Monday, July 13, 2015

July 10 on 10: Lisa

This month we were traveling through the Midwest and had just finished our time visiting with the Nylands and seeing Nauvoo. Next stop: St. Louis. I didn't take a lot of pictures of our car disaster, but so instead will take you down a bit of memory lane and then share some of our pictures of the day.

When I was around 6, we went as a family to St. Louis, where both of my dad's parents were born and raised. My grandfather's sister and her husband (Aunt May and Uncle Bill) were having their 50th anniversary celebration and so it turned into a mini family reunion. While I don't remember everything, my experiences there are some of my favorite memories of my dad's side of the family. So, I was excited to share some of the places we went with my little family now.

Memories include:

The big reception/party for Aunt May and Uncle Bill.
     This is most of us minus my Uncle John, who must have been taking the picture.

     My parents

     Dancing with my dad.

We visited the Botanical Gardens

The Arch (which I went to the top with my dad)

The zoo

Anheuser-Busch where we saw the Clydesdales and smelled the brewery
 I think this is the school or church my grandpa attended

We fished

 Played with cousins

 It's a very happy memory for me.

The family, from l-r: cousin Jennifer, Great Uncle Bill, cousin Rebecca, Aunt Kathy, my sister Sarah, Great Aunt May (in the red coat), my Dad, my mom, me, Uncle John, Grandpa Rayko and Grandma Rayko.

So, we managed to get into St. Louis around noon, only to discover that the majority of the park around the Arch has been dug up and is under construction. So, this is what we saw:

12:30ish-4:30ish: View of the Arch from where we hiked across downtown to buy tickets.

One side of the base was open. When we become a family band, this can be our album cover.

Underneath, the museum was closed due to construction, but you could pretend to be a park ranger. Colin was especially enamored by the rangers.

Lots of construction and chain link, but it is still a pretty impressive thing to see, even if it wasn't quite what I had envisioned our trip looking like.

The riverboat tour was also closed - not because of construction - but because the river was too high.

6:30 - we ended the day by visiting Jacob's friend, Alison, from graduate school. She and her husband live in St. Louis near Washington University. They have 3 kids, including a set of twin girls. A fun way to end the day.

Friday, July 10, 2015

July 10 on 10: Stephanie

Today was a special (boring) 10 on 10 because today was the last day of our road trip. We were going to split up today's drive home from Omaha into two days, but we were anxious to get home so we did 14 hours today. I'm glad we did, because it wasn't that bad (felt like 8 hours to me) and had we stopped in Cheyenne like we had planned, we would have been there by late-afternoon and we didn't need to be there that long.

We had SUCH a good trip. Staying with the Farrars was the best - the cousin bonding was priceless and we loved being in their home, visiting sites, and spending the 4th of July holiday with them. Visiting Nauvoo with them was really really cool, we all want to go back someday... in 10 years when it's more age appropriate for the kids. Even though the drive was long and I don't want to turn around and do it again any time soon, that part was fun too! I really loved our hotel nights, hanging out and jumping on beds with kids, not having to fight Henry to stay in his bed all night (because we let him sleep with us), and even sleeping in most mornings (for Rob and I, the kids got less sleep than normal). It was fun family bonding. The kids did awesome in the car, considering what we put them through. We got home and gave each other high fives because it felt like we had accomplished a big task and that we did it as a team!

6am: when I saw these two sleeping I started to doubt our decision for an all day/early start drive, knowing they weren't going to wake on their own AND that, therefore, I could have slept in another hour or so. 

7am: watching a show already

9am: looks similar to 7am, except that they're out of their pjs

11am: using the notebooks Aunt Lisa got for all the kids for our road trip
noon: she was sad, a snack and holding mom's hand helped.

1pm: rest stop playground

2am: best.


5pm: 9 states later and we're back!

7pm: Driving through Provo canyon. Honestly, of all the states we drove through and all the landscape we saw, Provo canyon beats them all in beauty (rivaled only by Colorado's Veil, we thought). And it's a 20 minute drive from my house.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

JUNE 10 on 10 // MONICA

730 am, happy as can be! I love how he is so happy in the morning.

830ish out on a morning walk. He fell asleep on the walk.

9ish while he continued sleeping, I took a body shower and shaved my legs. Gotta get those things in!

9ish, I think, getting mr man ready for the day

10ish, after feeding him it was my turn to get dressed. He likes sitting up on a pillow. He thinks its pretty cool.

11ish, after another quick feeding we left the house and went to Nordstrom to pick up my bra that was made into a nursing bra! And to exchange my Birkenstocks for different ones. The ones I ordered arrived with lots of glue showing, and I am not going to pay for expensive shoes if it looks cheap with glue!

12ish, At Target, he slept so good I took my sweet time. New Birkenstocks.

Late 1ish, Vade hung out while I put away cloth diaper laundry

2ish, Looked at some books, he looks like such a big boy! 

...and we looked at his toys. He got this one from mom on his birth day at the hospital.

...And lots of smiling and talking to his mama.
5ish, after some feeding and nap time we headed to third place books to meet Jachen from the bus and shared our favorite sandwich. mmmmm. Our first time eating out with baby, and he did great! 

7ish, after dinner, I sat and fed babe in the car til 7 when we went into Barnes & Noble and listened to our favorite Joe Cross speak! Love him.

8ish, I held standing (not enough seats) baby asleep in my Solly Wrap the for over an hour and I WAS DYING. My back was killing me and  we were sweating and I was starving, cus i forget I need to eat more sometimes, sharing that dinner wasn't enough for me! So I handed baby over to Jachen for the last of the Joe Cross class.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June 10 on 10: Lisa

7:00 - at our follow-up Audiology appointment. Clancy failed the hearing portion of his speech evaluation a few weeks ago so here we are at yet another appointment. Don't worry. He hears just fine. 

This is what we both think of the audiology booth. 

8:15 - Came home to a pretty normal morning. Alyssa and Jacob had just left for work/sports camp and I forgot to grab a picture before they left. 

Colin tried several times to smile and keep his eyes open when I took his picture. He must be a Farrar :). 

9:00 - cleaning up the Pediasure Peptide from Clancy's feeding. His tube and the feeding bag disconnected, spilling the formula (and everything else he had in his stomach) all over the floor. Yum!

10:00 - still working on potty training. When naked, he has no accidents. Wearing underwear is a license to pee. Please let him figure this out since we can't send him to preschool bare from the waist down. (Also, while Colin was with us the entire day, including nap time, he will be absent from most pictures due to his lack of clothing)

This is Colin's photo of me "being a mom" aka asking for my phone back before he starts dialing at random again. 

11:00 - Zachy hiding behind the couch so I can't change his diaper. 

What Clancy was doing on the porch while I was chasing Zachary. That's the electrical outlet box he's standing on, btw. 

12:00 - maybe he's hungry?

I guess I should feed them lunch. 

1:00 - nap time!!!!

2:00 - having a quiet moment with Harley before starting on the day's chores. 

3:00 - I really do feed my family solid foods in spite of what the dirty dishes tell me. 

4:00 - chicken pot pie filling ready to go. (Jacob is mortified I'd post this showing our dirty stove.)

5:30 - everybody is home! I told Alyssa no one would confuse her for a deer during hunting season. She didn't understand my joke. 

Zachary was especially excited to see Jacob.... much in fact, some of his excitement leaked out.

And on that note, I hope you enjoyed our day.