Just normal shenanigans…

I don’t even know how to explain this one

Or this one

I have a love/hate relationship with napkins. I love that they love them, but some days I’m all out of ideas. That’s when I enlist Brian to help:

Or Berkley, who drew Beckham Zelda from heart

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Becks read something in a book about “Bubble Tea” and said “I wish that was a real thing and I could try bubble tea.” Well Bubbie, in this case, your dreams have come true!

This cat comes inside in the morning and goes straight to SP’s bed to crash. 

I’m not a fan of Little Debbie snacks, but the kids always ask for them anyways. They went on sale, each box for $1, so I went ahead and bought one of each and we had a taste test!

Sundays are for baking and dressing weird?

It’s so true. Kids just want the box.

We have the STEEPEST hill that leads to the creek by our house. These 3 went exploring and then called me to come drive them up the hill. But they were so muddy they weren’t allowed in the car. Our solution was to drive them home like this: 

Jiffy Pop day!

  

Berkley asked me to buy more glue gun sticks and tape and I told her to write me a reminder note. Here’s what I got: (it says “snort”)

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Then you “open” the paper plate card to this:

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Beckham’s soccer game isn’t riveting for the girls, so they made a friend and played Barbies!

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Arts and crafts class face painting (insert that emoji of the bug eyes…)

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Beckham and I were waiting for the orthodontist and playing on SnapChat. We were peeing our pants at some of the filters!

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Although this was my fav…how I do get eyelashes like that??

March 2017

Mashed Potato Bites: changing the world?

Brian saw these at the store and had to have them. Pretty sure he said they were going to change the world.

Me: Isn’t a breaded potato just a french fry?

Brian: No! These are circles!!

Me: Ok, so…a tatertot?

At this point he walked away muttering something about how I’m going to regret making fun of mashed potato bites.

You should have heard the cheers from the kids (and Brian) when these babies came out of the oven.

So exciting!!!

So disappointing! (Berkley was in the middle about them)

I’m not going to say I told you so, but I told them so.

Hammock Telephone

The Fall this year was some of the most amazing weather we’ve ever had! It was 70 for months! So we had lots of outside time after school.

This day they were playing three person telephone while swinging on the hammock

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I think most of them were about poop, so even if it didn’t get lost in translation, in the end it was still hilarious…if it was about poop.

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This is Berkley trying not to hear!

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Can they get along like this all the time??

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I think every middle child can agree, this is the story of our life (we are just excited we made it in the picture!!):

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I’m not gonna lie…I cropped Boo out of this one…

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And then it digressed, as always

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Drawings, writings and creations

Sadie Piper’s thank you to Brian…

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Beckham’s answer from his science test. (For the record she marked it wrong!)

Berkley can craft with the best of them. Paper, scissors, tape and staples are her love language. This day she made “stuffed animals” out of paper.

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They are stuffed with cotton balls or kleenex. All her.

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Brian and I live by lists. We love lists. We can’t function without them. So we made the kids lists to help the kids stay on task and not forget things in the mornings. But I needed help from Brian on formatting, so he snuck this into Berkley’s list (the last item on the morning list). So now I hear every morning: Berkley- “Hey Mom!” Me- “Yeah Baby?” Berkley- “I LOOOOOOOVE Dadda!”

Another paper project going on around here are these. They are homemade Pokemon cards!

We go through A LOT of paper…

We still have them!

But none of the kids ever complains about filling up food or scooping cause they know “We’ll give them away” isn’t an empty threat!! 🙂

May 2016

When they cuddle it’s my fav!
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May 2016

I love when they bathe each other!

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Nubbers: He’s the boy and we see him much less. Brian likes him more cause his life is more interesting. He’s outside almost all day. He’s caught two mice, two birds and countless cicadas and chases squirrels right up the trees. He really likes the kids, especially Becks, he’s not a fan of Brian or I as much.

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Then there’s Dory. She’s more of a follower. She goes outside only after Nubs does, and it almost feels like she feels obligated. She’s caught…Polly Pocket clothes. She gets them out of the girls’ room and I find them all over the house! Early on I was getting onto the girls about leaving their stuff around the house and they tried to tell me they didn’t do it…then we saw her walking around one day with a doll shirt in her mouth.

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She’s much more likely to come cuddle up with you.

  Berkley and her kitties

May 2016

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Dory also likes to lick ear lobes. It’s gross. Here’s SP doing it back to her in hopes that she will see how it feels and stop doing it to us! Ha!

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They are both patient as can be with the kids still

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She’s “taking his temperature.”

May 2016

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Berkley and her kitties

Just realized I have NO picture of Beckham and the kitties. That’s because he’s a normal person with them and let’s them do their own thing. Which is probably why they like him best and when Nubbers is inside, he’s sleeping on Becks’ bed.

Pool Days

Manhattan has the BEST city pools. It’s our favorite part of summer!

This year we have three strong swimmers (and lots of really great lifeguards!) so we have actually READ while they are playing sometimes!

We were watching Berkley jump off the edge this day. This was a “dive”…good luck with that Boo!

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Belly flopping, aka “diving” abandoned and she found a new jump!

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Gone are the days of a square pool and maybe a diving board.

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All three of them will do the high dive! I don’t do heights and it’s so high up there, so I’m impressed.

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That rare moment you're thankful you can't walk on water.

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Welcome back School!

We had a great summer, but as school starts back up, here’s how the kids felt:

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And here’s how I felt:

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First day of FIRST GRADE!

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Third day of THIRD GRADE

3rd day of 3rd grade

Fifth day of the FIFTH GRADE

Fifth day of fifth grade

But the college kids are on a whole different level:

The sights in a college town are always interesting. #kstate

We still have them

And they still put up with Berkley.

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So this is weird. Dory likes to lick Becks’ ear lobe.

  

Berkley drew on Beckham’s napkin in his lunch that day, it’s Dory licking his ear! 

She was the baby, Dory was her doll.

 Why cat? Why don't you attack this girl?

“I’m taking Nubbies for a piggie back ride!”"I'm taking Nubbies for a piggyback ride."

It think we know where Boo gets it…

April 2016

It seems silly, but having two means you can tell their personalities more we think. Berkley tells me Dory is the patient one. She’s more laid back. Mr Nubbers is more active and into more trouble.

April 2016

“We made them tigers!”

March 2016

They come and hang out with me in the mornings, the QUIET company is kinda nice! 

Mr Nubbers found the treats…