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I think seeing her outfit was what prompted me to get my camera out. Cause good golly she’s weird!
Brian and Beckham doing the old baseball cards on the spokes trick! Now his bicycle sounds like a motorcycle!
It’s hard to be 7 and have a fan stuck in your hair cause you held it too close…
So now she has some long bangs!
They have torn up our street this summer on their bikes
1980 called Beckham…and told him he was born in the wrong decade! He’s got the 80s look down pat!
I love this smile!
Berkley has this great quality that she doesn’t care what’s socially acceptable. I love that about her! 🙂
This is the best book on femininity that I’ve ever read. It’s smart, biblical and captivating. A powerful and empowering explanation of women as God created us. The author takes you on a history tour of feminism and how and why it has changed us. Then she gives a roadmap to get back to God’s good design lived out. I really, really dug this one.
I cried every chapter of this one. I’m not a huge fan of blogger turned author, but this wasn’t as theological as practical so I was good with it! I read Stafford’s article on Huffington Post a few years ago and really loved it. It was such a great reminder to live in the moment. The days are long but the years are so short!
This author hits the nail on the head. She helped us grasp the unintentional ways we are equipping our kids to be brats! 🙂 We learned a lot from this book about how we can instill character into our kids, how to help them find joy in serving others, appreciate what they have and even understand how technology plays a part in all of that.
comic books graphic novels and this bible has been great for him to read through! It includes a lot of stories and details the typical kids story bibles don’t. He’s been captivated by the drawings and the stories. It’s really made the bible come to life for him. Really great purchase!
Brian read these next ones:
Reset by David Murray feels like sitting down with a wise pastor with many years of experience telling the 30 to 50 year old men how to live the Christian life over the long haul. Working from scripture he intertwines it with scientific research and real world experience to give wisdom on how to approach sleep, exercise, stress relief, changing identity (as in, Who am I?), stuff, diet/food, and how we relate to God, to our family, elders, etc. It’s written specifically for men, not just pastors and I’d recommend it to any men who feel the stresses of life, but it was great to see some applications specific to pastors. Enjoyed this whole book, but loved the chapter on sleep.
The Things of Earth by Joe Rigney starts out so slow and so academic I nearly put it down, but once you get past the first few chapters it turns out to be a wonderful book that helps bring sense to how you can enjoy both Sunday morning worshiping God at church and also enjoy a wonderful meal with wine on Tuesday and watching a blockbuster movie with your family on Friday. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking reading your bible honors the Lord, but reading a John Grisham novel does not. If you’ve ever felt guilty for enjoying God’s creation this book will be refreshing to you.
My mom had my wedding dress made into two smaller dress-up sized ones a few years ago and not surprisingly it’s one of the girls’ favorite things to play: wedding!
This wedding was after dinner one night and very well planned out…considering it was thrown together in 15 min.
Sadie piper was the bridesmaid and made her bouquet from a microphone and cup!
Beckham was the pastor, he found himself a jacket and made a pulpit!
Then the processional!
Brian walked Boo down the aisle…aka the hallway.
Brian was a little underdressed in his bathing suit!
Beckham and the guys (groom and best man) were up front waiting for the girls
Brian was on his phone…during his daughter’s wedding. Kidding, he was also in charge of the music!
This is the best!
Brian’s new job was to hold the groom!
For the recessional they walked with the guys back down the aisle
Then I made Boo take bridal photos, cause you have to!
This may be the most perfect picture of the three of them!
May is packed with kids’ school stuff: field trips, parties, field days, all sorts of fun stuff! Here’s some of the fun:
3rd grade went to K-State’s bowling alley
1st grade went to the Salina Zoo!
And so did 5th grade!
One too many uses of the sacks for sack races meant Berkley killed it in the race!!
1st grade had a hot dog cook out for lunch. Berkley’s good friend Mason! (look at the height difference!)
3rd grade went to Konza and saw all the bison they raise there.
AND they went to City Park to play at the Splash Park.
It wasn’t a bad month to be a kid! 🙂
When I pack my lunch to go with the kids on field trips, Brian draws my napkins. He doesn’t disappoint:
Last but not least was Beckham! We saved his until last cause we knew we wanted to ride bikes to lunch and needed a pretty and warmer day to pull that off. We had the prefect weather day and off we were!
We tried to do Varsity donuts, of course, but they were CLOSED for a small remodel. Bummer. So we headed to Dunkin Donuts. Not the same, but it was just a fill in.
