I just needed a frame. And Brian and I were right by Hobby Lobby so I asked if we could run in real quick.
I had to go to the back of the store where they have the odd sizes. Which means we walked through the whole store. Which means Brian found a ton of letters. And when he finds letters on anything he arranges them to say MPC.
(This was what he made at Bed Bath and Beyond one day)
This day’s photos:
Oh wait, as we walked away he found the rooster section. So he added a rooster: He made me help collect all the letter to do this too:
(For the record he puts them all back in the right spots! 🙂 )
My friend Ryan told me about an event that kayaked the Kansas River at night with neon glow sticks and whatnots so I signed Beckham and I up for a two person kayak and I’m so glad I did, we had a great time.
This is right after we launched, he’s wearing the free “buff” they gave him.
That’s the 177 bridge that you drive across when headed towards Kansas City.
This iPhone photo does not do justice to how beautiful the sun set was.
Beckham loves free stuff. He got one of everything and even asked for buffs for his Mom and sisters too.
We parked our cars at the bridge on Highway 24 which is where the trip would end, they then bused us to the launch point.
Here is how Berkley wore her buff. She said she was like Mary.
You can learn about Little Apple Paddle’s next event on their facebook page.
Four years ago we started this tradition. We asked friends to name five things they are loving or are thankful for right now. Not over spiritual or huge picture, but what are the little things that are just really fun. Foods, stores, products, people, movies, songs, ideas, games, smells, whatever. After asking people I wait a few days and post the answers of those who respond in completely random order. Well, here the answers are.
Small town living. We grew up in Houston (population 2 million), so Manhattan, KS (population 50,000) is like the polar opposite. I can get anywhere door to door in 10 minutes, no traffic ever, and I’ll probably see someone I know when I get there!
A good book and a hot mug of tea, light on the sugar, with a touch of milk.
My lovely roommate!
Strawberry limeades and Sonic mozzarella sticks – particularly when shared with friends.
The 10 years I had with my ol’ fat bulldog. He was a Good Boy.
Coffee – I’m typically a tea drinker, but lately I’ve really enjoyed the smell and taste of java in various forms.
Graphic & Pixelmator – Graphic a vector app for Mac and iPad. Pixelmator is a raster editor like photoshop. My two forms of relaxing therapy are long bicycle rides and making logos/graphics (99% that never see the light of day).
Paper Bible – I love the convenience and weight of a digital Bible, but I’ve found there is something more substantial, more engaging about a paper Bible. I even bought a Reformation Study Bible recently, which is huge, but it’s been such a great move for my discipleship.
KindleVoyage– I know it’s seems hypocritical to read books on kindle and the Bible on paper. But truth is a I love the kindle for reading most things. Battery last forever, glows at night and yet no blue light to keep me awake at night (learned that from Hannah’s post). I read more now that I own a kindle.
Astros – I miss them in the winter. I miss the rhythm of daily games, laura falling asleep to Alan Ashby’s commentary, rookies getting a shot at their dream, karate chop celebrations, Hank Conger robot dancing, George Springer just dancing, catches on Tal’s Hill, measuring everything on the planet in Altuves. Baseball and Summer I love and miss during this cloudy months.
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Markers – Amazon and Target sell these great markers for writing in a Bible with.
Simple Church – There is something restful about not having a bunch of church programs. Which is weird cause most program in an of himself can be great. But to know we gather to worship God on Sunday, Do a book study and meet in small groups twice a month is refreshing cause it leaves more margin in life to know our neighbors and to be apart of the wider community we live and to be present more often to disciple our own children. Simplicity in ministry is sustainable for everyone involved and I love that.
The Habanero Sauce at Taco Lucha– It’s one of the rare instances I want to steal something since it can’t be purchased. I’ve tried to replicate it at home and failed miserably. If ever a hot sauce should be bottled, it’s this sauce.
Ting – We followed the Durrett’s and switched from Sprint to Ting for our phone service. Bill went from $120 a month for two phones to $38 for two phones. Service is great, uses my previous phone so no new purchases. We only pay for what we actually use which isn’t that much since we’re in Wifi zones (home, coffee shops, etc) most of the time.
Isaiah 6. And 11.
Sleeping in on Saturdays with my husband.
Eating breakfast with my grandson five days a week. And his good bye hugs and kisses.
Seeing younger sisters in Christ become older sisters ministering to they younger sisters in ways that bless me beyond words.
Fleece lined tights.
Boots and boot season.
Thanksgiving 2015 when no time had passed.
The 2015 Commissioner’s Trophy
Star Wars – All of them
People around me who know more than I do.
I still like Cranberry Limeades!
Seeing Cole shoot his first deer with a bow
Bean saying “Mom” for no particular reason
Phone calls & visits from Katie
The kids harassing me that Daisy is the “favorite” child
Mad Libs! It’s a blast from the past for me, and a great way to teach them parts of speech! (we have had to ax “potty words” even if they are the correct part of speech!!)
FlashLight Friends. Honestly, I hated these when we first got them, a light in a kids hand in bed? That sounds like a bad idea…. Now we couldn’t live without them. They are essential to them reading in bed, and not forgetting to turn off a flashlight or reading light. These automatically turn off after 10 minutes! And they are bigger than a flashlight so you can’t lose them as easily!
Brian finds some weird places. I’ve given up asking how he finds most of them, we just get in the car and go cause we love exploring them!
They found these cat tails and thought they looked like corn
Sadie Piper is the most determined person I know. I wish I had more of her personality trait in me. She doesn’t let anything stop her from doing what she wants, especially fear. Here’s her “I’m scared and don’t know if I can make this jump but I’m going to try” gearing up face:
She’s going for it…
Boo just collected shells
This clam was alive. And somehow came home with us.
Carolyn texted to let me know my birthday present had been delivered and was waiting at our front door.
But NEVER in a million years was I expecting to see THIS:
I think I hyperventilated trying to get the box open! There were FOUR cartons in there! It was real live Blue Bell in our real live house!!
For the record, Blue Bell has this shipping stuff down, it came rock solid!
We had to make room in the freezer. So this was the only smart way to do that (they were never going to get eaten anyways, we only got them to try to fill the Blue Bell void, ate a scoop and decided having no ice cream is better than these):
It’s even better than I remember! Which makes it bittersweet…I LOVE eating it cause it’s the best food ever, but hate eating it cause, well, it gets eaten!
I’m not the only one who thinks Carolyn is the best either:
Doesn’t get more thoughtful than this! You’re the best C! Love you!