This past weekend was fantastic. It started with the ladies Bible Study Friday morning. The ladies are going through “A Hole In Our Holiness” by Kevin DeYoung and I worked on building our patio while “watching” the big kids outside. We did take a few breaks for a wagon ride across the field though.
Thad helped with the patio borders.
Jackson buried himself in the sand pile, no box.
After that we drove to Kansas City where we got to hangout with some great friends and get some needed catch up time. When Laura went to Clothes Mentor, the rest of us went to the soccer store. While in there I hear, “Dad, take a picture of me holding this guys hand.” What!? To my great relief, it was just this manikin.
Then we heard some of the most beautiful music ever as Katie Thomas performed her Senior Recital. It was great to see how God has gifted her and how hard work has polished off those gifts. Nicola played with her which was fun to see, it got me excited to know those two will be using those gifts (Nicola already) to assist Manhattan Pres musically for the next few years, God-willing.
This was her cake, half piano, half violin.
After getting to see so many people we miss, we drove home late. The drive was a little smokey as the burning of Tallgrass continued. At night it’s even cooler, a bit like Mordor and every so often we’d see a whole tree on fire. Flames burning across the hills glowing in the night.
The next morning Laura headed to the kids’ school to setup Family Fun Day with the rest of the PTO moms and the kids and I headed to Wamego for the Tulip Festival, not the T.U.L.I.P. festival, that would be different, though also cool.
Below is the rock that the first settlers…ok… it’s just a rock.
The petting zoo had baby ducks and chickens, goats and sheep (already separate), a calf and a pig.
Because of the long winter this year the tulips haven’t bloomed yet, but we did find these wooden tulips.
Captain America in chainmaille
Wonder Woman and Superman were also options.
Sadie Piper killed a fox to keep her head warm.
This guy taught us to throw axes; I think I may become an Axe Deer hunter so I can mock the bowhunters for how easy their version of hunting is.
Berkley figured out the trick to this was proximity.
Sadie never stuck it, but did have some good form.
Look close and you can see Becks axe in mid-flight. He hit the target many times.
This is my throw, deer beware.
Beckham also killed a fox and built a tent for the night. It’s amazing how much outdoors stuff he can accomplish in flip-flops.
This is Bittercreek on the left. I assumed that was a character name, but after talking for awhile learned it was the actual nickname he’s gone by since childhood. The other guy’s name was something normal like Bob.
Sadie ran ahead and wanted her picture in this neat little cabin. When I got there I realized the red rope at the door was so you could look without entering… she was already on the wrong side so I snapped a pic.
There was an old school house that was really fun. After 8th grade school was done or you went to college. So they grow up quick today, but at least we get those four years of high school with them.
This park has a miniature train you can ride for free, we did it in the fall, but skipped the big lines on this day and just walked to the next section.
I know a few folks who like John Deere Green. This is my favorite use of John Deere, it cranks a homemade ice cream bucket, a few of them actually.
This is a shot from up on the windmill.
This is the Windmill. It was built in the 1800s 12 miles north of this location by a Dutch immigrant. His plan was to make a living grinding up corn and wheat. Only mistake was building it in the middle of cattle ranching instead of crops and few people were willing to travel that far to use his mill. When he passed away his family donated the windmill and every block was labeled as they took it apart so that they could rebuild it in this park exactly like it was originally.
A few more petting zoo pics.
Berkley called it a baby rooster.
Sadie said Mr Thomas would looooove this. I think he might find it is a little small.
Wizard of Oz Dolls.
Then we headed to the Lee Family Fun Day. Since Laura was working it, Hat took the girls and Becks and I went crazy hitting up everything.
Is this a selfie in the bathroom? Where is the phone?
Willie was there
Toilet paper toss
Olaf on the face.
Then for dinner we ate yummy McGuire calzones and learned how role-modeling works.
Stage One: You’re Crazy
Stage Two: We’re In