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Family Fun Day

Or maybe its better titled “Family Sick Day”. Yup, we’re all sick this Friday. Even Justus has this pitiful little cough and fever.So we didn’t leave the house.

This picture was taken at 6:30pm and notice everyone is still in their PJs. And yes, those are the PJs we slept in the night before. Everyone needs those kinds of days every once in a while =)
Playing make believe, board games, movies, and telling stories in a tent were some of the highlights of the day.
Lucky for us, there were some glow sticks left over from last night’s home makeover rally. They made the tent even more fun!
I mostly included the above picture because its not very often you can capture on camera both girls picking their nose at the same time. We’ll just say we’re still working on the whole hygiene thing =)

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I think we failed on the “family” part of the title! We generally try to make Friday a day where we enter into the girls’ world and just have fun at their level. Not for the complete 24 hours of course, but for most of the day, we just relax and play.

Not this week…the dreaded stomach virus attacked me on Friday so all plans were forfeited. Instead Brent finished some home improvement projects that have been on the back burner since little guy was born.

Yup, this week our house got a face lift with some new wood and a fresh coat of paint

and Brent finished it off with the trees on Friday. The girls had a blast “helping” daddy, and the little guy and mommy had a blast sleeping through all the noise of the chain saw. Definitely a “Fun Day” but not necessarily a “family” day!

Saturday we went to Day in the District and tried to be a fun family but I was still a bit sick, the kids activities stopped early, and a tumble into an ant hill by Aves made us all eager to just be back home. Oh well…can’t win every time =) We’ll try again next week!

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The morning hours consisted of Imagination Land. We built “houses” and then just played.

Alphabet Puzzles

“Singing” lessons with daddy

“Swimming” lessons (the blanket was our swimming pool if you couldn’t tell)

and Hide N Seek.
After naps, we used the rest of a gift card we had from Elliana’s birthday to take a trip to Incredible Pizza where we ran around, played games, drove race cars, ate pizza, and finished the night off with ice cream. What could be better than that =)

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Family Fun Day was relaxing and low key this week. And believe it or not, I took no pictures the whole morning =) But we started off the day with Norwegian pancakes. If you’ve never had Norwegian pancakes, you’ll have to invite yourself over next time. You can’t have a bad day when you start it with Norwegian pancakes!

We then took a trip to the gym to work off those pancakes =) Then spent the rest of the morning at Dunn Bro Coffee. Twice a month they do free kids activities in the coffee shop and this Friday was card making day. The girls had fun. I was even talked into getting them this Vanilla Crema something or other for them to split. I clearly did not think that decision all the way through however. While it did not contain coffee, it contained tons of sugar. The time between the coffee shop and nap time was spent running the kids in the backyard =)

After naps, we went over to our great friends house for dinner. Not only are they are friends, but our kids are the best of friends. We got in the car at the end of the night and Avery got really quiet. Suddenly she said, “I’m gonna miss Connor.” He is her very best friend.

Their oldest kid is 3 months older than Avery.

Their middle kid is 1 week younger than Elliana.

And their baby is 2 months younger than Justus. We have so much fun when we’re all together!

They move on Tuesday and we had to spend one last night as families together. We’ll just say I only cried once at their house, twice on the way home, and three times on Saturday. But more about that at a later time! We love you McManus family and will miss you greatly! Thanks for spending Family Fun Day with us!

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Yeah for parents! My parents drove down from Iowa on Wednesday evening and have been spending the weekend with us. I think the older I get, the more I desire to always be around my parents. I thought the opposite was supposed to happen =) So needless to say, I was ecstatic to share the weekend with them.

For some reason, we have never taken my parents down to the stockyards, so that was our adventure this Friday. My dad loves stuff like this so I was surprised when we discovered they had never been.

Avery, my little animal lover, loves the chance to pet all the horses. She is so enamered with animals, I know the endless requests for a dog or a pony are never going to stop. Its always fun for me to watch her interact with animals though!

We had fun walking through the little shops and seeing all that Cowtown has to offer. My dad even posed for some good touristy pictures! The weather was perfect and overcast and not so humid too. It was a perfect day to tour the stockyards.

