St Patty’s Day Shenanigans

If we learn that green food coloring is harmful, the Hough house is in trouble. We had A LOT during St Patty’s week. “Green everything!” was the motto! So if it wasn’t green naturally, I dyed it. Problem solved.

Real St Paddy's Day Cupcakes for Small Group tonight.

First stop on real St Patrick’s day: Varsity for green donuts. Except Berkley the party pooper who doesn’t like raised donuts or icing.

Next stop: Library, where they had a fun craft!

They also had a Beauty and the Beast craft time. This pic weirds me out.

And Beckham climbed the wall. Random. Yet impressive.

Then some other random stops for photo ops.

We wish they would cut that tree down! It’s such a cool painting and it’s half covered. Sad story.

Welded welder welding a welded mailbox…

Then rode bikes to the parade!

Berkley packed a BOOK to read. Nerd.

We saw lots of friends in the parade! That’s always our favorite part!!     

T-Rex on a bike gets me every time!

Yet so does anything in a parade with a toilet in it…

Beckham climbed more walls…

 

I can’t take these guys anywhere…

 

Christmas break happenings

One of our bathrooms has been the only room I hate in our house. It’s needed new texture on the walls since we moved in…3 years ago. But I kept putting it off cause who wants to take that on??

The only before pics I could find were when we looked at the house before buying it (Beckham!!!!). The texture was cracking and peeling off, so it wasn’t just something a good coat of paint would fix either.

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So I finally bit the bullet and took it on over the break. Here’s how I felt about this project:

Here’s what happened to the laundry when it was neglected because of this project:Dec 2016

It was every bit as horrible as I thought it was going to be, so I feel justified in my procrastination. But the end result I love!

Fixing this room also meant many trips to Home Depot. One trip the Bigs got to stay home, but Berkley’s just too small unpredictable to be able to stay home yet, so she had to come. She brought her babies.

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And she got to wear her footies. (Perks of being the youngest…I so would have made Becks put on clothes)

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What happened between the picture above and this one??

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For Christmas Berkley got a kick in the face AND stitches! She was one tough girl!

Boo stitches

We spent a full 24 hours getting only yogurt in her and only via a medicine syringe!

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But once she felt better, she played Doctor and gave her kids stitches!

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We baked cookies, cause you have to over Christmas break!!

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SP did Elf on the Shelf one day. She used her best Elf handwriting!

It says: Yay! Look me and my friends are in the white rectangle that is a mini North Pole” (the fridge!)  Dec 2016

The day after Thanksgiving we realized we didn’t have Christmas tree anymore. I had made enough decisions and told Brian to pull the trigger on something. Three days later this came in the mail:

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Brian’s mom got the kids this awesome swing for our front yard!!

Swing

And Sadie Piper got a significant hair chop!

Sadie getting bangs at 8. Sadie hair

As of lately…

Brian kept saying “Beckham!!” one day like he was about to have a serious talk with Becks. Poor Beckham would say “Yes….” and Brian would tell him “Oh, I’m just reading the back of your shirt.” This went on all day. It was their “thing.” Until one time Brian said “Beckham you moron!”…this threw Becks off as Brian tried to explain, he was indeed still just reading his shirt.

(Also, this story sounds like we are super mean to our kids and their childhood is a rough one. I promise they know our love language is messing with them!!)

Me and my little one were twinkies!

Nothing says small town like a town tree lighting! This is the third year they have done this event (we went every year but last year…it was like 15 degrees that year and we are from Texas, so we stayed home) and it’s grown every year! 

This year they had these 3-D like glasses that when you wore them, make EVERY light bulb look either like a snowman or a Santa head, depending on which one you were wearing. I know the technology in my cell phone, microwave, computer, etc is amazing, but this was the coolest thing ever! How did they DO THAT???

Brian bought this solely because it had a red head on it. I bet her’s is real…

 

These two are buds. Beckham is really blossoming into the coolest big brother there is.

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More crafts: today’s was a “Yoshi face”

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These two call themselves the Littlests

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This was quite the dilemma for me at the store. (So I bought both)

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Brian’s desk working on a sermon. I felt like I wanted to make fun of him, but it’s not as cool when you are mocking someone for what? Too many bibles…? Yeah, no one mocks for that.

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Three peas in a slide.

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The morning we had nothing to do…

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!

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Varsity is one of our very favorite businesses for a lot of reasons:

Donut cakes are one of them!

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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:

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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!?

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Did I mention they make the best donuts? And they were free today! Best. Day. Ever.

