Summer Vacation 2017- Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls wasn’t as impressive as we thought it was gonna be:

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Kidding, it was awesome!

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I love these people

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Niagara Falls

Her stinking head fit in the bars. Made me anxious.

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His wife is one lucky girl…

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Berkley is so weird.

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In this one Boo is licking my arm…why??

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

We watched from the top, then went down and did the boat tour, cause I think it’s a law you have to go on the boat ride at Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls

Brian laughed at me and took my pic. Less for the memory and more to mock my hoodie tied so tight, but good golly it was misty!

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However, it IS true that he looks cooler than me without his on…

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Niagara Falls

I realized recently that Brian spends a lot of time like this: helping all of us climb off stuff!

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Annnd I think that’s all the pictures they have in them for the day! To be fair, it was well after dinner time and we ran out of snacks…:)

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Dance, dance, dance!

Sadie Piper had her dance recital in May. She adores dancing at Bates Dance Studios!

Red lipstick is hard to rock, but she sure does it!

A few pics from dress rehearsal

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It was a 60s songs mash up, really great dance!

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After the show her and Daiz found the empty stage and made up a dance on the spot…

Hide the yogurt!

Every Friday Dillons (it’s Dillons here, but it’s really Kroger!) has a “Free Friday” deal. You have to download the coupon on Friday, but then you have 2 weeks to redeem whatever it is they were offering. It’s sometimes a new product someone just launched, sometimes a classic and sometimes something really gross. Either way, when I bring something new or unexpected home from the grocery store, the kids all ask “was this Free Friday?” and 99% of the time, yes, yes it was.

Sometimes we love it (Oreo candy bar last week). Sometimes we hate it (bacon flavored Ritz).

But nothing has ever compared to this week’s:

Brian and I busted it out Monday when I got home from the store, but then I was literally back at the store Tuesday buying more, cause we wanted the kids to try it. Brian’s first words were “this is creme brûlée like.”

Beckham and I REALLY want to like yogurt. We just don’t. But when I tried this I knew he needed to try it too. When he did, he ate it all and then hid the blueberry one in the fridge so he could have it later! It doesn’t have that tart yogurt taste at all.

Brian researched these, shocker, I know, and learned that they are individually made in the little jar, not a huge vat then poured into containers. They put all the ingredients (there are like 3!) in each jar and it yogurt-ups in there (for lack of the technically term of milk becoming yogurt).

Bonus: they come in these great little glass jars! The sticker comes right off (take it off before you wash it) and now we have a lot of cute little jars. I’m anticipating having more of these than I know what to do with, but for now, I’m still on the “keep for snacks/small foods” stage.

So Beckham hid the blueberry one when he left for school in the fridge so he could try it when he got home!

 

Sailing away

Brian found this super fun sailing camp and it was a highlight of our summer for sure!

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Sailing 2017

It’s on Tuttle Creek Lake, the cost is $5 (PER FAMILY!) and now our kids are all expert sailors!

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They don’t just hop in boats, they put them to work! They have to assemble them each time! The kids all know all the parts of a sailboat and how to put it together.

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And how to tie it off at the dock.

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Day one they threw them in the water, capsized them and taught them how to right the boat. Brilliant if you ask me, no one was scared at all of tipping the rest of the week!

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Actually, Berkley should have been! Her few pounds definitely didn’t get that boat back up again! She just doesn’t have the weight!

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Day two they towed their boat behind a safety boat so they could learn how to steer.
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Then the rest of the week is sailing on their own!

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She may have been stuck with no wind, but it made for a very peaceful picture! 🙂

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Brian took a few rides in the safety boat. Until they kicked him off! 🙂

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On the last day, parents got to sail too! And after that we were even more impressed with our little sailors…it takes skill and knowledge…neither of which I had. But the instructors talked me though it and I made it

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Summer nights

I think seeing her outfit was what prompted me to get my camera out. Cause good golly she’s weird!

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Brian and Beckham doing the old baseball cards on the spokes trick! Now his bicycle sounds like a motorcycle!

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It’s hard to be 7 and have a fan stuck in your hair cause you held it too close…

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So now she has some long bangs!

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They have torn up our street this summer on their bikes

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1980 called Beckham…and told him he was born in the wrong decade! He’s got the 80s look down pat!

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I love this smile!

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Berkley has this great quality that she doesn’t care what’s socially acceptable. I love that about her! 🙂

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I dig it: Books

Eve in Exile

This is the best book on femininity that I’ve ever read. It’s smart, biblical and captivating. A powerful and empowering explanation of women as God created us. The author takes you on a history tour of feminism and how and why it has changed us. Then she gives a roadmap to get back to God’s good design lived out. I really, really dug this one.

