Sunday, March 19, 2017

Disney on Ice!

My friend, Michaela, told us about Disney on Ice coming to Wichita, so I decided to surprise Moriah with it this weekend!

All ready to go!

We had planned to take Patricia, the only girl in our refugee family, but when we arrived, there had been a miscommunication and she was on a school trip, so we had to scramble and take someone else!   We decided on Eden! =)

At the Lotus Leaf for dinner

A more accurate representation of Eden =)

My zucchini primavera with chicken

Outside before the show

Moriah's jelly "glass slippers" =)

My little princess and I

The girls were SO excited about the whole thing that it was just a joy being around them! =)   The rest of the photos aren't great, because nice cameras weren't allowed in the arena:

The show took up about 2/3 of the ice and they had this massive, three story stage set up with their backstage area curtained off behind

So excited!!
(They shared a FIFTEEN dollar cotton candy!  Yup, this is a Disney production all right) =)

Mickey and Minnie introducing the show

It started out with an impressive, detailed depiction of the story of Aladdin, and then was followed by EVERY Princess story, in shorter versions...

(A lot of my pictures didn't make the cut, since they were blown out by the spotlights, etc...

The Seven Dwarfs

Dancing silverware from Beauty and the Beast

Be Our Guest!

The costumes, skating abilities and tricks were just phenomenal!


Fire-breathing dragon from Sleeping Beauty

The fire shot across the ice!

Dancers at Cinderella's ball

The final show was an impressive depiction of the whole Frozen story!

Finale, where all the Princesses and their Princes came out

I love this shot
(The carriage in the middle raised up with Tinkerbell inside)

So, so much fun!   What an excellent show!

Moriah and Eden at the end with Cinderella's carriage

I took them for ice cream on the way home.   They were adorably excited and giggly all the way home and could Not stop saying how much fun they had!! =)

Marching On...

There hasn't been any huge happenings around here in the last week... just school, exercise, beautiful weather and some meals outside!

Caleb's latest magnatile compound (complete with Army men)

Philip's mom sent fun St. Patrick's Day stuff for the kids =)

This weekend is the first in quite a while that we get to spend it together without Philip working at all!   Yesterday morning we enjoyed the beautiful weather and played 18 holes of disc golf!   We had a blast, the kids all did great, I fell in the mud (after trying to hurdle a creek) =)  We had lunch outside and then Philip and Keenan went to Ultimate frisbee with some friends while Moriah, Caleb and I napped.   That evening, the boys stayed home and did manly stuff - cut up wood, roasted hot dogs, ate junk food, toasted marshmallows, etc and Moriah and I and Eden had a girl's night out (post on that to follow).

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Keenan's TENTH Birthday!

Our firstborn is a DECADE old!   How can this be???

Keenan, just like last year, uncannily woke up at almost exactly 6:22 am (the time of his birth!)  =)

With his gifts and cards

Philip had to leave pretty early, so we had a family breakfast (cheesy, sausage tater tot casserole) at 7 am and Keenan opened his gifts.

He was DELIGHTED with the books he received (and has read three of them already!!)

The kids were Super excited when the Pennys offered to take them to Get Air - a trampoline park for a few hours!!   (I was also excited, because it meant I got to have sushi and drinks and several hours of uninterrupted time with Melissa, catching up!)

Devin took these pictures for me:

All six kids jumping!

Big kids swinging into the foam pit

My favorite!!

We picked up Keenan's ice cream cake from Dairy Queen and Philip came home to have dinner with us.

Family/cake photo

Happy 10th, Bud!

Make a wish!

One of Keenan's birthday requests was to stay up until 10:00, so we took the kids to "Cosmic Bowling" at the alley on base from 7 to (after) 10 pm!!

So much fun!

Keenan bought this scooter for himself for his birthday =)

 It has a special "spark brake", but it didn't show up well in the dark

Happy Birthday, Keenan!    We are so thankful for the ten years you have been part of our family!   We pray that God does amazing things in your life in this next year.  We love you so much!

Uncle Jim and Aunt Nora's Visit - Feb/March 2017

We were so excited to be included in Uncle Jim and Aunt Nora's six week road trip in the US!

They arrived in the afternoon on Monday, February 27th.   They were extremely flexible and easy going and fit well into our crazy schedule!    The boys were actually both sick the day that they arrived (which I felt horrible about), but they assured us that they have great immune systems and weren't concerned about it at all!

I put breakfast stuff for them in the "kitchenette/bar area" downstairs, so they could move at their own pace (and make coffee) in the morning while we got at school work.

