Well, I guess now that fall has officially begun, summer is really over. We had a lot of fun these last few months, starting when school let out, until the last official day of the season…here’s a look back at some of the things we did!
We visited a lot of playgrounds:
And spray parks:
We saw a dock dogs competition:
We went to Grant’s Farm (twice!):
And had a few tea parties:
We saw a lot of baseball games:
We went to Eckert’s and picked blackberries:
We visited Six Flags St. Louis for the first time:
And celebrated the Fourth of July:
We visited the zoo:
And saw the new sea-lion exhibit for the first time!
Turkey played in his fourth season of baseball:
We celebrated some birthdays:
And had fun at VBS:
We volunteered at and/or visited the LCMS convention:
And toured the Gateway Arch for the very first time!
Bunny met a few famous people, who happened to be married to each other!
We went on a few road trips:
Ryan and I repainted the front room of our house…it looks so pretty in blue!
We visited the Art Museum:
A new school year began:
We toured the Science Center:
Some of us were just cute!
Did I mention baseball?
I worked hard to make this a fun summer, even though, as always, we didn’t go on a vacation. It’s going to be hard to top this amount of fun next summer!
This weekend, the Cardinals celebrated Fredbird’s birthday. As it was the annual Build a Bear giveaway day today, the one game we try to make it to every year, we were there when the gates opened!
Chickadee doesn’t need a ticket to the game yet, so she didn’t get her own Fredird, but Moose already had one at home, so he generously shared his with her (and she did not want to let it go)!
There was confetti:
And chalk art:
And, of course, we sang “Happy Birthday” to everyone’s favorite mascot. But the highlight of the game was the fact that Fredbird’s friends from around MLB came to wish him a happy birthday! (And he even got a chance to rough up the Pirate Parrot a bit…in a very friendly way, of course, while trying to hit his birthday piñata). They even brought him a present!
The Cards didn’t win this one, but it was still fun to be there for the party!
Today is Bunny’s birthday! It was a fun day, especially getting to go to VBS this evening, (and hearing everyone sing to her)!
It wouldn’t be a Bunny birthday without a bunny cake!
She was very happy with it, as always:
She was also excited to open her presents:
I was excited to see her open the present from Ryan and me…the complete Wizard of Oz in five volumes:
What a fun way to celebrate my oldest daughter’s ninth birthday!
Even though Ladybug’s birthday was last week, we waited for Daddy to get home from his trip to celebrate. So today, she opened gifts:
Built a new friend at Build-a-Bear:
Chose a restaurant (that wasn’t McDonald’s!), for dinner:
And enjoyed her purple and white pony cake:
Happy belated birthday, Ladybug!
Chickadee had a fun, busy, first birthday!
She spent some time hanging out with Daddy:
And with Dolly:
She opened presents…kind of. She couldn’t really figure out what to do with them, but she liked how the paper crinkled.
Of course, we had to put a bow on her behind:
She liked her birthday cards, a lot:
But only when they were in the envelopes. When we tried to show her the actual cards, she started crying!
She got two cute new outfits:
She wasn’t too interested in them, so Daddy put them on her head!
We went out to dinner at Red Robin, where she enjoyed eating fries and mac ‘n’ cheese, and really liked perusing the menu:
Since Chickadee loves elephants, she had a pink elephant cake:
Happy first birthday, sweet baby girl!
Turkey asked for a “tuxedo cake” for his birthday. It’s a devil’s food cake, with a white cream cheese frosting, and a chocolate ganache drizzled over the top–very pretty. I also garnished it with chocolate shavings…it was supposed to have chocolate curls, but my curls, well, didn’t. So, there were shavings instead, which was just as delicious, if not quite as fancy. The colored flame candles were the icing on the cake, so to speak…so fun!
Turkey is ten, now. I’m still having a hard time believing it!
I think he had a fun day. We got to pretty much everything on his birthday to-do list (he had to settle for a chocolate shake at McDonald’s instead of a shamrock shake, though. They’ve already stopped selling them!). Present opening was, of course, the highlight of the day!
The tuxedo cake was a big hit, and he got all of the candles in one breath!
Happy birthday, firstborn son of mine!
Bunny had a fun time planning her birthday celebration. She wanted to open presents right after breakfast, instead of waiting for Grandma and Grandpa to get here, so that’s what we did. Her big brother knows her well…he got her a Bunny!
She wanted to have a birthday tea party, so that’s what we did for lunch.
Yes, we had jelly sandwiches shaped like butterflies, and, of course, bunnies! We also had heart-shaped scones with cream, cucumber-cream cheese sandwiches, and craisins.
And, a bunny birthday cake, decorated according to her specifications. This is at least the third year in a row I’ve made a bunny cake for her…at this rate, I’m going to be a pro!
Happy Birthday, Bunny!