…and others maybe do, but I wouldn’t even know what to say! This batch is the latter.
…and others maybe do, but I wouldn’t even know what to say! This batch is the latter.
When I (Laura) leave town, Brian does really fun stuff with the kids. And also Berkley doesn’t get out of her pajamas. Also no one showers.
But let’s focus on the “does really fun stuff” part:
Free Comics day! It’s an actual annual holiday! Beckham is a “graphic novel” fan, so it’s like his birthday in terms of excitement. Overheard in our house this week “I’ve read about a quarter of the chapter books in the library, Berkley has read about a quarter of the kid books, and Beckham has read ALL of the comic books.” Very accurate, SP!
Then they went and picked strawberries at A&H Farm.
And also took selfies with goats.
Biggest slide in town!
They found puppies!!
Then a stop at Taco Bell for taco burritos. Cause I would have nixed that (cause I’m not fun).
Made strawberries with the fresh picked ones!
I was VERY impressed with this one, cause it felt like they would have needed me for this one!
And still in the footies…
Also, why is Mr Nubbers in the house??? I’ve kicked him out to be a full time farm cat.
Thanks guys for letting me visit friends, but also for not functioning at full capacity and making me feel un-needed! 🙂
Laura makes a dinner plan each month and couple of months ago Beckham and I found it unattended so we filled out the entire month of May with Tacos & Nachos (except two cereal days). Eventually she discovered it, at which point we assumed it would be changed to something more…diverse. Only to our surprise she’s actually planned a month of Tacos & Nachos- apart from the firm foundation of Pizza Friday we adopted from the Durrett’s family tradition. May is going to be the best month ever!
For years I had heard people talk about Morel mushrooms and never thought much more about them. This year our great neighbor Stacey explained them us and how yummy they are, and how people haven’t figured out how to grow them so they are a true delicacy. So when I saw one a walk through the neighborhood I send her a photo of it. We joined her as we went to go pick it. That Morel turned out to be a porcelain decoration (picture of it below). It was a sad day.
The kids and I (Brian) went hunting down trails near our home and found nothing. Then my friend Craig told me more about these Morels over lunch and I’ve found myself looking for them every place I went, even while jogging in Mississippi and I’ve found nothing.
Then Sunday morning I hear shouted across the sanctuary before the service, “Brian, we forgot your shrooms!” Which made me laugh cause it definitely sounded like these shrooms might be for getting high. The real reason people are obsessed with them here is once they’ve been fried up they are sooooooo good!
Our friends had gotten us a bag of these Morels and shared a recipe for us to follow. So here is the process to eating these midwest truffles.
Step One: Look at them, so weird looking.
Step Two: Wash them to get any loose leaves and what not off them.
Step Three: Cut the bigger ones in half. I was really surprised to find they were hollow, they feel solid when holding them.
Step Four: Ask someone who won’t burn the house down to fry them after dipping in egg mixture and coating in flour.
Step Five: Be patient cause if you reach into the oil you’ll fry your own hand.
Step Six: Eat and then remember to let your children try them despite your hoping they won’t like them so you won’t have to share any.
They don’t taste like fried mushrooms I’ve had as an appetizer at restaurants and while I can’t think of anything to compare them to, they taste amazing. I finally understand why adults act like children playing Pokemon Go every Spring when the short growing season begins. Thank you Clines for providing this new Manhattan experience with us.
I don’t even know how to explain this one
Or this one
I have a love/hate relationship with napkins. I love that they love them, but some days I’m all out of ideas. That’s when I enlist Brian to help:
Or Berkley, who drew Beckham Zelda from heart
Becks read something in a book about “Bubble Tea” and said “I wish that was a real thing and I could try bubble tea.” Well Bubbie, in this case, your dreams have come true!
This cat comes inside in the morning and goes straight to SP’s bed to crash.
I’m not a fan of Little Debbie snacks, but the kids always ask for them anyways. They went on sale, each box for $1, so I went ahead and bought one of each and we had a taste test!
Sundays are for baking and dressing weird?
It’s so true. Kids just want the box.
We have the STEEPEST hill that leads to the creek by our house. These 3 went exploring and then called me to come drive them up the hill. But they were so muddy they weren’t allowed in the car. Our solution was to drive them home like this:
Jiffy Pop day!
Berkley asked me to buy more glue gun sticks and tape and I told her to write me a reminder note. Here’s what I got: (it says “snort”)
Then you “open” the paper plate card to this:
Beckham’s soccer game isn’t riveting for the girls, so they made a friend and played Barbies!
