Pumpkin Patch 2014

We went with a group of friends from Church to Britt’s Pumpkin Patch on Saturday. It was fun to be together and to enjoy the Fall doing such a classic fall activity. Below is the Hay Ride. It winds through a farm growing fresh peppers, egg plant, okra, milo and pumpkins.

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Becks with his friend, “Goat”

Pumpkin Patch 2014

This bike was steered by whoever pedaled fasted. A little tough to get going on the grass, but the idea was very interesting. Should be a pre-marriage counseling activity.

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Berkley is a strange girl. She won’t go near a daddy longlegs, but she chased this escaped chicken down and returned it to chicken prison.

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Sadie handled the chicken once she knew it was safe.

Pumpkin Patch 2014

The slide was fantastic. Bigger than it looks in photos and really fun despite ending in a puddle of mud.

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Here Danielle takes the girls down the slide.

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

With the Kansas City Royals dominating the Major League playoffs I thought this sheep might want to show his support. He didn’t seem amused by this one bit.

Pumpkin Patch 2014

I went down the slide with the girls and it didn’t go as well as when Fisher did it. I left the stage by stage.

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

 Everyone survived

Pumpkin Patch 2014You can imagine the girly screams during this one:

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Hannah with Everett and Mer

Pumpkin Patch 2014

 

Tube Slide!
Pumpkin Patch 2014

Admission includes a pumpkin!
Pumpkin Patch 2014

We also did a Hymn Sing Friday night which was fantastic.

MPC Hymn Sing 2014

The Color Run Manhattan

Our friend Danielle Catudal suggested the Color Run so a bunch of us from Church decided to do it. It’s a 5k, but it’s not a normal 5k. It’s more like a jogging party, there are no times, lots of costumes and every 3/4 or so mile they throw a new color of powdered paint at you.  Below is Kennedy and I getting ready.

Color Run Manhattan 2014

This is the mascot and the largest Conga line in some qualified category.

Color Run Manhattan 2014

Hannah had her picture take with the Unicorn because she’s a natural redhead with blue eyes which is considered as rare as a magical unicorn.

Color Run Manhattan 2014

This is a before photo of some of the group.

Color Run Manhattan 2014

Andria and Hannah starting off with plenty of energy

Color Run Manhattan 2014

This is us headed towards the first color gate. Looks like some sort of chemical warfare accident in the distance, we weren’t sure what to expect. (Will this comment get me forever flagged by CIA?) It’s people with bottles of powder spraying us as we go by. The powder is made from cornstarch and taste just like it.

Color Run Manhattan 2014

The race starts in waves so we had to wait a bit.

Color Run Manhattan 2014

There our group goes! Color Run Manhattan 2014

After the race our kids rolled in the color they could find

Color Run Manhattan 2014

Kennedy is a legit runner. I am not. I was falling behind about 30 miles into this and he was nice enough to jog with me at an extremely slow pace. I’m glad he did cause I would have stopped and walked if he hadn’t. He also kept up with my pace by doing the grandma in the mall speed walk.

Color Run Manhattan 2014

Here Danielle is trying explain why this color run thing is a big conspiracy for Tide to sell more detergent. (not really, no idea what she’s saying, but I am looking at her as though it is a conspiracy theory of some sort).

Color Run Manhattan 2014

I get the feeling Berkley is grumpy about something.

Color Run Manhattan 2014

This is kinda gross, it’s the hair on my arm after running through yellow, blue, pink and purple color gates. Color Run Manhattan 2014

Here is an after group photo. I may have rolled through a color gate or two to pick up a little extra paint.

Color Run Manhattan 2014

Color Run Manhattan 2014

They will blow you clean afterwards.

Color Run Manhattan 2014

These two did the color toss with us. Everyone gets together and throws packets of color into the air. Sadie had a broken arm so she couldn’t do it.

Color Run Manhattan 2014

Here is the color toss

Color Run Manhattan 2014

Color Run Manhattan 2014

Purple Power Play 2014

 

Purple Power Play is Manhattan’s Fall Kick Off basically. A “welcome back” to students, kick off for K-State sports and just a fun time for townies.

ManhattanPres had a booth. We may have set up early…

aBrian had some great company!

Purple Power Play 2014

Purple Power Play 2014

Purple Power Play 2014

Purple Power Play 2014

We busted out Texas Jenga (thank you Youngs!!) and Kennedy saved many little kids!

Purple Power Play 2014

The Chick-fil-a cow got in on the fun too! 
Purple Power Play 2014

Wait, there’s a character we can take a picture with? Why yes, we would love to!

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Bounce houses have our kids hearts. 
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There was a magician and Ada Scott got to be his “lovely assistant.” She was lovely as always!

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Berkley has this thing against fireworks. As in, she despises them. Fourth of July is her bane. Unfortunately for her, the two day event went out a bang. Aka, a fireworks show!

