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Parker Reads…and Smells

As far as I can tell, Parker is a VERY good reader for his age.  I’m sort of amazed at the things that he is able to read and understand.  He got a postcard in the mail today from his Nana and Icky, who are in Germany for a few months, and was able to read virtually all of it by himself. He does NOT like to do “reading performances”, but he was a good sport and gave a good little show until he became understandably distracted…

FUN FACT:  As it turns out, the offending odor was purely flatulence.  In fact, if you re-watch the video, I’m pretty sure you can pinpoint the exact moment when she “delivers”.

“Hi Parker,

We miss you!  These are the stop and the walk signs they have in Leipzig.  They are different than the kind we have in Houston. ”

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nancy bolesOctober 14, 2009 - 1:38 am

I’ve never commented on any of your wonderful blogs before, but I have to congratulate Parker on his performance (and maybe Bailey on her show stopper). I know he is quite the reader, but I had no idea he could read my awful scrawl. Parker, I promise to print very neatly next time. The “m’ is really “in’. “This video made our day. Thanks so much for sending it. WE MISS THEM–YOU ALL–SO MUCH!!
Love, nana

GranbobOctober 21, 2009 - 11:43 am

Outstanding, Parker. You are truly amazing! I love you, Granbob
Bailey, tell Mommie that not ALL secrets need to be revealed!
I love you……tooooo!

Finally! Football!

Pbo has been waiting for flag football to start up again for MONTHS!


He had such a blast playing last spring.  I have to admit, he seems to have lost a bit of gusto this season.  He was disappointed that the team name is the Tigers.  I think he is still holding out for the Dark Blue Owls.  (his adamant suggestion from last year).  For a kid who can name every team in the NFL,  he didn’t seem to have his heart in the game last Saturday, but we’ll see.

He DID have a pretty good carry, and almost pulled a flag or two…and, most importantly, the Tigers won!  Good times, sports fans, and I know this is just the beginning.

Bailey is only mildly entertained by the whole display.


But she does enjoy playing “where’s Parker?” and points him out excitedly when she spots him. (the mop of bleach-blonde hair is sorta easy to find)


Daddy Matt, holding down the handsome on the sidelines.


Oh, those ridiculous mouth guards.  Parker devotes 90% of his attention to slurping the dang thing around in his mouth.  Seriously…they don’t even pass the ball – is it REALLY necessary?


“Good game.  Good game.  Good game.”


And of course, the MOST exciting part of the game….THE SNACKS!


Bailey’s favorite, too.


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ChrystalOctober 14, 2009 - 9:10 pm

Soooo very cute! Love the picture of Bailey eating on the chair! I know we just saw you, but miss you guys already! They are both so ADORABLE… even when they toot on eachother.

The Rhoads Family

What’s up, dogs?


Oh Paulie, I cannot begin to handle that level of pug cuteness.


Jonathan and Paulie – the men of the house.  And Abby and Sarah holding it down for the ladies.


These four just work.



But if you think they look good as a foursome, check ‘em out when they become a party of two!

Helloooooo, hotties!


Sarah.  Gorgeous.  Seriously.






The lovely Sarah is best buddies with Lisha, who married the lucky Skeet, who I went to church camp with as a kid.  Got that?

You can see their adorable family here.

There is a third amigo in their group of friends, Jen, who I get to meet next month for her family pictures.  Hooray for friends sharing photographers!

Sarah and Jonathan, it was FUN!  I loved spending a ridiculously humid evening with you and your precious pups.  I will admit to a twinge of jealousy as I got a peek at your incredibly cool Midtown lifestyle.  I struggle occasionally with the whole suburban chic thing.  :)

Here’s hoping our paths cross again…because I think they crossed quite nicely this first time.


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smittengretaOctober 12, 2009 - 9:52 pm

omg, the pug in the green polo. that did my heart good! :) these are so cute!!!s

GranbobOctober 13, 2009 - 1:34 pm

OOOOhhhh! I love the purple, the blue eyes, the PUPPIES, great shots and a gorgeous couple!

robin cornettOctober 14, 2009 - 9:21 am

Oh, love these pics! The dogs *almost* steal the show but not quite. I really love the one with the sun coming in from the right and they’re just hugging (the next to last one). Even though you can’t see their faces. I just like it.

ChrystalOctober 14, 2009 - 9:18 pm

I absolutely LOVE this photo session! You did an amazing job! They are a pretty cute couple. Love the colors.

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