Brian looked out the window when we were eating lunch one day and asked “What is that squirrel carrying?” It was clearly something large, but we couldn’t get our heads around what it could be. We went outside and watched this mommy squirrel carry her baby! I didn’t even know they did that!! Honestly, this only makes me sadder when I see one who didn’t make it across the street now…
One of the things we’ve come to love out about this town is how you can find fun things to do every weekend.
This past weekend was Varsity Donut’s 5th Birthday Party, so they had this donut cake and gave out donuts for free all those in attendance.
They also shot candy and those varsity headbands out of a cannon. My whole life I dreamed that God would make it rain candy and was told it would never happen and then today I found starburst fall from the sky. Candy cannon gets and A+.
They also had these great Coke Zero Fountains
Sadie Piper Hulu Hoops pretty well, she must get that from her mother.
Beckham Neck Hulu Hoops, not sure where he picked up this skill.
On our way home we saw a sign for free Pony Rides, so we stopped and rode ponies.
At home we found a young deer and a mommy deer in the front yard.
Did a little afternoon fishing at Anneberg Park
Becks was pretty excited about this catfish
Some weekends have tailgates and football, others parades and festivals, but what’s great is there are always so many great things in this community to go out and participate in.
It’s very rare there isn’t something on our calendar on a Saturday morning. This week was one of those.
Then Brian remembered he’d seen it was Varsity Donut’s 5th birthday and they were celebrating…with a donut cake no less!
Varsity is one of our very favorite businesses for a lot of reasons:
Donut cakes are one of them!
They make hands down the best donuts ever.
They support the city (they give HUNDREDS of coupons to the library each summer for the summer reading program prizes just to name one)
They also know how to throw a party!
Sadie Piper hula hooping:
Beckham could do a few turns with the hula hoop on his waist, but his real talent is in doing it on his neck! Who knew!?
Did I mention they make the best donuts? And they were free today! Best. Day. Ever.
They had a CANDY CANNON!! It also shot some Varsity head bands which the girls will be sporting a ton!
Then, on this morning we had “nothing to do” we headed to the farmer’s market and got some roasted hatch chilis and homemade blueberry vanilla syrup.
On the way home we drove by City Park and Brian said, “there are horse rides right there…and the sign says ‘open to the public'”
Neither of the girls had ever been on a horse before. They both mentioned not feeling as steady as they imagined!
Then we headed home for real this time and made it back without any more unplanned stops!
Few places are more fun to spend the day than the Farm!!
Beckham spent most of the day looking for a turtle in the pond and his persistence paid off!
The 6 wheeler is always a hit!
Muddy feet are cool at the farm!
Buckle up SP!!
I don’t know if they have ever done sparklers before! Two out of three loved them!
Berkley still had an enormous dislike of fireworks. As in, they still make her break down and scream. So she makes sure she’s inside with Daisy long before they start!
This summer Beckham participated in the Jr Zookeeper program at our zoo.
At the informational meeting last Spring they definitely didn’t talk it up: “you will be cleaning poop and it’s hard hard work.”
Brian and I were trying to decide if we should make Beckham do it anyways to learn work ethic. But after the meeting when we asked him what he thought, he said, “I want to do it!”
He had two 4-hour volunteer shifts a week all summer. The first day he came home and said, “Mom, a bucket of water is REALLY heavy!” We loved that he was getting these experiences, cause while we highly value manual labor, our lifestyle doesn’t naturally allow for teaching as much as we’d like.
But the zoo has plenty of it!!
They scrubbed the pond almost weekly. Once they drain it they take the frogs and move them while they clean.
They also cleaned the inside animal’s cages: ferrets, ducks, turtles. And they got to play with them if they finished early! He would come home with funny stories about Patrick the Duck, or Cookie the ferret. He now knows the names of most of the animals at the zoo! I didn’t even realize they all had names!!
They also cut up a lot of animal “diets”, so basically made the animals their meals! He tasted a “Money Biscuit”…he said they taste like Cheerios!
K-State did some research on the program and they gave the kids cameras and had them take pictures of things they thought were interesting or important.
Here’s a few of his pics:
This was for sure the highlight of his summer and he can’t wait to do it again next year, God willing!
But none of the kids ever complains about filling up food or scooping cause they know “We’ll give them away” isn’t an empty threat!! 🙂
When they cuddle it’s my fav!
I love when they bathe each other!
Nubbers: He’s the boy and we see him much less. Brian likes him more cause his life is more interesting. He’s outside almost all day. He’s caught two mice, two birds and countless cicadas and chases squirrels right up the trees. He really likes the kids, especially Becks, he’s not a fan of Brian or I as much.
Then there’s Dory. She’s more of a follower. She goes outside only after Nubs does, and it almost feels like she feels obligated. She’s caught…Polly Pocket clothes. She gets them out of the girls’ room and I find them all over the house! Early on I was getting onto the girls about leaving their stuff around the house and they tried to tell me they didn’t do it…then we saw her walking around one day with a doll shirt in her mouth.
She’s much more likely to come cuddle up with you.
Dory also likes to lick ear lobes. It’s gross. Here’s SP doing it back to her in hopes that she will see how it feels and stop doing it to us! Ha!
They are both patient as can be with the kids still
She’s “taking his temperature.”
Just realized I have NO picture of Beckham and the kitties. That’s because he’s a normal person with them and let’s them do their own thing. Which is probably why they like him best and when Nubbers is inside, he’s sleeping on Becks’ bed.
Manhattan has the BEST city pools. It’s our favorite part of summer!
This year we have three strong swimmers (and lots of really great lifeguards!) so we have actually READ while they are playing sometimes!
We were watching Berkley jump off the edge this day. This was a “dive”…good luck with that Boo!
Belly flopping, aka “diving” abandoned and she found a new jump!
Gone are the days of a square pool and maybe a diving board.
All three of them will do the high dive! I don’t do heights and it’s so high up there, so I’m impressed.
We live right by the Manhattan zoo. When we moved here we wondered if we’d ever see escaped animals. Luckily, they keep the tiger pretty well locked up apparently! But the peacocks aren’t in cages and just wander the zoo.
I walked around the corner one day and jumped when this was starting at me.
And then we realized there was two!
They wandered some. Then about 30 minutes later we saw the Animal Control van drive by!
Or I guess more accurately, “We caught the Pokemon”?
Varsity was one of the first to capitalize on this; touché Varsity, well played!
Beckham loves to go around our block and check for Pokemon (is that right? Is that what he’s looking for? I don’t totally get it) but he had to take Berkley. So they figured out a system! Berkley has the phone and tells him when there is one to get!
Pikachu at Hy-Vee!
And on campus!
Took Brian to Hobby Lobby again…
But we did score this at Hobby Lobby! A rooster basket for the kids’ crayons!!
Beckham randomly mentioned to his art teacher that his dad would love that rooster, and his art teacher told him he could have it! So he carried it home safely!
Sign on lamp post in City Park. Sad story.
She’s just cute blowing bubbles!
National Root Beer day!
I don’t even know how to caption this cause I don’t know what’s going on…
Mike Scott jersey give away day at the Astros, Brian had the game on TV and Berkley says, “That’s a lot of Mike Scott’s, Dad”
He came home from Napa saying he met Chase Elliot…