Friday, July 23, 2010

iPad = eyepatch

Leah says, "I'm pretending I have an iPad"

I say "Leah, do you even know what an iPad is??"

She says "yup, it's what pirates wear when their eyeballs fall out to help them see better."


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Thursday, July 22, 2010


It's hot here. Really hot. Like 110 heat index or something miserable. We went to the park anyway. It had a fountain. We got wet. Couldn't talk the kids into putting dry clothes on. So here we are reading books. A dress for me. Just a dipe & undies for them. Ahhh summer

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Virginia Beach

Every year for years and years Paul's family has vacationed in Virginia Beach, VA. Every winter for as long as I can remember they have bugged Paul and I to join them. Paul always refused stating "why go somewhere hot when it's hot". We'll this year he got talked into it. So it was our first official family vacation!

Smartly, we opted to fly rather than try the 15 hr or so drive with the kids. And, since Saint Louis seems to be on the way to everywhere, both Paul's parents and his sister and brother in law stopped on their way through driving and took all of our luggage! Nice!

All in all it was a good trip. Our intense kids in a hotel room is always a bit rough and Jonah's need to wake up at 5am made for some LONG days. I will say the boardwalk on VA beach is an interesting place at 5am. Peace and quiet with the exercisers and the homeless people!

Other notes about our trip

- the kids really enjoyed the time spent with their cousins
- the pool was much more popular than the ocean with the kids. Leah didn't like the salty taste and JOnah didn't like the motion of the waves
- The four of us on a "family bike" was lots of fun
- I personally loved that Paul is willing to get ice cream everyday just like my dad was on vacation growing up!
- Mostly good food except for one meal that was ruined by a very loud very bad band.
- the kids did surprisingly well on the flights. That was one advantage to Jonah's early rising. He was TIRED by the time we flew.

I'm sure there are more but nap time is over!

MOBOT with Grandma Helen

With Paul needing to be out of town for work 17 days in the month of June, we spent some quality time with Grandma Helen & Grandpa Lee. First 5 days up in Pella and then a few more when Grandma came down to see us. The highlight of her visit here was a trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden. It was HOT and HUMID but we got there early and enjoyed our visit.

City Gardens

We made a trip to City Garden again this summer on a day when the heat index was 105!! Paul was out of town so we picked up auntie Bethany from work and spent the evening getting wet!

Leah can Fly

Yup, she can fly, or at least tries too! Off the chair into the pool. Off the back of the couch. OFf the floor. Girl seems to be jumping, hopping, & skipping all the time. I fear she has inherited a pair of LOUD feet from me. I am forever asking her not to stomp or shuffle her feet!

And yes, this feat of flying off the chair into the pool, she taught to her baby brother as well. Praying for no broken limbs around these parts!

I have a blog??

Guess I forgot I have a blog that people might be checking. Darn facebook hogs all the photos but doesn't give a spot to add a story. Some photos need stories.

So I shall try to blog again.