Evie’s Balloon Party!

Evie’s fifth birthday party was this weekend! Although her birthday isn’t until Thursday, we celebrated early. When asked what she would like at her party, all she could tell me was BALLOONS. This girl and her balloons. That is her passion right now, especially when they are filled with helium! I ran with her balloon obsession and we decorated with all up-cycled decor… chinese lantern hot air balloons and clouds. I didn’t buy a single thing for decorations! Of course we bought helium balloons for the occasion, and we even had a water balloon fight! It sure was a delight to celebrate Evie this weekend with our family. Thank you guys for helping make her feel especially loved. At the end of the day, she said, “I’m one lucky girl. I got spoiled rotten!” So true, little lady. Happy birthday to my girl, a few days early!

Dang DQ ice cream cakes are solid for-ev-er.

Evie requested an accordion. And she got it! Thanks Aunt Holly, Uncle Ray, and Rev! 🙂

She learned how to cast pretty accurately with Uncle Cole’s expertise! Thanks Cole, for the fishing pole!

This is spoiled rotten Evie for ya!

The end of our family water balloon fight! Such fun memories made!

Lovin’ Summer

Summertime. The last day of it is officially here and gone! Here is our last three months of life in photos. Missing it already.

Evie doing her thing at the Relay for Life! Clowns were a hit because they had balloons, her favorite thing ever.

Our annual summer visit to Grandma and Woody’s! Had a great time! We love you both very much!

My sweet grandma and me

My sissy and I at Tropical Sno. We were sorely disappointed by our Starbucks tea and the really annoying customers who were sitting next to us loudly talking about weird things. So we uprooted our Bible study and headed to the tropics! Fun to see one of my former students, Braydon making sno-cones for the summer too! 🙂

Lakewood Discovery Center’s fishing class! Really fun for the kids! Evie’s favorite part was the blue jello snack they got to enjoy. Ha ha. That kid’s love language is FOOD.

Didn’t catch anything… but she was intent!

And this kid’s love language is also FOOD. Mulberry picking with Olie!

Thank you to Nathan and Shelly for letting us make this a tradition each year! Mulberry picking… so messy. So hot. But so fun! 🙂

Wildflowers with Silas!

Evie had her first eye doctor appointment this summer! She sees very well, and isn’t color blind. He he.

Grandma Peterson came over to teach us how to make homemade noodles! Lucky for us, we had Holly and Revery there to help too!

Silas and Evie try out the summer camp at Angel Academy. They did the space one. Loved it!

Happy Father’s Day, dad! Arby’s lunch and a gift card to Smoky River Meats!

Happy Father’s Day, Logan! The shirts were his gift… thank you Megan Horveath for the creations! Love.

Hairdoing is starting to be a thing!

Solar nachos! This was one of my favorite days of the summer. Evie and I just sat out on the porch and talked for a long time. We played “would you rather?” nonchalantly and ate our nachos! This girl is starting to really think!

Break out night with ma frands. Thanks for playing, guys!

Harvest!

Swim lessons with Kylie! Evie is so apprehensive about swimming for real. She made some gains, but holy cow. Hopefully someday she’ll buck up and SWIM. Lol.

Best float of the summer!

After swim lessons, we decided to pick up trash at Webster for a little service project. We picked up a LOT of trash, and the kids did a great job! Even little Olie.

Fun with the Elliott girls at the Lindsborg park!

Logan and I’s 10 year anniversary date: Brian Regan and Daimaru. Great memory!

Impromptu date with Samantha and Carmen to Mamma Mia at the SCT!

Olan down to a tee. Tractors.

Tinker Toys were a favorite this summer, along with the marbles!

Koch/Henry Sno-cone date!

Olan writing his first book.

Grandma Baldwin and Evie making brownies!

Bubble baths are the bomb diggety.

Oh, Grandma Henry and her cats have stolen Evie’s heart. She is in LOVE. And no, we are not getting a cat. Ha ha!

Evie’s fourth of July snack creation!

Blueberry spelling!

Dance camp. Oh my. I think I’m going to pull the plug on dance for Evie. The programs are wonderful at Tamara Howe, but Evie is just not gonna be a dancer, people. Sorry to disappoint.

