"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Saturday, September 2, 2017

ONE Big Handful

At first glance it may seem that the beginning of the school year would be such a relief.  Sending four kids off every morning would result in an abundance of free time, right?

Not so much.

Especially when there is just ONE left behind.

And this ONE is accustomed to constant entertainment...


So the hours fly by and suddenly we find ourselves at the end of the day. We make our way to the school playground, where Declan always takes advantage of a photo-op, and somehow manages to steal a sibling or two away from their friends...


And I'm left thinking, for the very first time, that maybe I DO have my hands full.

Friday, August 25, 2017

That Hurt My Eyes!

It's been quite an exciting week. 

In addition to a birthday at our house, there was also some talk about an eclipse. 

Actually there must have been a lot of talk about the eclipse. And even the youngest among us was listening.

For when I pulled Lila's artwork out of her folder and told Declan to look at the eclipse...


He exclaimed, "That hurt my eyes!"

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sweet Seven

Lila is SEVEN!

And as it would only be appropriate for a post-eclipse birthday, we started off the day with leftover MoonPies for breakfast...


Then it was off to school, loaded down with cookies for her new second grade class. 

She also took with her the memories of a fun pre-birthday weekend. A couple of days ago, we gathered a few friends and went to Cut & Paste Studio for some crafting, then to the park for playtime and what else? Cookies, of course...


Finally it was back home for some cake and a family celebration. And if all these things weren't enough, she went and lost a tooth on her birthday...


I'm not sure if Lila wanted more money, attention, or if she was just trying to keep up with Levi, who also lost the tooth the previous evening. Whatever the case, she accomplished all of these things, and the poor, tired, overworked tooth fairy came to our house two nights in a row. But at least there was cake.





Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Fresh Start

There's nothing like walking into a sparkly clean building on the first day of school...


Summer break was extra long this year, as the start date was pushed back a week. Last Wednesday I took a poll among our kids and three of the four wished it was time to start. The other child came around during that final week, and today all four were excited to begin a new year...


I was thankful to walk this 3rd grader to her classroom, even if I didn't go inside. I'm certain that Piper found her desk just fine...


Our school-lovin' Lila has been patiently awaiting her turn for 2nd grade...


I haven't even gotten over Levi going to kindergarten yet, now it's time for 1st grade...


If there's ever been a child ready for kindergarten, it's this one. However, I have no idea what we are going to do without Easton...


And when the morning bell rang, there was one left behind...


It's a good thing we had the Kindergarten Boo-Hoo breakfast...


Where Declan insisted on trying coffee and I lamented the fact that after four straight years of these breakfasts, we won't be invited next year. 

We may just have to volunteer to coordinate it ourselves.




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Things We've Been Meaning to Do

After spending a few days recovering from our road trip, we needed to get out of the house. First of all, there was our not-so-lovely wallpaper that was finally coming down. The gentleman taking care of this had a big job on his hands, but he certainly didn't need our supervision. 

The second reason, was simply this...

It was the last day of summer vacation.

After taking a poll and realizing that everyone was over the pool, a sure sign that summer really was coming to an end, I decided to do a few of those things that we never got around to doing. 

The first thing on the list was a tour of Boone Creek Creamery. I've driven by this sign a thousand times, heard other people talk about, but never checked it out for myself. We watched a short video, saw some cheese in the making, peeked in the cheese cave, had some samples, and did a little dressing up. And believe it or not, it was a hit...


Next we went over to Jacobson park to play and picnic. The playground was new to us since we don't frequent that side of town very often...


Then we headed to Malibu Jack's, where we cashed in some summer reading rewards from the library...  


Finally, we finished up the evening at Kids Art Day, hosted by On the Move Art Studio and Crank & Boom ice cream...


And at the end of the day we looked back on a very full and fun summer vacation. 

Somehow it seems to get better every year. 



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Grand Finale at Grant's Farm

It was almost time to wrap up our road trip and head for home. But, with time for one more attraction, we decided to check out Grant's Farm before we left Saint Louis...


Grant's Farm is the 281 ancestral home of the Busch family, named for Ulysses S. Grant who originally worked a portion of the land. Admission to Grant's Farm is free. However, there is a fee to park and participate in certain activites. 

The trip from the parking lot to the main area of the farm requires a tram ride. There was a line when we arrived and I wished we had gotten there a little earlier. However, when we left I realized that morning line was nothing compared to the afternoon crowd. I was shocked at the number of people waiting to get in. 

The tram ride provided animal sightings and some history regarding the property...


Once inside, there were a variety of animals to observe, feed, and pet...


We arrived just in time for the elephant's bath...


Then visited the Clydesdales on the way out...


 Finally it was time to say, "See you later," to Saint Louis, and complete the last leg of the trip to... Home, Sweet, Home.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Meet Me in Saint Louis

After leaving Kansas City, we made our way to Saint Louis, where we spent the night and prepared for a big day ahead. 

There is no shortage of fun to be found in St. Louis.  Many activities are free, or at least very affordable. It is a haven for a family vacation, especially if that family is considered somewhat large. 

Our first stop was the zoo, located in Forest Park (think Central Park, only a different city.) Admission to the zoo is always free! In addition, we arrived early enough to park on the street, and avoid the parking lot fee. 

As early birds, we also took advantage of some first hour freebies, including the Carousal...


And Stingray City...


The next few hours were spent attempting the typical zoo sightings, and a power nap for Declan...


After a picnic lunch in the park, we took a short walk to the Saint Louis Art Museum, which was also free. Courageously, we took the kids in to look around for a bit. Fortunately, no damage was done and we didn't buy anything...


Next, we made our way to the Saint Louis Science Center, a place were the kids could look AND touch, for free!

And they found plenty with which to occupy those busy fingers...


The outside exhibits alone could make for a whole day's worth of entertainment...


Finally, in case there was any possible chance that they weren't tired, we played on the playground beside our apartment after dinner...


Then we called it a day, a FULL day, in lovely Saint Louis.