“Quite the dilemma”

When K-State played Texas A&M in a bowl game this year it was literally the only possible match up in all of college football that we didn’t want to see.

When we told people it was “a dilemma” our K-State friends said “there is no dilemma, you root for KSU” and our Aggie friends said “there is no dilemma, you root for A&M.”

See what I mean??

Sadie Piper figured out the solution:

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She also decorated our front door!

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Clearly she has a favorite though! 🙂

I also put on my Aggie ring for the week…

October in Manhattan

October may be my favorite month in Manhattan. Not only is the weather perfect, the leaves are changing colors (but haven’t fallen enough for us to be feeling bad about having not raked and bagged them yet) and there’s just so many fun things to do!!

This year Beckham is dressing as Cole Witt, a NASCAR driver. He likes him cause he’s an underdog.

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Sadie Piper is Danica Patrick. She likes her cause she’s a girl. And she’s pretty.

@danicapatrick my daughter Sadie Piper is you for Halloween this year. #danicapatrick

KSU Greeks put on a Kids Carnival annually, it’s a lot of fun!!

Danica and Witt

Just in case you have an irrational fear of mascots, let this fuel your fire: all I asked to do was take a picture with him. Then there was this:

Get a photo with Willie they said, it's not like he'll eat you they said...

Kidding Willie, we love you!

There’s no shortage of pumpkin patches around here! Or corn to roll around in. This is Kansas…MPC Pumpkin Patch 2016

We told them all to look straight ahead and not smile. When they asked why, instead of explaining Children of the Corn to them, we just said, “cause it’s funny for the adults.”MPC Pumpkin Patch 2016

She’s serious about her corn mazing…

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We are not…

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What’s a pumpkin patch without a huge slide?

MPC Pumpkin Patch 2016

MPC Pumpkin Patch 2016

MPC Pumpkin Patch 2016

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We spent a while trying to recreate this epic picture:

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Our attempts were valiant, but sub par at best!

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I love this picture!

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Potato cannon. Brian makes fun of me cause when I concentrate hard I stick my tongue out a little. Who’s laughing now!? MPC Pumpkin Patch 2016

Also, somehow there’s always birds that are caught

MPC Pumpkin Patch 2016

MPC Pumpkin Patch 2016

Pumpkin Patch 2016

Then there’s the Homecoming parade. Manhattan has a parade for most everything (and we will go to them!), but this one is our fav! It feels so small town!

One @miaranchito there

Aggieville parade

Painted hay bales are one of our favorite things!

Pumpkin Patch 2016

Purple Power Play

Purple Power Play is Manhattan’s annual Fall Kick-off. It’s a two day pep rally for K-State football kinda! There are booth and activities and shows and it’s all free! It’s a huge party in the park!

This year they had a really great bounce house thing- it was more of a obstacle from “Wipe Out.” You had to Superman jump to get across!

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The local beauty school won this year for best booth (nothing official, just our opinion…but we did see them all and we did vote…). They had students and chairs and they gave you “spirit hair”!

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We all took a turn!

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SP’s was the best. But really, with her hair, you can’t go wrong!

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Even the boys got in on the fun! (Watch out girls, they are catches!!)

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The fire department brings a hose out and kids get to spray a wooden house that has “flames” in it. It’s really creative and fun! Berkley has a huge sticker on her face and is smacking her gum and putting out fires. All in a day’s work.

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Boys in a firetruck

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Girls just looking cute!

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Brian with his crew! These people make me so happy. You can’t be Kansas without having a group of people who dress up like this to attend events. You just can’t be.

Wizard of Is here.

I got asked a few times if they were all mine! 🙂

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These next two pictures are like one of those “what is different?” puzzles.

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She keeps us on our toes.

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To top it all off, on Thursday Bates Dance puts on a rock star show!!

And then, in true Hough kid fashion, the girls played “Purple Power Play” the next two days. Their booth was for DayCare. Note the banner they made, and the target behind SP is a game for the kids who come by.

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Made a Twister game (that penguin is playing too!)!

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And this is one of those skinny wheels that you spin and you win a prize (those were Berkley’s fav booths) and the bowl has those plastic wrist bands (a la Livestrong) that you can take too!

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Homecoming Parade

We love us a good parade, and the K-State Homecoming parade is the best one ever! Kids get to trick or treat at the stores in Aggieville beforehand. This year they were a cat, a mouse and a Tasmanian devil (the real animal, not the cartoon)

K-State Homecoming Parade 2015

Brian’s idea obviously:

K-State Homecoming Parade 2015

It’s funny that cat is the generic college girl costume…she’s growing toooooo fast!!

K-State Homecoming Parade 2015

Why don’t they also sell mouse ears in the Dollar Spot at Target? I had to make these suckers.

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There’s no argument this is the best costume out there. I’m so stinking impressed!! He’s is a porta-potty!! 
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Girls have ways of entertaining themselves

K-State Homecoming Parade 2015

Then it’s parade time!