Fun with Grandma Henry and cousins at Kenwood Cove and Burger King. Those kids were spoiled ROTTEN!

Chick-Fil-A Day!

Dress as a cow day. Olan was terrified of the giant cow. Ha!

A very small portion of the garden loot.

Strong woman!

The Art Center class was top notch! Happy kids!

Library Days. Evie was so proud of her lego house! We’ve frequented the library to replenish our “book of the day” bags!

Giant cucumbers!

Dentist visit!

Megafort! The kids were so cute… Evie was reading Silas a book inside the fort. They love each other!

Our crocheting night! This was so fun! Thank you Karen for your lessons!

Pool cutie. This was the Library Pool Party!

We got to host Payton and Tabor for a day of fun this summer! Love!

Jello Jigglers… it actually works! Evie had the worst tummy ache after eating probably half of this pan of jigglers. Silly!

Cousin Courtney and Evie doing what they love, going to Kenwood Cove!

Evie and her books. All the time.

Celebrating Logan’s 33rd birthday with CAKE. Lucky for him, he had a bachelor birthday weekend where he proceeded to eat the rest of the cake after this night. Kid loves his chocolate. 🙂

The first stop on our KC trip! Steak and Shake!

Poco Plus test run! It’s a go!

The Assaria park never disappoints! That zip line, so cool.

Olan wanted to be brave like his sissy!

And Olan wanted to be girly like his sissy! 🙂

Jeep rides at Grandma and Grandpa Henry’s!

Olan’s first splash park experience! He LOVES it. So much braver than Evie ever was.

And here’s Evie!

Olan’s first attempt at a popsicle. He wasn’t a fan at all.

Bike rides! Evie was really wanting Olan to smile for the camera.

Evie’s creation! She is so innovative!

Megan, Ryan, and Marley came for a visit early this summer! 🙂

Exactly how I felt at this library art event, Olan. Too many people. Really neat program! Too many little people swarming every freaking where. Lol!

Saint Louis Spontaneity

Well. I hadn’t left this city all summer. July was ending. We needed to do something outlandish… like get out of this land! So we did! Much to Logan’s dismay (my Mr. Homebody is a real travel-stick-in-the-mud whose favorite part of a vacation is getting home), we found ourselves mapping out a four day trip to STL! Not long, not far, not expensive. Just a change of scenery! Luckily, Logan’s Uncle Steve was a huge aid in our knowing whereabouts to go when we got there. All the places we went came highly recommended from him. Thanks for being our Trip Advisor, Steve! You were spot on!

Day 1: Travel. I must say, my kids travel well. Although they are terribly annoying at times and have way too many snacks along the way, they are great sports. Evie is really liking audiobooks, and so we completed the first Boxcar Children from Hoopla whilst wheeling down the way. (Side note: Boxcar Children. Classic, right? But kind of horrible, I must admit. Maybe it was the goofy reader? Gawsh, the voice she had for Benny was something I needed to strangle. Although, I am certain that Henry taught me how to use a spoon as a knife. Ha!) Anyway, we got to and fro without a single movie or “gimme-your-phone” incident. Success! We stopped at OP for some Dave and Buster’s (which I had no idea what this place was. It was actually fun, and the food was really great. Lucky for us, it was half-price game day too, yee haw!) We stayed with Logan’s Aunt Marty and Uncle Randy in Washington that night. It was lovely, as always! They cooked gigantico pork chops and sautéed green beans and cabbage and chocolate pie and pink lemonade. Topped the evening off with a lovely chat after bedtime, and off to bed we went.

