Monday, July 27, 2015

St. Louis Vacation: Cardinals games

In June, we were able to take a family vacation to St. Louis!  It was a much needed getaway and time with family.  Nick was on a two month break from grad school classes and had just finished up a program for young professionals in NWA focused on integrating your faith and work.  The first six months of this year have felt crazy busy and we had been looking forward to this vacation for a long time.  We got tickets for two Cardinals games.  We headed to the first one the evening we got in town.  It was a blast.  Also, we found out that we were sitting right behind Yadi's son!  That was pretty neat!  (Yadier Molina is the very talented catcher for the Cardinals for all you non-baseball fans).  :)  

The second game was on a Sunday afternoon.  We got there early - got some free jerseys (the first game we got some free mugs!) and walked around ballpark village.  We found a restaurant that was awesome.  It was relaxed with good food that felt a little easier on the tummy than ballpark food and the kids could be comfortable and color a little.  

We went in the ballpark and found a shady place to hang out for a little bit.  It wasn't much later that it started to rain.  And rain.  And rain.  We waited it out for a while with the crowd.  When there was a break in the rain, we walked back to the restaurant we had been in to wait it out a little longer.  Talked to a homeless man for a bit.  Nick was holding Caitlyn and she lovingly had a diaper explosion all over his lap.  

We found a place outside to relax and wait some more.  It had been a couple of hours at this point so we were debating about what to do.  Every time the rain would stop and the sun would come out, another round of rain would come.  We sat in the mist for awhile while Nick went to go find new shorts to buy.  Cheapest ones were $60 so we passed on that.  Finally we let Caleb go play in the puddles of water, which was probably his funnest memory.  :)  We then decided to head back to the hotel because it wasn't looking very promising for the game.  That was a good decision because it ended up getting rained out and postponed to a July game.  We walked back to the hotel in the pouring rain.  Good memories, haha.  It was a bummer, but we still felt like we got the "ballpark experience" and we got to re-sell our tickets to the makeup game so those were positives.  

We really had so much fun on our family trip!  We also went to the St. Louis Zoo and the Magic House, so those posts will be next!  

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Branson Getaway with Friends

Will I ever be caught up on the ol’ blog?  Probably not, but I’ll work on it.  J  Back in May, we had a fun Memorial weekend getaway with our dear friends in Branson.  They had some guest passes to Silver Dollar City and we were able to get some tickets to some fun shows (Thanks Grandma B!).   We went up a night early so we could spend some time with Grandma and Grandpa B.  There was definitely Cardinal baseball watching and a visit to the floating cafe for breakfast and feeding fish.  

We found a condo that we all stayed at, which was fun so that we could all hang out together.  We went to see Jonah at the Sight & Sound Theater which was amazing.  It was really well done and the kids did pretty well through the whole thing.  The girls got a little restless toward the end, but thankfully there was a family room at the back of the theater we could go to.  The weekend was pretty rainy, so it worked out well to have inside places to go!  We went on an adventure around the condo area one day and found some tadpoles.  

We also went to the Hamner Variety Show.  It was great!  We also went to a restaurant that claimed to be the home of “tossed rolls”.  Not to be confused with Lambert’s, home of the “throwed” rolls.  It was delicious.

We tried to have the boys take our picture.  Here is the best we got.  :)

Best buds.

Monday was Silver Dollar City day!  Nick and I had not been since we were young kids, so it was a blast to be able to go back and the kids had so much fun.  The new fireman’s landing was really neat and (little) Caleb loved it.  J  (Since there are two Calebs, one is Little Caleb and one is Big Caleb.  I’ll let you decide which is which).  

We are so thankful for our friendship with the Gutshalls!  They are very dear to us and it is fun to have children the same age who get along well!  Caleb’s best buds are his cousin Jack and Emerson and those are the two that he wants to play with all the time.