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Bloopers

I edit sermons. Brian’s on Monday morning and also Tony’s for the radio. So I get a lot of great stuff in my head (via my ear buds) each week. I also get a lot of stuff that makes me giggle. So it’s hardly fair to keep this stuff to myself. :)

This one is from yesterday. It’s Brian trying to get our attention after the passing of the peace/fellowship time during the worship service. This is cut down from the entire minute it took him to get our attention. He seems to be entertaining himself quite well though!

This one is from about 4 years ago. The significance of this is that Tony is foretelling his own knee injury. Since the sermon’s that I edit for the radio are about 4 months old, when I heard this, he had already, I think the technical term he uses is “messed up his knee.” Here’s what he did shortly after saying this:

Snapshots: September 2014

Our girls have been a blessing in the kitchen! They are a real help, and it’s good talk time! And it’s cute to be twinkies! a

 

SP’s family drawing! a

Dressing up with Helen. Kentucky Derby anyone?Ready for the Kentucky Derby?

It’s a bright pink Jetta. That’s awesome! aBrian. On a bridge. I’d prefer him to get off.

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MPC members! image

It got to be like 50 outside one morning and they busted out the winter hats. They are so cute that I don’t blame them though!q

 

She wears footies straight through the summer. These have seen better days. These footies have seen better days. She wears them straight through the summer. I'm sweating just thinking about it.

Berkley, did you lose gum today? “YES!! I can’t find it!”

Me: "Berkley, did you lose gum today?" Berkley: "YES! I can't find it"!

Made paper airplanes and took them to the old stadium to for test flights

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Oh, how we love tire swings!

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Brian finds cool stuff. Then he takes us there too! This is a mountain bike fun loop with hills and jumps! a

Oh Boo. We love you.

Wiffleball & S'mores Night

Inventure Monday

Sadie Piper has practice at Bates Dance Studio every Monday evening. When she goes to that Beckham, Berkley and I go on what they call Inventures (“Adventures” pronounced wrongly). Usually we go to places I found while on a bike ride or driving around. This past Monday we went Fruiting.

We found a house with apple & pear trees all over the backyard and knocked on the door to see if we could pick some (still using the Eric Tippins “just ask” philosophy).

The house is in south manhattan and was built 150 years ago. The river used to back up to it before changing routes after a flood. It was where the ferry would bring people across and thus the original entrance to Manhattan. It was interesting to think that many of the names on streets in town likely ate fruit from the same trees we were now picking from.

You can see below they had a picker for high fruit which was a blast to use.

Inventure Monday included watermelon, apple & pear pickin' #mhk

Berkley loved that she could reach some fruit.

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Got one! Did you pick it up off the ground? No, off that little apple tree.

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We also picked a few leftover watermelons from a field.

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Got caught in a spider web, where is Sting when you need it?

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Here is our collection of fruit.
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Beckham loves watermelon and this was the perfect little bowl for his own serving. Like a zombie the way he cracked this melon open and devoured the insides.

We may have jumped the gun on Halloween as well.

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25 Better Ways to Ask Your Child: “How was school?”

“How was your day?” just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes I get frustrated that the only response I can pull from our kids when they get home is “Fine.” But then I realize if someone asked me the the same question, I’d have a hard time remembering and summing up 8 full hours too.

We found these questions and in the weeks we’ve been using them in the evenings with our kids, we know the Crazies so much better. I feel like we know more about their lives, what makes them tick, their classroom dynamics, their friends. Our kids even beg us to ask questions “from the sheet.” We also make sure we aren’t using this question time as “preaching” time. We listen and ask follow up questions only. Most of the time this isn’t the time for correction, that can be worked in later.

Hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

#1.  What was the best thing that happened at school today?  (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

#2.  Tell me something that made you laugh today.

#3.  If you could choose who would you like to sit by in class?  (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class?  Why?)

#4.  Where is the coolest place at the school?

#5.  Tell me a weird word that you heard today.  (Or something weird that someone said.)

#6.  If I called your teacher tonight what would she tell me about you?

#7.  How did you help somebody today?

#8.  How did somebody help you today?

#9.  Tell me one thing that you learned today.

#10.  When were you the happiest today?

#11.  When were you bored today?

#12.  If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed up someone who would you want them to take?

#13.  Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?

#14.  Tell me something good that happened today.

#15.  What word did your teacher say most today?

#16.  What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

#17.  What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

#18.  Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

#19.  Where do you play the most at recess?

#20.  Who is the funniest person in your class?  Why is he/she so funny?

#21.  What was your favorite part of lunch?

#22.  If you got to be the teacher tomorrow what would you do?

#23.  Is there anyone in your class that needs a time out?

#24.  If you could switch seats with anyone in the class who would you trade with?  Why?

#25.  Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Aggieville’s 125th Birthday Celebration!

This weekend was Aggieville’s 125th celebration and as with most things Manhattan, it was done up right! They had a street fair with a “mini makers fair” (showcasing people around town who make cool things) and a kids carnival!

