This. This is how I feel.

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.

Mini Maker’s Faire

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!

Mini Maker faire

These people make bridges with only rope and wood.
Mini Maker faire

Mini Maker faire

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!
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Mini Maker faire  One station was play dough making! Mini Maker faire

And making a book mark on a hand press!Mini Maker faire Mini Maker faire
We must not have gotten a picture (shocking, I know!) but Beckham made a marshmallow shooter gun from PVC pipe!

Mini Maker faire

Varsity donuts did Coke fountains…and their famous candy shooter!

 

Christmas break happenings

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.

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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:Dec 2016

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.

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And she got to wear her footies. (Perks of being the youngest…I so would have made Becks put on clothes)

Dec 2016

What happened between the picture above and this one??

Dec 2016

For Christmas Berkley got a kick in the face AND stitches! She was one tough girl!

Boo stitches

We spent a full 24 hours getting only yogurt in her and only via a medicine syringe!

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But once she felt better, she played Doctor and gave her kids stitches!

Dec 2016

Dec 2016

We baked cookies, cause you have to over Christmas break!!

Baking

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!)  Dec 2016

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:

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Dec 2016

Brian’s mom got the kids this awesome swing for our front yard!!

Swing

And Sadie Piper got a significant hair chop!

Sadie getting bangs at 8. Sadie hair

Remember that time…

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.

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Instead, Brian just grabbed it and walked it to the door…

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That’s weird.

Christmas crafting

Berkley made Santa (in his coffee filter sleigh!)

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He was being pulled by his reindeer!

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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”…

Dec 2016

She also made her monkey Santa!

Dec 2016

These were hung all around “town” (aka our house)

 Dec 2016

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”) 🙂 Dec 2016

Funny Book

Boys FC Dallas

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)

Berkley: “It’s a title sequence” (as in, it happens every time the same way on a TV show…)
Dec 2016
Brian asked his mom is if she met any boys at the family reunion
“No”Brian: “Mom, it’s a family reunion, I’m kidding!”
Dec 2016
SP: this is the worst foot falling asleep ever. I think it’s having a nightmare.
Dec 2016

Laura: who pooped in the toilet and didn’t flush it?

Berkley: Um, I’m pretty sure it was me
SP: No, it was me
Berkley: Yeah, it was her.

Oct 2016

We were talking about the state of Idaho. Beckham got the giggles:  “Idaho! It sounds like a bad word, or an inappropriate body part!”
Star Wars

We draw on the kids napkins every day they have a packed lunch. Brian was on napkin duty today:

Dec 2016

“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:

Dec 2016

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…

Kansas Day Trip: Westmoreland Soda Fountain

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.

Soda fountain in a Westmoreland

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!

Becks birthday stuff

 Becks birthday stuff

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.

Soda fountain in a Westmoreland

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!

Soda fountain in a Westmoreland

Soda fountain in a Westmoreland

Overall, super cute town!  There’s a tour you can do that includes this building. How I wish it was still in use!!

Dec 2016

 

Dynamo Day 2016

Some really great friends gifted us with tickets to the Houston Dynamo vs Sporting KC game that was in Kansas City this Fall. screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-9-00-45-am

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!

Dynamo game vs SKC

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.

SP was excited to get her picture taken “with” Beasley!  

Dynamo game vs SKC

I think we counted 5 other orange shirts at this game!

Dynamo game vs SKC

Here’s the last time we went to the Sporting v Dynamo game (with Boo sporting her homemade bangs!)

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Dear Santa

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.