Shootout Weekend

August 26, 2017 | It was time for the annual trip to some of our best friends’ lake house for the Shootout! While we may not actually SEE the boats racing these days…because really, toddlers can hang on a small boat for hours on end…it’s so much fun just to spend some chaotic time with friends!

The cell phone photos reminded me of some tidbits:

  • inflatables on the deck are hours of fun for toddlers
  • the inflata-BULL made his first appearance (possibly his last thanks to rough waters) and is hilarious, especially watching Joel
  • K&J didn’t bring their kiddos this trip, but K was great Snapchat entertainment
  • B received the Fight on PPV for his birthday, and waiting until 10:30 PM for it to start was not ideal for our E, who doesn’t sleep in our arms like some other little girls we know… 🙂

the Great Eclipse!

August 21, 2017 | Dave had been prepared for months with Eclipse glasses…and we had discussed so many options on where to go, involve E, camp, rent a hotel (wait no, those were booked forever ago)…then my friend K mentioned that her house was on the path of totality in NE!  We hadn’t met each others kids yet, so why not do an overnight with a world-event to boot!

K and her husband cooked all of this amazing food for us and the kids, while E and Z got along really well!  That can be a toss-up when it comes to toddlers.  Z shared his toys like a champ, and E introduced him to the world of hiding small figures/beads inside Easter eggs…ha!  K also made these amazing Eclipse shirts from scratch…complete with bleach treatment, and they are so cool! There were a few clouds that threatened our visibility, but luckily they parted just in time.  We were able to corral the kids on K’s deck which meant the adults could totally focus on what was happening above.  It was incredibly awesome, and everyone geeked-out so much.  Some workers even walked through K’s backyard when it started getting dark, and we offered them some beers… 🙂

At bedtime we played a parent-version of Cards Against Humanity, learned all about E’s journey to America (incredible story), and watched Game of Thrones…poor K was the only person not into it, but the rest of us were so excited we couldn’t wait to watch the new episode.  We have been talking about the next time we can get together, because it went so well!

Some cell pics:

DARDOF

July 18, 2017 | D and I like to plan these little “Days of Fun” and decided it was overdue. And who doesn’t want to start their day at a craft store picking up some more yarn?! D is such a good sport… 🙂 I needed some more fluffy yarn for crochet water balloons.

We hadn’t been to the new Boulevard Visitors Center, so that was basically our only plan! We arrived pretty early, and snagged the last two spots on the tour. Even though we know so much about Boulevard, it’s so great to just hang out and enjoy the beer!  I also have a favorite image of D taken ever… 🙂

As if the day wasn’t fun enough, Jennifer was back in town to see Sarah before she returned to Kenya, so we had a quick ladies-dinner at Unforked. I’m so glad I got to see her so many times on her trip back home!

Preschool Carnival

July 14, 2017 | Our preschool had this adorable little Carnival on a Friday night, and we thought it would be pretty fun for E to see her good friend outside of class. It was so cute, and free, which is so great! Facepaint, balloons, food and bounce houses…not to mention shaved ice! We brought my parents too, and we will definitely be going back next year… 🙂

College Friends, Reunited!

July 7, 2017 | It almost never happens that all of my closest friends from high school are in town, with their kids, ready to hang out. It’s amazing! My BFF was here from out of state, and we gathered at Heather’s house with all of the kids for an afternoon of crochet water balloons and endless snacks… 🙂

Then later in the week it was time to get together with the WHOLE crew, where we attempted to go to a toy shop (complete with story-time and free snacks), bowling with 10 kids (which also somehow was free), then out to lunch with this crazy bunch. It was surreal…especially considering Sarah and her boys are in town from KENYA! Each kid took a turn throwing a tantrum or pushing another kid…breaking into tears over snacks, food, cutting in line, whatever. And we just wanted to chat, so kinda let it all happen…ha! So glad the restaurant had an outdoor play area, where it was a revolving door of kids coming in/out to tell on one another for something.

But of course we managed to have dinner with the adults-only…and talked WAY too late into the night. I only snagged a single image…and we were missing Jennifer this whole time because she was traveling for work! 😦 I’m so glad that Heather took one too!

BBQ Contest

June 23, 2017 | Another year, another BBQ! It’s another one of those events that we say we are going to quit, but when it rolls around we really want to see these friends again. It really was a great year, and we ate more BBQ than I care to count. Including some of the NASTIEST stuff I’ve ever tasted, and I’m still unsure if it was a total jerk-move by the cooker, or if he really thought that it was good? I’ll never know, but I was pissed.  The rest of our teams shared great stuff, including beers and treats, and it was one of my favorite years overall…so let’s see if 2018 happens? 🙂

KSU Night at the Royals

June 2, 2017 | We don’t see this crew of friends very often, so I was so excited when Brian had the idea for a Royals game. Especially on K-State night — with free hats! All it took to keep the kids in one spot was a $1-store light-up wand and some new dinos… 🙂  I couldn’t believe we made it through the whole game AND the fireworks at the end!