Perfect Picnic

So, it’s been a couple of weeks and I haven’t written much about our trip…it’s not for lack of desire, believe me.  Here I thought summer would offer some time to rest, relax and recuperate!  I think I have most of the pictures I snapped ready to share, so you can expect to be bored riveted for the next few days as I give an account of our first cross-country (well, sorta) road trip.

Knowing our kiddos are accustomed to at least 4-5 hour trips to the upper peninsula we figured that getting in an 8-hour driving day would be just about right.  That meant we hoped to stop for the night in St. Louis, MO.  We choreographed our departure just perfectly and were on the road by 2:40 am (yes, a.m.) and made it a good 4 hours before the kids woke up!  Even though we’d left on only one dim light as we carried the kids out of the house, there was a minor moment of panic as Calder began announcing “It’s dark, Mom!  Look at the lights!  It’s dark outside.  Where we goin’?”  We sat in silence for several miles and he soon fell back to sleep!

Here’s a couple shots at one of our pit-stops where Seneca enjoyed some lunch while Calder wandered around playing with his slinky!  I wish I remember where it was – all I know is it was H-O-T and H-U-M-I-D!!

Slinky 1

Slinky 2

We finally arrived in St. Louis where we enjoyed a picnic under the arch…because after all is was only 11am!!  That’s right.  There we were at our destination for the night before noon!  

Lunch 1

Lunch 3

Lunch 2

(He dropped his sandwich and was pretty upset that he couldn’t finish it!)

Arch 1

Crazy perspective – but I love that I captured her kissy face!  She did this non-stop all week! 

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The first of many family pictures on our vacation adventures!

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 This one is my best shotfor today!  I’m ga-ga for the sunflare!

As we headed back to the car, we heard heavy sighs from our full-bellied babes.  Exchanging a knowing glance, we loaded up and continued on our journey as they settled in for their afternoon naps. 

Sleepy Traveler

Sleepy Traveler 2

While the entire journey was better than we could have ever imagined, those moments of peaceful sleeping were priceless!  We weren’t retrieving thrown toys from the furthest nooks of the backseat, singing “She’ll be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain” or “Oh Susanna!” for the umpteenth time.  Turning our anticipated 8-hour day into 14 hours (well 13 with the time change) was impressive to say the least. 

I’m quite sure the kids were in need of some space to run around, so we encouraged them to do just that.  Of course, the pool was fun and refreshing, dinner was delicious, but of all the things they enjoyed the most – the air conditioner provided the greatest entertainment for the night!

Music to my ears

It seems that once he figured out the whole talking thing, he was going to do it…. A LOT!  Thankfully he’s darn adorable with his little lispy “s” and non-existent blends – wim or wing for swim and swing, and picking up STicks in the yard might sound mildly inappropriate to passersby!!  Sorry!

He’s been singing for a while now, but I finally got around to recording it AND (drumroll please) posting it too!  For your vieiwing pleasure…

He really does know the beginning…but often starts at H…weird, I know! 🙂

I hope he stays this sweet!!!



The number of times kids laugh each day


The daily chuckle count for adults

A simple thought right?  I can’t tell you how many times this has crossed my mind since Monday when I read my October issue.  It’s been a hectic week – good, but hectic.  And even though there were a handful of times when I thought I was losing my mind, I managed to keep it together and sneak in a few giggles with Calder too!

Here’s a look at some belly laughs from last year.  

(Any tips for embedding You Tube videos in WordPress – the obvious “Embed” code didn’t work!).  Got it now – thanks Alissa!  As if that isn’t funny enough, check out a few of these to tickle your funny bone!

Better yet, share some of your favorite funny moments – pictures, video or otherwise!