Tuesday, July 10, 2012


It was very last minute. We wanted to help out some friends (that have recently moved to Illinois), so we drove their daughter home from church camp here in Kentucky.
This sweetheart has a younger sister with special needs that does not handle long drives well. Helping with transportation gave us a great opportunity to visit my family in St. Louis.

When Adam got impatient on the drive, I just snapped pictures of him. It was a fun way for both of us to pass the time.
We also played "I Spy" and looked for shapes in the clouds.
Then, of course, there were the side of the road diaper changes.
And a clean diaper makes a boy happy.
And you know me, even when staying for free (with hotel points), I'm still a hotel snob. We stayed at the Renaissance Hotel. Adam loved trying out all the different chairs in the lobby.
We let Wes sleep in on Saturday morning and had breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Adam was such a gentleman, the waitress brought him a free smoothie and didn't charge for his breakfast. He poured his milk into the coffee mug and felt like a big guy. He is such a joy to be around. I adore him.
After breakfast, we went to my Grandma's house, and all my aunts and uncles that were in town came to see us. And for those of you that don't know what a big deal that is...my mom is the oldest of nine!! My aunts and uncles, their spouses, and most of my cousins took time out of their weekends to visit. There were at least 10 cars on the driveway and along the street at any given point in the day.

On Sunday, we went to  different church than usual. One that was in the same town where my high school girlfriends now live. It was a wonderful surprise to bump into some old friends there that I went to church with when I was a kid. The Burnetts were such great examples for me growing up. I was glad for the opportunity to tell this sweet couple that they made a difference in my life and to visit with 2 of their children, who are both old friends.

After church, I got to see two of the few friends from high school that I have stayed in close contact with...people that I've stayed friends with even before facebook was bringing high school friends back together again. We haven't ever needed to "reconnect" because we have always been connected. And that means a lot.
One of the special friends in this group was on vacation & we didn't get to see her this time. That is motivation for another St. Louis trip soon! We missed you, Sheri!!

I loved how well our kids played together. On the way home, out of the blue, Adam started cracking up thinking about the fun he had there.

Levi had a good time, too!

I tried to get a few pics of the arch on the way out of town. Not bad for being taken through a car window, I suppose.

Here is Adam with the arch in the background. You have to look closely to even see it.

Now we are back at home putting things away and doing laundry. Ready for a new week and new adventures! Hope your week is a good one!


Leah said...

Looks like you guys had a great trip! :) I was going to call you when I didn't see you on Sunday, but I assumed you were traveling for business! Glad you were able to spend time with family!

Twilson9608 said...

Looks like a bunch of fun! I love the "google" cloud! And Levi looks so much older than when we last saw him! It must be the summer hair do that he is sporting..?

Jenny said...

Loved the pictures, glad you guys had such a great time! lol...That google cloud cracks me up! Loved the pictures of Levi playing trains too...He is looking very grown up these days :)

Patti said...

Oh my gosh- that Google cloud was amazing! You should send that to someone at google!

Anonymous said...

April, enjoy your blog!

Laura said...

What a fun trip!