Thursday, September 27, 2012


i've pretty much tried out every sport available at one time or another.  all the typical sports were fun, and you should see me play badminton.  :)  but growing up, swimming was not an option in the delta.  at least not in my part of the delta.  of course, i spent many afternoons in a pool and even quite a few on a kneeboard behind a four-wheeler on a catfish pond (don't judge), but competitive swimming was just not available.  that's probably good anyway, because i'm better at any sport that involves a ball.  that seems to be the trend, anyhow....minus that one unfortunate cross-country season.  i want to throw up just thinking about it!  (for any high school girls reading this: don't run cross-country just because there is a cute boy that runs.  just save yourself the agony and go to the meet and cheer him on.  lesson learned.)

that being said...william swam in his first swim meets over the past week.  this was a totally new experience for me.  it was complete chaos we when walked in that first meet.  thank goodness for mr. rusty (william's bff's dad), or i would have turned around walked right out!  he got right to work highlighting their names on the heat sheet, writing their event numbers on their arms with sharpies and getting them where they needed to be.  whew!  i have to admit that i'm not sure i am a swim meet type of mom.  it is more or less a track meet with water....which means there is a WHOLE LOT of just sitting around.  i'd much prefer to watch my kids play a tennis match or play golf, but i guess i'll get used to it if he chooses to continue this.  we'll see what the next few years bring!

for the first meet, we traveled to oxford and swam at the indoor pool on the ole miss campus.  the cheering section was ready.  they were full of junk food, but they were definitely ready!

stud muffins!

waiting in the bullpen...
(knox, william, wyatt)

(michael, harrison, william, wyatt, noah)

3rd leg of the relay...ready to go!

individually, he swam the 25m freestyle and the 25m backstroke.

i videoed one race this meet.  it's the 25m freestyle.  he came in 3rd, and he loved every minute of it!
25m freestyle

william - 25m freestyle from laura henson on Vimeo.

this morning, we hosted a meet here in town at the city pool.  the cheering section was slim this time since it was a school morning, and i'm not really sure he was even cheering....but he was there!!  that counts right?!?

warming up.

waiting to swim freestyle.




he swam the 25m backstroke again, too.

and we came home with a bunch of 3rd place ribbons.  he had a great time swimming for his school, and he had some pretty cool friends to do with it as well!

but now...let's bring on the tennis rackets and golf clubs.  (please?!?!?)  :)

Monday, September 24, 2012


so i realize that we haven't played anybody worthwhile (i apologize to you auburn fans that just read that, but i think you'd probably agree with me this year), but we are still 4-0.  as a mississippi state fan, we'll take it anyway we can get it.  we have to enjoy it now because i'm thinking the end of the season won't be anything like the beginning!

saturday was another beautiful day, and thankfully it was about 4000 degrees cooler than the first game.  we enjoyed every minute of it!  

hail state!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

scenes from a wedding

we headed down to plaquemine, louisiana for chase's cousin's wedding last weekend.  long trips in the car are not the most fun thing in the world with a 7, 5, and 3 year old.  therefore, chase will tell you that the $13 he spent on a star wars sticker book that kept them occupied the ENTIRE way was totally worth it.  i'm not a fan of anakin, droids, yoda, r2d2, and whatever else i've been subjected to, but if they will give me that much peace in the car...i just might grow to love it!!  :)  

we made the most of everyone being dressed up all at the same time and took some pictures before we headed in the church.  we had wet sleeves and wet bellies, but thankfully none of mine got fully submerged in the fountain!  

i don't know if anybody reading this has ever been to a cajun wedding.  or maybe it's not a cajun thing. maybe it's just an everywhere but here thing.  anyway....they have the money dance at cajun receptions.  apparently there is some unspoken rule that you can't cut the cake until they do the money dance.  my kids were like vultures around the cake tables waiting on the cake.  in their minds, you go to a wedding for the cake afterwards...and that's all they wanted. 2 hours after what would normally be his bedtime wes got his cake.  after eating it, he immediately sat up against the wall and fell asleep.  we took that as our cue to head to the hotel!

william didn't last much longer!

so...if anybody reading this is getting married soon, can you arrange for it to take place at some time in the afternoon???  the party animals over here just can't hang otherwise!  :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

golf buddies

william and his friend, madelyn, played golf together this spring and summer.  i'm not sure if he loved the golf or the madelyn more, but either way...his golf game got better!!  considering both of them have parents who practically live on the golf course, i don't see either of them giving this game up anytime soon.

check out that follow through!

his cross-handed putting grip.  maybe i need to get him to teach me a thing or two!

helping madelyn read her putt!

i don't know what they were doing or discussing in the golf cart, but it was apparently pretty funny!

i can't wait to compare these pictures to the ones of them playing together in high school!  :) 

madelyn had to take the fall off because of cheerleading or gymnastics or some girl activity that i will never know anything about!  hopefully, we'll have a warm winter and still be able to play a good bit.  but i know he'll be happy when spring rolls around and they can get back out there together again.