J had to stay in SA a little longer than we did and, since he was travelling with the pets, Caleb was very set on riding with him. So Luke, the Diva's and I set out on our own adventure. We headed to stay with some of our best friends in St. Louis.
It's only a 14 hour trip, but with one adult and three kids it's more like a 20 hour trip. So we took it in 2 days. I was a little nervous because it was my first time travelling that far and staying in a hotel by myself with the kids. But it turned out to be surprisingly easy! I just may be doing more of that in the future.
We had a fabulous time with The Ziggy's! My BFF Amy is amazing. SO different from me. She home schools, loves to cook, loves to try exotic food, is extremely patient, has big ideas, loves to take her kids on adventures by herself, she's great with a budget, lives frugally, lives simply, uses every opportunity to teach her kids...is all around incredible. Seriously. We were laughing because I told her that I recently described her to someone as a mix between Martha Stewart, Ma Ingalls and Mr. Rogers.
She didn't think that was flattering.
I do! I love all three!!
Anyway, here are some pictures of our adventures with them.
|Ella with her sad, drama face.|
|Sad because I wouldn't let her down in the Mississippi river that was FLOODED. Gosh I am such a mean mom.|
|Now she got her sister in the drama. See, that's the trouble with twins. Once one gets started the other likes to join right in. So that she isn't forgotten about. Heaven forbid.|
|Ella and Elise|
|Big Man T. This child has some energy. All boy!|
|I like this one of Lily Kate|
|Lily Kate the little fish|
|My girls are getting so big. Look how long those little legs are!|
|Amy! She's gonna love this one!|
|We went downtown one day where they have all these little splash pads and ponds for kids to play in. See the guy in red...he's the lifeguard. I think our kids were making him nervous. It was really slippery with the marble.|
|The Ziggy kids minus two Mad kids. Missing Ella Mermaidy (and yes, she tells everyone her name is Ella Grace Mermaid-y) and Caleb who was with his papa.|
|Lily Kate's mean face...|
|...1 second later, her sweet face.|
|Kids loved play rock, paper, scissors|
|Mr. T and his two little ladies|
|See, isn't she the perfect picture of motherhood!?|
|And bringing it back to the sisters. Love Ella's face!|