Arts and crafts class face painting (insert that emoji of the bug eyes…)
Beckham and I were waiting for the orthodontist and playing on SnapChat. We were peeing our pants at some of the filters!
Although this was my fav…how I do get eyelashes like that??
If we learn that green food coloring is harmful, the Hough house is in trouble. We had A LOT during St Patty’s week. “Green everything!” was the motto! So if it wasn’t green naturally, I dyed it. Problem solved.
First stop on real St Patrick’s day: Varsity for green donuts. Except Berkley the party pooper who doesn’t like raised donuts or icing.
Next stop: Library, where they had a fun craft!
They also had a Beauty and the Beast craft time. This pic weirds me out.
And Beckham climbed the wall. Random. Yet impressive.
Then some other random stops for photo ops.
We wish they would cut that tree down! It’s such a cool painting and it’s half covered. Sad story.
Welded welder welding a welded mailbox…
Then rode bikes to the parade!
Berkley packed a BOOK to read. Nerd.
We saw lots of friends in the parade! That’s always our favorite part!!
T-Rex on a bike gets me every time!
Yet so does anything in a parade with a toilet in it…
Beckham climbed more walls…
I can’t take these guys anywhere…
Day started off with Varsity donuts
and Apples to Apples!
Then we hit up the mini golf course.
None of us has ever been to the one in town before, so that was a fun adventure!
Brian kept score so the loser could “buy lunch” (that would be me!)
That was a hole in one!
We also threw in a little light rock climbing!
The other option SP had was FootGolf. Which is exactly what is sounds like- golf with a soccer ball. They have one hole you can try it out on so we did. (Fun, but more for adults and soccer players). So we skipped that…
…in favor of the batting cages!
She has THE BEST “brace for impact” face!
Brian can’t go to the cages without getting in on the fun!
Lunch at Chick-fil-a. This girl knows what she likes and rarely branches out!
(I obviously thought we were making funny faces, but SP gave her cute smile…oops)
Then straight to the bowling alley! She loved it!
Bowling rolled right into a milkshake from Baskin Robbins!
Then to pick up the Bs from school, and poor girl was again the middle child! 🙂
I make fun of Brian for getting stuck on things…but it’s actually one of my favorite things about him. You wanna know about NASCAR, random baseball facts, the history of soda, the different types of bicycles, -the list goes on- he’s your guy.
But recently it’s my turn to get obsessed.
This Garmin Vivofit Jr went on super sale right after Thanksgiving, so we got one for Becks for his birthday. I thought it would be fun mostly for him. I think I love it even more than he does though!
Best parts: it’s waterproof AND the battery lasts a year. This means he never has to take it off, which in turn means he never has to forget to put it back on! It counts steps, but it also counts “activity minutes.” So at his 11 year well check when the nurse asked if he gets 60 minutes of play time a day, I could tell her with certainly, “actually he does!”
It has a fun game on the app that he collects facts and animals for every day he hits 60 min of active time and I thought he may be too old for that, but he really loves it (this is also due to his love for animals though)!
AND it also tracks sleep, automatically. This is probably where I’m most obsessed. I can look and see how he slept every night. So when the doctor asked how much sleep he gets at night, I could also tell him that.
Yet another great feature: it has a timer on it. I can tell him, “set your timer for 5 minutes and then we are heading out” or “read for 30 minutes, set your watch.” Brilliant I tell you. I’m actually shocked that this is the only kid activity tracker out there. It seems like an untapped market. Kudos to Garmin!!
On warm days we adventure outside. On cold days we huddle inside and wonder what we should do today.
But this day it was warm, so we headed out!
But instead of driving up to it we heard there was a hiding trail.
Not gonna lie, it was a tad steeper than we anticipated. Our kids were old enough, but don’t take littles on this one.
Then we went fishing. Yes, it was only like 70 degrees and yes it was March, but you can’t let that stop you.
And yes, we didn’t catch a single thing.
Lucky for us, that wasn’t really the point!
Brian and I have a deal: I don’t help with fishing. (it’s more of an unspoken “rule” in that really by the very fact that I can’t carry the container of worms cause it gives me the eebies thinking about live worms crawling in there…eek…that he just does it all for the kids and I just watch.)
It’s a good deal.
If you are me.
Which I am.
They are sweet to each other when they aren’t fighting with each other…
What is Berkley doing?? Pretending she caught a big fish maybe?
“Keep your pole to yourself Berkley”
This is as good as we are going to get: