Sunday, October 22, 2017

Happy Fall y'all

On Columbus Day, the kids and I were off of work. Brian was unfortunately out of state at work, so he was unable to come spend the day with us.

I had a doctors appointment and a legal appointment, but I wanted to do something fun with the kids as well. We had planned on the zoo, but one of the magazines in the doctor's office was talking about best pumpkin patches in the DFW area. So plans soon changed with the excitement of returning home with a pumpkin.

We went the Blase Family pumpkin patch in Rockwall.

The kids had an opportunity to feed some farm animals. Some hesitated a bit with the longhorn, but eventually everyone made sure to feed her.

And of course the goats too.

There was a haystack maze of sorts which helped the kids get some of their energy out.

We missed the hayrack ride but we did get to inspect the tractor.

There were lots of opportunities for pictures. The problem was getting all 4 children to look at me and smile. And apparently someone introduced my children to the idea of taking "silly face pictures". I'm not amused. They will sit still for a silly face picture, but when I want a nice picture- good luck.

All of the children had an opportunity to take home a small pumpkin from the patch. Even little Colin.

The kids had an amazing time. But you know what was my favorite part?


Homecoming Parade- 2017

I think I may have mentioned before that we moved... again. Anyway, we've really been enjoying our neighborhood. We actually know our neighbors. Our children walk to school. Everyone watches out for each other. It's definitely got that small town feel. We've been living in Texas for at least 5 years now and this is perhaps the best place we've lived.

My 2 oldest children are proud Bobcats and we couldn't resist going to the Homecoming Parade with some of our neighborhood friends.

One of the funniest things (for me at least) was that we haven't lived in Kansas for at least 7 years- although we grew up there and lived there for about 25 years. And the theme for homecoming was a Wizard of Oz Theme. Our children have been to the Oz Museum in Wamego Kansas. We have read and watched the shows. Our kids even have a yellow brick in Wamego with their names on it. And yet, here in Texas, we get "No Place Like Homecoming".

While their is no place like home (Kansas) this place is definitely my favorite home away from home.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Summer Highlights Reel

So this summer has been busy. And I've been horrible and posting. So I'm going to pull some of the photos from my phone and do a highlight reel of the main things from this summer.

We redid our shower. Well, we hired someone to redo our bathroom.

However, Brian built a sandbox for the kids in the backyard.

Then we rented out our house and got another one. Never even got to break in the shower, but I guess at least someone is enjoying it. And the kids were not happy that the sandbox was not transported to the new house. They loved the sandbox Brian built and were in it almost daily!

Meanwhile someone enjoyed tummy time, while others enjoyed having a pool.

Then Colin was baptized back in Kansas with Father Peter. Godparents Joe and Jill were there- as they have been for all 4 of our children, so we are thankful for all of them.

And of course, the kids enjoyed other outdoor activities while in Kansas as well.

Then we got back and ready for school to begin. We had to rework our schedule so we were going to bed sooner and waking up earlier.

We had a great summer, but needless to say, the kids and I were all ready to return to school.