pretty tough job to land...they just thought of the only person in the school that was ridiculous enough to wear it. 

I actually didn't wear it to Meet the Teacher, I had JR do it who needs service hours for National Junior Honor Society.

He put the costume on at our friend's house who lives across the street from the school. There was a heard of boys hanging out there, so they all had to take turns putting on the head.

The boys got their photo-op in early.  
And yes, my kids are wearing bathing suits to meet the teacher.  By 4th grade we aren't really that worried about making a good first impression anymore. 

It was about a million degrees with a million percent humidity yesterday.  Even with the ice pack we had down his shirt I thought he was going to faint one time. 

JR posed for lots of pictures and gave lots of hugs and high fives.

Reed lucked out in the pretty teacher department again this year.  4th year in a row.

I was busy being the "cougar handler" (I feel like I could work at a  Disney park now) so these were the only pictures I got. 

 First day is almost here.  😭

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Flips Before School

While JR was busy giving school tours to incoming 6th graders, we drove out to Katy to go to their trampoline park since Katy has already gone back to school.
Kyle and Reed loved that it was completely empty except for the diaper line kids.

Here are the highlights.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

They Grow Up so Fast

You might remember at the end of the school year our next door neighbors got a new puppy.

We got to dogsit today, and Bindi (a nod to their living in Australia for 7 years) has grown up quite a bit.

But she'll never be too big for Kyle's lap.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Another Talent Show More Blonde Wigs

Like I said, the boys' talent show routine was the grand finale of the camp talent show. 

Before they left we went through lots of routine options.  
The boys finally decided they wanted to do something like their school routine, and they came up with the "mankini" idea.

Reed is on the left, Cash in the middle, Kyle on the right

These boys do love to dress in drag.

I came up with a routine to Katy Perry's California Girls, and the boys learned it so fast!
(The were faster learners and had the moves down better than the little girls I taught this spring.)

It kind of cracks me up how much Kyle is loving this performance.

And, as an added bonus, I now have their school talent show routine ready to go!