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.
Sadie Piper is Danica Patrick. She likes her cause she’s a girl. And she’s pretty.
KSU Greeks put on a Kids Carnival annually, it’s a lot of fun!!
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:
Kidding Willie, we love you!
There’s no shortage of pumpkin patches around here! Or corn to roll around in. This is Kansas…
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.”
She’s serious about her corn mazing…
We are not…
What’s a pumpkin patch without a huge slide?
We spent a while trying to recreate this epic picture:
Our attempts were valiant, but sub par at best!
I love this picture!
Potato cannon. Brian makes fun of me cause when I concentrate hard I stick my tongue out a little. Who’s laughing now!?
Also, somehow there’s always birds that are caught
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!
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!
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”!
We all took a turn!
SP’s was the best. But really, with her hair, you can’t go wrong!
Even the boys got in on the fun! (Watch out girls, they are catches!!)
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.
Boys in a firetruck
Girls just looking cute!
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.
I got asked a few times if they were all mine! 🙂
These next two pictures are like one of those “what is different?” puzzles.
She keeps us on our toes.
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.
Made a Twister game (that penguin is playing too!)!
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!
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)
Brian’s idea obviously:
It’s funny that cat is the generic college girl costume…she’s growing toooooo fast!!
Why don’t they also sell mouse ears in the Dollar Spot at Target? I had to make these suckers.
There’s no argument this is the best costume out there. I’m so stinking impressed!! He’s is a porta-potty!!
Girls have ways of entertaining themselves
Then it’s parade time!
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!
I mean really, glitter lips!! Sadie the cow is in every parade!
The floats are the kind you picture in a parade, hours of work goes into these
And it’s totally worth it!
Chris! (we saw Emily too but she was on the other side 🙁 )
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.
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”
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.
I feel like Sadie Piper’s robot is totally her in this picture.
This is Anderson Hall at K-State
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.
We then headed to K-State Football Fan Appreciation Day still wearing robot suits. They collected signatures on their suits.
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.”
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.
But while we were so close and since we needed sustenance we stopped by Varsity Donuts first!
Sometimes they forget they are still wearing their helmets…and we don’t tell them…
The library had cool cut outs set up. These pictures crack me up!
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
Beckham added a Video Game store
And SP made Bates Dance Studio
Playing some drums!
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!!
…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
We still got there a little early…
But eventually saw people we knew!! The Arnetts, Durretts and Thompsons had the same Saturday afternoon plan as us!
It was super fun to be sitting so close!
The most impressive part is that these were COLLEGE students!! They were incredible!
I 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… The girls (obviously) loved the Rodeo Queens
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!
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”
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!)
The Greeks put on an awesome kids carnival!
Anna and Olaf!
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”) 🙂
Cute aviator goggles!!
Willie, of course!
And snow cones!!
Found a Chris!
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!
K-State played tu for their homecoming game…so we approve of this float!!
Sophie was in the parade!
We love finding Sadie the cow! 🙂
Found Chris again!
These floats are stinking amazing!!
I was a pinata. Brian was a mexican.
We couldn’t NOT take this picture:
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!
And then there’s Brian…already ready to hit me! 🙂
Played a little Wiffle-cone (with pine cones instead of balls!) with Josiah