Boys Weekend Adventure

Saturday

Beckham claimed this was the best weekend ever and asked me to make a “slide show” which is 4th grader for “blog post.”

The day started at the Manhattan Farmer’s Market where he found a tomato “as big as Berkley’s head”

K-State Spring Game Adventure

Then our awesome neighbors invited us to their K-State Spring Game Tailgate and also gave Beckham and I tickets for the game.

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At halftime we went down to watch Isaac run in a half time event and following some sage wisdom Eric Tippin taught us, we just pretended like we belonged and found seats to watch from the sidelines. I saw this picture on Instagram later and there we are, sitting on the ground next to the yard marker people. I don’t expect we’ll get seats this good for the regular season.

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Here Beckham and Willie hang out and caught up. Willie doesn’t talk much, but he’s a great listener.

K-State Spring Game Adventure

K-State Spring Game Adventure

While down there we went to join the cheerleaders for a few cheers as well.

K-State Spring Game Adventure

Laura took the car to go host a bridal shower so when we walked out of the stadium we had no wheels. He suggested we get some Call Hall Ice Cream so off we went taking back routes to Call Hall. Along the way we found this pond at Jardine on campus. He spotted bullfrogs so we began trying to catch them with our hands. 

K-State Spring Game Adventure

Once we ran out of hands we continued the journey to Call Hall.

A Boy & His Bullfrogs. Found these on walk home today.

However, the line was about 60 people long. You know… Tourist and all. We did get a to go container to put his bullfrog in though.

K-State Spring Game Adventure

We journeyed further across campus and near Hale Library we discovered a Green Apple Bike. They are free to borrow bikes so we did just that. Only with only one bike that left Beckham sitting on the handlebars holding his bullfrog in a to go food box. We headed to Chris and Rudy and Sam’s house to get tape to hold the frog in so he wouldn’t get out at the Cold Stone when we got ice cream in Aggieville. Best part of the ride was when a cop tailed us and we feared we may have violated a few laws though we couldn’t put our finger on any of them.

K-State Spring Game Adventure

Finally ice cream! A senior aged woman kept looking at the frog in the container while she ate ice cream with her husband, but she never asked about it.

K-State Spring Game Adventure

He slept well that night.

K-State Spring Game Adventure

Sunday

Sunday we woke up and got to worship the Lord at Church and then Becks had Sunday School with his great teachers, the Dunnings!

That afternoon we headed to our first K-State Baseball game of the season. We tried a few different seating locations.

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This one was good for snagging a foul ball.

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They had hung out the day before, but Becks and Willie caught up again.

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Then we went searching for a home run ball and found these makeshift outfield seats.

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Felt like stories I’ve read about people watching Babe Ruth over the wall of a stadium.

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Here is the actual view

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Becks boys weekend

The game was on ESPN3 and I was curious if you could see us on TV. You sure could, there we are on top the wall of this home run.

We ended up with four foul balls and one home run ball.

He thinks baseball games are Easter egg hunts. Four foul balls, one home run at K-State game #manhattanks #KState #batcats

After the game we stopped by Dara’s where all slurpie sizes are 99 cents. So he went all out.

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Caught some more frogs

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Played in waterfall and that’s a super great guys weekend.

Becks boys weekend

Video: Laura Faces A Hurdle In Life

Laura and I went to the High School track to jog and when we were done we used a hurdle to stretch. She then told me we had to jump a hurdle, of course I told her we’re old now and will pull every any muscle in our bodies. One of things I love about her is she insisted we do it anyway. I told her I’d get it on video, but she didn’t realize I was recording a longer portion so that I could document what it’s like to be married to this crazy wonderful woman. 

So here is my life…

On The Way To School

Sarah Arnett recommended we watch a Netflix film with our children called, On the Way to School. It’s a documentary following the way various children around the world get to school each day. Some travel for over an hour, some past dangerous elephants, some interacting with many strangers, one pair of brothers had to drag their eldest paralysed brother in a wheelchair around less than ideal terrain. We took her recommendation and it was eye opening for our children. Sure, we tell them on a world scale you’re crazy rich and your life is not that hard, but I think this is the first time they got it.

Here is the trailer for that video.

So just for kicks we decided to walk to school earlier this week and see what the experience was like. They told which way to go and just went with them cause this is American and we’re likely too cautious.

It’s not an incredible entertaining video since the goal was to keep in documentary style, but it turned out to be a great experience with some funny moments. Hope you enjoy this American Version of On The Way to School.

On The Way To School: Pathetic American Version from Houghs on Vimeo.

More Colorado…

We hit up at least one zoo on every trip we have ever taken as a family, so when Cheyenne Zoo was on our “to do” list from our travel agent (aka our spin instructor and friend Amy!) it was a no-brainer!

