Friday, September 19, 2014

Cakeway to the West: Part 14.1...

...We were back at it #cakehunting today! We only found 19 cakes but we're in the home stretch. Two more trips, one to IL and one downtown/eastside, and we should have them all!

Cake #200 The Jewel Box

Cake #201 The Muny

Cake #202 Art Museum

Cake #203 Grand Basin Fair St. Louis

Cake #204 Forest Park Forever

Cake #205 Missouri History Museum

Cake #206 St. Louis Zoo

Cake #207 World's Fair Pavilion

Cake #208 STL Science Center Planetarium

Cake #209 Chase Park Plaza

Cake #210 Chess Center

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cakeway to the West: Part 13...

...Going #cakehunting this Friday so here's what we've found in the meantime!

Cake #194 Lindenwood University

Cake #195 Meramec Caverns

Cake #196 West Alton Memorial Park

Cake #197 Ameristar
This is a bonus cake meaning it's not in the original 250 list.

Cake #198 The Butterfly House

Cake #199 Busch Wildlife
Matt even got in this one...that's his shadow there to the left!

Hitting up Forest Park on Friday and then we still have a bunch of Illinois cakes to get and some random ones. Also getting the Troy one this weekend!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Danielle & John Get Married!!!

...Yesterday, a long time friend and co-worker got married and AR was one of the flower girls. We had the rehearsal Friday night and AR just wasn't feeling it walking down the aisle. She loves Mr. John though so she ran right to him for a big hug after crying the whole way down the aisle on Friday night. Uh-oh...Momma was worried for the actual wedding!

After her part of the rehearsal, we hung out in the pew with Miss Monkey and she was pretty excited about that.

On Saturday, we got to the church and she practiced going down the aisle on her own...with no one in the church and she loved it.

She was still acting a little nervous and not super smiley during pics. This was Luka, the ring bearer.

Oh and then she saw Mr. John and she was excited! She loves him!

A bag of chips and applesauce to power her up...

Well, she made it down the aisle with the two other kiddos, lip quivering, but no tears. She gave Mr. John a big hug and when he told her to go find Mom, she grinned and ran back down the aisle to where I was sitting so yah-she made it!!! Once the pressure was off, the girls had a blast running like wild women in the lobby.

We got pics with Danielle and John then headed home for a nap before the "party." When she woke up, she started crying because she wanted to go to the "birthday" so yeah, it was a birthday/wedding celebration!

Here's AR watching Mr. John dance with his mom. Seriously, she loves him and all the wedding party was so sweet and nice to her. They gave her fives and danced with her all night. Seriously, my kid was a dancing machine!

Here are the little girls dancing with the beautiful bride. I loved her dress with the lace and they took a pic of the girls under her sheer layer, hopefully it turns out cute!

Did I mention there was cake? Amazing cake actually! AR was a pretty big fan too.

I finally got a pic of AR and the bride...too bad AR's hair is out of control. Everyone kept asking me if I curled it and I was like, uh, are you crazy?! No way my child would sit still that long, all natural baby!

This is Danielle's mom, Ms. Norma. I love her! She's like the All American mom and I hope I'm like her when I grow up.

They played a slow song for the couples and I couldn't get AR off the dance floor. Of course, she didn't want to dance with me either so the boys from work came along and danced with her so she didn't have to take a break.

Lots of old friends were there (not like they're old, just have known them for awhile). Here's Amber with AR. Luckily, lots of people knew and loved her so she had plenty of people watching her, dancing with her, and sneaking her lots of popcorn. Popcorn bar=awesome!

Oh and then Mr. John danced with her and she was so excited! Anytime he walked by her or danced with her, she'd run over and find me, yelling, "Mr. John!!!"

I hired both of these girls when they were in high school and now they're both married! #wowIfeelold

AR was out on the dance floor until we left, right before ten. She only stopped for a few breaks and almost passed out on this one...

Then we got home and yeah, this is what happens when you party too hard. Of course, the shoes were twenty years old!

So a big congrats to Danielle and John. Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day. It was perfect and you have such great family and friends. Here's to wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Handstand Contest!!!

...This summer, AR's gymnastics place did a Handstand Contest. You could enter as many times as you wanted and it was supposed to be on vacation or staycation like the zoo or "where ever you hang out this summer." I tried to do places we visited although some of the entries were in front of Target, QT, and other local businesses. #cakehunting really helped us get out a lot too!

