Thursday, November 26, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Monday, October 5, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
- Pole Position with cousin Patrick. I think he had more fun than the kids. Good luck to him as he moves to Chicago to start college at DePaul after 4 years and numeous deployments in the USMC
- SkyZone. Love this place. Just wish it were closer or that we had an option like it in the City of St. Louis.
- Grant's Farm. Goats still terrorizing children. Beer still free.
- Many cardinals games
- Mimi got to go to Six flags!
- Kay went to Wildwood Lodge and Audrey went to Carillon Beach in Florida with friends
- First ever Mizzou football game for kids
- Our cousins moved from Wildwood to Eureka. Love their new pool and set up. I swear my sister in law made her house look awesome in 2 weeks. It's been 13 years for me and I'm still working on it.
- Two summer birthdays - Audrey whose birthday is very close to Labor Day and Mimi whose birthday is close to the 4th of July.
- Things we missed- the kids missed not being able to go to lake with grandma and grandpaTom and missed fireworks this year. Looking forward to the return of lake outings and downtown fireworks in 2016.
- Mimi spent night at zoo. Nice polar bear photo bomb.
|Gus and John went on many hikes out at Shaw Nature Reserve, part of MIssouri Botanical Garden. They enjoyed very much.|
|Any graduate of the Mizzou Journalism school knows the importance of these lions.|
|Loved Laumeier Sculpture Park. Here is Audrey's girl scout troop.|
|We moved rooms around in the house. This used to be a bedroom. Now it's John's first floor office. Otto likes it too.|
|It's another party at the Lafayette Square Bath and Tennis. We had 8 tennis rackets - boys vs. girls.|
Monday, August 31, 2015
My house wasn't build until 1884 but my neighbors house is shown.
A note to all you Girl Scout leaders out there. I think the history museum is a great scout destination. Our troop is been there at least four times to visit and for Girl Scout Days. There's always something new to do or see. The best part? It's always free. The St. Louis Zoo, science center and Missouri botanical gardens usually charge $7-$10 a girl for their Girl Scout programming.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Found these mansards while trying to track down a used flute for my 14-year-old daughter. Of all the fine arts classes she could've taken somehow she got stuck in instrumental music instead of art. Additionally, of all the instruments she could've played we're assigned the flute.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
We've been really busy this summer but things just eased up.
Here's what we've been up to:
- Kay graduated from 8th grade at SMOS ending at 11 year career at the school.
- Had a cousin visit from Germany
- Took Audrey's girl scout troop camping. Very wet and buggy but a lot of fun!
- Went to Philadelphia and Virginia Beach on a family trip
- Swim team. Such a good experience but such a time commitment.
- Went to Black River Lodge to visit some cousins
- Gus went to YMCA Camp Lakewood for a week. He had a great time.
- Wrapped up tee-ball, baseball, spring hockey, spring/summer lacrosse. We have a few weeks before we get underway again with school, high school, more sports.
- We're taking on a big project making some moves in the house to re-arrange our bedroom configurations.
|cousin Arlene and her tour guides Kay and Audrey who took the day off school to visit the Arch. They then walked themselves to citygarden and back to my office.|
|Kay and classmates.|
|Swim, Mimi, swim!|
|nice season dragons!|
|swimming with our cousins|
|me and my boy Gus|
Saturday, June 27, 2015
We have a dreaded routine on our family trips: I read all the literature and tourist guides and come up with a list of things I want to do. John and the kids groan because they hate my forced family marches around cities, through parks, on trails, into museums, etc. I say they'll all thank me later that they don't spend their trips in a hotel room staring at instagram. Some tidbits about our recent trip to Philadelphia.
How far we walked on the longest Saturday of our lives: 6 miles
I felt proud when: my 12 and 14 year old went on a shopping trip alone and navigated the city on their own.
Mimi's favorite part: the giant heart in the Franklin Institute (got into FI free with our St. Louis Science Center membership). Gus liked the brain.
A tiny bit overrated: the Eastern State Penitentiary but the lunch across the street at Jack's firehouse was much needed. We had a great lunch with Coke's in glass bottles, Bloody Mary for John, and a Victory Pils for me.
Thank goodness I found: bowtie at Macy's for Gus. It totally made his look!
My review on the Phlash bus which will take you to all the tourist spots for $5 a day: it's great if it shows up. If one of them gets in a wreck, you're stuck waiting for 40 minutes in the blazing sun waiting for another to show up.
Activities that weren't on "my list" but were glad we did: Richard Avedon exhibit at National Jewish Museum and the Morrissey Concert at the Kimmel Center.
What else we did: family dinner, visit LOVE statue, played in fountains, Genghis Khan exhibit, Liberty Bell, Independence Mall (sadly no time for hall), rooftop pool/pizza/beer with family, Rocky Stairs, Phillies v. Cardinals game.
I'm still in St. Louis moments: "GO CARDS" everywhere and "Hot in Herre" by Nelly at the wedding.
Wish I had made it to: Betsy Ross house and the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul.
And- John weary and on 5.5 miles into our city journey, recognized Rittenhouse Square from one of our favorite movies, Trading Places.