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!)


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.

Phone dump

Brian cleaned off the photos in his phone this week. Here are the highlights!

These are her crazy eyes

Baskin robins

The background of this looks fake!


Cemetery snack time riding bikes home from school. Why Boo, why?Random

When they picked me up from the airport SP was dressed like Pikachu!



What’s the difference between a locust and a cicada? We called them locusts growing up in Texas, but I feel like they call the same thing cicadas here. Hmm. I need to Google that. SP likes to collect the skins. It’s so stinking gross.


Brian has this app that makes pictures look like paintings!


Brian made the kids “Shrimp Boats” when I was gone. He’s so cool!

There’s a trail behind our house that has a tree that was made for a photo of lots of kids on it! Jackson Shanahan over

She didn’t want a cake for her birthday, she wanted a clown cone!


Hammock Telephone

The Fall this year was some of the most amazing weather we’ve ever had! It was 70 for months! So we had lots of outside time after school.

This day they were playing three person telephone while swinging on the hammock


I think most of them were about poop, so even if it didn’t get lost in translation, in the end it was still hilarious…if it was about poop.


This is Berkley trying not to hear!



Can they get along like this all the time??



I think every middle child can agree, this is the story of our life (we are just excited we made it in the picture!!):



I’m not gonna lie…I cropped Boo out of this one…


And then it digressed, as always

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We dig it: Telestrations

We love ourselves a good board game. Mel’s Kitchen Cafe not only has the best recipes, but the best games too! Here a link to all of her gift guides. Her games have the same reputation as her recipes: we’ve never tried one she recommended that the whole family didn’t love!! (The non-game ideas are awesome too by the way!)

Her most recent post included Telestrations. I’ve seen it before, and had it in my wish list even, but when it was at the top of her Top 20 games of all time list, I didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger. It’s basically a drawing game of Telephone!

What we love about this game:

  • Everyone can play and it’s the same fun level for all of us. (All players just have to be old enough to read and write)
  • Easy set up, there aren’t a billion pieces
  • You can play for hours, or 15 minutes
  • We laugh really hard…and who doesn’t like to laugh really hard??

Here’s a sampling of some of the directions this game has taken-

Here’s the first word:

I drew this:

Beckham guessed this:

So Sadie drew this:

And Brian guessed this:

Second case in point:

Sadie Piper drew “muffins”

We make fun of Brian for his extensive Astro’s hat collection…Beckham guessed:

As of lately…

Brian kept saying “Beckham!!” one day like he was about to have a serious talk with Becks. Poor Beckham would say “Yes….” and Brian would tell him “Oh, I’m just reading the back of your shirt.” This went on all day. It was their “thing.” Until one time Brian said “Beckham you moron!”…this threw Becks off as Brian tried to explain, he was indeed still just reading his shirt.

(Also, this story sounds like we are super mean to our kids and their childhood is a rough one. I promise they know our love language is messing with them!!)

Me and my little one were twinkies!

Nothing says small town like a town tree lighting! This is the third year they have done this event (we went every year but last year…it was like 15 degrees that year and we are from Texas, so we stayed home) and it’s grown every year! 

This year they had these 3-D like glasses that when you wore them, make EVERY light bulb look either like a snowman or a Santa head, depending on which one you were wearing. I know the technology in my cell phone, microwave, computer, etc is amazing, but this was the coolest thing ever! How did they DO THAT???

Brian bought this solely because it had a red head on it. I bet her’s is real…


These two are buds. Beckham is really blossoming into the coolest big brother there is.

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More crafts: today’s was a “Yoshi face”


These two call themselves the Littlests

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This was quite the dilemma for me at the store. (So I bought both)

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Brian’s desk working on a sermon. I felt like I wanted to make fun of him, but it’s not as cool when you are mocking someone for what? Too many bibles…? Yeah, no one mocks for that.

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Three peas in a slide.

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That one time ManhattanPres Particularized


God has grown His church. He’s grown our faith in Him. Last weekend we met as a church to go from being a church plant to a “particular” church…it just means we take the “plant” part off and are a “normal” church now with local elders! To God be all the glory!

Here’s Brian being installed as pastor.


