Berkley Boo Skip Day

Once all the kids got into school, we started a “skip day” tradition. Once a year each kid gets one day to skip school and just hang out with Brian and I for some rare one on one (or two on one rather) time. They get to pick the agenda, lunch location, etc. The day is their’s!

Last year we foolishly put all the skip days in May as school was winding down, but then we were squeezing them in between work and fun days at school they didn’t want to miss, so we got smarter this year and started in February.

Berkley was up first.

First stop: Varsity Donuts. It’s scary how similar their faces are…

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Then to Walmart cause we saw they had this lollipop display once and vowed to bring Berkley back cause suckers are her fav!

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Please stop to notice she’s still in her footie pajamas. This is because she would live in footies if I would let her. Usually I don’t. Today I did.

We try to live our lives never passing up a cut out face photo op

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Then back home to watch some Doc McStuffins (cause the Bigs don’t dig it but she does, and today she didn’t even have to share the screen!). But because Brian was involved, he suggested we move the couch to right in front of the TV for her. I was on board with that. But it escalated into a fort.

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(which means it escalated into me spending the next half hour being grossed out by what was under the couches and cushions and vacuuming like a mad woman)

Inside the fort

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Her and I played Doc on her stuffed animals in the fort. It was very claustrophobic fyi…

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Last Fall they tore down the old Arby’s and built a Popeyes in Aggieville, so we watched the restaurant being built. Driving by earlier in the day Berkley said she’s never been to a Popeyes and asked if we could eat lunch there.

It started with her getting REALLY excited about the spork! “MOM! I hardly ever get to use a spork! Most places don’t even have them!” (apparently school cafeterias have moved onto real forks. In MY day we had sporks. Kids these days are so spoiled.)

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Then to the store to get a balloon (not her birthday, but the one she wanted, and what she wants goes today!) which happens to be by Hobby Lobby and she asked to go in just to browse the crafts.

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At this point in the day I need a nap. But instead we went bowling!

She spent a lot of time rolling on the floor. I spent a lot of time cringing.

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She was camouflaged!

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These two bowled a few like this:

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Game two she used the slide. Bowling balls get heavy.Boo skip day

We ended the day with Orange Leaf ice cream!Boo skip day



Future singer songwriters

I’ve mentioned before that 99% of the time, after we do something or go somewhere, the girls recreate it to “play” at home (farmers market, book fair, dance recitals, rodeo, Purple Power Play, I can go on and on). This Friday’s pizza and movie night featured the movie “Sing.” On Friday nights they are allowed to draw or write in bed (instead of just reading). So apparently they spent that time after the movie writing songs. The next morning there was a show here at the house that was pretty stinking great!

But first, they must set up the audience…


Taking one for the team

In Texas you take a Texas history class at least three times in school before you graduate. We didn’t realize until we moved to Kansas that this isn’t the case in all states. I honestly just assumed every state took state history every few years. (Who are we kidding…honestly, I didn’t even think about other states! 🙂 )

One of the “facts” you learn is heartbreaking: Texas is not in fact the largest state. Alaska is. Well, we can’t have that, so I very clearly remember my teacher teaching us that “if you melted all the ice in Alaska, Texas would be bigger.”

That settles it. Loophole for the win!

So since our kids aren’t taking Texas history obviously, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to teach them. And we’ve passed that little tidbit on to them of course.

Beckham came home from school one day and said “I put on my work today that Texas was the biggest state cause of the ice in Alaska. I’m going to get it wrong, but it was worth it!”

We couldn’t have been prouder!



Just as of lately

Odd Squad Live came to town, and SP’s birthday was a few days before, so we got her tickets for her birthday and took her out just the three of us! (we really should do this more, none of us could remember a time when it was just her and us. Oops)

Crystal Pepsi makes a showing every now and then, and since that’s a blast from our past, we had to get some! We found it really really yummy, but that also led to a taste test. Cause we love a good taste test. (For the record, Crystal Pepsi won)


Sadie Piper apparently discovered “pranking”

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This was under Brian’s pillow:

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We have the old house that when you flush the toilet the water in the shower gets hot!

Berkley’s school music program was all about Kansas!

Her and her BFF. They are two peas in a pod.

Afternoon entertainment after school one day was a car fire and watching the brave firemen put it out! 


Mashed Potato Bites: changing the world?

Brian saw these at the store and had to have them. Pretty sure he said they were going to change the world.

Me: Isn’t a breaded potato just a french fry?

Brian: No! These are circles!!

Me: Ok, so…a tatertot?

At this point he walked away muttering something about how I’m going to regret making fun of mashed potato bites.

You should have heard the cheers from the kids (and Brian) when these babies came out of the oven.

So exciting!!!

So disappointing! (Berkley was in the middle about them)

I’m not going to say I told you so, but I told them so.


When I leave to run an errand and leave everyone at home with Brian, sometimes I get a video like this texted to me:


And then when I get home, sometimes I see this:

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It’s Brian making the pre-made cookie dough (that “slipped” into the basket when he ran to the store), but pretending he’s been working on them from scratch.

He seriously put flour on his face too.

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And then sometimes he goes to Walgreen to pick up ONLY good lotion Kleenex (poor SP had a snotty nose and was getting chapped!) and sends me this pic.

And claims the heart is a steal of a deal cause it’s only $7 but it used to be $15.

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!

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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.


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)

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What happened between the picture above and this one??

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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!

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


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.