Thursday, February 28, 2008

3 mm

Three millimeters or .12 inches or three-tenths of a centimeter. You may think that is not much, but I will tell you it is. This is how far my teeth have to move until I can get my ultra-comfy-boy-I-am-so-glad-I-still-have-them-on braces off! Send good thoughts my way (and maybe some condolences to Nate for the amount of soup he'll be consuming until I am done!)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

many things

It has been many days since I have last written. Much has happened, though most of you will not find these things significant.

Our weather has been NUTS! We go from sunshine to ice storms in a matter of minutes. The windchill is so cold, it is at times reminiscent of growing up in the "Greater Chicagoland Area" (as it is apt to be called). School was even cancelled for two days in a row and there was not much snow to play in, just a lot of ice to slip on.

Nate's mom came to visit. What a contrast STL provided for her compared to her Phoenix weather. For a day and a half we were confined to the house and somehow no one felt the need to pull their hair out. We managed a grown-up dinner out (yep, Nate went out with his monther AND his wife, what a man) to Big Sky Cafe. We have been here before, but this time I must admit, my socks weren't blown off. The next day we partied on at the Magic House. A very cool place, but an easy one to loose a child in. Fortuanatley we all stayed found and managed to have happy thoughts towards it after we left. The evening brought us to City Diner and I have to say my mushroom burger did blow my socks off. Mmmmmmmm. And then we had dessert from the Chocolate Bar (much too conviently located just a few blocks down our street).

And now to tell you about my fabulous weekend (which was more than a week ago). For Christmas and my birthday, Nate gave me a certificate to a day spa. The 16th of this month was my day to go and I will tell you that it was worth the wait. I had a facial and it felt so good! That night we had a real babysitter and went out on a real date to one of my favorite restaurants, Lorenzo's Trattoria. Nate won the entree contest (you know, the winner is the one with the best tasting dinner) with his lamb chops. Mine was a lovely seafood risotto. So it was a Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, and Happy Valentines Day wrapped up in one!

And now on to the kids. Jimmy is funny and knows it. In fact he walks up to you and says "Jimmy funny" (only it sounds: "JmJay Fuh-eee". And his latest thing to say as we drive along, "Tall Tree Jump High" to which one would say, "Jimmy, do you want to jump high from a tall tree" and of course he responds in his best cave man way, "Uhhh" (which means "you betcha" - by the by that is what Grace generally says instead of "uhhh"). Grace is still something else. Today in response to doing her homework she proclaimed in the poutiest fashion she could muster "I am not doing my homework and if you make me, well I will just leave our family." I guess she is still working on that Academy Award. On Sunday, she and Nate went to a bird sanctuary with their binoculars (a fabulous bday present she recieved, her very own binoculars). They saw tons of birds, labled them, talked about various bird characteristics and had a lovely ornithologistic time. Well, until she said, "Next time, Dad, let's kill them." What?! Why?! "Well, for meat of course." But these birds really aren't for meat. "Well, how about quail then? They are for meat." Okay, umm, well, are you sure. "You betcha. Those people with Moses had manna, and then they got tired of it, so the Lord sent quail for meat. It made them happy."

And that, my friends is what you get when you let your kids read the scriptures.

Monday, February 11, 2008

blogging novice

As you can tell by the previous post, I have no idea what I'm doing! Any Blogger out there have a guess why my pictures are laid out in such a crazy fashion? Tips are very welcomed and encouraged!

party, anyone?

It isn't every day that someone you know turns 6 and then shortly after someone else you know turns 2. So it has been party central here.
For Gracie's birthday we partnered with another birthday family (Rowan's) and did a party at the St. Louis Science Center (according to Grace, it is her "Favorite Center of all!"). The marjority of the Kindergarten class (which thankfully is only 13 kids!) and parents attended the bash. They played in the Discovery Room for a while, then it was time for cake. The room we were in had a spectacular view of A.) Hwy 40 and B.) a giant ball machine. Very cool, especially to the 10 year old and younger set. Here are a few pictures from the day.

For Jimmy's big day, we took him to the Whittle Shoreline Railroad. His birthday evening consisted of presents and blue cupcakes and was shared not only with us, but with Salsie and Pops (my mom and dad). It is a toy store featuring wooden trains. The beauty of the store is that they have several wooden train tables with tracks and tracks of trains, trains, trains! And they let you play with them all you want. Pure heaven for a little boy. The highlight of the visit was a real frieght train zooming by on the track right across the street. When the whistle blew, all the little kids dropped the toy trains and ran to the door and the window. It was pretty exciting.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

happy birthday, buv

Today Jimmy is 2 years old! More birthday festivities to follow...
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