And Tim and Travis installed as local elders. I’m so thankful for these Godly men to walk alongside Brian in leading our church body. They are some of the most wise and humble men I’ve ever met. We are blessed to be under their care.


This is right after Brian licked my face. Yes. Licked. My. Face.


I recovered.


Brian wears Astro’s socks on Sundays. Tony came and preached and I guess dug in the trash to find his own baseball team socks? 🙂


Also, the colors of this cake were eerily similar to the Astros! (we just asked them to match the logo colors, and they were a little brighter, but Brian didn’t mind obviously!) _MG_0395

We couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who has supported this plant for so many years in so many ways. I won’t get sappy, but it’s true. God-willing, this is just the beginning!

Drawings, writings and creations

Sadie Piper’s thank you to Brian…

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Beckham’s answer from his science test. (For the record she marked it wrong!)

Berkley can craft with the best of them. Paper, scissors, tape and staples are her love language. This day she made “stuffed animals” out of paper.

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They are stuffed with cotton balls or kleenex. All her.

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Brian and I live by lists. We love lists. We can’t function without them. So we made the kids lists to help the kids stay on task and not forget things in the mornings. But I needed help from Brian on formatting, so he snuck this into Berkley’s list (the last item on the morning list). So now I hear every morning: Berkley- “Hey Mom!” Me- “Yeah Baby?” Berkley- “I LOOOOOOOVE Dadda!”

Another paper project going on around here are these. They are homemade Pokemon cards!

We go through A LOT of paper…


Moving to Manhattan to plant Manhattan Pres we were prepared for the transience of the college students. We weren’t prepared for the transience of the military. I don’t know why, we should have been, but that’s beside the point. The point is we lose friends. And that’s super depressing. Sarah reminded me (before she left also mind you) that we will all meet again in eternity and this just helps us have even more reason to look forward to that. And she’s right. But it’s still hard. This spring and summer we were hit hard with a lot of families moving all at once. One was Berkley’s best friend and his family. And his cool mom and one of my good friends Brandi who sent me a picture of this a year ago and told me I had to do this for crazy hair day this year:

Crazy hair day

Boozer crazy hair day.

Crazy hair day

“School” is played almost daily around here. Here’s Berkley reading to her class. Boo reading to her class

Adventuring! upload

The moment he realized he was out of Poke balls… (also backwards day at school, but I can’t say that’s the only reason his shirt is on backwards, it happens more often than you would expect!!)The moment he realizes he's out of poke balls.

Cemetery snack time after schoolupload

This month Manhattan Pres voted to become a particular church. That means we have 3 local elders and are no longer a plant (after the service to install them). God has worked in bigger and better ways than we ever imagined when we came out here 3 years ago. God has answered every one of our prayers and met every single need. We are just along for the ride of watching God work in his people. We’ve lived in Kansas for exactly 10 years. God willing we will live out the rest of our days here as well. If you would have asked us when we got married if we’d be more likely to live in Africa or Kansas, we most definitely would have both answered Africa! (cause really, who lives in Kansas??)

Here’s the petition the members signed to send to Presbytery.Signing petition for particularization

Brian gets obsessed with random things every now and then (he called it “a desire to be educated” I call it “obsessed”). This month it was Soda. After reading books and watching documentaries, he now knows everything there is to know about soda. One day he was telling me all about root beer (and I’m a good wife and pretend to be super interested! 🙂 ) and I told him Mel has a recipe for homemade root beer. And that was the last I saw of him until this:
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Beckham is playing soccer this Fall and loves it. It never gets less awkward yelling “Go Beckham!” and having parents think we are soccer obsessed, but “if the cleat fits…”


Then these crazies just hang and watch

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Brian said I could be the sweet little red headed girl!

Charlie and the sweet little redheaded girl

Random adventures

Geary Lake waterfall!

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We arrived early to a promotion ceremony at Fort Riley and spotted these guys across the field, so off we went to check it out!!

Curry change of command

They said if you put a burrito in it it would shoot it out! They only shoot blanks though, so not quite as cool as burritos. Coolest job on Fort Riley though!! They even let us hold the props!

Curry change of command

Then we got to pet the horses too! And the horse wanted to pet Sadie.

Curry change of command

Brian spotted the Texas flag and trespassed into the bushes to get this pic! 🙂    Curry change of command