After naps, we stayed close to home so the kids could just play with grandma and grandpa. My dad is the legendary story telling to the kids. He sits with them for hours and makes up stories. The girls will just sit wide eyed and listen to him forever. Whenever they hear he’s coming to visit, they start talking about building forts so that grandpa can tell them stories.
Grandma is the girls special friend. Anytime something exciting happens, they want to call grandma so she can hear about it. When she’s in town, they know they will always have someone to color and play with. Have I said I love my parents yet =) I love watching my kids interact with them as well. What a great way to spend family fun day!

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Is it too late to post last Friday’s happenings? =) I spent the whole weekend at the church for the Mentoring stuff so this is the first time I’ve had a chance to sit down and post this…I found this great little play place in Colleyville a few months ago called Antz in Your Pantz. We never went because it was a little pricey, but when I looked on their site Thursday night, I discovered they were having a half price weekend deal! Which meant we could all go for $9.
The place was split into 9 different rooms. There was a stage with a closet full of dress up clothes. Avery loved all the dress up stuff!There was a sandbox room
An art center
A fire truck room
a Kitchen rooma Veterinary Clinic room, a Puppet Show stage and room, and a grocery store room complete with grocery bags and a cash register.

The girls had a blast playing pretend all morning. I think I’ll be keeping my eye out for more half price days!

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We played in the rain
Took a trip to Cabela’s Made and delivered some get well cards for a friend who had surgeryAnd met friends at Babes to eat dinner. The girls call Babes “hokey pokey Babes” because they get to dance the hokey pokey with the waitresses everytime we go. It was a great day as a family.

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Only 2 more days until Family Vacation! Which meant Brent needed to work this Friday so he could make sure everything that needed to get done by next week was done so we could all enjoy our vacation!

I had a fun day though. The girls helped me make homemade bread, we mowed the yard, we did some laundry, went to Let’s Jump with the Kimmels, ate at a fun new McDonalds, napped, and then swam in the backyard.
The best part of the day was date night though. Brent surprised me this week with tickets to a murder mystery dinner at the Gaylord Texan. He even arranged for the babysitter without any help from me. I was impressed =) Our 6th anniversary was last weekend, but I was a bit under the weather so even though we went on a date, it wasn’t the greatest anniversary celebration we’ve ever had. So last night, Brent took me out and we pretended like it was our anniversary celebration and just blocked last weekend from our memory. It was a blast! Thanks babe for a great night and for 6 great years of marriage. Who knew 6 years could go so fast?! We’ve moved 3 times, finished seminary, I quit my job, you started your job,we bought our first house, and we’ve had 3 kids in the past 6 years. Hmmmm…wonder what the next 6 will hold for us =)

Can you believe I took no pictures the entire day? I’m slipping in my old age =)

And now I’m packing and cleaning so we can take off after church tomorrow. I can’t wait!

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I was a little under the weather this family fun day so Brent took over for the day while I slept in the back bedroom. I walked out briefly and this is what I saw.
You gotta love the differences in boys and girls. When I’m in charge, we bake and color. When Brent’s in charge, they play video games and wrestle. Praise the Lord I have a husband to teach them some fun stuff=)
As for the rest of family fun day, I have no clue what happened. I slept through it. But we did get some good painting done this morning. Like I said, when I’m in charge we color =)

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This post is a bit late this weekend…I guess it means we had a fun weekend =)

Brent woke up Friday a bit sick, so we just hung close to home and found creative ways to hang out as a family.

The morning began with the boys fixing the bathroom molding, while the girls went to McDonalds to grab breakfast and release some energy in the playland. Its hard for Brent to get alone time with Justus with the girls around, so we tried to accomplish that this weekend.The kids took baths (when its too hot to swim outside, we pretend the bathtub is a swimming pool), we all played dress up, we jumped on the neighbors trampoline (we’re definitely going to save to buy one of those this Christmas!), read books, and made popsicles. Brent: “What are we going to use to make popsicles?”
Me: “Water and food coloring”.
Brent: “So we’re making ice cubes?”
At least the girls thought it was a pretty cool idea =)

Friday night, we spent with our neighbors. Our neighbor asked Brent and I to talk with her daughter and share “our stories” with her. So the girls helped make chocolate chip cookies for them to eat while they were over.

Brent’s still sick, so we had a very lazy weekend of just hanging out together at the house. The summer is going so fast and has been so busy; it has been really nice just to be home and do nothing and do it together as a family.

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