The girls and the Friday night lights

Maybe it’s the age, maybe it’s because they’re girls, maybe it’s just our family, but Hannah and Violet have very little knowledge of sports. Not the details of sports, I’m talking the ability to even identify if a game is baseball or hockey.

Experiences and visuals seem to help, so Brett and I decided it would be fun to take the girls to a high school football game. We live in the Olathe East district, and tonight was their last home game. And we were there!

The girls were looking forward to it all week. There was much discussion of mascots and school colors and helmets. The actual experience was even beyond their expectations. We sat next to the student section where most of the kids were wearing Halloween costumes, quite entertaining. Plus the band and the cheerleaders… And there was also a football game going on which got the least attention. But it doesn’t really hold your attention when almost every possession goes to four downs and ends in a turnover.

Hannah’s favorite part was probably getting popcorn. Violet’s favorite part was watching the hawk mascot and his shenanigans. “Birdie! I see the birdie!” The girls were transfixed by the halftime show, and Hannah declared color guard to be her life dream.

We headed out after the halftime show, but our adventures weren’t over. Hannah was exhausted and emotionally fragile, crying because she couldn’t be in high school right now to join color guard. I knew Violet had dirtied her diaper right before halftime, but when I laid her down in the car to change her I realized it was a full-blown blow-out. Poop everywhere. Just when I thought I’d gotten it cleaned up, I found more. All Brett and I could do was laugh as he kept running multiple trips to the trash can halfway across the parking lot. Laughing, I said to Violet, “I’m never feeding you beans again!”

Her clothes were unwearable, so all I could do was put on her sweatshirt for the ride home. Meanwhile, Hannah was having a total meltdown, and when we finally got Violet settled and asked Hannah what was going on, she cried, “Mommy said we’re never going to eat beans again!

So we had a half-dressed child, a stinky car, and a tired girl melting down over the thought that she would never consume another bean. The tired girl fell asleep on the ride home which the half-naked one found quite amusing.


Both girls fell asleep quickly at home, and I had to sit down and write. Because there are just those evenings you don’t want to forget. :)

Settling in

Three weeks in the new house! In some ways it feels like longer, it really feels like home. There are random gray paint tests all over the walls, and we’re still unpacking boxes, but I feel like this house was made for us!


We are so thankful for this beautiful house in a great location. Thankful for real estate prices in Kansas City – this house would have been 50% more in Austin, way beyond our price range.

Highlights of the new house: three garages, big kitchen, tons of neighbor kids, basement and so much space! Low points: gnats, mice, and orange paint everywhere. The mice have been taken care of, the orange paint is next on the list, and the gnats on the screens are a mystery.

We’re not rushing into too many activities, just trying to get to know the area. We’ve started MOPS at Olathe Bible Church, and that has been a great way for me to meet people and get some social events on the calendar. Hannah will be doing indoor swimming lessons in November, and both girls love playing at the neighborhood park.


One of the new adventures here was putting the girls in a bedroom together. The adjustment has been much better than we expected! There have been a couple rough nights, but overall it has been an easy transition and the girls are very happy with the new arrangement.

We’ve had time for some outside family adventures – a trip to the Louisburg Cider Mill, couch-shopping at Nebraska Furniture Mart, a high school football game tomorrow, a bonfire with friends this weekend and a trip to the infamous Deanna Rose Farmstead next week.

We’ve already enjoyed more extended family fun, and we really appreciate those who traveled for the girls’ birthday party/new house workday. The girls are still a little startled at various times when the doorbell rings and it’s Grandma and/or Grandpa or Aunt Kristen, but they are so excited! Though the way the girls talk about my parents’ dogs… you’d think that was the reason we moved here, haha.

So family life is good, Brett’s job is going well, and go Royals!


The name game

We had a contest to guess boy or girl before our ultrasound with Violet. New game this time!

We chose a name for the new baby and revealed the first initial C with my necklace.


Since then, we’ve have several confident individuals either venture their guesses or declare that they know for sure but refuse to say it out loud (FYI, we don’t buy this tactic, Hannah uses it often). So we have the name game!

We’re currently 30 weeks along – starting to get into baby prep mode. Both Hannah and Violet have monogrammed Christmas stockings from Pottery Barn Kids, and this week the new one for the baby arrived (hopefully the baby arrives before Christmas does). So we are not bluffing, we have a name!


If you would like to share your guess, leave a comment below for official entry into the Name Game. We will not accept any guesses after the baby is born, anyone who swears they knew it all along will not be taken seriously. Put yourself out there now for internet fame! (or at least fame among the 15 people that read my blog, haha)

Contest will be open for the next 10ish weeks.