K-State Homecoming Parade 2015

The sororities and frats all have a theme each year. This year they all had a century. Annie’s sorority was the future. I’m biased, but even if I wasn’t, she was the best dressed of the group!


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I mean really, glitter lips!! K-State Homecoming Parade 2015
Sadie the cow is in every parade! 
K-State Homecoming Parade 2015

The floats are the kind you picture in a parade, hours of work goes into these 
K-State Homecoming Parade 2015

And it’s totally worth it! 
K-State Homecoming Parade 2015
K-State Homecoming Parade 2015

Chris! (we saw Emily too but she was on the other side 🙁 ) 
K-State Homecoming Parade 2015


Purple Power Play

Purple Power Play is basically Manhattan’s “Welcome back to Fall” celebration! It’s on of our favorite events of the year! It’s two evenings and full of stuff to do and see!

Including snakes. “Why’d it have to be snakes…”

I love Boo’s face in this! To be fair, when I asked if we could take pics with them, she was the first of the three kids to say she wanted to!

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Once she didn’t die, the others got more brave. WAY more brave.

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At one point it moved unexpectedly and I screamed and ran. All three of them got their lack of fear from Brian.

His selfie with the snake:

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Bring on the pigs for me! 

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Manhattan Pres had a booth and Texas Jenga again! 

Purple Power Play 2015

We got to watch Bates Dance and the drum line perform together

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And the next night Audrey dance too!

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The Children Are Robots!

Crazies Robot Costumes

Laura spent the weekend in California eating sushi and riding hot air balloons, you know roughing it. By early Saturday morning I knew I would need a plan for the three crazies or I would might actually go crazy.

So while I was looking at photos of our friend Tammy who went to be with the LORD this week I thought we should do something fun today, a good memory the kids could look back on and think, you know, life is great! Then I remembered seeing a picture of grown man on a razor scooter in robot costume a few days earlier on Instagram.

So in Phineas and Ferb fashion I told them, “Weirdos, I know what we’re gonna do today!” They were quickly on board and we headed to the liquor store for boxes, then the grocery store for bigger boxes and Home Depot for two cans of silver spray paint.

They told me where to cut their boxes and then spray painted them. After they dried each decorated their robot in creative ways.

Sadie Piper’s had a shutoff button under her arm so she could hide it. She also had a big red button on her back that if you pushed she would attack you.

Beckham’s had a headpiece for communicating with people and he wanted rectangle eyes not round.

Berkley wanted leg holes so she could step in and close the door behind her. She also wanted a place to put a water bottle on the inside.

We then adventured around town and made this video. Really Berkley dancing in the alleyway just makes my day, I didn’t even realize how great her dance was until I looked back at the video later. I could watch it over and over.

We ruined some jumper cables by connecting black to red on Friday. One clip got so hot that it melted right off which is why they became props for this project.

Crazies Robot Costumes

Berkley fell when trying to down the curb. This kind woman ran to help her. She later told me, “Dad, it didn’t hurt because I was a robot”

Crazies Robot Costumes

Crazies Robot Costumes

They then asked if they could get a picture with the robots. There were a few other girls who asked for pictures later as well.

Crazies Robot Costumes

I feel like Sadie Piper’s robot is totally her in this picture.

Crazies Robot Costumes

This is Anderson Hall at K-State

Crazies Robot Costumes

I did not prompt this in anyway. Berkley ducted into her costume saying she was a turtle now. Sadie followed suite and Beckham just looks at me and does this so I took a photo while laughing.

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We then headed to K-State Football Fan Appreciation Day still wearing robot suits. They collected signatures on their suits.

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This is Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder. He seemed a little confused, but rolled with it pretty well when we asked for a photo with him.

Later that night at bedtime I told Berkley, “You got to meet Bill Snyder!”

She said, “I did?”

I said, “Yeah, the old guy you took a picture with”

I then asked, “Who did you think he was?”

She said, “Just an old guy who likes to hand out posters.”

Robots

The players as usual were so great with the kids.

Robots

I love our town!

K-State Open House

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Love this event K-State does annually! Every department has something to see or do showing off what they are all about. They are always so interesting and fun! You can’t even make a dent in seeing it all each year, so this event is just as new every time!

This year was a beautiful day for it so we got to bike there! We didn’t realize Berkley was dressed this hodge podge until we were pulling out, so she the long socks got to stay.

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But while we were so close and since we needed sustenance we stopped by Varsity Donuts first!

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Sometimes they forget they are still wearing their helmets…and we don’t tell them…

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The library had cool cut outs set up. These pictures crack me up!

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Landscape design let the kids make a town. They had all the supplies and were told to make what they thought the town needed. Berkley made a Pet Store

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And SP made Bates Dance Studio

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Playing some drums!

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We were too distracted to take many pics apparently. We hit up a ton more departments, thanks K-State and all the volunteers that put this on for all of us!! 



