Thursday, July 24, 2014

Out and About in St. Louis: Mater and Dusty Crophopper

A few weeks back, my brother-in-law told me about an Auto Body Shop here in St. Louis that had a life size Mater truck outside of their building. He knows Jackson loves Cars, so he thought he would enjoy seeing him up close. I immediately looked up the shop and got directions. 

So last night, my Mother-in-Law and I took Jackson and Avery there to see the "Big Mater". :-) When we got there, we saw that they had a Dusty Crophopper as well... Bonus!! Jackson actually loved the Dusty plane more than the Mater. I couldn't believe how detailed they were. They looked just like the characters!!!









As we were leaving, Jackson said "bye Mater, bye Airplane". It was too cute!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Out and About in St. Louis: The Magic House

On my last day of maternity leave, Jackson and I met up with my sister and her boys and some friends of ours at the Magic House,or as Jackson calls it, the "Monster House". I hadn't been to the Magic House since I was in grade school, so it was fun to go back and see how much it has changed and grown. Jake took Jackson last year on a Saturday when I was busy, so Jackson had been there, but it had been years since I was there. It has changed a lot since then and has gotten so much bigger and they've added some really great things.

They have a whole section where the kids can play in a bank, water company, pizza parlor, veterinary hospital, they can fish, work on a car, build in a construction area, sit at the President's desk, be a judge/jury in a courtroom, and so much more! There was lots of areas to play and learn, its just a really cool place and I'm so happy we have it right here in St. Louis. 

An extra this summer was a sand pit outside. The kids could play in the sand and get wet in the sprinklers. They also had built this really great sand castle there. The kids had so much fun.

Here are some pictures I took with my phone that day.

And of course, we couldn't leave without getting a picture with the STL250 Cake! :-) As of this past weekend, we have seen 135 of the 250 cakes!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Five

Five happenings worth mentioning from this past week.

One

Jake and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary with a wonderful trip to the Lake of the Ozarks last weekend. We had a great and relaxing time away.

Two

Since getting pregnant with Avery, I haven't been able to wear my wedding. Even after having her, it was still a tiny bit snug. So I had it resized and polished last week and was able to pick it up on Monday. I love being able to wear it again.

Three

Wednesday night I took the kids to the mall to exchange some tennis shoes we had gotten for Jackson that were just a size too small. We can never go to this particular mall without stopping into Cabelas for Jackson to see the fish and the "stuffed" animals.

Four

Avery has recently found her tongue! She tries and has succeeded a few times at blowing raspberries even. She is really starting to show her personality. I just love it.

Five

Before heading home from the Ozarks on Sunday, we stopped to have a late breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants there... Kays. They have an all you can eat breakfast special where you pay a flat rate and can order as much as you want off the menu. It is so good!! The French Toast (not pictured here) was probably my favorite thing on the menu.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jackson's First Carnival

Last month, a small town near where I grew up, was having a carnival. Jackson had never been to a carnival so we decided to take him and see how he liked the rides !! My Mother-In-Law came along too and helped out with Avery so that we could ride some of the rides with Jackson. We weren't entirely sure how he would like the rides, but we were so happy to see that he LOVED them!! 

For the first ride, he rode the cars that went around and around and up and down. I tried sitting in the same seat as him and he told me I was too big and I needed to move! Ha. So I sat behind him and we soon realized he didn't need me there at all. He loved it. He was laughing the entire time.


We decided he could ride the next ride by himself. The next ride was a similar ride but with space ships instead of cars. He ended up riding with another little girl who needed a partner to ride with. They were so cute and he had a blast!! We were beginning to see that we may need to go buy a few more tickets. :-)


Next we rode the Bears that were similar to the old barrel ride where you spin it around as it goes around and around. Jake and I rode with him since he couldn't ride it alone. Once again, he laughed the entire time. 



Here's a little video. At one point you hear him say, "this sun" which means this is fun! Ha.

I also took him through a "Fun House" and then we put him on the last of the kiddie rides called the Frog Hopper. I was a little nervous about this ride because it seemed like it might be a little scary for him. They take them up and then drop them over and over again. Jake insisted though and I'm glad he did because Jackson loved it! He was raising his hands and laughing the whole time. He loved it so much we let  him ride it twice. I think he might have been one of the smallest kids on the ride.


I got a little video of him on this ride too. :-)

After that, we went and got some carnival food and then we stood in line to ride the ferris wheel with him. 



 
It was the perfect way to end a perfect evening. The weather that night was gorgeous. We really couldn't have asked for a better night. We all had a GREAT time!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jackson and Avery's First 11 Weeks {A Comparison}

I thought it would be fun to look back at Jackson's first year weekly pictures that I took of him and see how they compared to the ones I've been taking of Avery. While I don't think they really look alike, I do think there are a few similarities. What do you think?


Monday, July 14, 2014

Can't Take My Eyes Off of You!

You're just too good to be true
Can't take my eyes off of you
You'd be like heaven to touch
I wanna hold you so much


At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I'm alive
You're just too good to be true
Can't take my eyes off of you


Pardon the way that I stare
There's nothing else to compare
The sight of you leaves me weak
There are no words left to speak


But if you feel like I feel
Please let me know that it's real
You're just too good to be true
Can't take my eyes off of you


I love you, baby, and if it's quite alright
I need you, baby, to warm a lonely night
I love you, baby, trust in me when I say
Oh, pretty baby, don't bring me down, I pray
Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay
And let me love you, baby, let me love you


You're just too good to be true
Can't take my eyes off of you
You'd be like heaven to touch
I wanna hold you so much

 
At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I'm alive 
You're just too good to be true
Can't take my eyes off of you


I love you, baby, and if it's quite alright
I need you, baby, to warm a lonely night
I love you, baby, trust in me when I say
Oh, pretty baby, don't bring me down, I pray
Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay
Oh, pretty baby, trust in me when I say


Happy Anniversary to the love of my life!! It's been a wonderful 7 years full of fun memories. Here's to the rest of our lives and many more fun memories together!

Lyrics to Our Song: The Four Seasons - Can't Take My Eyes Off of You
Pictures: A picture from each summer we've been married.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Our Anniversary Weekend

This afternoon, Jake and I are headed to The Lake of the Ozarks for a little 7 Year Anniversary getaway!! While I'll miss my sweet babies terribly, I am really looking forward to a short little trip to the lake just the 2 of us. It's been since 2012 that we took a trip alone, so it's well overdue. 

We are staying at the Lodge of 4 Seasons for two nights and will head home on Sunday afternoon.

  We plan to do a little shopping while we're there, spend some time on the strip, rent a boat and go to dinner at the Blue Heron. :-) Back in 2001, the year we started dating, we went with some friends to the Lake of the Ozarks and we had a very nice dinner at the Blue Heron, so it will be fun to go back now after 13 years of being together. :-)

(Jake and I at the Blue Heron in 2001, during our first year of dating.)

It's so hard to believe that we've been a couple for 13 years this month and have been married for 7 of those years! While no marriage is perfect, I love Jake so much and appreciate all he does for our family. He goes to work every day, cooks dinner, takes care of the yard, does the grocery shopping, takes care of our finances and helps with the laundry! He's a great father to our two sweet kiddos and a loving and caring husband! I am so blessed to be married to my best friend!