Friday, July 25, 2014

New Friends, Grandma's Here and Botanica!

On Tuesday, between dropping Dad at the airport and picking mom up, we had dinner with our new friends, the Rohrs!

They are also military and Scott and Philip will be doing their reserve weekends together.   They are super fun and the kids had a Blast playing together!

Tiffany, Scott, Wes and Kinsley

Sweet girls

Mom arrived on Tuesday evening and we've been having a great time ever since!

Isaac is in Ohio with Grandma this month, so we have skyped with him a few times.. here he is in his hilarious horse mask! =)

Caleb and Grandma

Mom brought a game of jacks for the kids - here she's showing them how to play

All the girls after playing dress up with all Meredith's outfits

Wichita has a beautiful botanical gardens called Botanica.   Military and their families can get in free all summer, so we checked it out last night...

Copying the statue =)

Beautiful hibiscus

Handsome dude in the black eyed susans!

Pretty flower and sweet girl

This awesome (huge) butterfly/moth looked like a hummingbird until we were able to get a clear picture of it after Philip changed the shutter speed!


Love 'em all!

Playing with a large jenga set

...and a giant chess set!

Mom and I played a little croquet

Huge frisbee!

Mom and I rocked the badminton!   (Seriously, we volleyed it at least 10 times!)

Caleb with a huge "Sklor" (squirrel)

They had an amazing Children's Garden, too!

Caleb following the yellow brick road through the rainbows...

...and found out he was being followed!

There was an area with little hand pumps that the kids could fill watering cans with and water the vegetable gardens!


The kids in the giant wood creature's mouth

Look at that treehouse!

Mom with a new friend

Haha!

The secret is out!   This is called the "Easter Egg Plant"!

Moriah loved this bench

Keenan wanted to actually look like a butterfly

Moriah painting with water

I have a thing for bees on flowers

Huge bowling!

They were as big as Caleb!

Philip and I in front of one of the beautiful ponds

Treats from Grandma

Caleb was bummed that we missed the trains

My love and I

Philip does a "foot pop" =)

Keenan with a fun statue

The pretty lady that went with us

I love this one!

Look at this Huge hibiscus!!

Philip in his natural habitat =)

We briefly stopped to see the "Keeper of the Planes" on our way home

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Papa's First Visit to Kansas!

He started his visit a day late (due to a missed flight because he had the wrong day in mind), but we still had a great time with Philip's dad in town!

Three excited kids at the airport


We  took him by the clinic where Philip would be working:



Then we went to the Nifty Nut House and picked up a bunch of goodies, then had lunch at Spangles, then showed him the base before heading home.

On Sunday morning we checked out a donut place, that just might become a favorite!

Caleb with one of their mini donuts =)

Moriah's pretty pink sprinkle one
(Next time we want to try their huge Texas donut!)

One of the third year residents made Philip these Awesome Michigan corn hole boards, and it was fun having three generations play on them!






Keenan LOVES games and made Papa play a ton of them with him, including Two rounds of Monopoly! =)
Serious business

Caleb being adorable with one of Moriah's dolls

We checked out a new place for lunch yesterday, Braum's, and gave it two thumbs up!

Dad and the kids braved the heat yesterday and went for a bike ride!

Dinner last night

Our friend's, the Stephens, stopped by for dessert last night because I really wanted them to meet Dan.   They have spent time in Kenya (and other African countries) and I knew they'd be able to relate and even knew some of the same people!   Fun times!

One last game of Yatzee this morning... Keenan's score was 575!!!

We went to the cheap theatre and watched Rio 2 for $1.50 a ticket this morning, then had lunch at Freddy's (another new experience that was delicious), then checked out one of the malls, before stopping by to see Philip and the clinic before dropping Dad at the airport.

Last picture before the airport

It was a short visit, but we did a lot and had soo much fun!!   Thanks for being our first guest, Dad!