5 on Friday – better late than never!


Tonight was Chad’s LAST Friday football game of the season…technically there is a game next week on Thursday, but the end is in sight!  Yes, he will have commitments throughout the basketball season and the spring sports season as well, but at least I know that not EVERY Friday night he will be gone.


K man has exploded in the word department.  Yes, most of it is only understandable to Chad or myself…but it is still neat to see his mind develop and grow!  You must check out his “Excavator” video on my facebook page.  He doesn’t like to always perform, but I can get him to do sounds for Puppy dog (high pitched oo, oo, oo, oo); kitty cat (quick meow, meow, maow); dinosaur & lion (rarrrrr).  He will repeat words after I say them:  home (ome) – the kid likes to be home just like his momma! basketball (ba-ba-ball); football (fu-ba); more (mo-mo-mo); daddy (da-da); mommy (ma-ma); semi (ma-miii); bus (baaaaa! in the most excited voice EVERRR)…there are probably more, that’s all I can remember at this hour…



I feel like the excavator story needs more explaining…  We have bunches of truck/implement/large vehicle books.  There are correct names for all these large machines.  So, we call everything by it’s correct name.

On Wednesdays, Ko comes with me to work where I meet my mom and she takes him back to her house (the farm).  My co-worker Kris is there early and when we show up, Ko knows right where to go!  You see, Kris started a fun routine of looking up tractors and semi’s on google images and letting K drool over the pictures at her desk.  We had pretty much exhausted all the tractors and semis and she asked me for another name to type in.  I said “excavator”.  Lots of pictures showed up and K pointed and sounded out “EXxx-a-va-or” in his little language.  And Kris was instantly impressed (mommy too)  On the way home that evening K repeated excavator over and over and over again!


K is going to be a pirate for halloween.  I picked up an outfit this summer at a garage sale.  I told Chad that K needed a sword for his outfit to be complete.  So, Chad made a tiny sword out of cardboard.  He was diligent and creative and made a cute little pirate weapon and he even painted it.  Before I knew what was happening, Chad had made the sword all too realistic with some red blood on the end.  YIKES!  Now, that was too much for this momma to handle.  I made him repaint it.  Sheesh.  BOYS!!  What have I got myself into?



K has started giving out kisses.  Open mouthed, slobbery, kisses.  They are precious.  I never turn him down.  I mean, how can you?  Especially when he comes at you looking so precious.  We just will have to work on appropriateness, he tends to attack Allison (the babysitter) on Mondays.



October Randomness

Yeah, I’m a creative being and I come up with super creative blog post titles. You’re welcome.

I recently joined Pinterest.  I resisted making an account because I felt as though I just DID NOT need another time waster.  But, I found myself saving links to stuff I found online, and now it will be a neat way to search/organize stuff.  As with a lot of things, this can be a nice tool, but moderation is the key.  Thanks to Whitney for giving me a short tutorial on how everything all works…I felt like such a dork trying to figure the ins and outs.  Now, the key will be to actually use most of the pins and not just dream in an alternate reality!

I busted out the footy pajamas.  K just doesn’t appreciate that he can’t access his belly button at all times.  He does look pretty cute tho!  And, I can’t be held responsible that the ones that fit are christmas themed!


On the days that I work from my home office, hot chocolate with plenty of marshmallows has been an afternoon MUST!  That, and huddled in with a blanket.


Speaking of Pinterest, I made this taco pie.  Super easy and super yummy.  Pinterest Success!!  That’s a thing, right?!


K even liked it! Happy Plate!


You know, last friday when it snowed (I’m sad that I even had to write that sentence)?  Well, we had not turned on the heat (toughing it out and saving money) but it was just too cold, and I just had to do it.  So, I switched it on…waited…and nothing happened.  I had Chad check it over at lunch and he couldn’t get it to work either…OHhhh MAINTENANCE!!!  (It sometimes is nice to be able to do that!)  Glad I called them, well, because I don’t think it was turning on anytime soon.  They inspected and fiddled, went back to get more parts, and worked a little more, and then finally they said, “Ok, if this doesn’t work, then we will have to call in the official guy”  I was just hoping that it was gonna work because the “official” guy wouldn’t be able to come until Monday…and I wouldn’t need heat on Monday…I needed it NOW! Happy to report that whatever they did, worked!  And K and I were way more comfortable than poor Chad who was standing at the football game that night!

