Summer Vacation: Indianapolis and Detroit

We stick our heads in any funny pics we see!

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And yes, Berkley is in her pajamas. And yes, they are fleece footies. And yes, it’s July. She would live in them all day everyday year round if I let her.

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Also, we ride statues.

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We spent an afternoon in Indianapolis just passing though. I can’t remember why the kids were upset at Brian for some silly reason, but they were all walking with me and I was pumped!

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Yelp has been our friend on this trip. We found a crepe place for lunch!

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Also found a unique ice cream shop

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They freeze your ice cream in front of you!

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Then we saw a sign on the highway advertising the world’s largest rocking chair. We are so in for this!

It didn’t disappoint:

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Buuuut then we realized this was a whole TOWN of “World’s Largest”

Wooden Shoes:

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Wind chime:

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Mailbox (with working flag!)

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Bird cage:

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Not world’s largest, but still cool! It’s made from an old gas tank

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Also a night in Detroit cause the ASTROS were there!

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We actually blended in here cause the Tigers are the same colors!

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Summer Vacation 2017- Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls wasn’t as impressive as we thought it was gonna be:

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Kidding, it was awesome!

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I love these people

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Her stinking head fit in the bars. Made me anxious.

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His wife is one lucky girl…

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Berkley is so weird.

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In this one Boo is licking my arm…why??

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We watched from the top, then went down and did the boat tour, cause I think it’s a law you have to go on the boat ride at Niagara Falls.

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Brian laughed at me and took my pic. Less for the memory and more to mock my hoodie tied so tight, but good golly it was misty!

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However, it IS true that he looks cooler than me without his on…

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I realized recently that Brian spends a lot of time like this: helping all of us climb off stuff!

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Annnd I think that’s all the pictures they have in them for the day! To be fair, it was well after dinner time and we ran out of snacks…:)

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Dance, dance, dance!

Sadie Piper had her dance recital in May. She adores dancing at Bates Dance Studios!

Red lipstick is hard to rock, but she sure does it!

A few pics from dress rehearsal

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It was a 60s songs mash up, really great dance!

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After the show her and Daiz found the empty stage and made up a dance on the spot…

Hide the yogurt!

Every Friday Dillons (it’s Dillons here, but it’s really Kroger!) has a “Free Friday” deal. You have to download the coupon on Friday, but then you have 2 weeks to redeem whatever it is they were offering. It’s sometimes a new product someone just launched, sometimes a classic and sometimes something really gross. Either way, when I bring something new or unexpected home from the grocery store, the kids all ask “was this Free Friday?” and 99% of the time, yes, yes it was.

Sometimes we love it (Oreo candy bar last week). Sometimes we hate it (bacon flavored Ritz).

But nothing has ever compared to this week’s:

Brian and I busted it out Monday when I got home from the store, but then I was literally back at the store Tuesday buying more, cause we wanted the kids to try it. Brian’s first words were “this is creme brûlée like.”

Beckham and I REALLY want to like yogurt. We just don’t. But when I tried this I knew he needed to try it too. When he did, he ate it all and then hid the blueberry one in the fridge so he could have it later! It doesn’t have that tart yogurt taste at all.

Brian researched these, shocker, I know, and learned that they are individually made in the little jar, not a huge vat then poured into containers. They put all the ingredients (there are like 3!) in each jar and it yogurt-ups in there (for lack of the technically term of milk becoming yogurt).

Bonus: they come in these great little glass jars! The sticker comes right off (take it off before you wash it) and now we have a lot of cute little jars. I’m anticipating having more of these than I know what to do with, but for now, I’m still on the “keep for snacks/small foods” stage.

So Beckham hid the blueberry one when he left for school in the fridge so he could try it when he got home!


Sailing away

Brian found this super fun sailing camp and it was a highlight of our summer for sure!

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It’s on Tuttle Creek Lake, the cost is $5 (PER FAMILY!) and now our kids are all expert sailors!