It was kind of hard to do this pic because I always had to have a third person or ask someone to take our picture. I wasn't going to ask a stranger to hold my kid's feet up. Anyways, it was a fun thing to do throughout the summer. Here are the pics we submitted:

The Fountains at Crown Plaza in KC (my friend Candace helping)

Daniel Boone Home (asked a nice lady from Arkansas to take the pic)

AR at my sister's pool-AR insisted on doing the handstand on the pool rail!

#Cakehunting! Handstand at Webster Opera

Handstand under the Arch on top of a cake at Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club!

Lunch and handstand at Chuck-A-Burger!

One armed handstand at Lodge Des Peres Pool!

More swimming handstands at Nanny's pool!

At Skyview Drive-In

Hotel Handstand!

At the "White House"

Magic House



Matt took a pic of her doing at the fair. I text him and simply asked for "the handstand pic." This is what he sent me. :-/

St. Charles County Fair

Cape Splash

Friday, August 29, 2014

EB's Bridal Shower...

...Last weekend was my SIL's pre-wedding weekend. On Friday night, we celebrated her Bachelorette Party or as I like to call it, her Pre-Wedding Birthday. We went to dinner at Bar Louie's (yummy and great happy hour specials!) then we went to Florida-Georgia Line and Jason Aldean concert. It was great!!! I haven't been to a concert since before AR was born (three years ago) and it was a lot of fun other than it was hotter than Haities. We cut out early and headed to Main Street for dancing...I danced, I had fun, but I felt old...maybe because when we were leaving, all the young crowd was coming and I got really excited about "Jessie's Girl" when it came on. Or it could have possibly been because I pulled out some dance moves from Hitch...Q-tips anyone???

Saturday we had a day to rest and then Sunday we had the Bridal Shower. All the aunts did the food and the bridesmaids did the rest. Here's little Miss Ham who insisted on wearing her boots that she gets to wear in the wedding.

She was so excited to see her great grandma!

AR with the Bride-To-Be!

She was so excited to see her Great Grandma

This was the welcome table which I think turned out really cute.

Mommy and AR

Laughing at her groom's answers to questions about the two of them

"Look, EB, we both wear boots!"

An entire box full of coupons for her to use at Bed, Bath & Beyond, each one decorated!

I was taking pictures of the gift opening and every five minutes, "What you doing, Mommy?"

In between throwing away wrapping paper of course

Thank goodness for these booster seats as entertainment.

She was a busy, busy little girl!

And a happy one too!

EB with all her bridesmaids!

Now that the pre-wedding festivities are over, we have the countdown to the wedding!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Library Photo Contest...

...Our local library offered a Summer Photography Contest. There was four categories: Local Landmark, Nature, Library, and 2014 Summer Reading Theme: Fizz, Boom, Read! I entered every category except Local Landmark. Time got away from me and I just didn't get around to taking a picture.

I found on last Thursday that I won second place in the Library category!!! I won $25 and my photo is in the running for the People's Choice Award. You can go and vote here from now until September 12! I'm sure you'll be able to figure out which one is mine. :-)

Here are my entries:

Summer Reading Theme: Fizz, Boom, Read!
This was an entire family experience to get this pic!

Library-2nd Prize Winner! Woot, woot-go me!!!

I figured everyone would do flowers and such for nature so why not corn???

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Driveway!!!

...Little by little, we're getting things fixed around our house. Our driveway had settled and there was about three inches that one slab was lower than the others. Luckily, Matt's friends are very talented and work for trades so we were able to get our driveway done for pretty cheap.

The project started last Saturday when I was at work. I called my mom and told her to take some before pics. I forgot that I'd set the camera on manual for pics I'd taken the night before so yeah, no real good before pics...sorry!

Breaking up the concrete.

When I got home, all the sidewalk/driveway was gone so took these pics.

Sunday morning AR woke up asking, "Where's my sidewalk?"

AR was pretty excited that she got to ride in the machine in the driveway.

Daddy showing her how it works

On Tuesday, the boys came over and started pouring the concrete. AR was the supervisor.

It was so hectic and crazy because you have to move really fast!

Site boss AR! The guy out the window is Matt's friend, Dusty. O...M...G! AR LOVES HIM!!! She talks about him all the time, recognizes his truck, and when he's here, she'll dote over him the entire time.

Checking it out from both windows

Sorry for all the inside shots but we were kind of trapped inside!

Putting in the crack and look at the guy in the background in the orange shirt. Concreters must have the tightest abs!

Don't believe me? Look at this, balancing on a fence to do the finishing touches!

Of course, we had to put our handprints in and we included a penny that had the year in it.

So woot, woot new driveway-woohoo!!! Only bad thing is that we left one slab that wasn't broken only to have it snap under the weight of the concrete truck SO next year's tax money will go toward that last slab. Now on to the next project!