Taking one for the team

In Texas you take a Texas history class at least three times in school before you graduate. We didn’t realize until we moved to Kansas that this isn’t the case in all states. I honestly just assumed every state took state history every few years. (Who are we kidding…honestly, I didn’t even think about other states! 🙂 )

One of the “facts” you learn is heartbreaking: Texas is not in fact the largest state. Alaska is. Well, we can’t have that, so I very clearly remember my teacher teaching us that “if you melted all the ice in Alaska, Texas would be bigger.”

That settles it. Loophole for the win!

So since our kids aren’t taking Texas history obviously, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to teach them. And we’ve passed that little tidbit on to them of course.

Beckham came home from school one day and said “I put on my work today that Texas was the biggest state cause of the ice in Alaska. I’m going to get it wrong, but it was worth it!”

We couldn’t have been prouder!



Just as of lately

Odd Squad Live came to town, and SP’s birthday was a few days before, so we got her tickets for her birthday and took her out just the three of us! (we really should do this more, none of us could remember a time when it was just her and us. Oops)

Crystal Pepsi makes a showing every now and then, and since that’s a blast from our past, we had to get some! We found it really really yummy, but that also led to a taste test. Cause we love a good taste test. (For the record, Crystal Pepsi won)


Sadie Piper apparently discovered “pranking”

Dec 2016

This was under Brian’s pillow:

Dec 2016

We have the old house that when you flush the toilet the water in the shower gets hot!

Berkley’s school music program was all about Kansas!

Her and her BFF. They are two peas in a pod.

Afternoon entertainment after school one day was a car fire and watching the brave firemen put it out! 


Mashed Potato Bites: changing the world?

Brian saw these at the store and had to have them. Pretty sure he said they were going to change the world.

Me: Isn’t a breaded potato just a french fry?

Brian: No! These are circles!!

Me: Ok, so…a tatertot?

At this point he walked away muttering something about how I’m going to regret making fun of mashed potato bites.

You should have heard the cheers from the kids (and Brian) when these babies came out of the oven.

So exciting!!!

So disappointing! (Berkley was in the middle about them)

I’m not going to say I told you so, but I told them so.


When I leave to run an errand and leave everyone at home with Brian, sometimes I get a video like this texted to me:


And then when I get home, sometimes I see this:

Dec 2016

It’s Brian making the pre-made cookie dough (that “slipped” into the basket when he ran to the store), but pretending he’s been working on them from scratch.

He seriously put flour on his face too.

Dec 2016

And then sometimes he goes to Walgreen to pick up ONLY good lotion Kleenex (poor SP had a snotty nose and was getting chapped!) and sends me this pic.

And claims the heart is a steal of a deal cause it’s only $7 but it used to be $15.

This. This is how I feel.

Ross King has been a very favorite of ours since our college days. He led the worship at a large group gathering we loved. We’ve followed him and bought every album he’s ever put out since. He’s honest, humble, and so articulate. Here’s a song from his most recent album that is spot. on.