Thursday, January 29, 2015

Giant Smash Up Catch Up

This post covers a lot of stuff, not related to each other, but in favor of getting caught up, I decided to make a "casserole" of it all and just put it in one post. =)

When the weather was nice last weekend, we went to the zoo as a family:

 It was super cool, seeing this 8 ton elephant put it's foot up for it to be trimmed and cleaned!

My sweet fam at the park

Super cute red panda!

One tiger licking the other =)

On Martin Luther King Jr day it was really nice out too, so I took the kids to a nearby park... as did everyone else in Wichita, it seemed!   It was super busy!

This kid has no fear!

Upside down monkey

On Monday (the 19th) evening we went to a surprise party for our friend, Dan.  Moriah made this sweet card for him:

Our family with Dan in the middle (with his beard and birthday cake)

Everyone who showed up at the party!

Dan with Moriah and the card =)

His sweet girlfriend Mindy and the Paleo chocolate cake she made for him

That Wednesday we went back to the zoo with some friends (but it wasn't nearly as warm out!)  I love this picture of the tiger sitting right beside Jonah =)

It was "Crazy hat" day at AWANA last week, so Keenan and Moriah made silly hats... Caleb wanted in on the picture, so he found a hat to wear, too =)

My friend, Kelly, and I organized our first Girl's Night out last Thursday night and we had 15 people show up!   What a great group of women I have hear to call my friends!

We had our friends, Angela and Sun Min over for dinner last Friday.    The kids Loved having baby Elias here!

Moriah is Just like I was - holding babies any chance she gets! =)

Caleb wanted a turn, too =)

Moriah made a tower out of bugles

From Saturday to Sunday, my friend Robin (from Florida) and her family were here, on their way home from a month long road trip!   It was so awesome to see her again and our kids hit it off Amazingly!

Moriah and Jackson are just a couple of months apart in age and had a great time playing together!

Keenan and Landon (10) bonded over board games and played them almost constantly during their visit!  They are now going to be pen pals

Robin, Marc, Landon, Jackson and "Hippo" =)

Soo glad they stopped at our "hotel" on their way through!

The morning they left... the kids did NOT want to say goodbye!

A pile up of boys

A new recipe I've made recently, Marshmallow Blondies... so good!

On Sunday, the Pennys got back into town and stayed with us until this morning (Thurs).    It was fun having them here, and we even managed to get some structure in place so that we did school with our kids separately every day but one!

Keenan and Jade made some pretty awesome Lego creations!

Devin and Melissa picked this dessert of my blog.  I hadn't made it in forever, but it is Good!

Okay, all caught up... now to get ready to host my first Super Bowl party! =)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Call Back Weekend!

(Definition by Philip) Call back, also known as "second look," weekend is a residency recruiting event.  Applicants (medical students) who have interviewed and we are recruiting to come to Wichita for residency are invited to spend the weekend with a resident host to learn more about the program and have some fun while visiting.  We also have a chance to get to know them better because while some of the students have worked with us for a month or more, some may have only visited for one day (when they interviewed).

On Saturday night, there was a dinner, dance, etc downtown...

 Ready to go

 The venue, called "Abode" was awesome!

 The band, called "Shifting Dullness" is made up of five faculty members - and they are awesome!   They rewrite the lyrics to songs popular from their younger years to make them apply to life as a resident... soo funny!

 Dr. Stringfield in a wig, while singing a Taylor Swift song =)

 The residents did a flash mob dance to one of the songs

 Two couples we like a lot
Ben and Kelly and Jessica and Sam

 With my favorite guy =)

 Ben got to crowd surf!
He got thrown pretty high in the air, too!

 My friend, Angela, and I

 With her husband, Sun Min

Kyle and Sarah
(Kyle is Canadian and we had them over for Canadian Thanksgiving, Sarah is the one that got me going to spin class)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Break in the Chill!

We've had a nice break in the freezing weather the last few days!

Here are a couple pictures from C.C. last week:

Keenan's class doing some art projects

Moriah's class getting ready to do a science experiment

Here they learned that you can fit about 14 drops of rubbing alcohol (in front) on a penny, and about 20 drops (in the rear) of water!   How cool is it that you can see the water "stacked up" on the rear penny??

They played on the park after C.C...

At the very top!


Caleb, a millisecond after his feet slipped off the bar!

Monkey bar girl

Keenan was really good at navigating these spinning ones

Happy boy on the slide

...on the way home we stopped at the Keeper of the Planes to get a picture with a "flat Stanley" (it belongs to a little girl in Minnesota, who we don't know, but are helping it get around the country as a school project for her)

For our 600th cache, we did a night cache as a family..

We had to read a lot of the clues with black light!

We all got Ridiculously muddy!

Hard core cacher!

Caleb and Daddy studying the coordinates intently
We didn't actually find the final part that night (since we found out later that it had been moved), but Philip and the kids found it the next day

The kids and I checked out a brand new coffee shop (and had some of the BEST chocolate chip cookies we've ever tasted!)...

...and took along a "Flat Erica", since she moved away and it was her friend who opened the shop! =)

Watching baby chicks on a live camera on Animal Planet, check it out here!