Monday, March 14, 2011


Is getting your first happy meal a milestone? While in St Louis, Henry had his first. I bought it because the toy included was a car, and all the other kids on the playground had one. I gave in to peer pressure.

I was at McDonald's to visit with Tammy and her cute kids. Ronald and some soft-serve ice cream were just delightful bonuses.
Good luck on match day this week!
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Difference a Year Makes

The first picture is Miss M.L., a year ago at the Orchid show, and here she is next holding hands with Henry at this year's Orchid Show. For toddlers, they'd played together really well. The handholding stroll was a really cute to watch.
Our favorite sculptures at the botanical gardens have to be the little flock of sheep. I always made everyone I took to the garden sit on the sheep. On the left, Henry is just over three months old, where he is much smaller than he is now at 23 months.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

St Louis Party Time

It was serendipity when we were in St. Louis, that not only were they having the most beautiful spring weather, but that there was a birthday party to attend. There were three Lindell babies born at the beginning of March '09, and their moms had organized a party at the park for a joint celebration. It was great for a few reasons: 1) The aforementioned weather, 2) The park itself is fully gated so kids can't escape and it has great play equipment, 3) Those cupcakes! I don't like frosting, but I NEED the recipe for the blue cupcake icing. I think it was meringue based, and it was wonderful. 4)Most importantly, the people. I got to see a lot of church friends. There's no way I could have individually visited each of these beautiful women in more short visit to STL, so it was perfect that they had gathered themselves together. I got to meet a couple new babies, see some growing baby bellies, and get some updates on the old ward and neighborhood. Loved it!
Happy birthday O, C, and A! None of whom are the child crying in the above picture.
Henry loved this playground. He played hard for nearly two hours, and when we left I had to drag him away kicking and screaming. This Chicago weather has kept him caged too long. He wouldn't even slow down for a cupcake and juice.
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Meet Me in St. Louis

I spent just over 48 hours in St. Louis and loved every minute of it. My last minute, whirlwind trip happened to coincide with the Missouri Botanical Garden's Annual Orchid Show. That remains one of my favorite events in STL, but of course nothing is as great as the people there.  I was able to do some great stuff and see some great people, but of course I cannot fit everything and everyone I love in St. Louis into two days.

Natalie and her oh-so-grown daughter came with us to the orchid show. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Longing for Spring

For being such a short month, February felt like an eternity.  It was a hard month, both in regards to weather and health.  The biggest challenge was Nick's work schedule.  I can't really describe how overworked he is.  I will tell you he went three weeks without a day off.  March couldn't come soon enough, and now I'm excited that spring is around the corner.