I give.

Uncle. 

Apparently even monthly posts aren't happening this year.  So tonight, here is September and part of October.  As long as they eventually make it on the blog, right? 

We'll start with soccer.  We're averaging four games per weekend right now so the tailgating chairs are getting quite a workout. 

In September, our man Michael turned seven.  Here he was Skyping with Gigi and Poppa and opening his first presents. 

With the friends and family parties not happening until the weekend, we celebrated Michael's actual birthday with cupcakes after dinner.  Naturally everyone had to have a lit candle.  Wishes all-around!

With the friends and family parties not happening until the weekend, we celebrated Michael's actual birthday with cupcakes after dinner.  Naturally everyone had to have a lit candle.  Wishes all-around!

Goofball.  Practicing for picture day. 

Goofball.  Practicing for picture day. 

When you're three and you're playing soccer in the rain, you might just believe that life can't get any better than this. 

When you're three and you're playing soccer in the rain, you might just believe that life can't get any better than this. 

"'Sup! Peace y'all!"

"'Sup! Peace y'all!"

With the weekend came Michael's American Ninja Warriors birthday party at the "jumpy place." (Finally!)

Back home, we took time to celebrate with family. 

Aunt Sandy and Papaw also had birthdays this month.  We celebrated with mildly inappropriate cards, per usual. 

Cake and pie time!

Cake and pie time!

The next morning, I found Henry had stolen my phone and was having quiet time by himself. 

He showed me he was watching The Hobbit.  (Which apparently isn't scary when you know it's all fake.  "Orcs are bad guys.  We get those bad guys.  So cool, Mom.  Where's my Ninja Turtles sword?")

Another Sunday, another game in Dallas!

Another Sunday, another game in Dallas!

Finally made it to one of Drew's baseball games (and discovered the world's greatest playground as a very happy by-product.)

Finally made it to one of Drew's baseball games (and discovered the world's greatest playground as a very happy by-product.)

It was a gorgeous day!

It was a gorgeous day!

Later that afternoon...back in Dallas for another one of Ella's games.  The boys had fun chasing around a mini-football Michael got at a friend's birthday party. 

Later that afternoon...back in Dallas for another one of Ella's games.  The boys had fun chasing around a mini-football Michael got at a friend's birthday party. 

Go Fever!

Go Fever!

(The boys are always very into the game.)

(The boys are always very into the game.)

New Manning Tradition: The Texas State Fair

First you by your $5 tickets to the Fair.  Then you go and spend $300 on coupons and game cards to hit the Midway and buy a hot dog. 

But it's totally worth it to get an annual picture of the kids in front of Big Tex.

Michael suddenly wasn't so sure about doing the Sky Ride over the Fair.

Michael suddenly wasn't so sure about doing the Sky Ride over the Fair.

He got over it pretty quickly and got very excited about everything we were about to do and see.

He got over it pretty quickly and got very excited about everything we were about to do and see.

Game No. 1 (of a ga-trillion.)

Game No. 1 (of a ga-trillion.)

I know you're not supposed to laugh when your children are in dire peril, but...this was funny.  Poor kiddo.  These motorcycles went around in a smooth circle and once or twice would bounce up and down.  Henry is clearly not ready!  I think Michael has a future as a biker.

I know you're not supposed to laugh when your children are in dire peril, but...this was funny.  Poor kiddo.  These motorcycles went around in a smooth circle and once or twice would bounce up and down.  Henry is clearly not ready!  I think Michael has a future as a biker.

I'm a fan of a Ferris Wheels and I really don't have a fear of heights.  But I'm not sure how anyone gets on the Texas Star and doesn't puke on their shoelaces.  That thing is ridiculously huge.

I'm a fan of a Ferris Wheels and I really don't have a fear of heights.  But I'm not sure how anyone gets on the Texas Star and doesn't puke on their shoelaces. 

That thing is ridiculously huge.

Ella won this massive Minecraft cow. Two things about this photo make me giggle.  1. Knowing how Ella is going to have to haul that thing around the fair for two more hours. 2. Her brother's temper tantrum while sitting in the stroller he's clearly outgrown.  (Where's Henry?)

Ella won this massive Minecraft cow. Two things about this photo make me giggle. 

1. Knowing how Ella is going to have to haul that thing around the fair for two more hours.

2. Her brother's temper tantrum while sitting in the stroller he's clearly outgrown.  (Where's Henry?)

Mmm, Dippin' Dots.

Mmm, Dippin' Dots.

And in the South, you must have Pig Races.  Ours won two of three races.  We headed home on a high note!

And in the South, you must have Pig Races.  Ours won two of three races.  We headed home on a high note!