Sunday, March 23, 2008

St. Louis Saturday

What a fun day!! We slept in until 7:15 a.m. and then all enjoyed breakfast as a family. We took off on our adventure.

First stop: Carousel. This 1920's carousel was salvaged when the Forest Park Highlands burnt to the ground (the carousel was the only thing left standing). We all had a great time riding it. J and I each stood by one of the kids. J wanted to ride, but chickened out. : )

Sam Sam had a great time waving at everyone (and himself, when he saw his reflection in the mirror).

Girlie in front of the carousel. She thought it was a little magical and maybe we should get one.

Next stop: Butterfly House. We had a wonderful time watching a movie about caterpillars and butterflies. The kids had so much fun watching all the blue morph butterflies and were so careful not to touch them. The whole, very humid, building was all a-flutter with 1500 butterflies.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

March Madness

Well, we've had a fun month. No, nothing to do with basketball or any other sport that claims extra madness during a certain month. Here's what we've been up to.

March 6, 2008
Girlie and I went to Kindergarten Registration. It was tearful and exciting (tearful for me, exciting for Girlie). Then we had some girl bonding time--lunch, manicures, and pedicures (picture to the left). She's so excited to ride the bus and meet her teacher.

March 11, 2008

We went to the Parents as Teachers Spring Fling and saw the Spring Bunny (no, not the Easter Bunny, the politically correct, non-denominational, non-offensive "Spring Bunny", because, hey, who can argue with the name of a season, for crying out loud). Girlie and Sam Sam walked right up to sit on his lap, those friendly little folks. Girlie later questioned me about the "real-ness" of the bunny. Smarty.

Then we met friends at Zachary's Playground, a huge, fantastic, all-accessible playground that my friend spent years of her life dreaming of, raising money for, and building--inspired by her disabled son. The kids love the swings and the castle the best.

March 17, 2008

A fun "drive-in movie" activity. The kids got to race around in their respective vehicles while watching a big screen showing of "Cars." They seemed to do a pretty good job of sharing (the blue trike seemed to be the favorite, over the "convertible" coupe with the "hoopty" wheel). We saw our friends Vincent and Carson there as well. Just for the record, none of us was wearing green that day.

Riley's very fashionable "cone head" statement.

March 21, 2008

We met "Maisy" at the library. Girlie again seriously questioned the "real-ness" of the large mouse character, who suspiciously didn't say a word. Sam Sam seems to have gotten over his babyhood fear of large, mascot-type creatures.

March 21, 2008

We met our friends at Ft. Zumwalt Park for an Easter egg hunt. The kids really got into it, even though they, in turn, took big spills in the muddy grass. They got lots of fun eggs, and started devouring the candy with gusto.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Go Go Gadget Pediatric Neurologist

After Girlie's scary seizure on Jan. 29, 2008, her pediatrician recommended that we see the pediatric neurology specialists at Children's Hospital. They were going to do an awake/asleep EEG, which meant that I had to somehow get my sweet non-napping preschooler to just...fall 10:00 a.m. J and I took turns on "Mission: Keep Girlie Awake"--I stayed up with her watching movies until midnight, then J got her up at 5:00 a.m. When he tried to wake her up, she REALLY didn't want any part of it. He kept trying to convince her, "Come on, remember? It's part of our plan. We're going to drink hot chocolate and watch 'Little Mermaid'." She sighed and conceded, "Fine. But this is the last movie, and then I'm going to sleep." She did great at the hospital, fell asleep as soon as we let her, then we all treated ourselves to chicken nuggets at McDonalds (Girlie's choice). We're glad that things seem to be going well now, and pray that our luck continues. We're grateful for all the prayers and thoughts from our friends and loved ones.