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They had a CANDY CANNON!! It also shot some Varsity head bands which the girls will be sporting a ton!

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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'”

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Neither of the girls had ever been on a horse before. They both mentioned not feeling as steady as they imagined!

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Then we headed home for real this time and made it back without any more unplanned stops!

July 4th

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Few places are more fun to spend the day than the Farm!!

Swimming at Thomas'

Beckham spent most of the day looking for a turtle in the pond and his persistence paid off!

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The 6 wheeler is always a hit!

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Muddy feet are cool at the farm!

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Buckle up SP!!

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I don’t know if they have ever done sparklers before! Two out of three loved them!

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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! upload  upload

I’ve run out of “Texas our Texas” lyrics…

But no worries, we are still in the Lone Star state!

Next stop: 8th Wonder Brewery in downtown Houston. You can see who was interested in this stop and who wasn’t…

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Then on to Galveston for a few days at the beach!

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Every day Beckham would fill this bucket up with hermit crabs, fish, anything the caught (and then let them all go at the end of the day!)Texas Trip 2016

Got some good cousin time in with Violet!

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Galveston isn’t the classiest; found this on the beach…

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Spent an afternoon crab hunting!

This was a first for me, but Brian grew up doing it. You tie a chicken neck to a string…

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Toss it into the water…

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Wait for it…

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Then lure the crab over this net and pull the net up!

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Pretty gross, huh?

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SP being patient

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She’s a ham

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Mimi and Boo

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He’s my very favorite 10 year old!

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Scott was multi-tasking by hunting crabs AND Pokemon

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Then at night we hunted crabs again, but this time sand ones. Everyone else was using nets (every.one.) except Berkley. She’s fearless. She used her hands.

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Boys went on a fishing expedition!

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He caught a 5 foot fish that he had to throw back cause it was too big! (didn’t even know that was a thing!)

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We ate this fish for dinner!

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I asked Brian if this was posed…nope! He was pooped!

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The Sno-Cones at the end would have been my favorite part!Texas Trip 2016

…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

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They had sting ray feeding!!

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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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…So wonderful so great!

There’s a huge outlet mall in San Marcos on our way to the river in New Braunfels and we stopped in a few stores. Brian tried to convince me SP needed this:

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But it was $60, so it stayed at the store!

Then he convinced me we needed gas from the Official Fuel of Nascar

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More Mexican food!

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Growing up in Texas, you are bound to have floated the river at least a few times. We “needed” our kids to have this experience for sure!

Austin day 2 and Guadeloupe

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Austin day 2 and Guadeloupe

Girl caught this turtle with her hands, ALL BY HERSELF!

Austin day 2 and Guadeloupe

Berkley’s holding up another turtle!

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Then, and this was a highlight of our trip by far, we went to my roommate Missy’s parent’s house, on the river.

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Kids played Chicken Fights, for the first time in their lives!

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Who knew 15 years ago God would bring us back together with so many extras this time!!

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Love this girl! It was funny how we reverted back to our old roommate ways! When you live with someone I guess there are some things you never outgrow with them!

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Where there’s a screen, there are kids.

Austin day 2 and Guadeloupe

Her sister and family were there too! So many great friends and our kids couldn’t have loved them more! Makes my heart so happy!

Austin day 2 and Guadeloupe

The Chick-fil-a was very loud this morning!

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Tour of Texas continues with a trip to Sea World. We lived in San Antonio until I was 11, so we had season passes to Sea World (the first years it was opened, yikes I’m old!), but both Brian and the kids had never done anything like this before!

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The first thing we rode was the biggest rollercoaster Brian’s going to get on…which was also the biggest our kids will get on too!

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You can see the entirely of the ride (and it’s height, or lack of) in the background!

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Everyone rode this log ride, but I thought Berkley was going to cry. She didn’t. But it was a close call!

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Feet firmly on the ground was much more fun for our crowd!

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Chillin’ with her homeys

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They also loved this one!

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Daredevils I tell you

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And the carousel!

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The shows were a huge hit, which is really why we went

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 On our way there SP said she’s never seen a real life dolphin and that she hoped to that day! Mission accomplished!

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Aquarium had sharks for Becks and penguins for Berkley, everyone was happy!

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The very last show we saw was Shamu.

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I purposely haven’t watched Blackfish, I already feel for these whales. We told the kids this was a big deal, that they were the last generation to see killer whale shows. When I was their age all of the trainers were in the water, jumping, diving, touching. They are phasing out the “shows” totally this year apparently, so I’m glad we got to see them, but I think it’s the right move by SeaWorld. These creatures were AMAZING!

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