Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Rest of September

Catherine and one of her science experiments.

For Dan's birthday, we went out to eat and then hung out by this little lake for a while.

Dominic and Mommy.

For the record, no one fell in, but they were making me nervous!

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

When you give kids Pull-n-Peel Twizzlers, this is what they might do.

The kids picked the hot peppers one day.

They got a lot!

On September 20, 2015, Dan's beloved uncle, Fr. Al Brungardt, died after a battle with cancer. On September 25, we attended his funeral in Victoria, KS.  It was a sad time, but also a joyful time of remembering Fr. Al's life.  There were many family members in attendance.
At the cemetery, just down the road from St. Fidelis Basilica.  You can see the steeples in the background.

Fr. Al was laid to rest.

Later that day, we stopped to visit Dan's niece and her husband.  They bought the original Brungardt house across the street from the Basilica. While we were there, we found out the Homecoming Parade would be coming down the street, so Becky found sacks for the kids to collect some loot.
Here comes the parade!


The kids checked out their loot.

We toured all over this neat, old house.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Kansas State Fair

We went to the Kansas State Fair in the middle of September and had a great time. It was a Monday (dollar day!), but since we homeschool, that was our field trip for the week!

We checked out some of the many animals at the fair.

Dominic thought the piano you played only by pumping your feet was pretty cool.

Anthony tried it, too.

What are we waiting for?

The tiger show!

The tigers did lots of neat tricks, but the show was rather short.

This tiger walked from one platform to another using only two ropes.

On the 100th anniversary of Ye Old Mill, we rode it for the first time.

First, I went with the older kids in case it was too scary for Anthony (it wasn't).

Animated skeleton monster right at the entrance.

I think they liked it!

Anthony rode on a roller coaster his size.

The girls and Anthony rode on the spinning strawberries.

Waiting in line for a bigger roller coaster.

There we go!

Catherine, Dominic, Joseph, Anthony, and I rode on the giant Ferris Wheel.

No seat belts on this ride.

Going up high.

Looking out over the Midway.

Zoomed in to see Daddy and Anne down below.

Anne and Joseph on a crazy fast ride.

Do they look wiped out?

Not quite.  We had enough energy to walk over and watch the chain-saw artist at work.

He carved a bear using only his chain-saw.  It only took about 30 minutes.

On the way out, we spotted this big guy.  He did a little song and dance.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Early September

Another big melon haul.

That was one huge cantaloupe!

Watching the farmer bale our hay.

And there's a bale!

Catherine and Grandma at Grandma's house.

Anne at Grandma's.

Daddy and the kids with Grandma.

Another pose.

Watermelon haul was moved to the basement to help them last longer.

The farmer came to get the hay bales.

A big load!

Unpacking the sauerkraut.

Kids ate it right out of the crock.

5+ gallons loaded into the fridge!

We made it to the September homeschool roller skating party.

Go, Anne, go!

Taking a break.

Limbo time.