Ross King has been a very favorite of ours since our college days. He led the worship at a large group gathering we loved. We’ve followed him and bought every album he’s ever put out since. He’s honest, humble, and so articulate. Here’s a song from his most recent album that is spot. on.
One of Aggieville’s newer traditions is a mini-maker’s faire. It’s basically a gathering of people who have really cool hobbies or talents. We’ve gone every year, but this year’s was by far the best one yet!
These people make bridges with only rope and wood.
I can’t remember the exact weight they said it would hold, but it was more than we weighed, so Brian and I got a turn too!
One station was play dough making!
And making a book mark on a hand press!
We must not have gotten a picture (shocking, I know!) but Beckham made a marshmallow shooter gun from PVC pipe!
Varsity donuts did Coke fountains…and their famous candy shooter!
One of our bathrooms has been the only room I hate in our house. It’s needed new texture on the walls since we moved in…3 years ago. But I kept putting it off cause who wants to take that on??
The only before pics I could find were when we looked at the house before buying it (Beckham!!!!). The texture was cracking and peeling off, so it wasn’t just something a good coat of paint would fix either.
So I finally bit the bullet and took it on over the break. Here’s how I felt about this project:
Here’s what happened to the laundry when it was neglected because of this project:
It was every bit as horrible as I thought it was going to be, so I feel justified in my procrastination. But the end result I love!
Fixing this room also meant many trips to Home Depot. One trip the Bigs got to stay home, but Berkley’s just too
small unpredictable to be able to stay home yet, so she had to come. She brought her babies.
And she got to wear her footies. (Perks of being the youngest…I so would have made Becks put on clothes)
What happened between the picture above and this one??
For Christmas Berkley got a kick in the face AND stitches! She was one tough girl!
We spent a full 24 hours getting only yogurt in her and only via a medicine syringe!
But once she felt better, she played Doctor and gave her kids stitches!
We baked cookies, cause you have to over Christmas break!!
SP did Elf on the Shelf one day. She used her best Elf handwriting!
It says: Yay! Look me and my friends are in the white rectangle that is a mini North Pole” (the fridge!)
The day after Thanksgiving we realized we didn’t have Christmas tree anymore. I had made enough decisions and told Brian to pull the trigger on something. Three days later this came in the mail:
Brian’s mom got the kids this awesome swing for our front yard!!
And Sadie Piper got a significant hair chop!
Remember that time there was a bird in the church and Craig and Brian teamed up to save the day?
Craig scared it up and Brian’s job was to “shoo” it out the door that Craig would hold open.
Instead, Brian just grabbed it and walked it to the door…
Berkley made Santa (in his coffee filter sleigh!)
He was being pulled by his reindeer!
Brian introduced the kids to the “Double Decker Taco” and it may be Berkley’s new favorite meal cause it’s pretty much a craft…where refried beans are the “glue”…
She also made her monkey Santa!
These were hung all around “town” (aka our house)
These are also all around the house. They had cards they swipe through the bottom part and then enter their “number”
The girls got clothes from Yayay and Duck, so Brian made Becks a shirt so he didn’t feel left out!! (which he didn’t…but even before the “shirt”) 🙂
Me: “Berkley, we do this same thing every day!!” (I’m frustrated at her for having to tell her to put something away and not on the floor)
“No”Brian: “Mom, it’s a family reunion, I’m kidding!”
Laura: who pooped in the toilet and didn’t flush it?
We draw on the kids napkins every day they have a packed lunch. Brian was on napkin duty today:
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:
She also decorated our front door!
Clearly she has a favorite though! 🙂
I also put on my Aggie ring for the week…
Brian always finds really fun stuff to do and places to go. We are spoiled like that. This day over the Christmas Break it was Westmoreland, with a special emphasis on their Soda Fountain in a pharmacy.
It was about a 25 min drive. I think I was expecting it to be more “tourist-y”…it wasn’t. We stuck out like a steak at a vegan festival but we didn’t care!
These two. They are two peas in a pod.
The ice cream was yummy (we did shakes, malts and a float) and there’s nothing like small town hospitably to top it off! There’s something super relaxing about waiting for your drink to be made. It was refreshing.
We asked where else we should go while we were in town and they pointed us to a “historic hand dug well.” Super cool and much larger than I was expecting!
Overall, super cute town! There’s a tour you can do that includes this building. How I wish it was still in use!!
With the exception of Berkley, we all had a great time. She despises fireworks. And the pre-game show is full of them. So her and I stayed way back inside the back of the stadium until a few minutes into the game (she was NOT going to risk going back and there being late fireworks.) I finally convinced her they wouldn’t play soccer and have fireworks at the same time. You can see the uncertainty in her smile here!
Walking around we saw a guy with an Aggie ring on and stopped and talked to him. This started the discussion from the kids of “Do you know him?”
Us: “No, but he’s an Aggie too, so we have that in common!”
Kids: “How did you know?”
Us: “He was wearing his Aggie ring”
Kids: “Do you have an Aggie ring?”
Us: “Yes, almost every Aggie does. It’s a big deal.”
Kids: “Why don’t you wear them?”
(and now you are starting to understand why we would could questions and get to well into the 100s in one day)
So then we had to explain that in Kansas it looks like we are wearing our high school ring. I know, I know, this makes us 2%-ers (for you non-Aggies, this is the very scientific and derogatory term Aggies call you when you are a part of the only 2% of Aggies who didn’t drink the Kool Aid and have school spirit. 98% of Aggies are die hards. The rest are 2 percent-ers. You never want to be a 2%er.
And that’s your Texas lesson for today.
I think we counted 5 other orange shirts at this game!
Here’s the last time we went to the Sporting v Dynamo game (with Boo sporting her homemade bangs!)
Berkley’s 1st grade class wrote letters to Santa and somehow the newspaper must have intercepted them on the way to the North Pole. Which I’m cool with cause I really don’t want a chicken! Also, Mason hasn’t asked for a hamster, Berkley just decided that he should have one.