Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The bus

Monumental Day in our family... We are bus riders!  I never felt comfortable putting Porter on a bus in Kingwood.  But the logistics here made me reconsider my vow to myself to never let my kids ride the bus.  The elementary school is 15 minutes away.  I would have to leave by 2:30 to get in the carpool lane..  School didn't get out unil 2:55, but I couldn't get through carpool lane until 3:10 or 3:15, arriving home just in time to pick Sophie up at middle school.  I would drop the crew off at home, and head out to pick Porter up at the High School.  He would ride from 9th grade center to High School on a bus, and wait for me... making my total run around time close to two hours!! Now boys ride the bus home and get home earlier than I could get them home.  I still have to grab Sophie, but she's in the neighborhood.  And Porter catches a bus home, arriving 5 or 10 minutes after I could get him home.  So worth my 2 hours!!  Ahhhh!!! So much better!!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sophie's 12 year old stats

height- 59.9 inches
weight- 109 lbs 

Happy Birthday Sophia!

Our beautiful daughter is 12 years old! In young womens! She is a delight to be around.  We had fun celebrating another birthday with her.  (We actually ended up eating at Olive Garden because of the long wait at the Gruene River Grill.)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Left Luke at home

We headed out to see the bat caves while Grandma Barbara was visiting.  We had to take two cars to accommodate our large group. We stopped by our lot to show Barbara. After being there a few minutes I did a quick kid count. We were missing Luke.  I asked Doug where he was.  He said he didn't know.  We quickly realized that neither one of us had brought him.  I rushed back home as fast as I could.  I found him sleeping soundly on the couch.  When he woke up the next day I quizzed him about what happened.  We had hoped he was asleep when we left.  Not so.  He talked about looking for us, but he couldn't find us.  I am so glad he didn't go outside looking for us.  He talked about seeing Scout in the back yard, and not being able to get the door open.  (Scout was in the back yard when we got home.) He is my one who panics when he doesn't know where I am in this new big house.  He will call for me, and when I answer say, never mind... He just wanted to know I was still there.  Normally, he gets hysterical if he can't find me.  Hysterical...He had an episode when Doug and moving in with the movers (he had brought Luke with him).  He didn't indicate he was scared, but I guess his coping method was to lie down and fall asleep... So glad he was okay!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ethan's New Glasses

Uncle Paul gave the kids eye exams when we were in Colorado this summer.  The other kids came out quickly, but Ethan was in the exam room for a while... Sure enough, Dr Paul said he needs glasses. His prescription isn't strong, but the eyes are different enough that he needs to wear corrective lenses to avoid a lazy eye.  Ethan sure listened to our discussion, and processed what was happening, based on the questions he asked me later. I think he looks darling in glasses.  The top pair is the pair he wanted.  He didn't want to be able to see the rim. He humored me with the bottom pair.  He's really good about taking care of his glasses.  He puts them on in the morning, and every day after school he comes home and puts them away by the phone.  He only has to wear them at home if he's reading or watching tv.  Wonder who's next in our family to go down the eyeglasses route?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Grandma Barbara

What a big help Barbara was to us!  Doug's dad gave us the truck, we in turn paid Debbie for her half.  But we had to get it down to Texas.  After our trip to Utah, she helped us drive it back.  Go Grandma!


Saturday, August 13, 2016