Wednesday, September 17, 2014


we like a good competition around here.  first one in the car.  first one up the stairs.  who gets the biggest bunch of grapes at supper.  you know....important stuff.  

so, when we go to the tennis courts it is no different.  we make fairly routine trips to the tennis courts these days, and we always play a game called "jail" before we leave.  there is one winner.  and 4 losers.  and let's be honest....there are usually some tears as well.  winning jail is a big deal around here.  we were passing around one of chase's old SEC trophies, but he got a little concerned that it would get broken.  so, i bought us our very own "henson family jail champion" trophy.  if you win jail, it gets to stay in your room until the next week.  and you can gloat and dance all you want.  we've all been winners.  

and we've all been losers.  some are more gracious than others.  i won't name any names, but there are definitely a few of us who hate to lose!!  i'm hoping that will serve us well in the future.  if not, i'm blaming it on their daddy.  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

happy grandparent day!

today is national grandparent day, and we celebrated on friday! poppa, kakki, mamoo, taylor, and virginia (mamoo's sister from denver) came to school to celebrate with the boys.  i think we definitely won with the number of family members present!  ha!

wes and reed sang some songs and made some cards....typical stuff for grandparents.  william had to do a project on a family member.  he chose taylor since he is named after him.  he had to make a speech and a display for his desk about him.

i was very thankful that taylor got to come and see his "shrine!"

this is our family shield that william made in art.  an H, the armor of God, some golf and some mississippi state.  i think he got it all covered!

honey and g were busy celebrating her 29th birthday in charleston, but she came last week for wes' picnic at school.

so along with a happy grandparent day, happy birthday to honey!!

i hope all you grandparents out there have a great day!  trust me, the parents of the grandkids are very thankful for you!

Thursday, September 4, 2014


the first football game of the year wasn't exactly what we had planned.  as we packed the car with towels, changes of clothes, and ponchos.....i was begging to just stay home and dry and watch it on tv.  i lost.  so we drove through the flood to starkville and cheered with all the other crazy people.  thankfully, all my people were more than happy to be in the rain!

even uncle ronnie showed up with a smile.  he was the smart one with his golf rain gear on while the rest of us fought with the ponchos!

and wet or dry, the new stadium is great.  when we walked in the new gate, i couldn't even figure out where i was!  this might not sound right coming from the mouth (fingers?) of a state fan, but it's just so unlike anything else we've ever done.  it really is awesome!  i can't wait to see what they do over at dudy noble!

we put our cowbells to use all night, and thankfully the rain quit right at kickoff.

poor southern was just overmatched.  i felt bad for them.  but we'll take a first win on the season for sure.  UAB is up next this weekend.  and hopefully, i can leave the ponchos and towels at home!

Friday, August 15, 2014


it's hard to believe that i have a kid in the last year of single digits!  it seems like not too long ago that chase and i were leaving the hospital with our very first little person.  life moves fast, people!!!  

william had a busy day today turning 9!  

presents, donuts, school (with chocolate sprinkled donuts), tennis,  and hibachi with friends followed by ice cream was pretty exciting!  he was pumped to be 9! 

it was pretty funny to sit there and listen to these guys giggle and fall for every joke that our cook told.

and every one of them was unable to catch flying food in their mouth.  mama and daddy were the only ones at the table able to do it.  obviously we are lacking in this very important life skill.  we'll have to start practicing at breakfast tomorrow.  what a shame!

and, what's a birthday without baskin robbins??  (reed would be the kid with only a cone because he doesn't like ice cream.  i can't even pretend to understand.)

happy birthday, william! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

back at it

last week, we traded in our swim suits for back packs.  it seems a little early for school to be starting back to me, but nobody asked when i'd like to go back.  i'm just glad we were smart enough when we were little that we didn't have to start until the END of august and got out at the beginning of may! :)

everybody has great teachers, and i'm expecting big things out of K, 1st and 3rd this year!

reed and mrs. todd

wes and ms. dickerson

william and mrs. lansdell

i'm sad to see summer go, but i do like to see some learning going on.  now if someone could help turn the two youngest little people in my house into morning people....we'd be all set over here!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

golf season

william played on the coke tour this summer.  it's a north mississippi (with a few alabama kids thrown in) tour that hits up a few of the clubs around here on mondays.  he didn't play in all of the tournaments, but we never had to travel very far, and he made some fun friends in the process.  he also got to play with people he was already friends with, so it really was a fun thing to be a part of.  it was a great introduction to the game, and he always got lunch afterwards.  that was probably his favorite part!!  that or the coolers of powerade every three holes!!

kel and william at pontotoc cc

ole miss golf course with mason and clay

old waverly

tour championship at big oaks

i would have liked a few action shots, but when you are under 9 years old, you are required to have a caddy.  since daddy can't take off of work to caddy for an 8 year old, those caddying duties fell on mama.  it's too hard to keep a kid out of the bunkers and take pictures, so i'm going to just have to go with these for this year!!  maybe when i start getting a cut of the winnings, i'll be able to manage a few more pictures!  or i'll just have to wait a few years until he can carry his own bag!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

8U state meet

william and wes both competed in the 8 and under state swim meet a few weeks ago.  i have already mentioned my complete ignorance when it comes to swimming because i didn't grow up doing it.  but i'm learning, and our new, awesome aquatic center makes it a little more fun to figure out than sitting out in the heat or in the bubble cave that used to be over the old pool!  there were teams from all over the state (biloxi, hattiesburg, vicksburg, jackson, the delta, and several others that i never did figure out).

each team had their own bullpen.  here we are waiting after warm-ups for everything to get started.  you can't tell, but they are completely fired up!  ha!

wes swam the 25 free and the 25 backstroke.

i was too slow to get a picture of his name up on the board after his events.  but i did manage to capture a smile after he was finished.  

william swam a relay (i don't remember which one....whoops), the 25 free, the 25 and 50 backstroke, and the 25 and 50 breaststroke.

relay....i think it was the 100 freestyle.  i didn't even realize he was swimming a relay, so i was caught off guard.

25 freestyle...(4th place)

50 backstroke...(2nd place)

he also swam the 25 and 50 breaststroke.  he kept telling me that this was his favorite stroke.  he came in second in the 25 and 4th in the 50, so i think that maybe i need to believe him!

i'm not sure if this is a sport that we'll stick with or not, but they have had a good time this summer.  an awesome facility and great coaches (thanks, miss walker!) have made it fun.  and next year, reed will be old enough to join in!  that is still to be determined if that's a good or bad thing! ha!