Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Gateway To The West

Whenever we drive to St. Louis from Chicago as we get close to the Mississippi in the near distance we see one of our favorite sites - The Gateway Arch. Once I see The Arch I know we are almost" home". The girls love when we spot it and they laugh with excitement.  Everytime we drive by they ask when we are actually going to go into The Arch. Well our last trip home over Christmas we took the girls to the Arch for what proved to be a fun experience.  They couldn't believe how big it was when you were actually standing beneath it. They both loved the elevator ride up and once at the top they couldn't believe what they could see!  I think we looked out every window.  When they spotted Busch Stadium they were so excited as they know how much their Dad Loves The Cardinals!  We happened to go on a very windy day and you could actually feel the sway of the Arch while in it! A bit scary but fun none the less!





Waiting to ride the tram!

Finally at the top!






Loving the view from the top!



Spotting Busch Satdium!
Like all tourists we had to get our
picture at the top!

Friday, January 13, 2012

What a difference a day makes!

We have had a very uneventful fall and winter as far as weather goes! The past two weeks have been unseasonably warm. On Wednesday the temperature reached 50 degrees which is unheard of in Chicago in mid January.  I told the girls I had a surprise for them when school got out. I packed up a little bag and off we went to our favorite destination - The Beach!! Lucy and Kit were so excited. We dropped our bag and beach towel and got right to work on one of  the things we love the most - that is collecting sea glass.  Lucy could search for hours on end for sea glass. She gets so excited when she spots that sparkle of green or white or her favorite - orange somewhere in the sand!!  I'm told that there is much more sea glass to be found in the fall and winter than in the summer. It is true!! We found more in one visit then I think we found all Summer. Not only that but we ran into one of the girls favorite friends from school on the beach and she helped up with our quest! 

                               Wednesday, January 11, 2012



We're back!
We can't believe we are here!



And we're off!









Collecting our finds


A little cold - we might need our mittens























Nothing better than finding our friend!


























Buddies!




As we walk up the hill I tell the girls
this might be our last time at the beach for awhile!



twenty-four hours later......

January 12, 2012




Our old friend Winter is back for a visit!!!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!
May 2012 Be A Wonderful Year!!!!


















Christmas 2011

We had a wonderful Christmas!!!  Lucy woke up VERY early and came running into our room so very  excited. I told her she could get in bed with us as it was still much too early to go downstairs. She fell back aspleep for awhile and soon after she woke up - Kit woke up. The girls sat at the top of the stairs and waited while Daddy went down to see if Santa had visited our house. Sure enough he did - so it was downstairs we went! When the girls got to the tree they actually jumped in the air and screamed!! Then it was time to see what Santa had brought! They had so much fun unwrapping their gifts. With each gift came a squeal of excitement. They would hold their gifts up to show one another and scream again!!!  It was so much fun to watch. After the gifts were unwrapped they played with their new goodies and had so much fun together. They loved every minute!!!


Waiting to hear from Daddy!




Good News!!!



Jumping for Joy!!!




Checking the stockings












Visions of 11 years from now!!!