Being the Cool Parent is overrated.

We hit up the mall for their indoor playground and we splurged on the carousel. Becks wanted to get in the tea cup spinny thing. But if you are under 8, you have to have an adult with you. Sure, I’ll get in. I’ll be the cool parent!!


Sadie Piper chose more wisely…and picked a horse.



He has since lost that dangling front tooth!



I quickly handed off Berkley. She was lucky.




I spent the rest of the afternoon with motion sickness from all the spinning. Becks, on the other hand, was fine the second it stopped.

I’ll volunteer to hold Berkley next time.


Yummers Veggie Lasagna

Every time I make this I wish I made it more often. Even the kids love it.



    • 4 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 lb.)
    • 1 (8-oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • Vegetable cooking spray
    • 1/2  yellow onion, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, diced
    • 1 1/2 cups fat-free or low fat cottage cheese
    • 1 large egg
    • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
    • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
    • Can of spaghetti sauce (I like the Hunts Herb and Garlic kind)
    • 7  lasagna noodles (you don’t have to cook them!! Yay!!)


    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray skillet with non-stick spray. Add onions and zucchini, start cooking them while you cut up the mushrooms. Add mushrooms and garlic, cook until tender.

    2. Stir together cottage cheese, egg, 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

    3. In a bowl, mix the can of sauce with 1/2 can water (you might not use all of this). Spread 1 cup of the sauce in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with 3 noodles, 1 cup sauce, one half of cheese mixture, and one half of vegetable mixture; repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles and 1 cup sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan.

    4. Bake, covered, at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 to 15 more minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Let stand 10 minutes.


    I don’t think we’re in Texas anymore…

    A rainy day in the spring? Beckham’s out of school? I thought that called for a trip to Union Station to let them run their crazy out! I’ve had better ideas…

    A little background: when we moved here, all we knew of Kansas was the Wizard of Oz. That means all we knew of Kansas was they have tornados here, something foreign to us. So when we would hear the sirens, we booked it to the basement. It took 4 tornando seasons to realize that we might have been over-reacting, and just this year, we both felt a little more relaxed about it. After this week of tornados, we are back to square one: booking it to the basement!!

    As we pulled up and parked (keep in mind this is a good 25 min drive from our house), I hear the tornado sirens going off. I was still feeling pretty ok that we were going into a building that’s about 1,000 years old (or something) and seems like it would be pretty heavy and all. We walked in the door and an employee there told me to follow him, we were being taken to the storm shelter.


    I’m thankful I had packed lunches and brought them in. So we ate lunch, then hung out in a hallway with tons of kids on field trips for an hour and a half!


    IMAG0257On the bright side, when we got out, we had the place to ourselves…literally. All the field trip kids went to get their lunches!!


    Today I’m thankful for:
    1. Basements
    2. Sirens
    3. And tornadoes. Cause Beckham reminded me that we “should be thankful for everything God gives us, even the bad things.” How right he is.
    “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?”
    Job 2:10
    “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
    Romans 8:28

    Proverbs 31 Sadie Piper

    Does this count as us teaching SP to be a Proverbs 31 girl?

    She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
    Her lamp does not go out at night.

    Proverbs 31:18

    Sadie Piper Shoes

    She made these “shoes” (merchandise?) when she was supposed to be napping (her lamp did not go out?)…

    Sadie Piper Shoes


    Our Dog-GONE week…

    So there Brian and I are, in our back yard, enjoying the warm weather after the kids had gone to bed, when our neighbors come out. We knew one of their dogs had had puppies; they had offered one to both of us, separately, on a few occasions, we both basically said the same, “No thanks, we are done with dogs.” But tonight, tonight was different…they brought the puppies outside. I’m a sucker for puppies, and before we even got out of our seats, Brian had named him. I knew then we were toast. So what started out as a “Should we??” conversation turned into “Let’s do a test run for 24 hours with him…starting tomorrow morning” which somehow morphed into us asking if we could have some food so we could take him now! This all went down in one night. Fine, 30 minutes if we are being honest.

    In summary, we kept him for a week, then realized that our original plan of no more dogs was a good one for our family. We loved that little dog, but he wasn’t going to be happy with 3 young kids. We had to give him back…

    We don’t regret our decisions…either one of them! We are glad we tried again..and we are glad we failed again!

    But, in our defense, YOU try to walk away from this:



    IMAG0160SP asked, “Why does Daddy have a dog?” when she woke up the next morning. Berkley, whose first word was “doggggggie!” was his bane cause she so wants to love on him, and Beckham was great with him, but he still spent his days hiding underneath our bed. He told me at the end of day one with dog, “I can’t believe we have a REAL dog!”


    All 3 kids had very different tactics. Berkley stole his bed and bounced in it.


    Becks loved him and was so sweet to him. He did get to take him to Show n Tell!

    Rooney Week 1

    Rooney Week 1

    Rooney Week 1

    Sadie Piper was his little mommy. She’s always concerned about where he was, even when we would leave the house. She wanted to take him out to pee (which would have been super helpful, except that he wouldn’t, he would just run back to the door), wanted to fill up his food bowl, let him out when we got home, and just generally stay close to him. He was not a fan of this.

    (Girl likes to take her pants off when she naps when it’s hot, and sometimes she forgets to put them back on)

    Rooney Week 1

    Brian told me he took the cutest picture of SP in the car with Rooney (that’s what we named him. We started off with Pip, but since he’s a little dog, he didn’t need a little name). I looked at it:


    Then told him to look on MY phone. I had taken the exact same picture the day before!! (Even the same expression! Different outfit though to prove it’s not the same pic!)


    This picture was not staged. It’s my husband wearing a Manchester United jersey, drinking from a Man U mug with his dog named Rooney and his son named Beckham (who was not wearing it, but also owns a Man U jersey). And he said, “I’m really not a huge fan.” Then he drove off in his car with the Man U license plate in the front, after he slept that night on his Man U pillow case…


    After we gave him back, Beckham asked us, “If I hide under the bed, can I go live with the neighbors too?”


    Funny Book

    We call Sadie Piper the “middle-ist.” When we make quick trips in the car, she wants to sit in the middle…cause “I’m the middle-ist.”


    Laura: “Guys sit down like normal people”

    Beckham: “But we’re not normal people”
    We were in the produce section at the grocery store.

    I picked up some cilantro, Sadie Piper told me we should buy some Larrys.

    She pointed to the cucumbers.

    Becks calls boom-a-rangs “Ring-a-tines”


    Brian went into the bathroom. Sadie Piper follows him in and asks, “Need some privacy Dad?” as she closes the door to the bathroom…with her on the inside!

    Sadie Piper put her pony tail holders in a ziploc and asked, “Mommy, will you zip this please so the bad guys don’t get them?”

    HyVee Party

    Sadie Piper calls mittens “pennies”, Oreos “quarters”, donut holes “donut balls”, back packs “packin bag” (a mix between back pack and sleeping bag…she has one that’s both– thanks Lara!)

    Dancing in Kitchen

    Sadie Piper “If I have bergers (boogers) in my nose, a Kleenex won’t work. I have to use my fingers”

    Sadie Piper “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly. I hope she dies.”

    Sadie Piper to Berkley at the dinner table: “Berkley, you have to try it. If it’s yucky, Mommy can put sour cream on it” (that started with things being too spicy, but apparently SP applies it to all things she doesn’t like?). Speaking of condiments, SP eats ketchup with everything. Even on her salads…

    HyVee Party

    Beckham “When I get a little older, I want to be a race car driver. But then, when I’m a dad, I will be a zoo keeper. Except on church days. On church days I’m going to close the zoo and worship God.”