Turn off my playlist and turn up your volume…
No, we did not get a dog. Buddy and ‘Jasper’ came for a visit.
Sawyer was a little distracted:-)
Today, little man – Porter went from this…
Ports got his 1st haircut today at 13 months and 6 days old. Yes, yes, I know he should have had one over 3 months ago. It’s not that I was holding onto his baby-hood (is that a word?) or that I was trying to let it grow long … although I do think little boys with long hair are completely adorable. It’s that I tried and tried to find a day when I could take an adult with me to get pictures of the event. It turns out that I/ Porter just couldn’t wait any longer. With camera in hand, we went into the salon thinking that surely there would be an available hairdresser who wasn’t busy and could snap a few pictures for us … nope! We pretty much chose the busiest day in hair cutting history. Soooo, I got a few before pictures and a few after pictures. Let me tell you, the during pictures are pretty much identical to the after pictures. Yep, he pretty much screamed his head off the entire time. I think he’s more into long hair. Honestly, so am I. If it means I don’t have to take him back there for another bad haircut because he won’t sit still …. fine by me. Samson it is!
…what Sawyer did on Sunday? Andrea invited Sawyer (and the boys … Tucker was in Western KS with his dad and Porter came with us but there’s only so much a 1 year old can do with a gingerbread house) over to her sorority to spend the afternoon making gingerbread houses. Sawyer loved it! We had never done that before. I guess the thought of gingerbread houses has always stressed me out … baking the gingerbread, building the house and keeping it from collapsing, then the kids with ALL that candy …. the thought of trying to organize this and keep my sanity makes me start to twitch.
Evidently, the new fad in gingerbread houses is building them out of graham crackers. Brilliant! I know, I’m behind the times. I keep seeing this idea all over the blog world and WOW … sooo much easier to wrap my mind around rather than baking and praying they don’t collapse and ruin Christmas memories and forever damage my children … well, not that last part … Graham Crackers are the best invention EVER!
Thank You Andrea for such a fun time:-)
It’s been so long since we’ve spent Thanksgiving in St. Francis and it was the first time the kids have spent the holiday there. It’s such a long drive out but so worth it. I know I usually complain when preparing to go but what fabulous memories were made. I know I’ve said it before, but this far away, edge of Kansas town is a true gift to not only me but especially to my kids.
We started the vacation preparing for the day of thanks. Darrin making deviled eggs….
Tucker and Sawyer making napkin rings….
Porter being Porter …. actually this was one of the rare smiles he showed off the whole week …. the rest of the time – a TOTAL grump….
Lots of playtime outside… the weather was perfect…
This is a view from Kurt and Margaret’s living room window. The first time I went to meet Darrin’s parents, I fell in love with this church. It’s several miles out in the country and is a perfect symbol of this community … simple yet cherished. I got to go to a Christmas pageant there several years ago. No big city production would ever match it. Perfect….
I have no idea whose kids those are running in a church sanctuary!!! I mean REALLY! Where’s their mother?! ….
Uncle Doug has a real, authentic SURREY! Though this one doesn’t have the fringe on top, it’s only missing the horse!….
Margaret had knee replacement surgery 3 weeks ago so she wasn’t her usual ‘get down in the dirt and play with the kids’ self. But she’s doing great and I’m sure the next time we see her she will be outrunning us all again…
Grandma Bucholtz has the best toys. This is the tricycle that she and her brother used to play with when they were little….
This tractor is one of my (and the kids’) favorite things on the farm. It belonged to Margaret’s dad (Great Grandpa Cooper) and on any given summer day you can drive by the farm and see Margaret out on it working her ground :-) ….
This was before she fell off of the tractor…
…and this was …. after she fell off of the tractor….
another favorite …
and another, an old chicken coop….
…one of Tucker’s favorite things about the farm … beloved Katie….
The flower gardens are even beautiful in the fall/ winter ….
… yeah I know, shame on me! Here I was trying to be all creative an get some cool pictures of the garden, I look over …. and…. :-) When on the farm…
There is an annual tradition of a city light parade the Friday night after Thanksgiving. I remember being at this one other time. It is such a neat small town tradition. Any business or organization that wants, can decorate a float and participate.
There were golf carts decorated in lights…
Covered wagons covered in lights….
The Grinch speeding by….
A car with a sign reading, “Have you seen the Grinch?”…
This is the St. Francis movie theatre. I have always wanted to go to a movie here. Most everything inside is as it was 50 years ago…
ahhhh…. the highlight of the night for the kids….
This was the first time Sawyer has made it ONTO the lap of the big guy! Not one tear, not one blood curdling scream! She’s growing up so fast….
At first, not too sure….
Thank goodness for the daddy distraction…
Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Batman coming over for a visit…
….and naked baby legs….