Monday, April 07, 2014

Family Visits

We have had a crazy few weeks here in Saint Louis. Meaning crazy good! We got to have Drew's brothers, Jeff and Mark and their families here for a few days. As well as his parents. It was definitely fun having all the kids together. It was so nice after the kids went to bed and all of us adults got to hang out too!

Lacey, Julia, and Abby. They enjoyed stealing food off of each others trays.

Uncle Jeff won Abby and Lacey over.
Lacey was loved entertaining us.

We went up the arch! It looked like we were stepping into a time machine or something. (Because I know what those look like and all)

Abby looking out at the top of the arch.

Everyone spent a lot of time at the magic house.

Julia was lovin Sawyer.

We spent a morning at the zoo. I can't even contain Abby in a stroller any more. Independent woman.

The kids were obsessed with this snake, because several of them are reading Harry Potter. Check out Mel's face..... yeah she hasn't read Harry Potter yet;)

I love this photo bomb with my nephew Cal. I also love Abby's face.

Over the weekend we all went to Nauvoo, where we met up with Drew's other brother Adam and his family. We all stayed in a cute historic house. Nauvoo is a place where early Mormon pioneers settled for a while, and now you can tour a lot of the old homes, and really get a sense of what it was like. More info about Nauvoo here.

Oh man I could not stop laughing!

Lacey kept sawing, "Sawyer" and then checking to see if was him.

They have senior missionary couples running the whole place. They gave us a glimpse into how people lived.

Rope making

Thanks Grandma Maggie!

It's a small town, so the girls traded off driving with dad. I don't know about this girl behind the wheel though. She's crazy!

Wagon ride! Slightly chilly.

The Nauvoo temple.

The house we stayed at had a hot tub. (Yeah that was definitely an upgrade in the house... usually they didn't have hot tubs:)

It's a total mess, but this is where the kids bunked it up.

I just had to get pics of the girls in their swim suits. Melanie has to pose:)

We also went to Carthage Jail, where Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed. More info here.

This little beauty took a nice long nap on the way home. I love this bed head . 

A few days later my mom came for a visit!

I bribed Melanie each day, that if she took a good nap she could have popcorn on the couch with Grandma.

My mom and I spent a fun day shopping and eating!

Thursday, March 20, 2014


I just realized I needed to document some races that I've done the past few months. My friend Jena and I have signed up for some running adventures this winter in Saint Louis! We wanted to sign up for races so we keep up our running...... just enough. We do workout classes everyday, so we've had to fit in some runs here and there. We've expanded our running crew to four now, with the addition of our friends Ashley and Jamie:)

Santa's on the Loose 5k. It was the snowiest race I have ever done. A lot of people couldn't make it since the roads were so bad. Our feet were soaked in about 10 seconds, but it was super fun.

Way of Lights 5k. This was a night run that had Christmas lights everywhere. It's a church campus. It was pretty stinkin cold, and the next day it snowed a ton. We love to live on the edge;)

The Stan Musial Bridge Run. It was a 4 miler. We got to run across the new bridge crossing the Mississippi River before it opened for the first time the next day. This was also a very chilly run, but once we got going it wasn't too bad.

We just ran the Saint Patrick's Day Parade run downtown on Saturday. It was a 5 miler. It was a perfect day. Finally, a warm run (once we started)!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Valentine's Day!

Over the past few years my love for Valentine's Day has grown. A lot of people say that it's just a Hallmark holiday, and sure it can be. BUT what is wrong with having an extra special day? To go out of your way to show love to people. Who doesn't love love? I get real excited doing these things for my family. Melanie was EXTRA loving. She made sure to tell us how much she loved us.... over and over again:)

We spent the couple weeks leading up to the big day doing some fun crafts.
Ok, don't mind the mess. Abby and Lacey tore up the place while we were doing crafts.:)  I suppose I should at least try and hide it for the pics! But let's be honest people, it's real life!

Melanie was SOOO cute making her Valentine's for her friends.

Abby joined us for a little while.

She also helped make heart shaped oreo cookies for her friends.

Sorry Mel, didn't do your hair yet for these pics!

I love the morning of any holiday. I love the kids waking up to decorations and all the excitement. I made heart shaped pancakes, and I enjoyed my homemade edible arrangement from my man! We enjoyed eating breakfast and going around the table saying what we loved about each other.

We had some friends over for a lunch play date. We enjoyed some heart shaped grilled cheese and strawberry smoothies. Then the girls helped me make a heart shaped pizza. And last but not least Drew and I enjoyed some Froyo after the girls went to bed:)