Now we are reading The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe…

Their creativity never stops amazing us! They dressed the part for the battle at the end of the book:

Berkley came out riding Sadie Piper as her horse, but it kept getting better!

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The saddle:

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And “working” reins:

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The chainmail on her armor (but the sleeves were my favorite part!!):

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And tab in the back so she can take off her armor:

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And shin guards!

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Beckham was the engineer in all this, and he was excited to try it on

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Until he got stuck in it. Forever.

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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.”

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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!

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Beckham was using this card to run try outs! 🙂

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First was hitting a bludger!

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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!

Snapshots

Just some random-ness!

This was THE BEST!

July 2017

Kids made masks at Beach Art Museum craft class. Beckham was a gargoyle!

July 2017

All I wanted was a cute picture of her in her cute helmet…

July 2017

We’ve implemented “House Elves”…everyone has 2 nights a week that they are my dinner helper. And there’s a uniform (yep, real pillowcase!)!

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Kids notes from Brian’s sermon on Mary and Martha

Berkley’s:

July 2017

Sadie Piper’s:

July 2017

Beckham’s

July 2017

Went to the grocery store this summer, but Berkley was  clearly low in her love tank (aka “touch”) and hung on me the whole time

July 2017

Berkley made me a penguin bookmark! It’s my fav!

  July 2017

This just made us laugh!

Aug 2017

Snack time in the cemetery!

Aug 2017

Taught kids how to play “Kick the Can”…and then schooled them!

Aug 2017

Girls made trophies out of paper. We won best parents!

Aug 2017

Found a fun playground in a small town!

Don’t even remember taking this, but there are so few of just the two of us!

On Post MPC lunch at the Curry's

$1.50 scoop days at Baskin Robbins makes not having Blue Bell just a little easier!

Aug 2017

Impromptu wedding…

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!

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This wedding was after dinner one night and very well planned out…considering it was thrown together in 15 min.

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Sadie piper was the bridesmaid and made her bouquet from a microphone and cup!

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Beckham was the pastor, he found himself a jacket and made a pulpit!

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Then the processional!

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Brian walked Boo down the aisle…aka the hallway.

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Brian was a little underdressed in his bathing suit!

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Beckham and the guys (groom and best man) were up front waiting for the girls

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Brian cried…

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Brian was on his phone…during his daughter’s wedding. Kidding, he was also in charge of the music!

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This is the best!

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Brian’s new job was to hold the groom!

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For the recessional they walked with the guys back down the aisle

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Then I made Boo take bridal photos, cause you have to!

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This may be the most perfect picture of the three of them!

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End of school craziness!

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!

Field day!

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:

 

Since you been gone…

When I (Laura) leave town, Brian does really fun stuff with the kids. And also Berkley doesn’t get out of her pajamas. Also no one showers.

But let’s focus on the “does really fun stuff” part:

Free Comics day! It’s an actual annual holiday! Beckham is a “graphic novel” fan, so it’s like his birthday in terms of excitement. Overheard in our house this week “I’ve read about a quarter of the chapter books in the library, Berkley has read about a quarter of the kid books, and Beckham has read ALL of the comic books.” Very accurate, SP!

Free Comic Book Day included Harley Quinn this year. Very friendly villain.

Then they went and picked strawberries at A&H Farm.

And also took selfies with goats.

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Biggest slide in town!

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They found puppies!!

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Then a stop at Taco Bell for taco burritos. Cause I would have nixed that (cause I’m not fun).

Made strawberries with the fresh picked ones!

I was VERY impressed with this one, cause it felt like they would have needed me for this one!

(I felt better when I heard the ingredients: strawberries, a frozen pie shell, a tub of glaze and a tub of cool whip)

And still in the footies…

Also, why is Mr Nubbers in the house??? I’ve kicked him out to be a full time farm cat.

Thanks guys for letting me visit friends, but also for not functioning at full capacity and making me feel un-needed! 🙂

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”)

March 2017

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

March 2017

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

  March 2017

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

 March 2017

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…

Oct 2016

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.

Oct 2016

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…