Friday, December 14, 2018

It's been a whole month?!

Oops... Here's some pictures of what we've been up to:

Mark fried up beignets for Thanksgiving. They were AWESOME! 

Jon approved. 

Malachi has been reading up a storm.

Abi's finally got enough hair to do something with! 

She loves all the attention once her hair is done. 

She also found a Christmas present early... 

Piggybacks are huge around here right now. Isaac is pretty proud to run around with his sister on his back! 

My mischief makers:

Gingerbread houses only end in tears... Very sugary tears... 

The big boys went up to Grandma Sue's house to hang out for a weekend. They went sleding, and it was frigid! 

These two discovered they can climb into the bottom shelf in Abi's closet. I find them there frequently. 

Abi loves the nativity set under the tree. And making the horses from her farm talk to all the stable animals. 

Tea parties are her favorite pastime though. We have at least one a day. And she has another with her dolls. And then she tries to con her brothers into another one. 

But the My Little Pony characters going to church in the Little People barn (and taking a good nap at church there) was my favorite of her play ideas this week. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

All my boys love to draw

It makes me happy that all 3 of my boys love art. This piece is from a Friday reading activity in Kai's class, about 6 weeks ago. It's been hanging on the fridge since he brought it home. I love it. But I also had a kefir explosion the other day that threatened it... So I figured it was safer as a digital memory. (knowing how we roll in this kitchen)

Monday, November 12, 2018

Only a 5 year old...

I was working in the kitchen the other day, and my two little guys requested toast. We were down to the last bit of butter that was out, so I pulled a stick out of the freezer. I left it on the counter while I kept working. A little while later, I could hear giggling from the other room, and realized I had no idea where the butter had gone. I automatically assumed Abi was the butter thief (she is two after all), but Malachi was the one laughing. When I asked Abi about the butter, she just kept pointing to the wall, but there was nothing smeared on the wall or anything. I was getting really confused, and Malachi was laughing even harder. I questioned him, but he was laughing too hard to talk. I was getting really concerned about the disappearance of an entire stick of butter.
Finally, Jeeves helped me out. He went over and sniffed the cleat where we hang the step ladder in the kitchen. And that's when I realized Kai should totally work for Ikea. Way to come up with a more exciting  purpose for a boring utilitarian object!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Yes, I'm late on this one. We had Samorost, a ballerina-princess-skeleton, Dracula, and a secret agent. And a happy Jack o' lantern. And too much candy!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Sea Life

The aquarium in Kansas City is so cool! The kids loved it! We spent more time running around in dim light checking out fish than we did taking pictures, and I'm not sorry. We touched starfish, hung out with a gigantic stingray, and spent way too much time making the cuttlefish uncomfortable.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Science City

Our next super fun stop on our trip was Science City, in Union Station. We checked out the model train exhibition first, and that was really neat! They had tons of different gauge trains running, and decorated with all kinds of silly things. My favorite was the dinosaur village. We didn't take any pictures because we were too busy chasing trains.
Isaac was the only one brave enough (of those that met the height and weight requirements) to try the Sky Bike. He determined that it was super cool, and super terrifying. It's two stories up, and just a tightrope-style wire to ride on. He did great!

I tried to get pictures of the kiddos in the police helicopter, but only Kai would cooperate. 

Jon found himself another hamster wheel... 

And Abi found musical instruments. 

We played in sand and water, climbed and spun, until we were super hungry.

Speaking of hungry, after the Lego Discovery Center (not Science City... I can't keep track of days, and have to include all the food!), we decided to try Jack Stack, which had awesome reviews when we researched BBQ places. It didn't disappoint! We loved it so much, we even went back another day! If you ever go, try the stuffed baked potato. You're welcome.

Back to Science City day... We drove up to Liberty, MO to go to Red Robin. (I know, we're so adventurous!) (Also, Liberty has this AMAZING Indian restaurant called Seva, which we tried while we were there too. Kai even decided he likes Indian food!) At Red Robin, we met the most talented balloon artist EVER. Seriously, this guy was incredible! So we decided since we were splurging on a vacation anyway, the kids could all have a balloon. Only Kai knew what he wanted - a sword. I was expecting the typical, but this guy made it cool! Then, he just created stuff for the other kiddos, and they each loved it. Jon had a football game hat, Isaac had an alien brain sucker, and Abi had a mermaid. I wish Abi would've held still long enough for a picture of that thing. It was so cool! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


My favorite stop on vacation was the Legoland Discovery Center. We got to build, ride carnival rides, watch movies, and see some super cool models. There's also a really neat indoor playground, with a rotating tunnel that Jon LOVED! We also checked out the fountains just outside, which were cool, in both senses of the word! (and not everybody's favorite part...)

I think I wasn't the only one who had a good time with the Legos!