We watched Finding Dory their first night here. =)

Moriah practiced her reading with Uncle Jim most days

One of many UNO games

Keenan and Uncle Jim playing Monopoly
(I don't have any pictures of them, but they later played Risk and then Axis and Allies - which lasted four days!!)   Uncle Jim took Keenan out for a long walk (and chat) on Monday, which ended up happening almost every day that they were here and Keenan really enjoyed it!

Caleb offered "footstool" services to Aunt Nora.   He could be adjusted up or down for the foot rester's comfort.  He also offered back massages and scratches =)

On Tuesday, one of the few nights Philip was off in time, we went out to dinner at River City Brewing Company.   For an appetizer we had poutine - which was not like the Canadian version, but delicious!!   After dinner we went to the lighting of the Keeper of the Plains.

On Wednesday, Uncle Jim and Aunt Nora gave the kids little spiny butterfly things that you wind up and let go and they fly into the air...

Having help getting them twisted

Keenan's seemed to work the best

There it goes!

...which inspired them to try and make their own kite!

That afternoon, Moriah and Aunt Nora went for a walk and then we took them to the Nifty Nut House, visited Philip at his office and then they took us to Chick Fil A for dinner. They had never been before!   On the way home they bought real kites for the kids, since the home made one didn't work out as they had hoped.

We had a fun evening chatting and Philip joined us for some Dutch Blitz.   He knows I love this game and really just plays to humor me.   He won the first game in a matter of minutes (and we all burst out laughing when he said he had stacked his deck!!) =)

On Thursday, Keenan and Caleb were still feeling funky, so Uncle Jim and Aunt Nora graciously offered to keep them home and Moriah and I went to CC for the morning.    Here are a few pictures Aunt Nora took of the boys flying kites that morning:

In the afternoon, all three kids were out flying their kites.   Wind is something that Kansas knows a little something about!

Uncle Jim getting Caleb's kite up

Caleb taking the reins

Moriah flying her kite (after it blew down from our neighbor's roof where it had ended up)

Keenan's kite looks a little close to that tree...

...and this was the result ;)

They took us to Braum's for ice cream that afternoon and we got Papa Murphy's pizza for dinner.   The adults watched the new Tom Hanks movie, Sully and thoroughly enjoyed it!   (Actually, it turns out that Caleb watched almost the entire thing from the stairs, also)  =)

On Friday we took the day off school and went to the zoo in the morning and had a picnic lunch there.   It was chilly, but still fun!

The tropics was a nice place to be!

A fun picture in the jungle

This Caiman cracked me up the way he was just splayed out relaxing!

Keenan having a heart to heart with a Chimp

After we left the zoo, the boys drove home in Uncle Jim and Aunt Nora's car and us girls headed to the cosmetology school to have our nails done!   My friend has a VIP pass there and we got everything for half price!

Moriah's turn

I got a pedicure, my brows waxed and a free facial.  Moriah and Aunt Nora both had manicures and pedicures.   Thanks for treating us, Aunt Nora!!   Uncle Jim, thanks for hanging out with the boys for the afternoon.   (He came up with a great system where he'd play a board game with Keenan for ten minutes, then play lego with Caleb for ten minutes, and repeat...)

Caleb playing happily with Uncle Jim when we got home.

The afternoon was spent flying kites and we did shrimp boil for dinner.   We had a fun evening playing Whoonu and Pictureka.  

(Philip was working on base this entire weekend, so it was extra special to have fun company!)

On Saturday morning, I got some time to myself while they hung out with the kids. 

We introduced them to Ticket to Ride and they really liked it!

They brought fun treats for the kids - Kinder Eggs and some similar, Huge chocolate eggs!

Look at the size of that!

Oops!   Eyes closed - look at how big the toy inside is!

Caleb and Aunt Nora being cute with hair bands in their hair =)

That night we watched Iron Will.

On Sunday morning we went to my friend's church and then Uncle Jim and Aunt Nora took us out to lunch at Jason's Deli.   Our friends from church joined us and the kids (mostly Caleb) provided lunchtime entertainment.    We came home and almost everyone took naps.
That night they joined us for house church and it was really great having them there and being able to introduce them to our "family" here!   The four adults had a great chat at home after.

They left on Monday after lunch and headed on to the next leg of their trip in Oklahoma!

Thank you, thank you, Uncle Jim and Aunt Nora for the wonderful week!    All of us Loved having you here and were quite blue when you drove away!