Random adventures

Geary Lake waterfall!

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We arrived early to a promotion ceremony at Fort Riley and spotted these guys across the field, so off we went to check it out!!

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They said if you put a burrito in it it would shoot it out! They only shoot blanks though, so not quite as cool as burritos. Coolest job on Fort Riley though!! They even let us hold the props!

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Then we got to pet the horses too! And the horse wanted to pet Sadie.

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Brian spotted the Texas flag and trespassed into the bushes to get this pic! 🙂    Curry change of command

…Boldest and Grandest!

Sea World are evil geniuses: they made a 7 day park ticket only $4 more than a one day ticket. So for $20 we spent a second day at their water park!

Aquatica San Antonio

Aquatica San Antonio

Aquatica San Antonio

They had sting ray feeding!!

Aquatica San Antonio

Aquatica San Antonio

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She hardly fit in her little tube!

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The wave pool was their favorite part!

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THEN we got to meet up with Lara and her fam!

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AND the best part was the boys were both there. I don’t think they have seen each other since…maybe the summer of our weddings?

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When we were looking for a hotel to get stay at together, our only requirements were a pool and free breakfast–to wear them all out and then fuel them up the next morning!

Sutton and Becks hit it off! He’s so good with the littler ones!

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Why would the hot tub bubble??

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After swimming, a little show watching, cause hotels are great for that! Kids again loved making new (old!) friends!

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And I got to see this face in person, which is always a good day!

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Texas Trip 2016

 

Texas, our Texas…

This summer we set off on a tour of Texas to show our kids their heritage, of course. We made a triangle: drove i-35 to Dallas, Waco, Austin, New Braunfels, San Antonio, then cut down to Galveston, up to Houston and back through Dallas on our way home. Here’s a map for anyone who’s not from Texas and didn’t take Texas history three times:

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We changed our oil right before we left, and let’s just say it was time for another one when we got home. Yet look at how much of the state we DIDN’T get to! Crazy! (I’m so thankful God protected us with all the driving)

There was that one incident with the monster truck when I was driving. But we don’t talk about that…

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We made a stop in OKC to see the church who gifted us our logo! Beautiful church!!

Finally got to see City Pres OKCs building. Beautiful throughout! @citypresokc

Drive to Dallas Sunday after church and spent the night with my brother and his family  (I think Violet was happy to have us…)

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Then got up and headed out: destination Waco! Our main stop there was the Dr Pepper museum, but we couldn’t be in Waco and not stop to see Magnolia!

Laura's Disneyland

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I’ve only watched 1 and 1/2 seasons of Fixer Uppers, so I didn’t know what to expect cause I haven’t seen the ones where they are building this. But it was a fun, pretty place!

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All Brian cared about here was that Joanna had used Astro turf. He’s been telling me for 10 years we should put it in our front yard. He’s convinced now that Joanna used it for this field that it will become trendy and he will convince me to do it! (Don’t tell him I’d love to, but have you priced that stuff out?!)

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It was a Monday right before lunch and this crowded in the store

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We walked to the Dr Pepper Museum from there

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Berkley and those arms!

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So the museum was just ok (honestly wouldn’t go again, if it was free, eh, maybe, but it wasn’t even cheap!)

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But Brian was pumped to hang out with this real door off the #23 Nascar! So there’s that…

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Brian was chosen to come smell drinks and guess what they were: he got 3 for 3 and won…a pencil!

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Next time we’d skip the museum and go straight for the cafe! The BEST part of the whole trip there was the Blue Bell ice cream they used to make the Dr Pepper floats!!

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They make the Dr Pepper by adding the syrup and carbonation separately!

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3 out of every 4 meals we ate in Texas were Mexican food. We needed to get our fill (which isn’t possible for Brian, but we tried hard!)!

This tortilla machine is one of the things I miss most about Texas: fresh tortillas!

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Get in car again and head to Austin. First stop: Barton Springs.

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It’s like a natural swimming pool? It’s spring-fed but also has sides and ladders and fish

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Summer 2016But it’s NOT a hot spring. It was FREEZING!

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It was really pretty!
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Everyone went off the diving board, but only once. It was so stinking cold! Even with it being over 100 outside!

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This dive could compete in the Olympics!

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This dive could not.

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Anytime we find a small, medium and large anything we get excited. Here it was chairs!

