Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fall Family Photos

While we were in Horton for Thanksgiving we took the opportunity to get some family pictures snapped.  Boy, was this an easier task when it was just Oliver.  Adding Paisley to the mix made it much more difficult...and Riley's inability to keep his eyes open also made things a bit trickier.  

Haley and I tag teamed it behind the camera and here is what we got... not 100% what I had in mind, but good enough and it's what went on our Christmas card.


Thanks for keeping your eyes wide open on this one, love! :)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Night of Lights

As we always do, we went to the Night of Lights in Horton.  It is the kickoff celebration for Christmas and takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  

The kids get to see Santa, we eat, and they give away gifts/prizes.

Oliver practiced his smile for his photo with Santa while we stood in line awaiting our turn.

Both kiddos were a little unsure of Santa at first.

It didn't take long though, and they both warmed up.

Here are a few snapshots of our crew attending the festivities:

Hudson won this tool set, which Ollie was pleased about too.  They played with it together as soon as we got home until it was time for bed.

Paisley won a Little Tikes shopping cart and Oliver didn't win anything, but he didn't seem to notice or care too much.  Kaylee won a bike, the exact one that she had been eyeing when she and Eric helped deliver the bikes with Glen, a family friend.

Monday, November 27, 2017


We had a great (and busy) Thanksgiving this year.  Lunch was at Riley's parent's house and supper was at my parent's house.  We all ate way too much, but had a wonderful time being together.  

For Thanksgiving at my parent's house, I was in charge of bringing corn and a kid friendly dessert.  I made turtle caramel apples (forgot to take a picture of those) and some dirt cups.  

Of course, since I am a teacher, the dessert was also education.  I put Swedish Fish in the dirt cups and told about how the Wampanoag taught the Pilgrims to bury fish in the soil to make it fertile for corn to grow.

I'm not sure if the kids cared about the meaning behind it, but they sure did enjoy digging in!

Along with all the yummy food, there was lots of baby snuggles, book reading, and hanging out together.

Packed up and ready to head home...he made it about three minutes before falling asleep!

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Zach & Emily's Wedding

My cousin, Zach, got married this past weekend in Topeka.  We had a wonderful time celebrating he and Emily's marriage.

I was busy with the kiddos while Riley bartended so I didn't get many pics (and missed the bride and groom all together!).

We did take advantage of the photo area before leaving for the evening.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

K-State Football Game

Yesterday we had a little family outing at the K-State Football Game.  Riley and I have been to several games in the past, but we hadn't been to one since Ollie was born.

We were anxious to go and also a little nervous as we were taking both kids with us too.  To top it off, it was also cold and rainy.  We scored some tickets from Riley's work and ended up on the 50 yard line.  We had great seats and didn't get any of the cold wind.  It never actually rained, but misted on and off.

We managed to stay warm and just a little bit wet.  I wore Paisley in the ergobaby carrier and she by far had the warmest and driest spot.

Both kids were doing really well by halftime.  We decided it would be better to quit while we were ahead (us in terms of the kids, not the score... I don't even remember what the score was.)

We met up with Shelby and Jaime, who were also calling it quits, and walked to the car with them.