This was another spectacular Christmas in the Markel house!
Last night, I tried to get a nice picture of all five children in their Christmas finery. Chickadee was not thrilled.
I did get a lot of nice individual pictures, though.
Ladybug went and lost one of her two front teeth in the middle of all of this…that’s definitely a Christmas memory!
The children had their Christmas program last night. They all did a great job!
After we got home, I tried to get a nice picture of all of them in their new Christmas jammies. Again, Chickadee was not thrilled.
She was more cooperative after church this morning, though!
The children had fun opening presents after church, of course.
And they had fun playing with (or wearing), their new gifts. Some highlights were a new bunny that Bunny got from her big brother, a David Freese jersey for Moose (still his favorite player, even if he isn’t a Cardinal anymore), and a wee rolling-pin for Chickadee from Daddy, just like Princess Estelle has!
We all had a very happy Christmas!
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!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might be thinking that we’ve had new visitors in the nest in our tree. On the other hand, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you also know how much we love baseball! That’s the kind of baby birds I’m talking about today!
On my summer to-do list was taking in a minor league baseball game. Not just a Grizzlies game, but one of the Cardinals affiliates. Our choices were the Triple-A team, the Memphis Redbirds, or the Double-A team, the Springfield Cardinals. Springfield is a considerably shorter drive, so yesterday, we took a road-trip out to Hammons Field to see the baby birds play!
It was a nice, albeit small, ballpark. Since we were at a minor league game, we got to sit a lot closer to the field than we usually do!
The ushers were very helpful in pointing us to our seats, and they were also easy to find, given their Hawaiian print shirts!
One of my favorite things about visiting a new park is seeing who the sponsors are, what kind of shops they have, and what kind of food they serve.
There were some things, though, that were very familiar (including seeing Shane Robinson, who was on a rehab assignment, and Chickadee being mad at me for putting her down so I could get a picture of her with her siblings)!
I also love seeing the mascots. In Springfield, they have Louie (a cardinal, who looks kind of like Fredbird-lite), and Fetch, Louie’s canine friend.
They were giving away Shelby Miller bobbleheads (who was a Springfield Cardinal quite recently), and the children were very excited, because there was no age limit on the giveaway, so they each got one!
We saw a home run (and heard the home run siren!):
And we watched the between inning antics, including my favorite of the night, musical chairs, where, if there was a tie involving a lady, the lady always won!
We also saw evidence of the Springfield Cardinals 2012 Texas League championship:
It was definitely another fun day at the ballpark…maybe next summer, we’ll make it to Memphis to see the Redbirds!
I’ve been down at the LCMS convention a few times over the course of the last several days, and I took some pictures, both when I was volunteering, and when I took the children to see what it was all about.
The convention is being held at America’s Center (which is attached to the Edwards Jones Dome), in downtown St. Louis. I had never been there before…the building is huge!
Lots of signage in and around the building announcing the convention:
The registration area (the calm before the storm!):
Lots of Lutherans!
It was a little strange worshipping in a convention center for the Opening Service:
But it was wonderful seeing so many pastors vested for the service!
KFUO has been broadcasting live from the convention:
I brought the children with a few specific things in mind that I wanted them to see. We peeked inside halls one and two, where all of the work is being done:
We spent a lot of time in the exhibit hall:
The CPH “table” was the overwhelming favorite, partly because it was the biggest one there, and partly because they all remembered that Daddy used to work there!
The children were also excited to get to write notes of encouragement to missionaries:
They also liked seeing the banners that were made by school children to decorate the main convention center hall:
Of course, I had to take a pictures of all of the children there!
When we got home, we all put on our temporary tattoos:
I’m so glad that the convention was in St. Louis this year, so that the children could see their church body at work!
Today was a special day, because we had all-inclusive tickets to the Cardinals game. We sat on the Coca-Cola Rooftop Deck:
First, we had to get into Busch Stadium, which wasn’t easy…there was an incredibly long line (the longest we’ve ever seen!), because of the Stan Musial statue giveaway:
We did finally make it into the ballpark, and made our way to our seats. When you first go to the Coca-Cola rooftop deck seats, you’re given a wristband, which gives you access to the food, and allows you to move around the ballpark, and come back without any troubles.
There are bar-style seats, with a table in front of them:
I loved these seats! There was room to walk with Chickadee, room for the children to move around without annoying the other fans around us, and it wasn’t too high up! Plus, you know, the food (hot dogs, nachos, BBQ chicken, beef, and pork, plus cookies and brownies)!
I started with some BBQ pulled pork nachos:
Chickadee loved them, so I had to go back for more food for me! Since she loved the pork so much (even more than the cookies and brownies!!!), I got more of that, plus a hot dog with sauerkraut. Yum!
There was also a dedicated drinks server, which the children loved:
We had a great view from center field:
And a great view of the cameraman:
The back-end of the deck overlooks the Ford Family Plaza:
Fredbird hangs out there during the first three innings, so of course we had to go say “Hi!”
And did I mention how much I love high socks Sundays?
Of course, the best part of the game was that the Cards won!