Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Tiny Bit of Ontario Fall Colors in Kansas!

On the way to the birthday party with Moriah yesterday, on a back road, I saw the Prettiest, bright fall colors that I have seen yet in Kansas! I was so impressed by them, that I made the drive back that evening (15 minutes away), with the kids, in hopes that the owners of the property would be nice enough to let us take pictures in their driveway! They were super sweet and said it would be totally fine! YAY!

This one isn't properly exposed, but shows the whole pretty driveway

The kids did great, even though they just wanted to run around in the leaves!

How do I have a child this big??

Our sweet girl

Yes, this is what fall is about!!

I asked Caleb a silly question to get him to smile and he was very passionate about the answer apparently!

Keenan piggy backs him around quite a lot - it's nice that he's so strong!

Caleb got the smile right, but not the direction of his eyes =)

My favorite of the three of them

Moriah chose to pose on this fence


Keenan's manly pose

They each picked a leaf for their picture

Now I can go on dealing with the lack of color elsewhere... thank you God for the surprise blessing of this spot! =)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Back in Kansas, Toto

Coming home was nice... especially since we'd managed to leave it Spotless! I Love it when that works out! =) I also had everything unpacked, put away and laundry in the washer within about an hour of getting home!

I haven't actually taken very many pictures since we got home (well, not of us anyway, I have had a bunch of fun shoots for other people!)

Some more Magna-tile construction... they never run out of new ideas!

Another elaborate hotel/restaurant/parking garage combo by Keenan

The result of Moriah's quiet time (in lieu of a nap) the other day - pretty impressive!

This picture cracks me up SO much!   Philip had taken the kids on a bike ride to a park while I was at a friend's house.   When they were almost home, he called me and said I might want to come outside...

to see my little (girl's) dolphin helmet wearing, super hero, with cape fluttering in the wind!  He had gone all the way to the park and back (and played) without taking it off!  Hahahahaha!

A little more smiley for the next pass by

Moriah was invited to a birthday party for twin friends of hers from C.C.  It was at a super fun place called Funtastics!

She rocked the zip line...


..but forgot to let go at the end and the big spring jolted her off...


...and upside down, head first into the foam pit!

She actually enjoyed this and did it again...only the second time, she ended up lodged head first with her feet sticking out... stuck in the foam pit!   Immediately after being pulled out by someone, another kid landed on her head!   It knocked the wind out of her and hurt her chest and bruised her face but  in a few minutes she was doing this...

Look how high she went!

What a trooper

..and this

...and this

...and this =)

With Lily, one of the birthday girls

More climbing!

Kate

Lilly

Fun face paint!

With both birthday girls

What a fun party!   It was nice to be able to spend time with just Riah for a change =)

Last Bits of Our Oklahoma Trip

Wow, the blogging bug has certainly not been biting Me lately!  Sheesh!   Here is the wrap up of our Oklahoma trip...

 We were so thrilled to find gas this cheap!

 The street where the Oklahoma City bombing happened
(It was so somber being here, and trying to explain it to the kids)

 The front of the memorial

 The inscription

 A section of the original fence, preserved with people's tokens of remembrance

 This reflecting pool is where the building sat

 Right next to it, I couldn't resist this reflection

 This is the Field of Empty Chairs
(each chair represents a person who died, and the floor that they were on

 More of the fence

That night, we met up with Cory Finch, a friend of ours, who finished residency just after Philip.  He now lives and operates and urgent care in Oklahoma City.   We spent the evening and had dinner with him and his family at Dave and Buster's.   I didn't know what this was before... it's like a grown up version of Chuck E Cheese.   From the moment we walked in, I wanted to leave.    We had to wait an Hour for our table, so we let the kids play the games.  It was SO loud, there was people everywhere, so many chances to lose track of kids and games flashing and beeping everywhere.  Sensory overload to the max!   The kids, especially Keenan, had a blast, though and we had a nice visit with our friends.

Moriah racing a motorcyle

Caleb racing a Corvette with Daddy

Philip and Cory
(We all got glow sticks at dinner and wore them!)

The kids were completely rowdy at dinner... thankfully no one even noticed because it was so crazy in there!  These are Cory's boys, Cory and Braden

Caleb and I being silly
(Turns out he smiles the best when he's looking at himself in the camera's screen!)

This is for you Mom, I don't see them often, but every time they remind me of you! =)

A last picture with Barb at their beautiful brand new home before leaving

We did a few geocaches on this trip, but this one was my favorite... one of my favorites Ever!!

How cool is this????
I think I was more excited about it than the kids were!

Showing off my super human strength

Super cool... I don't even understand how they did this

A fun shot while Philip found another cache

We stopped at Horizon Camp on our way home, at the border of Kansas and Oklahoma.  We had heard from friends of ours that they had some great hiking trails... and it did not disappoint!

Real hiking... with elevation change!   Woohoo!

So fun!

A pretty thistle I stepped off the path to snap... and then was terrified that I'd stepped in poison ivy!  Thankfully I had not...

Keenan being macho on some big rocks

An attempt at a family picture

At the top of the trail, we came out on a ridge...

... and found this

It's called Inspiration Point

This sweet, goofy boy brings us so much joy!


Keenan and Moriah were climbing around on some big, fairly flat rocks at the top of the ridge, and then I heard Moriah scream...and fall out of sight!   Pretty terrifying, but thankfully, she had only fallen a few feet and was more scared than hurt.

She put on a brave smile for a picture immediately after!

Two of my men

Me, with the Arkansas River in the background

So pretty!

This was too cute not to catch on the hike back

We spotted this on a hillside on our way home

That night we went to a game night/birthday party with a bunch of our friends!   Soo fun!   Our game loving Keenan had an especially good time!   He and Philip played a few new strategy games, while I played one round of Monopoly Deal and then played a few games with Moriah and a few friends.

From the left:
Ah Rim, Sun Min, Felishia, Heather and Dan (haha!)

Keenan, Andrew and Philip playing Monopoly Deal 

Cake Time!

Phew!  Finally caught up to life back home!