Monday, September 5, 2011

End of summer highlights

I have to say, we made the most out of the last few weeks of summer. It was a combination of things -- the St. Louis weather finally became bearable, Brennan visited for a week and I went into severe "I go back to work in X days and we'll never have fun again!" mode. Oh, who am I kidding? It wasn't a combination of things, it was totally the panicking on my part. 

Not every outing or adventure warranted a post, but I thought a summer summary of photos might be nice. You know, for those who were wondering if we actually left the house this summer. 

Feed or be the feed! Mary Clare takes on the Grant's Farm goats with an assist from Papa Thole.
Chatting it up with the camel at Grant's Farm.
The scooter love/hate relationship begins.
Brennan, Mary Clare and Charlie riding the tram at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
Mary Clare makes some music at the Suson Park playground.
Ben and Mary Clare riding the miniature train at the Museum of Transportation.
Go Army! Ben and Mary Clare stopped long enough to take a picture for the military members of the family, Uncle Beef and cousin Alex.
Putting for prizes with dad at the Kirchenfest.
Mary Clare and Papa test their frog fishing skills.
Chip and Charlie in front of Mizzou's beloved columns. (We have a similar picture of Mary Clare at about the same age.)

We wrapped up our summer with a weekend at Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City with the Jones family and Nana and Papa Thole. Was it relaxing? No. Did the kids have a blast? Yes. So it was well worth it. And family time is always fun, especially when the toddler stays for an extra day with the grandparents, enabling mom and dad to enjoy a leisurely lunch at Flat Branch and a photo op on campus.

And so it's farewell maternity leave (and summer), and hello, work. This should be interesting.


  1. Wow! Looks like a lot of fun! Good luck today. And who cuts MC's hair because I need them to do mine. My lady seems to be incapable of a bob and I am sick of it!!!

  2. Brennan looks like he has a death grip on Charlie's arm.


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