Stinkin’ cat

Mr Nubbers stays exclusively outside.

Until one day we noticed we hadn’t seen him outside of his bed in the garage for a few days…

…and then when I did he was only using 3 legs.


So we took him to the vet, and turns out he got in a literal cat fight. (We later learned there’s a new family down the street with an outside cat too, and Nubs was protecting his territory!)

All that to say, I was a softie and let him come inside while his leg healed. The kids took great care of him: 

That’s Berkley’s frog that she gives people when they are sick!

Poor cat was too gimp and/or drugged to care. He just slept through it all.

It looks like a gravestone, but it’s actually a feather of a turkey on a “Thanksgiving turkey.” Sadie Piper’s preface is pretty great!SP 4th grade


In Art class, Beckham’s class was assigned a sheet of the dictionary and told to draw a word from it. Beckham hit the 6th grade humor jackpot cause he found a donkey on his…! In his defense, his shading is spot on! 🙂

Art assignment by Beckham

Found this gem of a photo op on an adventure one day!! Cemetery


Becks, SP and Brian always leave Boo and I behind when we go through these kinds of tunnels…we aren’t the bravest of the bunch and I usually squeeze Boo’s hand too tight…it’s so DARK! And I can’t see what I’m stepping on!!! Under road near sunset ave

“Get dressed for a hike:” Inventure

“Get dressed for bed” (she has two outfits: footies, and school clothes. If she’s not going to school/church, she’s in footies)


Both girls got really good chops. There was so. much. hair. It’s been saving us a fortune in conditioner though! 🙂

We had to take the stinking cat to the vet, and he was cuddling on SP. And her sweet smile…  

This our routine most nights: reading and hair braiding!


After they shoveled snow, they wrote me a note! Snowy

Brian’s grandma used to make them mint chocolate chip milkshakes. He’s now introduced our kids to them and they are obsessed as well.   

Floats and Goats

Farmhouse had a fundraising event and we got an invite to “Floats and Goats”- two of our favorite things in one place!

Floats and Goats

Floats and Goats

They were raising money for Be The Match, the national bone marrow program. It’s a really easy sign up and the reward of being able to save a life is priceless!

Floats and Goats

We quickly learned that a family at a Greek event is about as common as a porcupine in a balloon factory.

Floats and Goats

But all the guys were so nice and we got a tour of the house. Beckham is sold and wants to join Farmhouse when he goes to college. And if the guys in it now that we know are any indication of the friends he will make, we couldn’t encourage that more!!

Floats and Goats

They had someone teaching people how to rope a cattle. And I know it’s shocking that we are from Texas and our kids don’t know how to rope cattle. Despicable. But leave it to Kansas to teach them!! Floats and Goats      Floats and Goats

You have to twist your wrist to make it twirl…harder than it looks!

Floats and Goats

And a super fun take on “beer pong!”Floats and Goats

And they didn’t even notice when we stole one to take home to mow our lawn!! 🙂

Floats and Goats Floats and Goats



Christmas events

The season starts off with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree on the day after Thanksgiving!  IMG_1479

The glasses they hand out make every light look like a santa head or snowman. It’s brilliant! IMG_1466

The the Mayor’s Holiday parade! All the floats are lit up.

Christmas parade

We eat pizza at AJ’s that night, it’s tradition! Downtown Charlie Brown

Then a Saturday Family Carnival. Lots of fun games!

Manhattan Christmas Carnival

Manhattan Christmas Carnival

And a great face painter!! Manhattan Christmas Carnival

Manhattan Christmas Carnival   Manhattan Christmas Carnival

And trolly rides! (the had horse drawn carriage and train rides too!)  Manhattan Christmas Carnival



Going to a Demolition Derby has been on my bucket list for years. Saw that one was coming to Topeka right around my birthday, with $5 tickets on Sat morning, so off to the Derby we went!!



We had NO idea what to expect. This derby was 4 vs 4 cars, last team with a car left moving wins.  IMG_1229

We were thankful for the nice man sitting in front of us who answered all of our questions. He was probably thinking the entire time that he chose the wrong seat!IMG_1229

When you are “out” and can’t move anymore, you break off that wooden dowel you see duct taped to their car.