Hands Free Mama

I cried every chapter of this one. I’m not a huge fan of blogger turned author, but this wasn’t as theological as practical so I was good with it! I read Stafford’s article on Huffington Post a few years ago and really loved it. It was such a great reminder to live in the moment. The days are long but the years are so short!

Raising Grateful kids in an Entitled World

This author hits the nail on the head. She helped us grasp the unintentional ways we are equipping our kids to be brats! 🙂 We learned a lot from this book about how we can instill character into our kids, how to help them find joy in serving others, appreciate what they have and even understand how technology plays a part in all of that.

Action Bible

Beckham loves comic books graphic novels and this bible has been great for him to read through! It includes a lot of stories and details the typical kids story bibles don’t. He’s been captivated by the drawings and the stories. It’s really made the bible come to life for him. Really great purchase!

Brian read these next ones:

Reset

Reset by David Murray feels like sitting down with a wise pastor with many years of experience telling the 30 to 50 year old men how to live the Christian life over the long haul. Working from scripture he intertwines it with scientific research and real world experience to give wisdom on how to approach sleep, exercise, stress relief, changing identity (as in, Who am I?), stuff, diet/food, and how we relate to God, to our family, elders, etc. It’s written specifically for men, not just pastors and I’d recommend it to any men who feel the stresses of life, but it was great to see some applications specific to pastors. Enjoyed this whole book, but loved the chapter on sleep.

The Things of Earth

The Things of Earth by Joe Rigney starts out so slow and so academic I nearly put it down, but once you get past the first few chapters it turns out to be a wonderful book that helps bring sense to how you can enjoy both Sunday morning worshiping God at church and also enjoy a wonderful meal with wine on Tuesday and watching a blockbuster movie with your family on Friday. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking reading your bible honors the Lord, but reading a John Grisham novel does not. If you’ve ever felt guilty for enjoying God’s creation this book will be refreshing to you.

Impromptu wedding…

My mom had my wedding dress made into two smaller dress-up sized ones a few years ago and not surprisingly it’s one of the girls’ favorite things to play: wedding!

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This wedding was after dinner one night and very well planned out…considering it was thrown together in 15 min.

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Sadie piper was the bridesmaid and made her bouquet from a microphone and cup!

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Beckham was the pastor, he found himself a jacket and made a pulpit!

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Then the processional!

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Brian walked Boo down the aisle…aka the hallway.

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Brian was a little underdressed in his bathing suit!

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Beckham and the guys (groom and best man) were up front waiting for the girls

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Brian cried…

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Brian was on his phone…during his daughter’s wedding. Kidding, he was also in charge of the music!

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This is the best!

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Brian’s new job was to hold the groom!

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For the recessional they walked with the guys back down the aisle

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Then I made Boo take bridal photos, cause you have to!

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This may be the most perfect picture of the three of them!

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End of school craziness!

May is packed with kids’ school stuff: field trips, parties, field days, all sorts of fun stuff! Here’s some of the fun:

3rd grade went to K-State’s bowling alley

1st grade went to the Salina Zoo!

And so did 5th grade!

Field day!

One too many uses of the sacks for sack races meant Berkley killed it in the race!!

1st grade had a hot dog cook out for lunch. Berkley’s good friend Mason! (look at the height difference!)

3rd grade went to Konza and saw all the bison they raise there.

AND they went to City Park to play at the Splash Park.

 

It wasn’t a bad month to be a kid! 🙂

  

When I pack my lunch to go with the kids on field trips, Brian draws my napkins. He doesn’t disappoint:

 

Beckham’s Skip Day!

Last but not least was Beckham! We saved his until last cause we knew we wanted to ride bikes to lunch and needed a pretty and warmer day to pull that off. We had the prefect weather day and off we were!

We tried to do Varsity donuts, of course, but they were CLOSED for a small remodel. Bummer. So we headed to Dunkin Donuts. Not the same, but it was just a fill in.

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Next up was what we thought he would be most excited about (and we were correct!): we gave him a roll of quarters and took him around town to all the “junk machines” and let him buy the trinkets he loves so much.

Then we hopped on our bikes and rode some trails that the girls wouldn’t be up for, but that Beckham could do, so today was the perfect day to try it!

Some was on the Linear Trail

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And some on the mountain bike trails

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Stopped for photos by the Blue River

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And photos by the Kansas River!

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We finally made it to lunch, 7 miles later!!

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This restaurant where they cook your food in front of you is Beckham’s favorite. But we can’t go even for his birthday cause Berkley HATES fire. Really hates. She would cry the whole time, so it’s just best to take him on a day like today!

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They fling everyone at the table a shrimp to try to catch with your mouth and Becks caught it!

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You would think we had worn him out, but his little 11-year-old body is tougher than our’s, so off to bowling we went!

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And then ended the day with milkshakes!

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We earned those milkshakes!!

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