Since moving to Texas 3 years ago, we’ve made it a point to take a trip back to Kansas every October.
Because it’s amazing.
The weather is perfectly crisp, the leaves are changing, and being caught in anything other than boots and a scarf might as well be considered a sin.
Since Chris was in hardcore-study-mode for his PE test (which is now over–hallelujah!), Arden and I made the trip back for a week of fun at Gigi and Papa’s…and was it ever fun!. So fun that I could probably break it up into 15 posts…but I’ll spare you…how about I just overload you with cute pictures instead? No, for real–I think this is the definition of picture overload!!!
So I guess we’d better get to it!
My nephew Luke provided the entertainment for the week…Arden laughed at just about everything he did! I think he was at the other end of the table making barfing noises when this picture was taken. Boys!
My parents were watching Luke while my brother and sis-in-law were in Hawaii (and we lived vicariously through their pictures!) I’m not sure if it was the air mattress or all of Luke’s cool stuffed animals, but Arden loved waking him up a couple of mornings.
Luke didn’t care for it quite as much… 😉
Seeing friends is always one of the highlights of my trips home…meeting those friends’ new babies and getting to see them as mothers? Icing on the cake 🙂 So glad I got to spend a little time with adorable baby Will and his sweet momma!
On Wednesday we met one of my high school BFFs at Deanna Rose Farmstead.
Gosh, I love this place!!!!
Arden and Evie–two peas in a pod. They don’t know it yet, but they WILL be best friends…just as soon as they stop pulling each other’s hair 😉
Cowboy Luke…in heaven!
Remember what I said about Kansas in October?
Destined to be besties…
Such a fun day with one of my dearest old friends 🙂 I can’t wait to meet her baby BOY in December!!!
I got to spend Thursday morning as an honorary parent at Norah’s preschool “Parents Day”. Is she the sweetest or what??
(And for the record, being asked repeatedly if you and your sister are twins is not a cool thing when you are SIX years younger. Live it up, Lindsay! Ha!)
That night Arden and I went to Brittany’s (amazing new) house for dinner and catching up! Brittany, Emily and I could easily talk for days if someone would let us–but unfortunately these two kiddos and their bedtimes didn’t. However, I’ll take whatever time I can get with those girls…I miss them so much!
Oh and I guess the later it is, the harder it is to share?!?
New rule–if you come childless, you have to take care of ours 🙂
Glad we got to Skype Jack in for a little bit!
Friday night was spent at the local Mexican restaurant, where we celebrated 3 birthdays–Maren (7), Luke (4), and Gigi (25…right?!)
Arden showed off her new-found dipping skills…or should I say double-dipping skills? Needless to say, she got her very own salsa…
And then we went home and had a dance party…but it didn’t take long before Barney Fife was on the scene, breaking things up. It just never gets old…
And these two? They love each other…
Saturday was gameday…
And party day! Luke’s birthday party is always highly anticipated in our family…
costumes, pumpkin carving, and hayrides…what more could a kid ask for?!
And come on…how cute are these desserts???
Of course, no 4-year-old’s party is complete without a giant sling shot…right?!?
He’s one of the cutest, funniest little guy I know…but these days he goes by “Officer Luke”!
Speaking of cute? Check out this piglet…
…and her cousins: Cotton Candy, Officer Luke, and of course, Gnomeo & Juliette.
I love every single one of these characters!
As always, Luke’s party was a blast…one to remember for sure.
Can’t Sleep. Must Party.
The day after he was still rocking his costume…and he cuffed himself to his new Glow Pet. I guess that means he liked my gift?!? Best. Aunt. Ever. 🙂
We ended the perfect week with some low-key family time.
Hanging out in the basement, watching videos with Gigi…
And playing outside with cousins…
Saying goodbye is the worst–especially after a wonderful week like this one. But just as I told my nieces and nephews, Christmas will be here before we know it 🙂
Plus this little traveler was seriously missing her Daddy…and vice versa!!!!
Thanks for the great weather and good times, Kansas…you outdid yourself once again!