Saturday, July 8, 2017

Where Did June Go?!

Here we are, already at July 8th. JULY 8th! We're about five weeks out from school starting up again and summer is half-way over.

My lack of blogging means we Conklings have thoroughly enjoyed our June. It was jam packed full - I'm not sure many days that went by where we weren't off to do something!

Some of our highlights:

  • Birthday shenanigans and turning the big 34.

  • Celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary and my birthday in Kansas City with Royals baseball and Hospital Hill 5K/10K re-run events. Even better? Enjoying a kid-free weekend with our dear friends, the Gills. What a GREAT idea for a double-date! 

  • T-Ball, Softball, and more t-ball and softball...oh my! Daddy coached both t-ball and coach pitch softball teams, which meant our Monday/Wednesday/Thursday nights were busy in June!

  • Pool time galore! We've enjoyed our fair share of time in the Preston pool - both as a family and with friends. 

  • Outdoor Adventure Camp at Dillon Nature Center. Mackie enjoyed another year of Adventure Camp and was awarded the "Excellent Camper" and "Turtle Catcher" awards. She fished every day and loved it! Canoeing and archery? Not as much.

  • Vacation Bible School at Grace Bible Church. Our first week of June, things turned a bit chilly at GBC for Operation:Arctic VBS! 

  • Celebrated daddy on Father's Day. The kidlets couldn't wait to spend their piggybank money on root beer floats for dad, while mama made his dinner request: chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes. What a fun day spoiling daddy!

  • Movies at the theaters. My mom and I took the kidlets to see "Beauty and the Beast" at the Fox Theatre, while Jack took Brax to the Warren Theatre to see "Cars 3" for a special father-son date. 

  •  Bike rides. When mama's in the office, daddy keeps the kidlets entertained with bike rides around the 'hood and one special outing - to the Kansas State Fairgrounds, where they biked around the grounds and took a small break on the train. 

  • Family Races. We ended the month with a family-favorite, the Firecracker. Mama ran the 8K while daddy helped Mackie finish her first officially-timed 5K race. She won her age group...and then celebrated by participating in a swim meet with her Hutch Rec rec swim team. What a trooper! (And I wish I had that non-stop energy!). 

We've made a good start on our #ConklingSummer2017 bucket list, but there are plenty of items to cross off in July. Here's to finishing out the summer strong and on purpose as a family! 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Dance Recital, TV Appearance & Bike Fest - Oh My!

Ballet was the name of the game this past week, with rehearsals virtually every night leading up to the Artistree's big recital of the year on Friday and Saturday nights at the Fox Theatre. 

Little miss curtsied politely while accepting her perfect attendance award, and then beautifully floated across the stage in the "Graduation Ball" performance. Her highlights included: being on the stage more than once; keeping her costume this year; and getting to giggle and talk ("acting") while the senior ballerina on stage danced and the kinderdancers watched in awe. 

After Friday night's performance, mama woke up bright and early to talk Hutch Bike Fest on KWCH Morning Show in Wichita. 

And when she returned to town, the crew packed up and hit up the said Bike Fest in Downtown Hutchinson to hang out, take pictures, and enjoy the Kids Race, which included Brax wearing a GoPro video camera strapped to his head. I can't wait to see life from his vantage point!

After Bike Fest, we returned BACK to the Fox Theatre for the "opening night" of the dance recital. Again, Mackie danced beautifully and this time in front of not only mama and daddy, but her little brother (check out the roses he picked out below!), grandmas and grandpas, and even great-aunt. It was a fun evening capped off by Freddie's hot dogs, french fries, and ice cream. 

Mama survived live television. Brax survived the kids' bike race. Mackie survived a week filled with dancing and long rehearsals. And daddy survived not one, but two 90-minute dance recitals to get his fill of fine arts in Hutchinson for the next six months. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

School's Out For the Summer!

We wrapped up school for the kidlets this week. And mama is still wrapping her brain around summer mode and the fact that she no longer has a preschooler or 1st grader. #weepymama

Mackie had her last day of school on Tuesday. She had a great first grade year with Mrs. Wray. It was a joy to see Mackie's love of reading grow exponentially, as well as her love for learning in general.

I surprised her with a special mama-daughter date as soon as she was dismissed from school and our first stop? Ice cream! Followed by a trip to Target. Gosh, I love our girl time together!

Brax, meanwhile, graduated from preschool on Wednesday. This weepy mama was a bit hesitant for this day to get here. Not only was my baby graduating from preschool, but our time at Christ Care Preschool, a place near and dear to our hearts as they educated our children the past four years, was coming to an end. 

Brax did fantastic at his graduation program and proudly told the audience that he not only wanted to be a cowboy when he grew up, but also a Royals baseball player. Atta boy! He's definitely ready for kindergarten.

Both kidlets have a busy summer ahead, filled with structured activities but also days and hours with nothing planned but for them to read, play outdoors, and be "bored" - in a good way!

Here's to a fun summer ahead!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter 2017

We had a wonderful past two weekends celebrating Easter with both sides of the family.

First off - the Conkling side. It was a gorgeous, sunny day filled with food, family, and egg hunting. Mackie and Brax enjoyed hunting for their dozen eggs throughout grandma and papa's big yard in the "country."

We continued our own family traditions the week of Easter, dye-ing eggs (our cleanest year yet!) and participating in the Easter Sun Run 10K (mama and daddy) and 2-mile (entire family) races. 

We awoke to a beautiful Easter morning to celebrate Christ overcoming the grave at church. Afterward, we went over to the Preston side for a cook-out and more egg hunting. 

We hope everyone had a blessed Easter holiday as we reflected the amazing, selfless sacrifice Jesus did on the cross. He has risen! 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Conklings Do Spring Break

This Spring Break, the Conklings stayed put and enjoyed a week filled with...

...Room Renovations & House Projects - Mackie's room became a purple under-the-sea mermaid theme, while our bedrooms and basement received much-needed new carpet. (thank you, tax return!)

...Lunch dates at new restaurants and learning how to eat with chopsticks. 

...Studying up on the Royals Opening Day line-up. 

...Painting nails and doing fun girlie-girl stuff. 

...Playdates with friends. (and playing outdoors in between rain showers and thunderstorms!)

...Family trips to the Zoo (followed by donuts!)

...Trips to the Cosmosphere and bonus rides on the simluator. 

...UNO. Lots and lots of UNO! 

We had a productive and family-filled Spring Break and are gearing up for the final two months of the school year. Bring on April & May!