This isn’t our first rodeo…

…just our first without Brooks and Dunn, or Taylor Swift, or George Strait, or Chicago…

Growing up up in Houston, March meant Rodeo.  Which really just meant a lot of really great concerts came to town! The actual “rodeo” part was just the pre-show if you got there early. Not saying it wasn’t great to watch the bull riding, calf roping and barrel races but it’s not why we went to the rodeo.

So when we saw the K-State rodeo was coming to Manhattan, we were in!

I suggested we get there about 2 hours early…to look at all the booths, do the petting zoo, all that stuff. Enter Brian: realizing he needed to lower my expectations. “There will be no booths, or petting zoo. Or any other stuff Laura. There will only be what you would call ‘pre-show’.”

Well then, now that we are clear.

We put on our plaid shirts and boots and rode our bikes to the arena

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We still got there a little early…

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But eventually saw people we knew!! The Arnetts, Durretts and Thompsons had the same Saturday afternoon plan as us!

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It was super fun to be sitting so close!

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The most impressive part is that these were COLLEGE students!! They were incredible!

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Feb 2015I also learned a ton from Meredith, who did this in college. Here’s the guy who pushes the calfs out of the pin, honestly never thought about that…

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The girls (obviously) loved the Rodeo Queens

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Berkley’s preschool friend’s mom is the Rodeo queens’ sponsor, so we got to meet them! This is the KSU Queen and Junction Cities’. Super sweet girls who were so patient with the long line of girls! 
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After any event, our kids “play” what it was for days. So we saw it coming when they got on their bikes and immediately told us they were horses. And then used the signs and trash cans as barrels to play “barrel racing”
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Halloween 2014

Have we mentioned before how much we love our town? If you are sick of hearing about it, bail now! And if you aren’t, come visit us and we will take you to some city event cause there’s bound to be one that weekend!

Recently it was Homecoming/Halloween week here. It’s one of our favorite weeks here by far!

First up, K-state carnival! Also, our kids dress up as something different for every Halloween event they attend (they dig on our dress up clothes!)

K-State Fall Fair at Homecoming Week 2014

K-State Fall Fair at Homecoming Week 2014

The Greeks put on an awesome kids carnival!

K-State Fall Fair at Homecoming Week 2014

K-State Fall Fair at Homecoming Week 2014

Anna and Olaf!

K-State Fall Fair at Homecoming Week 2014

These college students are all so great with kids. And patient. (Our children may grow up not knowing how to lose and NOT get the candy! They are a little “candy entitled”) 🙂 K-State Fall Fair at Homecoming Week 2014

Cute aviator goggles!!

K-State Fall Fair at Homecoming Week 2014

Willie, of course! K-State Fall Fair at Homecoming Week 2014

And snow cones!!

K-State Fall Fair at Homecoming Week 2014

Found a Chris!K-State Fall Fair at Homecoming Week 2014

The next day was the Homecoming parade, our favorite one all year here! And that’s saying a lot cause this town loves its parades! But first, the kids trick or treat in Aggieville beforehand!


Parade and carnival 2014
Parade and carnival 2014

K-State Homecoming Parade 2014


K-State Homecoming Parade 2014

K-State played tu for their homecoming game…so we approve of this float!!

K-State Homecoming Parade 2014

Sophie was in the parade!

K-State Homecoming Parade 2014

We love finding Sadie the cow! 🙂

K-State Homecoming Parade 2014

Found Chris again! 
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These floats are stinking amazing!! K-State Homecoming Parade 2014

Parade and carnival 2014

Parade and carnival 2014

I was a pinata. Brian was a mexican.

Parade and carnival 2014

We couldn’t NOT take this picture:

Parade and carnival 2014

K-State Homecoming Parade 2014

Some behind the scenes of how I got up that high. I had to do some cheerleader stunting! Damian walked me through each step…while Brian looked pretty!

K-State Homecoming Parade 2014

K-State Homecoming Parade 2014
And then there’s Brian…already ready to hit me! 🙂

K-State Homecoming Parade 2014

Played a little Wiffle-cone (with pine cones instead of balls!) with Josiah

K-State Homecoming Parade 2014




Purple Power Play 2014

 

Purple Power Play is Manhattan’s Fall Kick Off basically. A “welcome back” to students, kick off for K-State sports and just a fun time for townies.

ManhattanPres had a booth. We may have set up early…

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Purple Power Play 2014

Purple Power Play 2014

Purple Power Play 2014

Purple Power Play 2014

We busted out Texas Jenga (thank you Youngs!!) and Kennedy saved many little kids!

Purple Power Play 2014

The Chick-fil-a cow got in on the fun too! 
Purple Power Play 2014

Wait, there’s a character we can take a picture with? Why yes, we would love to!

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Bounce houses have our kids hearts. 
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There was a magician and Ada Scott got to be his “lovely assistant.” She was lovely as always!

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Berkley has this thing against fireworks. As in, she despises them. Fourth of July is her bane. Unfortunately for her, the two day event went out a bang. Aka, a fireworks show!

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