Pumpkin Fun

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Do your kids think that pumpkins come from Walmart?  If so, a trip to the pumpkin patch might be a good activity this fall.

We live in an entertainment-rich culture.  From tablets to bounce houses, the world is a playground.  But sometimes it is nice to do a simple activity as a family.  One of our fall traditions is a trip to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkins.  We have done this for years, and it is something we all look forward to.  As a farm boy who is transplanted into the city, I love to get my kids out to experience agriculture.  I want them to understand where food is grown, and I want them to enjoy vigorous activity that sometimes involves mud or dust.

What kind of memories do you enjoy making with your family?  How do you connect them to nature and our agrarian heritage?  What are your favorite fall activities?

Enjoy pumpkins?  Here is our post from a few years ago:


Here is our post about shining Christ’s light at Halloween.





Strong Boys: Activities

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This weekend we had a great time with the Strong Boys. Today I thought I would share some of the activities that we did so that you can have your own party.

Frisbee Golf:


  • 3 Laundry Baskets from the Dollar Tree
  • Frisbees from Walmart
  • I zip tied numbers to the baskets for the hole numbers 1-3


  • We placed the 3 laundry baskets strategically around the yard.
  • We then split into two groups and took turns throwing our Frisbees towards the basket of the ‘hole’ we were on.
  • Boys started at one location and tried to get their Frisbee into each basket in the least amount of throws.
  • Younger boys just had fun throwing the Frisbees.  Older boys enjoyed the challenge of getting it as close as possible.

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Apple Picking Time!

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Last weekend we went apple picking with my in-laws. I love U-pick patches and this one is always a hit for my family. Cider Hill Family Orchard is just a few miles west of the Legends shopping area in Kansas City, Kansas. We really like going here and it works great for the kids. We were on a time crunch this year so we weren’t able to enjoy all the extras that the orchard has to offer, but we did get more than enough apples to bring home. I really need to write down how many apples we buy so I can remember it the next year. I always get too into it and forget to stop picking! 🙂

Here is our link to last year’s post that will tell you more about Cider Hill. In this post you can also find a link to the most amazing Apple Fritters and our recipe for homemade applesauce.

This year I made my applesauce a little different. My crockpot was being used to make Apple Butter so I made my applesauce on the stove. I chopped up a bunch of apples and cooked them on the stove top. My apples did not produce enough juice on their own, so as they cooked down so I had to add some water to the mixture. Once the apples were very mushy, I put them into my food mill and ground them into a very smooth consistency. I did not add any sugar or cinnamon to my applesauce since my family is used to the natural applesauce from the store, but you could add either to taste if that is what your family prefers. Continue Reading…

Blueberry Patch

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Father’s Day is this weekend. What does that remind me of?? Blueberries! In Kansas City blueberries come into season right around Father’s Day. This is probably my second favorite item to pick, right behind strawberries. Blueberries are good for you and they taste great.  They freeze well, which allows you to enjoy them all year.  As we have said in other posts, we love to expose our kids to agriculture for many reasons.  We have found a great family patch south of KC called The Berry Patch. Continue Reading…

Frozen Party Planning

Even Jake got excited!

We threw a Frozen-watching party a week ago when we babysat for a friend. I thought it would be a fun idea to have a few Frozen-themed snacks, and my kids took the idea to a whole new level! I put them in charge of the decorations and they did a marvelous job.

Even Jake got excited!

Even Jake got excited!

It was amazing to see how a simple idea turned into a night of fun and excitement as they planned and prepared a winter wonderland for our guests. Here is what we did to turn our home into Arendelle: Continue Reading…

Crayola: What Endless Possibilities!!!

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Of course we have all heard of the Crayola brand and its many wonderful items. Today I want to focus on three of our favorites.

Color Wonder Markers

These have come in handy on car trips and in places where we needed our little one to sit and be halfway quiet. The markers only work with special paper so you don’t have to worry about them writing on the walls, chairs or clothes. We used these a lot for Hannah’s basketball games to keep Jacob entertained and not running out onto the court.

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Snow Ice Cream

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When life hands you a foot of snow, make SNOW ICE CREAM!!!! This is the second year of this fun tradition. Special thanks to our church friend Susan for the yummy recipe. This is a great budget saver when ice cream is a staple in your household and you can’t get to the store because of the weather!  (Nate tells me that this costs about 65 cents!)

Here is the recipe we use:



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Review: Kids’ Games


For Christmas we got some new games. Our family loves games, and since it has been bitterly cold we have played a lot of them in the last few weeks.

One of our new favorites is HedBanz! The kids have loved playing it and you can make it more or less challenging depending on the age of the kid. I also love that my three big kids can play it together and all have fun.  With Luke we give him clues to what picture is on his head. With Hannah we make her ask yes and no questions to try to figure out her picture.  Luke and his friend played it by themselves the other day and did a pretty good job of giving clues.  I think this is a great way to challenge your kids’ brains and make them think of a clue that would best describe the picture. They also have a version that you can act out the clues. We might have to put that on our list for next Christmas. This is a fun game for kids aged 4 and up.  (This type of game is the latest craze! Adults and kids can also play it on their iPhones and iPads using an app like Heads Up Charades. We played it at our Bible study’s New Year’s party and had a blast.)



The next game that we love is UNO. It is an oldie but a goodie. Luke learned this game thanks to Mr. Chuck. When he told me one day that he could play the game, I did not believe him. I decided to play Luke and see if he really did. After he won 3 out of 5 games, I was convinced he knew what he was doing!



When I deal the cards, he begs me to give him the “fun ones” so that he can win. He has no problem handing you the Draw 2 cards and celebrates drawing the WILD cards! 🙂 Luke is four and can play this game and understand a little bit of the strategy needed to play your cards right. This is a great game for kids 4 and up.


A Fun One!

It has been a lot of fun playing games with the kids this winter. And I am so glad that we can expand our horizons past Memory! We did learn however that our kids are unable to handle the game of Sorry! There was many tears shed during this game because our kids are too nice and felt horrible sending someone back to Home. They knew what they were doing to their opponent and couldn’t handle it. Might have to wait to play this again until the boys are older and ready to conquer the game!

What is your favorite family game and what ages is the game geared towards?

Locks of Love

Rebekah right before. All smiles!

I don’t know what my fourth pregnancy did to my hair, but it was something wonderful! For once in my life I had some consistent natural curl throughout my whole head and not just on one side. This made for quick mornings 🙂 I also could grow my hair long without it looking like a straggly mess. It was wonderful and my husband loved the long hair.

My Before Picture.

My “Before Picture”

Since I am cheap and only get my hair cut a couple times a year, I have carried on that same idea with my girls. One day I woke up and realized we all had super long hair, or at least really long for us. One of my daughter’s friend’s mom had just donated her hair to Locks of Love and it gave me an idea. Continue Reading…

Ice Breaker Questions

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Last Sunday our Pastor challenged us to think of 10 people that you want to be praying for in 2014. He has made this challenge before and each time it overwhelms me a little bit. I for the most part am an extrovert. I love talking one on one with people and getting to know them. I love learning about their life, what they like and don’t like and about what I can learn from them. Where my introvert side shines through, is in a setting where I don’t know anybody. This mainly happens when I go to my husband’s work gatherings. I am scared, and inform my husband that he is not to leave my side, AT ALL!!! Once I start to get to know people and learn some common ground, I increase the distance that he can be away from me. 🙂 Continue Reading…

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