Check out the view these elephants get!

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Berkley likes herself some penguins. (outfit courtesy of Duck and Yayay!)

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This was the coolest thing there. Her name is Yazie (that means Little One) and she’s a Rocky mountain goat. We went to the “keeper talk” and this goat came bounding out of his shelter like an excited dog! Jumping and twirling.  And he did tricks!

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But then, he stinking climbed on the roof! We wanted to take him home. They didn’t let us.

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(We were the only ones at the keeper talk! It was like our own little private show!)
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We also fed the giraffes! Super cool!!

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It licked Brian’s phone when he was taking a picture, so gross!!Co springs

Any zoo that has meerkats is a good zoo! 

Then we saw this and asked a zoo employee, “What is that and how do get to go up there?”

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Exciting news! The admission to it was included in our zoo admission! It’s called The Will Rogers Shrine to the Sun.

You drive up there and then can look around with an amazing view of the city!

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Take one:

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Take two: “Berkley, look normal”

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Oh Berkley….

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These boys make life more fun

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Teaching them young! SP asked for a camera for her birthday this year! Co springs

It was built by a rich dude as a place to bury him and his wife. His good friend Will Rogers died while it was being built, so he named it after him. Random. But pretty.

We also left our comfort zone of food and decided to make sure we didn’t eat any chains (we broke the rule once with Chick-fil-a cause we were too tired to find a new restaurant. And of course it was the kids’ fav part of the day. Sigh.)

This was called Blue Box Donuts. They were super fancy donuts. Not like Varsity and just creative, but “Bourbon and Bacon with Maple” fancy. I got Vanilla Bean and it was delish!

This was at a yummy Mexican place in Denver! Who knew Denver could do Mexican!?

This is proof we tried local coffee shops. But we are sell outs and just like Starbucks best. Trust me, no one wishes that was more untrue than us…

Colorado Springs: Garden of the gods

Next stop: Garden of the gods. Brian and I were most excited about this one.

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It was a cold, windy day, but we made the most of it!  CO Springs

They had a few different trails of varying abilities, so we appreciated that CO Springs

And it was beautiful and amazing!!  CO Springs

This may be my favorite picture of the whole trip! CO Springs

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The rocks were amazing. The only downside was that it felt a little commercialized. A lot of fences and concrete. It definitely felt like you were in a park, not in nature. CO Springs

But of course it was totally worth it still!

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The kids were really convinced they could move this rock!  Co springs
Brian and I decided we’d love to do one of the harder trails, I think if you could pull that off it would be the coolest!!
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We also hit up the Colorado City Creamery, it was delish!

Sadie branched out and tried Sweet Cream (she ALWAYS gets vanilla)…and totally dug it!!

Colorado Springing it

Spring Break vacation with kids be like

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We felt like we have lived in Kansas long enough, it was high time we made the notoriously boring drive to our neighboring state of Colorado and check it out.

We looked into Denver, but it was more museums, sports and tours. All of which we love, but we do those a lot. Our awesome spin instructor grew up in Colorado Springs and would mention it on occasion when she visited, it always sounded like so much fun, so I asked her what we needed to do. She gave me a list of what we needed to hit and we headed out of town!

We had to stop for headphones. I send Brian to that part of Target to grab some. He came back with these awesome ones! He’s good at reminding me they won’t be small long and before we know it she wouldn’t want to wear something like this.

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The drive is due west and known for absolutely nothing. It’s why Kansas is known for being flat and boring. But we did see hundreds (not an exaggeration!) of those big new wind mills, which I later researched and they are windmill farms! Who knew?!

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There’s also very few towns, so we definitely peed on the side of the road.

We stopped to get super yummy popcorn in some random town!

We drove straight to Denver to spend the next morning there before heading to CO Springs. We wanted to tour the US Mint, but you have to reserve that and they were full. Lucky for us, Celestial Tea was also on our list to tour…and they weren’t full (go figure!) 🙂

Free samples!

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No pictures from inside the tour, but it was a little sad to see how few people worked in the factory. There were a lot of machines. We saw I think 3 people the whole time.

But we had our hair nets on so you won’t be finding our hair in your tea!

Driving to CO Springs from Denver we saw this.

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Then we saw a sign for “Castle Rock next exit” and took it!

It was a fun little hike (reminded me of Runyon Canyon in LA that Carolyn and I have done), not too too hard, but a great view from the top.

“Berkley, what are you doing?”

CO Springs Spring Break 2016

CO Springs Spring Break 2016

This is our children’s life in a nutshell…

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Girls climbing with their daddy is sweet!

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We make the boy go at it himself! 🙂

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Day one in CO Springs, first stop: Manitou Springs. They advertise their 8 naturally occurring springs that you can drink from.