Day 2: Blueberry pancakes. Maybe we should’ve just stayed with the Hoermans the whole time. For real! 🙂 Thank you so much for the hospitality! After saying good-bye to Marty and Randy, we made our way to St. Louis and stopped in at The Magic House (STL’s Children’s Museum). Fan-freakin’-tastic. Evie had the time of her life. Olan had things to do and places to go. It was a great stop. If you’ve been to the City Museum, this place is like that, only for kids. They had the whole “million-kids-everywhere-omg-what-if-I-lose-one” thing down to an art. I didn’t have a heart attack the whole time. After spending the whole morning and most of the afternoon at The Magic House, we checked in at Hotel Hampton (using up some HHonor points, ooh la la). After an unsuccessful attempt at nap time, we hit the pool, because pools are every kid’s dream come true, and every parent’s eye roll. When we finally pried our chillins away from the pool, we drove over to The Mellow Mushroom for some pizza. Calzones for dayz people. Top notch. At our hotel, they had a cookie party every night at 8pm. Thass what I’m talkin’ bout, folks.

Day 3: Free breakfast! Whoop! We went over to Flying Tiger Moto to check out some interesting bikes. Logan ended up getting a new motorcycle…. helmet. Har har! Definitely needed. Evie was asking to “do something fun” so we hopped over to a chocolate shop and watched them make some confections and then, of course, had to eat them too. Yum. Off to Southwest Diner where I had the best fried egg sandwich eva. Although I felt like a snood in a hipster joint and was definitely the one without a tattoo in the place, this was my favorite restaurant! Wow! Just so stinking good. We were worn out from the day already, but we went about an hour south of STL to Hawn State Park and did a >1 mile hike down Pickle Creek. Logan is a hater for hiking, but I ate it up! Evie liked it at first, but she was so worn out, she was a little downtrodden by the trail’s end. We got to wade in the creek, and Olan loved his Poco Plus ride! Thanks Logan for tugging 50 extra pounds on your back for me. I love hiking! I’m afraid I might be the lone Henry, however. Sad face. We had a picnic dinner, and then exhaustedly headed back for our hotel room. Thank the Lord we convinced Evie to give up her dream of swimming when we got back, and we watched TV and ate cookies instead. The last thing I wanted to do was slink into my swimsuit and go splash around. Whew! We all slept well that night.

Day 4: Heading west! We got in a quick swim (BTW the whirlpool with the jets was a Henry kid pleaser!) and free breakfast before we left the hotel, and then off we went, back to Kansas. Uneventful all the way back. We got back at around 5pm.

Glad we got to make a small trip work this summer. Thanks to Logan for putting up with my crazy hair-brained idea to get in the car and take little babies 7 hours away, and thanks to Uncle Steve for so many wonderful suggestions. Mission accomplished!

Dave and Buster’s was stimulation overload… but the kids had a great time! Olan did a lot of pretend playing. Ha ha!

Our little automobile junky.

Evie with her insanely expensive prizes. We earned 598 tickets with our arcade skills and got two finger puppets and a laser pop. Trip entertainment!

Having fun in mama’s arms.

Randy and Marty’s house! Thank you again!

The Magic House! Tons of “marble runs” with big wooden balls. A little guy’s delight.

The giant bubble maker. Oh Evie and her bubbles! We could’ve stayed in the bubble room for-ev-er.

The TapeScape… an obstacle course and slide made out of 300 rolls of packing tape.

The Beanstalk… Life size, three-story high “Jack and the Beanstalk” you can climb!

The sand tables… Olan’s jam.

Mellow Mushroom… wish we’d taken pictures of our enormous calzones!

The prettiest helmet ever! You can see in the background the wall of helmets. Evie brought over each and every one for me to feel how soft and smooth it was.

Here’s Logan’s new helmet!

Lookin’ good, girl.

Scoot dat boot!

Kakao Chocolate shop! Evie got a chocolate spoon, and we ate some toasted pistachio dark chocolate bark!

Olan loves chocolate too!

Southwest Diner!

Street corn… just like Nacho Libre! My face is nothing like Jack Black’s, but I tried. Ha ha. And for the record, it’s not mayo. It’s something else that is really good. I should’ve written it down. Cilantro aioli or something. Way good.

The start of our Pickle Creek adventure!

Olan stripped a few pieces of clothing by the end.

Evie and her hiking stick, which slowed her down and made her trip more than it helped her keep her balance. She’s got a little bit of Grandma Baldwin hiking (tripping lots) in her genes.

The trail ran right along the creek the whole time. Very rocky, but fun!

Little dipper!

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