K kept me warm during his nap!


Yesterday, we went and watched K’s cousin play soccer.  He is so talented ( I know I’m biased) for an almost 9 year old.  He is smart, fast, strategic, and never gives up!  K even sat there mesmerized for quite a while.  Then we let him run free!

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Then we went to Bdubs (Buffalo Wild Wings) before grocery shopping.  It’s best not to grocery shop while hungry.  Aren’t boys funny?!  We watched some excitement during the KU/OU game.  I wish the KU fball team was better…maybe next year?!


P.S.-K has perfected the touchdown arm raise.  Now, the trick is to get him to learn that it also means “TREYBO FOR THREEEEE!!!”  because that season is almost upon us, folks!

We had our first meeting with the Parents as Teachers (PAT) lady.  She was so sweet and K warmed up to her almost immediately.  It probably helped that she brought along the farm set.  K had so much fun.  Now, you’ll never guess where she goes to church.  Yeah, that’s right, the same place we do.  I will never get tired of bragging on God and all the ways that he has been faithful throughout this move.  A moment where I sit in my living room, with a lady that I’ve never met before, who I called just because we had a random piece of mail from the city advertising this service.  No, not a coincidence.  That is God proving that HE is worthy of our trust.  Cool, right?

On that same thread, we had our first meeting with our Small Group last week.  It is going to be a neat time of connecting with others, building relationships, and growing in Christ.  We are going through Acts.  I already learned so many NEW things last week.  Yeah, this is going to be good.

And, I’m prob getting a little long on this post…but one last thing:


My cute little guy all ready for church.  Yes, boys CAN be fun to dress 🙂



Pumpkin Patch 2013

We ventured out to Applejack Pumpkin Patch today…so much fun!

There were just a few things different about going to a pumpkin patch near a bigger city

  1. There is an admission fee (The one near our small town was free last year)
  2. You have to wait in line (for awhile) to pay (I can’t remember a single line last year)
  3. The place is swarming with people!! (I think we went on a more dreary day last year, and we were almost the only people at the place)

The things listed above aren’t necessarily bad, just different from last year.  Now, even though there was a fee to get in (for me and Chad, K was free), there were LOTS of activities to try before we even thought about picking a pumpkin.

We saw the chickens and fed the goats.


Went down the really big slide!

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Played some horseshoes and navigated the milo maize.

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Attempted to get a good photo.


Took a family selfie…


Then a nice lady walked past and offered to take our picture.  Um, don’t you hate it when a stranger so kindly offers to take a pic and then you look at it after they walk away and realize they got the worst possible shot.  Chad was mid-sentence.  Sorry hubs…I won’t put it on the wall, poster-size or anything 😉


Ran through the wooden train, which was also near the pumpkin cannon where we watched people launch little pumpkins at the cows 🙂  I mean, the field near the cows…



Attempted to get K to stand next to the sign…this was the best one I could grab.  Almost 3 ft…what?!


Hmmm, which one should I get?


Found it!



Don’t worry guys, I’ll get the pumpkins…


My boys.


Then, this evening, we painted the pumpkins…


K was VERY excited!

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Chad was very focused.


Uh, it must be a boy thing…green stuff out the nose and in the mouth…


Our little pumpkin family…



It was a beautiful fall day, I even broke out the warm boots and vest.  K’s shirt I found in a hand-me-down bin, it was just a tad big, but I thought he should be festive!  Couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday!

P.S. I never claimed to be an amazing photographer…fingers and shadows seem to plague the photos above…oh well, at least we captured the memories!