So this is what we started out looking for

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We assumed we were looking for natural looking springs coming out of the ground. When we finally asked a local, she pointed to the water fountain.

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This is my “oh my, that’s not what I was expecting” face. It’s basically lightly carbonated water.

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We went around town and found and drank from all 8

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There was a lot of this from the kids:

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CO Springs SB 2016

And a lot of this:

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But they tried them all.

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Each fountain was unique, so even though we weren’t drinking out of the ground like we thought, it was still fun to see them!

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CO Springs SB 2016

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We take them to another state and they have the best time at the playground…

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This one’s pretty great cause he looks like a dog licking it!!

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That’s Brian spitting it back out this time. This one had a VERY strong iron/metal taste.  CO Springs Spring Break 2016

It warranted some dramatic reactions….

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CO Springs Spring Break 2016

This spring was right outside the restaurant we ate lunch at…

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…and they use it to make “adult lemonade” which was fantastic! Mineral water springs redeemed!!!

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Then there was the Penny Arcade. No, it’s not really a penny to play, which was a let down, but let’s be honest, that’s unrealistic! 🙂

It was only $.25 for each game of Skee-Ball though!

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CO Springs SB 2016

And they had never played pin ball before, so now that they have we’ve redeemed ourselves as parents.

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Brian found this girl dressed as Marty Jr!! She dresses up just cause!

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Patsy’s Candy had funnel cakes!!

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All in all, a cute little hippy town that was for sure worth exploring! It’s also home to the train that takes you up to Pikes Peak, but we weren’t sure about altitude, so we skipped that one. I’ve only heard horror stories about altitude sickness and it wasn’t worth the risk. (And also I’m terrified of heights, but let’s stick to the altitude excuse…)

More to come…

This is a game changer.

There are a few things in life we just won’t try without a recommendation from someone we trust.

  1. Hole in the wall restaurants.
  2. Overpriced things that are worth paying extra for (Connie’s Cookies, pants, etc).
  3. A non-main line cell phone provider.

But once you tell us to try it, we will.

And also, I hated paying our cell phone bill. We were paying $117 for two of us with Sprint, which was already cheaper than anything else we could find. But that’s still A LOT of money.

So, when Christine told us they tried Ting and love it, we were game to try it out!

And it’s been the best ever! 

Here’s the deal: you bring your phone over, but since companies aren’t giving deals on them anymore anyways, that’s a non-issue. Also, you only pay for what you use. Here’s the pricing:

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Brian and I use our phones a lot. And we didn’t want to be paying for a phone we were afraid to use. We don’t want to not interact with someone cause we are thinking “that will cost me $x.” We really love unlimited things for that reason. But we also felt like we were getting taken to the cleaners paying $117 a month. So we switched over (knowing we could always switch back if it didn’t work for us)

Yeah, we aren’t switching back.

The first month we decided we were going to use our phones like normal and see what happened. You don’t pay for using wifi, so that’s great, since texting between iPhones uses that when it can and doesn’t count as anything!

Our bill was $46.28 (after taxes).

No limiting of our usage, no problem getting service, no problems at all.

And there’s an app you can even check your usage and it estimates what your bill will be!

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And honestly, it’s helped limit our phone use too. Cause if I know I’m going to pay (even a nominal amount) to look at instagram when I’m bored in line at the grocery store, I’m more likely to talk to the person behind me instead. And I’m happier when I choose that instead. So it’s been a win-win!

We’ve been using it for 4 months now and our highest bill was $64. That’s half of what we were paying before, for the SAME EXACT THING.

Ting. We love you.

 

So this happened…

So I left town one weekend and Brian got kittens!!

Feb 2016

Kidding. That’s not how it went down, but would anyone have been surprised?

I wish I could say that’s what happened cause then maybe I wouldn’t be the crazy girl who keeps getting animals. But alas. I cannot distance myself from this decision.

But let me show you why I am powerless over this:

It’s a boy and a girl. The girl we named Dory. The boy, Mr Nubbers. Cause he has a nub tail. It’s adorable. He wags it. Dory doesn’t have a full tail either! So random!

Here you can see their tails and Mr N wagging it!

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Berkley treats these cats just like she did Junie B. And they respond the same. They DON’T RUN. WHY NOT?!

And have dominion over the ...kittens? #genesis1

But I mean really, how cute is this?!

Mr Nubbers

They are super playful, and are stinking cute when they jump!

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And when they just lay there…

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And when they sleep. They were 6 weeks old when we got them!

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This picture makes me laugh. It’s kind of a really accurate snap shot of my life: Amazon is pulled up, a sermon CD to edit, a receipt to reimburse, a to do list, books I’m reading, and now a cat.   Feb 2016