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Balloon Festival

22 Sep

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We went to visit my sister and her kids this weekend.  They live close to Dallas.  Every year Plano, TX has a balloon festival.  I’ve always wanted to go and this year it worked out for us to visit while it was going on.

On Saturday, just my sister and I went.  We woke up before 6 and got there slightly before dawn.

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It was nice just to hang out with my sister without the chaos that is all of our children combined.

Then Sunday morning we took all the kids and Joey.

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I tried to get a picture of the girls together.  This is what it’s like trying to get Delilah to take pictures while she’s dancing/posing.

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See Us in St. Louis

8 Jun

We just got back from our family summer vacation.  This year we stayed a little closer to home, but it was still a 7 hour drive.  We went to St. Louis!

Our hotel was downtown blocks from the Arch.

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Going to sleep, the girls were arguing because Delilah kept putting her feet on Rory.  But they woke up like this.

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The next day we rode the train to Forest Park.  First stop the free St. Louis Zoo, where we rode another train.

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The zoo was beautiful and we saw some animals we’ve never seen before.  Like a kangaroo!

From there we went to the St. Louis Science Center. It was really cool, and free!

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In the background, Rory is touching a T-Rex leg bone.  She thought that was super awesome.

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I loved this waldorf village.  It reminded me of the fairy stump house I made for the girls.

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The next day we went to the arch.

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Then without resting up, we went to City Museum
So amazing. I didn’t take any great pictures, and it’s very hard to explain. But it’s the coolest thing in the world. It was just as much fun for Joey and I as it was for the girls.
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Pictures can’t even do it justice.  It’s a huge warehouse filled with nooks and crannies and everything to climb on and through.

I couldn’t get good pictures but here are some I found online.


I’m sure we didn’t even see a fraction of it, but we were exhausted and had to leave.

We stayed the night in Kansas City, then went to Lawrence to see my sister and her kids before she took part in the Iron Man race.

We had a great family trip in St. Louis, so much to do and see, we highly recommend it!

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Colorado Family Vacay

8 Jul

Last week we went to Colorado for our family vacation.  We spent the first night in Denver after going to the Denver Museum of Science and Nature.  Then we headed to Estes Park where we spent the next two nights.  The trip was bookend with stays at my parents farm, it’s halfway to Colorado for us and it cuts back on the long drives.

First off, the museum was awesome for kids.  My favorite part was the experiment station.  Our experiment was a simulation of DNA extraction.  We went for the dinosaurs, but there was so much more.  We spent a few hours here and could have spent more.  And the price was great.

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Estes Park was a adorable little mountain town.

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We went on a trail ride up in the mountains.

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We drove up a mountain in Roosevelt National Forest.

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We came down the other side of the mountain and realized we were very close to Winter Park Resort.  So we went there.  They have lots of summer activities for kids.  Our favorite was the Alpine Slide.

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The zipline was a hit for Rory.  Delilah was a little worried she was going to fall.  She looked so tiny hanging there.

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Rory turned 6 while we were there.  She loved having her birthday on our vacation.

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