2016 (so far) Photographic Highlights

Just Good Stuff, Kitchen Sink | Posted by Jannie on 27 May 2016 @ 8:04 AM 6 Comments


After another great gymnastics season in January and February, including (but not limited to) 2 more gold medals and winning “Alamo Classic” First Place team… Kelly retired from the sport. She’d been a gymnast for 10 years and was ready for something new.

In early April she tried out for her high school’s JV cheer squad, and made it!!

She is a “flyer,” LOVES it and they love her. But how could they not?!!??!!

Cheer group photo above taken just a week after tryouts.


3 weeks ago we adopted the sweetest 7-year-old terrier from the animal shelter.



His name is Muffin “Houseshadow” Funster.


Houseshadow because he follows me every step I take when I’m home.  :)


Kelly got her upper braces on a couple months ago.

Her lowers go on soon.


Jim designed and is building a spec home here in our neighborhood. It’s a spacious craftsman abode with a vaulted-ceiling open-concept kitchen/living/dining looking out onto the backyard from that long wall of windows.

The 3 little pix on the left show a progression of the back of the house.


Framing, taken New Year’s Day 2016, showing either end of the big living area. A “before” pic for sure, to one day be juxtaposed with the finished product. Stay tuned!!

I’ll show you the house’s front one day too. Lots of wood trim and shutters, olde New England style — with Jim’s own artistic flair, of course!

So happy the exterior of the house is mostly complete now — he can finish the inside all summer in the A/C!!


A cool art museum / park in Austin we had a lot of fun at a few months ago.


I decided on my favorite 15 tunes and updated my chord/lyric Songbook, getting really close now to being ready for some 1-hour shows.


So…. my dear friends, just a few of the pics from our life and times these past few months. For those of you who already saw them on FaceBook and Instagram, thanks for bearing with me!!  :)

Keep on rocking and I’ll talk to y’all soon!!


Oh, and a few photos from her final competitive gymnastics season…

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  • 1

    On 27 May 2016 at 9:27 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie – so glad you posted these up and I could keep a little note on what is going on in Funster household … gosh Kelly retiring from gymnastics – mind you it’s a tough gig … and now ‘flying’ with the Cheer Team. Lots happening .. the shadow person … looks to be fun .. and that house – how amazing – clever Jim …

    Excellent photos and news … big hugs from afar – Hardwick and me to you and Blue Bunny – xoxox Hils

  • 2

    On 1 June 2016 at 4:22 am

    Lynn said, 

    I was surprised that Kelly retired from gymnastics, but sounds like that sport is not missed that much. And being a flying cheerleader sounds so fun!

    Love that you adopted sweet doggie – he’s probably so grateful and doesn’t want you out of his sight, just in case!

    Lovely house – can’t wait to see more progress.


  • 3

    On 5 June 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    I’m surprised Kelly hung up her spurs. The way things were going I thought for sure she’d end up at the Olympics.

    I bet she does great as a flyier. She’s probably light enough weight to be easy to toss in the the air and with all that gymnastics background can easily do the moves. It should be a good fit for her.

    The house is really something!

    So is that photo of you on the trampoline going to be an album cover? I think it would totally work.

    Thanks for posting here for those of us who aren’t on Facebook much.

  • 4

    On 9 June 2016 at 2:13 pm

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    Wow, what a HUGE post- Great for Kelly!!!
    Nice new doggy too- Will return for more perusing next week. Out of time again…

  • 5

    On 11 June 2016 at 10:02 am

    Jannie said, 

    Hey Sweet Hilary, a tough gig indeed, gymnastics. But worth the work and how lucky were we to have had such an amazing adventure. She’d been saying since last summer she’d complete one more season… and so it went. Thought she might want to move on to dance. As it turned out the timing was absolutely perfect for her to try out for cheer, and bang — a few weeks after retiring from gym she was officially a cheerleader!! Her tumbling certainly helped her gain a spot on her high school’s team — 2 time NATIONAL winners during the past few years. Anyhoo, little houseshadow is here beside me on our big leather office chair. What a guy!! He had to have 7 teeth taken out a couple days ago, but he’s sure bounced back well!! He gives HUGE hugs to Hardwick. BB would say hi too, but he’s out planting tomatoes.

    Hey Sweet Lynnie, when you are training 28 hours a week, it’s a LIFE!! :) But a great one in many respects. She will have an average of 2 games a week to cheer at, but definitely will have more free hours in her day — and more time for studies, yay!!! College applications are in just a couple more years, right!!?? Yeah, this dog is AMAZING!!! What a blessing. And he’s small enough to fly right in the cabin of the plane with us, he will love Canada!! Yep, more house progress pix to come for sure.

    Hey, Sweet Alice, the thing about gymnastics is when you’re in it, you have to be in it 110%. It was great, but she wanted to move on. I didn’t really even believe her resoluteness to leave the sport until it was time to set up a meeting with her coaches to let them know that she’d loved it, but had gone as far as she wanted to. I thought she’d change her mind and give it at least one more year, but nope. Another great lesson in trusting the Child to know when she’s ready to let go. And we have the summer OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG. Gymnastics went all summer, 5 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 or 2:30. And we could only vacation for 1 week. Now… we’re heading up to Canada for WEEKS!!!! I am NOT knocking our gym program — those hours are what it takes to succeed, and our gym DOES succeed, but we kinda like this “normal” life now. :) :) :) Yes, on the flyer. She is actually the only one on JV (grades 10 and 11) who has not been a cheerleader, so she does have a lot to learn for specific moves and dances, but she picks things up quickly and is SUCH a happy learner. And this may sound like bragging but… the house is FRICKING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We just got the electrical and plumbing inspections passed!!! Now on to insulation and drywall. Yes, I think I will for sure use that photo somewhere in the album art, maybe the back cover, but I’m not sure yet wehere. Having a guit. lesson Tuesday on a couple of my new songs, yay!! And going out to an Open Mike tomorrow with Mardi Funster. Oh, and I have to smile at “hanging up her spurs.” Trying to picture gymnasts whirling on the uneven bars in those. Hey — it IS Texas, could happen….. :) :) Smiling because, yes, they do hang up their “grips.” :) :)

    Hey Sweet Snaggle, yes, looking back on this — it IS kinda HUGE. Just flung a fraction of the stuff I post on FB up here, and there you go… :) Okay, see you soon!!!!





  • 6

    On 19 August 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Spiked grips…. :O

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