5 on Friday


We have almost survived K’s first molar pushing its nasty way through.  Sheesh.  I went into super first-time-mom-freak-out-mode.  From the puke, to the runny diapers, the refusal of all food and bottles, and the insane emotional moments, I knew there was just something wrong.  But, I didn’t know what.  Until yesterday morning…Chad was tickling Ko and made him do all out open mouth giggles.  He called me in to the room to check out the goods.  And sure enough, we have brand spankin new tooth coming in on the top left side.  Oh. Joy.



The barn sale was the bomb.  Tons of people, tons of great junk and crafts, and the most perfect of chilly falls days.  The parking was improved (woohoo!), I enjoyed time with sweet friends.  But, would you believe that I didn’t buy a darn thing??  What is the matter with me?!  I suppose it was that annoying voice of reason as I walked around.  Trust me, there was plenty that I wanted and could have most definitely turned into my ( I mean, Chad’s) new project.  But, we just don’t have space for any more “stuff” in the apartment.  And, I can’t justify putting another thing in storage for our future space when I don’t even know what our future space will look like!  Alas, I came home with no physical items.  But, I did return with a happy heart.


I’m the meal planner around these parts.  So, in my daily blog reading I came to this recipe.  Crazy, right?  But something about the way Tonya explained the recipe and assured me that the ingredients would be ok, gave me the final push to try it out for the family.  Chad admitted to me after the fact that while we were grocery shopping he was incredibly apprehensive about the ingredients we were purchasing.  Fish Sauce? Curry Paste?  Rice noodles?  But, he said that since he loves me so, he decided to go along with it.  Boy, was he happy or what?!  The meal was awesome!  Great flavor and just downright delicious!  So glad we stepped out of our comfort zone and tried a few new ingredients.  Plus we got to use the Wok we got as a wedding gift!  I may have even convinced a few co-workers that a new recipe doesn’t have to be scary 🙂





Did you know that this week is P.A. week? Yeah, me neither until Chad says yesterday that he needs to take treats to work to celebrate.  (Shout out to two of our favorite PAs – 1 rockstar, Marcy and 1 in training, Levi!) You know I’m always up for trying a new recipe!  I came across this recipe last week and didn’t have a reason to make it.  This kind of awesomeness definitely should not be sitting around the house for me to snarf.  I haven’t tasted it, but I have a feeling that not even a crumb will return home.  I had a lot of fun putting it together!




We are going to the Pumpkin Patch this weekend!  Look at Ko just 1 year ago…where has the time gone?!


I think K will have even more fun this year!

And, I’m planning an awesome family craft!  Painting pumpkins…we will try not to make TOO big of a mess!

5 on Friday – Nap time edition


Not that our week has been super crazy or anything, but I just didn’t really make it priority to get my blog post written ahead of time.  Chad and I rented a movie last night (more on that later) and I didn’t want to stay up late to write.  Plus, we had a play date this AM and I’m kinda having trouble thinking of 5 things!


Chad and I haven’t watched a movie in seriously a long time, but a few weeks ago we happened on to the local Family Video with a huge sign that said $1 rentals.  Heck yeah!  I thought it was like Blockbuster (RIP) in that your status or membership transferred between each store…but apparently not.  So, we gave them our quick info and we were considered “new members”.  Do you know what new members enjoy?  1/2 price rentals for 30 days.  Do you know what that makes the grand total for a rental…54 cents!  I think we have watched more movies in the last few days than we have since K was born…ha! (funny, but not funny)  We usually start one after K goes to bed…which isn’t good for my early bedtime!  But, it has been fun to watch a few new releases.  In case you are wondering, I have officially been taken off of movie-picking-duty.  My selections always stink!  What is wrong with me?!


K had some serious awesome adventures this week with his g-parents.

Chad’s dad took K to the fire station.  K touched the wheels of every large truck in the building!

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My mom took K to a park where he has learned how to go down the slide by himself!  My baby is growing up and learning so many fun things!


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He’s cute, huh?



It’s Barn Sale weekend.  Excited to be checking this out for the 3rd year in a row.  And the weather tmr is supposed to be in the 60s!  Sounds like fall perfection to me!  Plus, I’m headed to the sale with a few sweet friends from our previous town.  My heart will be full.


Happy Weekend Friends!