Summer 2016 The playground outside the springs had this BRILLIANT swing!
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And that’s not even the end of Monday! But I gotta break this up!

We found Nemo

While Brian was on the Katy Trail earlier this summer, Berkley spotted this turtle and HAD to catch it. Cause that’s what Brian has taught them to do.

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We would have kept it, but it was a water turtle, and Beckham has been wanting to find a box turtle to keep as a pet. He asked Brian to be on the lookout when he was riding the Katy Trail last week. In true fashion, Brian found some turtles.

When Shari and I got to the boys, Brian had a water turtle saved. They are way harder to take care of, just cause the water gets gross fast if you don’t have a whole tank with a filter, yada yada…so I knew we didn’t want to keep that one. He was cute and little and I guess we didn’t get a picture of him.

This is a snapping turtle. They are mean. And this one smelled like sewer. (the pictures are all based on Berkley’s pose!)

And lazy Brian said he didn’t want to haul this sucker across Missouri for three days. Sheesh.

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But then on the last day we found this one:

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The boys found some scrap wood in our garage and made this home for him (for free! woohoo!)!

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And now that Becks knows how to use a drill, I’m putting him to work around here!

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It was a great home!!

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We found him a friend! (we later learned that their list of diet includes…snails. Oops, sorry snail.)

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No worries, in true Hough fashion, we let him go a month later! 🙂

Summer Sledding

This was one of the things on our summer bucket list: ride the pedal cart down the sledding hills. (yep, Brian’s idea, not mine! The only part of the idea that was mine was “wear your helmet”)

Beckham volunteered to go first. I was impressed…cause let’s be honest, we aren’t exactly sure how this is going to go down.

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This was the smallest hill…

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It was slow enough for her to pose. So we moved to the middle sized hill.

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This hill went a little faster:

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Best picture of the entire day!

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Her faces were awesome!!!

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She made the same faces every time she went down!

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But she made it!

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Oh yeah, and just like sledding, you have to get the cart back UP the hill. Berkley was a non-contributing zero. Par for the course. June 2016

Beckham was yet again the first to try the straight down hill.

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He did it!

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Brian did the big hill

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I would only do the middle hill. And I insisted on borrowing Boo’s helmet.

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Brian was sore the next day. Best dad ever.

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This looks like a Mario Kart picture!

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They found the mud

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Here’s the fun video Brian made:

Summer Sledding In Manhattan, Kansas from Houghs on Vimeo.

 

Little Apple Pedal

Manhattan Park and Rec organized a really fun family friendly bike ride event this Spring! (Beckham was at his Jr Zookeeper training, so it was just us and the girls!)

They had a run bike rodeo (which was code for “check to make sure everyone’s brakes work” in a fun way!)

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Then when you passed that they made you a “bike license.”

  

I’m pretty sure it was meant for kids, but what adult could pass that up?!

This cracked me up cause I didn’t even mean to photo bomb this pic, but there’s no denying I did!

They had helmet fittings (and even had free ones there if you needed one!)

We introduced girls to Smokey the Bear! They had never heard of him before…what kind of parents are we!?

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Little Apple Pedal 2016Then there was a 6 mile bike ride!

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Sades and her sweet friend Ava  Little Apple Pedal 2016

We stopped about halfway to regroup and for snacks and potty break

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Then we got popcorn on the way out…and we laughed cause the girls wore their helmets the whole way home. Safety first!

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8 Wonders of…Kansas

Yeppers, it’s a real thing! The 8 Wonders of Kansas!

We stumbled upon it on our way home from Colorado Springs when we saw this building from the highway and Brian decided we needed to go explore it.  Co springs

As we were reading the plaque outside it mentioned that St. Fidelis Church is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. That’s a thing? How have we missed this for so many years??

So we explored this beautiful church, knowing we were gonna need to research this more for sure!

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The most impressive part: “The stone for this massive Romanesque structure came from a quarry seven miles south. The extracting of the stone, loading it, hauling it, and then dressing it was a gigantic task and an amazing feat considering that it was accomplished without automatic lifts and power tools.”

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We also stopped at The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene. This is the home he grew up in, unmoved even.

Co springsBut it was after 5:00 by then (although we thought it was 4:00 cause we hadn’t changed our clocks back from being on Mountain time and thought it was odd they closed so early!) so we will have to revisit this one!