Next up was what we thought he would be most excited about (and we were correct!): we gave him a roll of quarters and took him around town to all the “junk machines” and let him buy the trinkets he loves so much.
Then we hopped on our bikes and rode some trails that the girls wouldn’t be up for, but that Beckham could do, so today was the perfect day to try it!
Some was on the Linear Trail
And some on the mountain bike trails
Stopped for photos by the Blue River
And photos by the Kansas River!
We finally made it to lunch, 7 miles later!!
This restaurant where they cook your food in front of you is Beckham’s favorite. But we can’t go even for his birthday cause Berkley HATES fire. Really hates. She would cry the whole time, so it’s just best to take him on a day like today!
They fling everyone at the table a shrimp to try to catch with your mouth and Becks caught it!
You would think we had worn him out, but his little 11-year-old body is tougher than our’s, so off to bowling we went!
And then ended the day with milkshakes!
We earned those milkshakes!!
One nice Sunday afternoon Beckham climbed up into a tree
Cause he was Link from Zelda…notice the sword and sheath
He then realizes he’s a tad high and tells us he needs help getting down.
This is how Brian and I respond:
“Good luck with that” and stay in hammock and watch.
Enter Princess Zelda:
No prob, Bob. Berkley comes up with a plan.
She’s going to tie the jump rope to his sword, then…well, I’m not sure what then. She said he was gonna use it as a rope and climb down.
We don’t know why the goggles any more than you do
Plan A not working. Plan B: “hand your sword down and I will do the tying down here”
“And then hand it back up to you.” Except Becks couldn’t reach it.
OK, Plan C. “I’ll get a rake.” Cause that’s longer…??
Please also note she now has one a swimming bubble (like a life jacket)
Plan D: “I’ll send you up my goggles so you don’t hurt your eyes”
Goggles successfully delivered!!
Plan E: Becks- “Why don’t I just try climbing down?”
We took that as a parenting win and went back to reading!
Fun Director rule: The first goal you score of the season earns you ice cream.
Berkley played soccer this year, and even she admitted “soccer’s not really my thing.”
But she ran and made a few good dribbles and passes.
She’s not the most aggressive player on the field…
But she enjoyed sitting the bench!
But mostly she just followed the ball. And once, when it was coming her way, she shrunk away like this:
Except it bounced off of her and into the goal.
And a goal counts a goal no matter how the ball goes in.
So off to get ice cream!
We drove through McDonalds and saw they had dipped cones!! I LOVE DIPPED CONES! So dipped cones all around.
But before we even all have our ice cream I look back and see this:
So I’m not calmly telling Brian to pull into a spot cause I’m not excited about cleaning up the chocolate that is inevitably going to get all over the car, even on the short drive home.
I don’t even know how it’s possible to get this messy…
I wouldn’t let her back in, just handed her a wipee and told her to go at it.
We were over by the fun zip line we found a while ago and had to take a few spins on it
It’s a little loose, so we had to help it along!
We put Berkley to work pulling Beckham back up!
Then we spotted a fun tire swing right by it!
Beckham was still on the zip line, and got stuck in the middle! (you can see him in the background!)
We thought it would be funny to tell him we were leaving. But apparently we’ve tried that funny trick too many times cause he didn’t even get a little ruffled. 🙁
Then Brian and Becks went through this cool Ninja Turtles tunnel!
Berkley and I followed, cause who doesn’t want to be a Ninja Turtle?
When we got out on the other side Berkley told me to go first. I stepped on what I thought was a rock.
It wasn’t a rock. It was pure mud.
But here’s the deal. The kids thought this was the best thing ever. Like, highlight of Berkley’s Spring Break.
“My mom stepped in mud. I was laughing”
“My grandma came to town and my mom stepped in mud.”
That shoe didn’t make it and I had to say goodbye to them and I was a little traumatized by the whole event. But I guess it was worth it?
Brian threw his dirty sock into the corner (aka- the place dirty clothes go and then magically appear again clean in a drawer a few days later! 🙂 ) and his missed the corner but hit the wall…and his sock STUCK! He threw the other one, aiming for the wall this time, and it stuck too. So he used this newfound sticky wall to try to “decorate”.
In our house, the “fun director” isn’t also allowed to serve as the interior decorator (conflict of interests), so they came down immediately via the “fun hater”…aka, me.