Friday, August 8, 2014

Cousin Time

Our cousins from Missouri came for a visit this week. The kids have so much fun together! The boys played endless games of soccer, Legos, chess and war, as well as light saber battles. We also spent a portion of every day they were with us at the river. The kids had a great time building dams, throwing rocks and digging trenches.

One rainy afternoon we took the Max Bus (city transportation) to Old Town for ice cream. Only a portion of the kids rode the bus, but Uzziah was insistent on both riding the bus and bringing "Hommy" his bunny with him on the bus.
The kids all enjoyed a special ice cream treat.

Tato Head

Uzziah discovered the Mr. Potato Head glasses this week. He walked into my room, quite pleased, saying "Did it myself!" He wore the glasses on and off throughout the day, and became quite distressed whenever any of his brothers took his glasses away, all the while screaming, "my glasses! My glasses!"
He also used them to "help him see" while he did menial tasks such as brushing his teeth. Man I love this kid! He makes me laugh.

Time Flies!

Yikes! It's been almost a month since I last updated the blog. Where has the last month gone? I'm not sure... but here's a few videos of things that we have done during our time away from the blogosphere.

When Vince took Ezra and Asher camping, they spent a good chuck of time at the beach playing in the sand.

We spent the 4th of July in Missouri, where it is legal to shoot off fireworks. The boys GREATLY enjoyed this practice (although my boys lighting fireworks made this mama a little nervous!).

Asher had a baseball tournament and his team came in first in the tournament. Way to go Asher!

Of course there has been some outside playtime.

You may recall that Ezra got tickets to the Manchester United vs. Roma soccer game for his birthday. Well, the big day finally arrived and the guys spent the day at the game, having the time of their lives.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Visit to Missouri

As in years past, Vince and I had a conference to attend so the boys spent the week at Grandma and Grandpa's house. The week spent in Missouri with Grandma and Grandpa is one of the highlights of the year for the boys. They LOVE being there and LOVE having special time with Grandma and Grandpa. This year did not disappoint.

Grandma and Grandpa did a great job of keeping the boys busy. They did all sorts of things like swimming, to a bouncy castle place, fishing, tie-dye shirts, fireworks, picnics and much more. Here are just a few highlights from the trip.

The boys went to a place called the Tree Farm to fish and play. They have swings set up in the beautiful Missouri trees.
Once Vince and I returned from our conference, we did fireworks. The boys (and their cousins) were all pretty excited!
This was Solomon's mode of fishing. He didn't catch anything.
 Ezra caught a fish.
 Uzziah sitting on the dock in his new tie-dye shirt, watching the fishing action.
 This is my favorite picture of the week. Asher and Uzziah.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Swimming and Diving

While visiting my sister, Megan, in St. Louis, we got quite a few opportunities to swim. Megan has a friend who has a pool in her back yard and was very willing to let us impose on her to use it. We swam every day we were there and the kids had a great time!
On our last day there, the boys started working on diving. It all started because Obed accidentally dove off the board, and learned by that accidental dive that he is a natural.
I was really proud of Solomon. He was not too keen on the diving board, but after watching his brothers and cousins a few times, Solomon jumped off the board and from there on, he was a jumping maniac.
Diving did not come naturally to Ezra. One thing I really love about Ezra is that when something doesn't come naturally to him, he works hard until he gets it. He definitely has the gift of perseverance! He started out with one knee down on the side of the pool. Then he started squatting to dive. And progressed from there.
And there's Ezra doing a perfectly executed dive! Way to go Ezra!!
Asher took a few times to learn it, but he also figured it out pretty quickly.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Visit to Ted Drews

Ted Drews is an iconic landmark in St. Louis. I would say there are very few people from St. Louis that are not familiar with it, at least by name. I have fond memories from my childhood, going to Ted Drews after a Cardinal's game. The sidewalks were packed with people out to the road, but the lines moved quickly. The claim to fame at Ted Drews is that they make concretes so thick they can dump them upside-down and nothing falls out (until the wretched heat and humidity hits the frozen custard cup and melts everything instantly). 

We visited Ted Drews last year with the boys, and they were keen on going again, so we did.

We ordered seven different items and the person working at the window did not write down a single item. This is another claim to fame... the workers somehow remember every order with no notes.

 Uzziah enjoyed his own concrete.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The City Museum

One of the coolest 'museums' you'll ever experience is The City Museum in St. Louis. It is like a playground from a Tim Burton movie. There are literally endless things to climb in and on and up and explore. We were there for 3 hours, and barely touched the surface of everything.

Ezra walking across the stepping stones on the water.
 Solomon and Uzziah in one of the "houses."
There was a giant slide outside, at the foot of a giant praying mantis.
Vince and Asher climbed the slanted wall and slid back down.
There was an old water tower dome that had a ladder against the side of the wall. You could climb all the way up to the top and then climb out the top to a big slide.
That is Vince 4 stories up (in the bottom right hand corner) at the top of the water tower dome.
Obed took a little rest.
Solomon was not too keen on a lot of the climbing and heights (which I totally understand!). There were a few smaller kid areas. This was an old time carnival ride that spun around. Solomon thoroughly enjoyed this with both his cousin, Naomi, as well as with Uzziah.
Asher on one of the many climbing features.
That's Obed and Malachi going down one of the tubes.
Asher going down a wire tube.

 Obed, Naomi, Malachi and Solomon in one of the giant ball pits.
Cousin Malachi climbing one of the indoor features.
Asher and cousin Isaiah up one of the towers.
Obed climbing down one of the indoor areas.
Ezra inside a wire tube.