Halloween: take one

Manhattan loves Halloween! There are about 5 different public events that you can show up in costume and fit right in.

Homecoming Parade is the first!

The businesses in Aggieville all hand out candy, so you come early and trick or treat at the stores, then camp out for the K-State Homecoming Parade!

Becks dressed as Link from the video game Zelda this year. He and Brian made the sword and shield this summer (not for a costume, just cause. Nerds.) and I found this great hoodie! Costume hoodies are my favorite!! Functional AND fun! Look at me being so fun!!

I guess Link had somewhere to be…


So since Becks was Link, I was Zelda, and Brian was Navi (the little fairy who follows Link around saying “Hey! LISTEN!”) Brian had multiple people stop him to ask to take a picture with him! Nailed it!


Sadie Piper went as a cat!


She did her own face paint! Super cute!!

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And Berkley as, shocking: a penguin!


The floats at this parade and the best! That’s Annie waving in the cutest picture ever!!    KSU homecoming parade 2017

Here’s what happens when you take two pictures. Berkley does really well…

But then she does a face fast change…

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This guy dressed as Macho Man! He stayed in character the WHOLE time!! KSU homecoming parade 2017

Girls: “Dad, we ALWAYS take this picture!!” Brian: “SAY CHEESE!!!!”

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Varsity’s “candy” was basically fresh funnel cake bits. We didn’t get a picture cause we wolfed them down! Berkley wanted every last grain of sugar. Literally.

KSU homecoming parade 2017

KSU homecoming parade 2017


Riding to school:

Ramming heads:

Spy lasers:

We are going to the track to run and play soccer. But you wouldn’t know that from looking at Berkley:


Beware of the kids:


Book worm at a soccer game:


DIY glasses:

Astros Playoffs!

Here’s the deal: the Astros don’t make it to the playoffs often. That’s a crazy understatement, but hang with me! So when they do, it’s a BIG deal.

We kept up the stadium food, with chicken in a waffle cone with mashed potatoes. It’s a real thing at Minute Maid Park!

And had nasty nachos again. On “stadium plates.” With a tomato, cause I’m only SO fun…(they like to eat them like apples instead of cut up. It’s weird.)

The Astros introduced these crazy uniforms in 1975, which is “arguably, the most radical uniform redesign in major league history.”

They came to be known as “tequila sunrise” after the famous cocktail:

So when we make anything Astros, it’s tequila sunrise, aka, just mix red, yellow and orange together and Brian’s thrilled!

(Which has me wondering why we don’t make these?? Hmm. It’s on my to do list as of just now!)

These were cake batter truffles.

Brian decided to make Astros bread. (No, he doesn’t cook. Or bake. Well, he makes what the kids say is the BEST EVER mac and cheese. From the blue box…)

I had to fight to not take over and micromanage. Apparently I’m a control freak.

He did it!!

He was VERY proud! It turned out great!


He then spent the next 30 minutes telling me how hard it was to make things homemade! 🙂

Now we are reading The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe…

Their creativity never stops amazing us! They dressed the part for the battle at the end of the book:

Berkley came out riding Sadie Piper as her horse, but it kept getting better!

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The saddle:

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And “working” reins:

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The chainmail on her armor (but the sleeves were my favorite part!!):

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And tab in the back so she can take off her armor:

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And shin guards!

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Beckham was the engineer in all this, and he was excited to try it on

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Until he got stuck in it. Forever.

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Astros in the Playoffs!!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!

We bleed orange around here, so while the Astros are in the Playoffs, it becomes a holiday!

We did stadium food on days they played in the first round. But of course, food at the stadium costs money. Insert Brian’s job: make money!!

Astros money

Everything we sold always cost $100, but isn’t that about right for stadium prices? 🙂 Just teaching the kids real world lessons!

I made pretzel hot dog buns. They were delish, but I hate when I do that to myself cause now I set the bar too high…on stinking HOT DOG night, aka “Mom’s not cooking night!” Ugh!

We also did nachos…with JUST those round chips and that gross non-cheese that everyone in my house loves. Ew. They thought it was the greatest ever.

And orange popcorn in Astros cup hats:

They didn’t love it. Said it was too sugary. WHAT???

And then tequila sunrise cookies (instead of the annual candy corn ones these are supposed to be!)

‘Stros are moving on, so it’s back to the drawing board for more Astros ideas!

Best “no” we’ve ever said…

We aren’t anti-video games. (Case in point: Brian has owned literally every device Nintendo has ever made. Every. Single. One.) But we try to reserve them for winter. You know, when it’s too stinking cold to do anything but be on the couch with a blanket.

More background: we just finished reading the first Harry Potter aloud as a family.

But the kids still ask if they can play video games, and we still tell them “no” on pretty days. Last week was an especially pretty weekend. So, 20 minutes after we said no, they came out and started “suiting up.”

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They went and found Brian’s oldest looking baseball hat, for the “sorting hat” of course, and got into houses.

Then they came outside for…

Quidditch Tryouts!

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Beckham was using this card to run try outs! 🙂

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First was hitting a bludger!

Narnia and Harry Potter

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But you also had a shot at becoming a Chaser!   Narnia and Harry Potter

And of course, they had to try to get the Snitch (a very small bouncy ball!) to try out for Seeker!

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They they disappeared inside for a while. But that was just to find out what positions they got (I found out later!).

And then back out for the real game!

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The BEST part was the noises they were all making. You know, broomstick flying noises!!

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Then Brian goes and finds himself a broom…

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It was not lost on me that my entire family is the front yard. On broomsticks….Harry Potter

Also, why do I have so many brooms??

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Brian caught the snitch…in his mouth. You know, like Harry did? (If you haven’t read the books, stop now and do it!)

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There were also classes inside the house. I didn’t see them all, but “Potions” was in our room:

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I’m glad God gave us these three!