You can trap a car, cause once a car hasn’t moved in a minute they are out. So even if his car isn’t dead, he’s still out. The strategy was fascinating!


After each round, it took about the same amount of time to clear out the cars (cause most of them couldn’t drive out of the arena!)IMG_1229


Sooooo much smoke and even more exhaust. After round one with all the exhaust in a closed arena we got a little nervous…   IMG_1229     IMG_1229

This is outside, all the cars lined up ready to come in for their round. (This is also outside where we started going between rounds so we didn’t die of inhaling exhaust!) IMG_1229

Berkley doesn’t like fire or loud noises (so fireworks are the perfect storm for her), but luckily we seriously keep a pair of noise blocking earmuffs in the car… cause you’d be surprised how often we get around loud noises!  But this was suuuuuper loud. I was jealous of her ear muffs.


Here’s how she felt about the Demolition Derby:  IMG_1229

The rest of us decided it was a fun once in a lifetime thing. I’m glad we went, but it was too loud and exhaust-y to really enjoy. If there was one outside, we would go again. Cause the event part was very fun, it was the fumes we could do without! 🙂


We hate leaves.

IMG_1271Picking up leaves in the Fall isn’t something Brian and I grew up doing. No, not cause we had landscaping people do it…cause we lived in Houston and there isn’t such thing as Fall! More over, we lived in north Houston, so the vast majority of our trees are pine, so they are evergreen!

But we’ve learned to put our big kid pants on and get outside and do it. (Except you have to do it multiple times, ugh!)

Berkley’s pose is so much different than SP’s above! 🙂


This girl!


Playing in leaves is more fun than picking up!!

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Brian was using the blower (that the trick the Youngs taught us!!) and for some reason Boo was just burying herself… IMG_1271

Turkey Trot 2017


Brian and Beckham ran the 5k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning…and I think started a Hough family tradition!


Very start of the race:


After the race started, we realized we were one of about 4 families that weren’t running but stayed to cheer! So we had the streets to ourselves!


Brian finishing!


I didn’t get Beckham crossing cause he came through a while before and I missed him. Oops.

But he wasn’t even winded. He had run slow to stay with Brian. Kid can run.

IMG_1376And Brian ran fast to keep up with Beckham. He will literally run circles around Brian.


A lot of Manhattan Pres people ran it too!!  It was the perfect way to start the holiday!! IMG_1376

Beckham and Peter. Beckham is Peter’s “Sam”- Becks idolized Sam Basham (still does!) who always played with Becks growing up and now Becks is passing it on! IMG_1376


Kids spend a lot of extra time at school during Book Fair week, they make themselves comfortable

Also, it’s cereal for dinner week during Book Fair. Berkley sorted every time before she ate…

Girls LOVES penguins. Brian’s mom got her this big one for her birthday and it goes most places with her

I want to buy this car sticker: 

Beckham dressed as Caution tape!  

I love it when they are sweet! 🙂 Sunday

I can’t complete with this:  

Berkley found the heater vent and camped out thereSunday

I saw these footlong Nathan’s hot dogs at the grocery store and was about to buy them, before I saw they were $9!!! For only 6! I just couldn’t do it, for hotdogs. However, when they went on sale for $3, that’s when I’m in! Sunday Sunday

More Astros

Have you heard the Astros won the WORLD SERIES for the FIRST TIME EVER!?

This is what the girls made while they watched a game one night:


It’s Minute Maid Park! With crazy detail!


This Astros fan has a shirt that says “Boo Yankees!”


This is a dad…with a lot of kids! Astros

Astros’ mascot Orbit Astros

Here’s the fieldAstros

This is Brian holding baby Berkley!   Astros

And the scoreboard, with the ‘Stros winning! Astros

The last big Astros food of the week was sugar cookies!!  

The kids decorated some too. Berkley’s on the left (she doesn’t like icing), Beckham’s in the middle, and SP’s on the right (she made Julia, their sideline reporter).