Here’s an amazing video that captures the event. (And Brian and SP made the cut! Then you can see all of the kids when they are blowing out the candles too!)

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This is BioShock. Is that a video game? I was just told to take a picture! This is from the booth of the people who make cool things like this!!

If there is a costume within two miles he'll find it. #bioshock #aggieville #mhk

This one had sand that was coated in something that kept it dry in the water. It was mind blowing! a

There was a booth for the makers of real working R2D2s!
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Then we hit the kids carnival. The sororities and fraternities set up kids games, face painting, fun stuff like that!

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Oh, and a bounce house!

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This was Sadie Piper during the bounce house fun. She got an ice cream cone as consolation prize for not being able to bounce…
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Poor girl. Just wants to play! a

Also, we live in the 1960s!!

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A local brewery, Tall Grass, made a blackberry beer for the occasion! (No, we didn’t let him drink it, just posing!)

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Bates Dance and Cheer Excel performed again and were awesome! 

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This picture cracks us up. What is Berkley doing? And why don’t the rest of us care? Poor youngest child.

No wonder youngest grow up feeling not quite part of the family. Pictures like this confirm that insecurity. #Aggieville #mhk

Then we left, took a break, and then came back for the street dance and Varsity donut birthday cake! The street dance was the BEST!!

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Birthday Cake!!

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They let the kids come up and blow out the candles! 
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We are obnoxious, but we really, really love our little town!!

Summer Road Trip: Rock City, KS

So, one of the places on our Bucket List for our Summer of Road Trips 2014 was Cawker City, KS, home to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine.

Kansas, y’all, we’ve got it all.

So we were ready to head out one day this summer. Then we bailed. It’s a 2 hour drive. To see this:

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We are all about cool things (such as huge balls of twine obviously) but that was too far, even for us! So plan B was Rock City, KS. It was only an hour and 15 min away from Manhattan. So Rock City it was!

Stopped to listen to the wheat in the wind. It’s one of my favorite things about the summer. The sound of wheat. Who knew?

Rock City in Kansas

Rock City in Kansas

Rock City in Kansas

So, Rock City is about two football fields of land where there are these weird rocks in the ground. Of course the literature about it is all about the “millions” of years…which was ironic to us cause people carved their names in them. I’m not convinced rock that scratches with a stick could hold up that long! :)

Rock City in Kansas

We picnicked on the rocks, then played on them!

Rock City in Kansas

Rock City in Kansas

I was gonna get a picture of Brian jumping off this rock…Rock City in Kansas

Then I told him he didn’t jump high enough. He told me it wasn’t high enough to get a good picture, but I wasn’t convinced. So I took a stab at jumping higher: Rock City in Kansas

“How did I do?!?”

Take 2.

Rock City in Kansas

Goofball.
Rock City in Kansas

We had a great time climbing and playing on the rocks! 
Rock City in Kansas

And playing Wiffle. Of course.
Rock City in Kansas

Rock City in Kansas

More jumping!

Rock City in Kansas

A little Lion King fun! 

Rock City in Kansas

They are the “littlests,” but they are strong…

Rock City in Kansas

One of the rocks has a hole in it!

Rock City in Kansas

Rock City in Kansas

It really wasn’t big enough for me. But that didn’t stop me. Nothing like a little hole in a rock to make a girl feel big. 
Rock City in Kansas

Rock City in Kansas
They didn’t advertise this one…but it’s unmistakable, right??

Rock City in Kansas

All in all, a really fun place to check out!!

Thomas Farm Summer Fun!

While the Thomas’ were on vacation, we got to vacation at their house! (Although when we told the kids the Thomases wouldn’t be there, they said, “How are we gonna have any fun without them?!)

We managed, but we still missed them! b

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Jennifer painted these super cool spools!

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Thomas Farm Vacation

Thomas Farm Vacation

Thomas Farm Vacation

This is such an awkward picture! I love it!

Thomas Farm Vacation

Kids LOVED riding the 4 and 6 wheelers!c

Thomas Farm Vacation

Thomas Farm Vacation

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Oh, their swimming hole. It’s our fav.

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Thomas Farm Vacation

Thomas Farm Vacation

Thomas Farm Vacation

This was really funny to us for some reason:

Before we left town, we hit up Deanna Rose Farmstead for old time sake!

We found Sadie the horse still there!

Thomas Farm Vacation


Thomas Farm Vacation

One of the baby goats sucked on one of Brian’s fingers, and SP tried to get one to do it to her too. But it bit her.

Thomas Farm Vacation

And then she wanted to show us…. (hahah!!)

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We found  an abandoned fishing pole, and put a little thing of fish food on it (the hard kind you get from that machine behind him in this pic) and HE CAUGHT A FISH!

Thomas Farm Vacation

Berkley has a lot of fears, but animals isn’t one of them! Thomas Farm Vacation

Such a relaxing and really fun time! THANK YOU Thomas’!!!