Sledding!

Sledding is our very favorite reason for snow!

Sledding

Sledding

Manhattan has designated sledding hills with a small, medium and large hill! Brilliant I tell you.

Sledding

We got this Flexible Flyer sled from a neighbor who was moving and didn’t want it anymore. It’s on it’s last leg, but I’ve put a new one on our Christmas wish list for next year. It’s a sledding game changer!  You can STEER!!

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Brian brought his flag…
Sledding

Sledding

Then made the front page. (SP is like Mike Wizowski in Monsters, Inc: “I made the paper!” but her face is covered! haha!!)

This one is maybe the best ever though:

Sledding January 2018    Sledding  When these two do anything sisterly my heart is happy. Even when it’s just both pulling a sled up a hill… Sledding

Brian also tried to “snow board sled”Sledding When he looked at this picture he said he thought he had made it way further down the hill than that! 🙂 I think he felt it for a few days afterwards too…

Let it snow!

You know how in races/sports there are false starts? Where everyone start up but something happens and then they have to stop and start all over again? That’s how getting back into the groove this year felt. We were ready to hit the ground running, but kept having snow days that threw “real life” off…

Snow day

but really, no one can complain about a snow day when you are from Texas!

Even though it was in the negative numbers, the kids bundled up and went out to make a snowman

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Snow day

Snow day

Mission accomplished:

Snow day

Then Mr Nubbers found it and thought it was a toy…

Snow day

Also, mission accomplished:

Snow day

It got quiet out there for a little while, then all of them ride up with homemade snow plows!

Snow day

This was all Beckham. He duct taped snow shovels to their pedal carts!

Snow day

Berkley’s didn’t actually reach the ground, but that didn’t stop her…

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Stinkin’ cat

Mr Nubbers stays exclusively outside.

Until one day we noticed we hadn’t seen him outside of his bed in the garage for a few days…

…and then when I did he was only using 3 legs.

UGH!

So we took him to the vet, and turns out he got in a literal cat fight. (We later learned there’s a new family down the street with an outside cat too, and Nubs was protecting his territory!)

All that to say, I was a softie and let him come inside while his leg healed. The kids took great care of him: 

That’s Berkley’s frog that she gives people when they are sick!

Poor cat was too gimp and/or drugged to care. He just slept through it all.

It looks like a gravestone, but it’s actually a feather of a turkey on a “Thanksgiving turkey.” Sadie Piper’s preface is pretty great!SP 4th grade

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.

Narnia and Harry Potter

 

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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Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

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!

Harry Potter

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…

Harry Potter

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!)

Harry Potter

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!

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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.

Wedding

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

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  Wedding

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

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Then the processional!

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Wedding

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

Wedding

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!

Wedding

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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Wedding Wedding

Wedding

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! 🙂