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 disappointing! (Berkley was in the middle about them)
I’m not going to say I told you so, but I told them so.
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
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.
This is Berkley trying not to hear!
Can they get along like this all the time??
I think every middle child can agree, this is the story of our life (we are just excited we made it in the picture!!):
I’m not gonna lie…I cropped Boo out of this one…
And then it digressed, as always
Sadie Piper’s thank you to Brian…
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.
They are stuffed with cotton balls or kleenex. All her.
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…
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!! 🙂
When they cuddle it’s my fav!
I love when they bathe each other!
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.
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.
She’s much more likely to come cuddle up with you.
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!
They are both patient as can be with the kids still
She’s “taking his temperature.”
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.
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!
Belly flopping, aka “diving” abandoned and she found a new jump!
Gone are the days of a square pool and maybe a diving board.
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.
We had a great summer, but as school starts back up, here’s how the kids felt:
And here’s how I felt:
First day of FIRST GRADE!
Third day of THIRD GRADE
Fifth day of the FIFTH GRADE
But the college kids are on a whole different level:
Like a lot of things in my life, I’m not sure how this happened. One day we are just eating dinner and the next morning we are building and sailing a homemade boat made of cardboard.
The Cardboard Boat from Houghs on Vimeo.
Pool noodles= light sabers
“Berkley, do you want to be Rey?” “No, I want to be Yoda.”
You’d think Berkley has a real light saber by the look on SP’s face!
And they still put up with Berkley.
I don’t know what’s going on to even caption this
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.
“I’m taking Nubbies for a piggie back ride!”
It think we know where Boo gets it…
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.
“We made them tigers!”
They come and hang out with me in the mornings, the QUIET company is kinda nice!
Mr Nubbers found the treats…
Brian left town this week for a church planters conference. When I leave town he makes a fun video with the kids. (Here and here and here).
It’s no Brian video, but here’s the one we made this week
Thank God I miss you from Houghs on Vimeo.