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They don’t just hop in boats, they put them to work! They have to assemble them each time! The kids all know all the parts of a sailboat and how to put it together.

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And how to tie it off at the dock.

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Day one they threw them in the water, capsized them and taught them how to right the boat. Brilliant if you ask me, no one was scared at all of tipping the rest of the week!

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Actually, Berkley should have been! Her few pounds definitely didn’t get that boat back up again! She just doesn’t have the weight!

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Day two they towed their boat behind a safety boat so they could learn how to steer.
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Then the rest of the week is sailing on their own!

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She may have been stuck with no wind, but it made for a very peaceful picture! 🙂

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Brian took a few rides in the safety boat. Until they kicked him off! 🙂

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On the last day, parents got to sail too! And after that we were even more impressed with our little sailors…it takes skill and knowledge…neither of which I had. But the instructors talked me though it and I made it

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Summer nights

I think seeing her outfit was what prompted me to get my camera out. Cause good golly she’s weird!

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Brian and Beckham doing the old baseball cards on the spokes trick! Now his bicycle sounds like a motorcycle!

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It’s hard to be 7 and have a fan stuck in your hair cause you held it too close…

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So now she has some long bangs!

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They have torn up our street this summer on their bikes

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1980 called Beckham…and told him he was born in the wrong decade! He’s got the 80s look down pat!

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I love this smile!

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Berkley has this great quality that she doesn’t care what’s socially acceptable. I love that about her! 🙂

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I dig it: Books

Eve in Exile

This is the best book on femininity that I’ve ever read. It’s smart, biblical and captivating. A powerful and empowering explanation of women as God created us. The author takes you on a history tour of feminism and how and why it has changed us. Then she gives a roadmap to get back to God’s good design lived out. I really, really dug this one.

Hands Free Mama

I cried every chapter of this one. I’m not a huge fan of blogger turned author, but this wasn’t as theological as practical so I was good with it! I read Stafford’s article on Huffington Post a few years ago and really loved it. It was such a great reminder to live in the moment. The days are long but the years are so short!

Raising Grateful kids in an Entitled World

This author hits the nail on the head. She helped us grasp the unintentional ways we are equipping our kids to be brats! 🙂 We learned a lot from this book about how we can instill character into our kids, how to help them find joy in serving others, appreciate what they have and even understand how technology plays a part in all of that.

Action Bible

Beckham loves comic books graphic novels and this bible has been great for him to read through! It includes a lot of stories and details the typical kids story bibles don’t. He’s been captivated by the drawings and the stories. It’s really made the bible come to life for him. Really great purchase!

Brian read these next ones:


Reset by David Murray feels like sitting down with a wise pastor with many years of experience telling the 30 to 50 year old men how to live the Christian life over the long haul. Working from scripture he intertwines it with scientific research and real world experience to give wisdom on how to approach sleep, exercise, stress relief, changing identity (as in, Who am I?), stuff, diet/food, and how we relate to God, to our family, elders, etc. It’s written specifically for men, not just pastors and I’d recommend it to any men who feel the stresses of life, but it was great to see some applications specific to pastors. Enjoyed this whole book, but loved the chapter on sleep.

The Things of Earth

The Things of Earth by Joe Rigney starts out so slow and so academic I nearly put it down, but once you get past the first few chapters it turns out to be a wonderful book that helps bring sense to how you can enjoy both Sunday morning worshiping God at church and also enjoy a wonderful meal with wine on Tuesday and watching a blockbuster movie with your family on Friday. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking reading your bible honors the Lord, but reading a John Grisham novel does not. If you’ve ever felt guilty for enjoying God’s creation this book will be refreshing to you.

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!


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


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



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


Then the processional!



Brian walked Boo down the aisle…aka the hallway.


Brian was a little underdressed in his bathing suit!


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


Brian cried…


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


This is the best!


Brian’s new job was to hold the groom!


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



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!