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.”

Narnia and Harry Potter

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!

Narnia and Harry Potter

Beckham was using this card to run try outs! 🙂

Harry Potter

First was hitting a bludger!

Narnia and Harry Potter

Narnia and Harry Potter

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!

Summer Vacation: Indianapolis and Detroit

We stick our heads in any funny pics we see!

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And yes, Berkley is in her pajamas. And yes, they are fleece footies. And yes, it’s July. She would live in them all day everyday year round if I let her.

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Also, we ride statues.

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We spent an afternoon in Indianapolis just passing though. I can’t remember why the kids were upset at Brian for some silly reason, but they were all walking with me and I was pumped!

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Yelp has been our friend on this trip. We found a crepe place for lunch!

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Also found a unique ice cream shop

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They freeze your ice cream in front of you!

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Then we saw a sign on the highway advertising the world’s largest rocking chair. We are so in for this!

It didn’t disappoint:

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Buuuut then we realized this was a whole TOWN of “World’s Largest”

Wooden Shoes:

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Wind chime:

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Mailbox (with working flag!)

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Bird cage:

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Not world’s largest, but still cool! It’s made from an old gas tank

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Also a night in Detroit cause the ASTROS were there!

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We actually blended in here cause the Tigers are the same colors!

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Summer Vacation 2017- Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls wasn’t as impressive as we thought it was gonna be:

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Kidding, it was awesome!

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I love these people

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Her stinking head fit in the bars. Made me anxious.

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His wife is one lucky girl…

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Berkley is so weird.

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In this one Boo is licking my arm…why??

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Niagara Falls

We watched from the top, then went down and did the boat tour, cause I think it’s a law you have to go on the boat ride at Niagara Falls.

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Brian laughed at me and took my pic. Less for the memory and more to mock my hoodie tied so tight, but good golly it was misty!

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However, it IS true that he looks cooler than me without his on…

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Niagara Falls

I realized recently that Brian spends a lot of time like this: helping all of us climb off stuff!

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Annnd I think that’s all the pictures they have in them for the day! To be fair, it was well after dinner time and we ran out of snacks…:)

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Sailing away

Brian found this super fun sailing camp and it was a highlight of our summer for sure!

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It’s on Tuttle Creek Lake, the cost is $5 (PER FAMILY!) and now our kids are all expert sailors!

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They don’t just hop in boats, they put them to work! They have to assemble them each time! The kids all know all the parts of a sailboat and how to put it together.

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And how to tie it off at the dock.

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Day one they threw them in the water, capsized them and taught them how to right the boat. Brilliant if you ask me, no one was scared at all of tipping the rest of the week!

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Actually, Berkley should have been! Her few pounds definitely didn’t get that boat back up again! She just doesn’t have the weight!

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Day two they towed their boat behind a safety boat so they could learn how to steer.
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Then the rest of the week is sailing on their own!

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She may have been stuck with no wind, but it made for a very peaceful picture! 🙂

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Brian took a few rides in the safety boat. Until they kicked him off! 🙂

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On the last day, parents got to sail too! And after that we were even more impressed with our little sailors…it takes skill and knowledge…neither of which I had. But the instructors talked me though it and I made it

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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.


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!

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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!!


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!!


And Sadie Piper got a significant hair chop!

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