Cleaning and scrubbing will wait ’till tomorrow, but children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs! Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep. – Ruth Hamilton

Friday, October 16, 2015

Grant Farm

After a late night visiting Uncle Matt, we met up with cousins and Aunt Sarah at Grants Farm.  This is a place owned by the Busch family. They have train rides and the best part is feeding the baby goats milk.

What a fun/busy/exhausting weekend!!!

Uncle Matt

Growing up with my brother wasn't always easy.  There were stares and questions and sure there were at times embarrassment, but as an adult I am so thankful for these times.  He is a person that will always keep our family grounded, will never complain, and is always wanting to know about colleges.  Most of all he loves his family. 
After soccer games we loaded the kids in the car and drove to IL were he lives to take him to dinner and watch his talent show.  Not until this weekend did I realize how sheltered my kids are.  I had tears in my eyes watching my kids be exposed to the differences which surround Uncle Matt.  It was then that the conversations/questions began. 

We spent time exploring his apartment, rec center and the land around his place.

Then we met in the gym with a lot of people and watched the show.  They were cheering and wanted to video tape Uncle Matt.  He received a big hug from Mack and Avery and Lincoln spent his time crying outside from pure exhaustion.

I hope we can do more of this in our future.  I also hope my kids grow up to be accepting to all differences!

I Can't Believe this Wasn't Published

Blogging is not happening and isn't going to happen-unless I get a feeling to do so.  I found these precious gems today and had to put it in our books!  These are from our trip to the weather is getting cold I want to be back on the beach!

Ready to go!
We found our cousins as they were heading back from Florida
A lot of naps
This one makes my heart happy-they love hotel rooms
I couldn't believe how big these were!
First time seeing the ocean!
They swam everyday
Our view
Lost her first tooth

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cousin Craziness This Summer

How many times do I mention my kid's cousins on this blog?  I think almost every post has something about cousins.  My kids have two cousins in this town that are close to their age and during the summer we spend almost everyday with them.  Then only a few hours later they have three more!  

During the raining part of the summer we tried bowling with Cohan and Ireland.  At first we thought there might be multiple games, but we quickly learned one game was enough.
When we came home from bowling that day, I saw my sister-in-law from St. Louis and my niece in my yard.  They thought we were out of town and had to stop by for work.  This turned into Lucie staying with us the remainder of the week.
On the 4th of July we had friends over, but the majority of the kids were...

Luckily these three have these special people in their lives because they are the most antisocial kids!  They prefer to just be with each other when in social situations.

Unless we have special friends over:) 

We did have a break after the 4th and they enjoyed time with our chickens,
Avery and I had a date getting our nails done,
We visited the library,
We snuggled,
and Avery went to ballet camp.  

But of course her brothers and cousins came to watch her perform.
A little McDonalds to celebrate with Papa H.

We had a fun dinner enjoying their cousins new house!

Then Lucie and Gretchen came to stay with us for a week.  It was a fun week, but 5 kids all day everyday was a lot for me:)  At least they will have the memories.

I took them in their PJ's to get two new chickens for our flock.

Of course we spent time at the pool.

two cool dudes!

Once again, we have used today to regroup and gear up for more fun in the sun with their best friends!