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Sheri informed us there’s a kids’ presidential library passport that you can get and kids can collect stamps at each one! Which got us researching yet again. And guess what? This library is one of the 8 Wonders too!!

Here they all are, cause I know you are on the edge of your seat:

Big Well, Greensburg

Kansas Wetlands Complex of Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Cosmosphere, Hutchinson (boys went to this one!)

Kansas Underground Salt Museum

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Monument Rocks and Castle Rock

St. Fidelis Church

The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

 

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Boys Weekend Adventure

Saturday

Beckham claimed this was the best weekend ever and asked me to make a “slide show” which is 4th grader for “blog post.”

The day started at the Manhattan Farmer’s Market where he found a tomato “as big as Berkley’s head”

K-State Spring Game Adventure

Then our awesome neighbors invited us to their K-State Spring Game Tailgate and also gave Beckham and I tickets for the game.

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At halftime we went down to watch Isaac run in a half time event and following some sage wisdom Eric Tippin taught us, we just pretended like we belonged and found seats to watch from the sidelines. I saw this picture on Instagram later and there we are, sitting on the ground next to the yard marker people. I don’t expect we’ll get seats this good for the regular season.

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Here Beckham and Willie hang out and caught up. Willie doesn’t talk much, but he’s a great listener.

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K-State Spring Game Adventure

While down there we went to join the cheerleaders for a few cheers as well.

K-State Spring Game Adventure

Laura took the car to go host a bridal shower so when we walked out of the stadium we had no wheels. He suggested we get some Call Hall Ice Cream so off we went taking back routes to Call Hall. Along the way we found this pond at Jardine on campus. He spotted bullfrogs so we began trying to catch them with our hands. 

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Once we ran out of hands we continued the journey to Call Hall.

A Boy & His Bullfrogs. Found these on walk home today.

However, the line was about 60 people long. You know… Tourist and all. We did get a to go container to put his bullfrog in though.

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We journeyed further across campus and near Hale Library we discovered a Green Apple Bike. They are free to borrow bikes so we did just that. Only with only one bike that left Beckham sitting on the handlebars holding his bullfrog in a to go food box. We headed to Chris and Rudy and Sam’s house to get tape to hold the frog in so he wouldn’t get out at the Cold Stone when we got ice cream in Aggieville. Best part of the ride was when a cop tailed us and we feared we may have violated a few laws though we couldn’t put our finger on any of them.

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Finally ice cream! A senior aged woman kept looking at the frog in the container while she ate ice cream with her husband, but she never asked about it.

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He slept well that night.

K-State Spring Game Adventure

Sunday

Sunday we woke up and got to worship the Lord at Church and then Becks had Sunday School with his great teachers, the Dunnings!

That afternoon we headed to our first K-State Baseball game of the season. We tried a few different seating locations.

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This one was good for snagging a foul ball.

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They had hung out the day before, but Becks and Willie caught up again.

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Then we went searching for a home run ball and found these makeshift outfield seats.

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Felt like stories I’ve read about people watching Babe Ruth over the wall of a stadium.

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Here is the actual view

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The game was on ESPN3 and I was curious if you could see us on TV. You sure could, there we are on top the wall of this home run.

We ended up with four foul balls and one home run ball.

He thinks baseball games are Easter egg hunts. Four foul balls, one home run at K-State game #manhattanks #KState #batcats

After the game we stopped by Dara’s where all slurpie sizes are 99 cents. So he went all out.

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Caught some more frogs

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Played in waterfall and that’s a super great guys weekend.

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On The Way To School

Sarah Arnett recommended we watch a Netflix film with our children called, On the Way to School. It’s a documentary following the way various children around the world get to school each day. Some travel for over an hour, some past dangerous elephants, some interacting with many strangers, one pair of brothers had to drag their eldest paralysed brother in a wheelchair around less than ideal terrain. We took her recommendation and it was eye opening for our children. Sure, we tell them on a world scale you’re crazy rich and your life is not that hard, but I think this is the first time they got it.

Here is the trailer for that video.

So just for kicks we decided to walk to school earlier this week and see what the experience was like. They told which way to go and just went with them cause this is American and we’re likely too cautious.

It’s not an incredible entertaining video since the goal was to keep in documentary style, but it turned out to be a great experience with some funny moments. Hope you enjoy this American Version of On The Way to School.

On The Way To School: Pathetic American Version from Houghs on Vimeo.