Friday, August 1, 2014

Goals for 2014 - UPDATED 8-1-14



As the New Year rolled in I set aside 5 basic things that I wanted to focus on for the year 2014. I promised monthly updates in hope that it will keep my focused on accomplishing these.  Here is the original post:  Goals for 2014 as posted on 1-4-14



1)  Replace Holy Mary Tree Topper:  Check
 

2) Create Heirloom Quality Christmas Stockings:
 Have not even started.




3) Improve Flexibility and Stamina:
 I have been busy-busy-busy.  We have gone swimming and site seeing.  Nothing formal or official just still plugging away. 








4) Move Into a Home That Better Fits This Big Family Needs:
We refinanced the house this mouth.  We will save a little money.  It should help our credit rating in the long run.  It isn't a new house or a move yet, but I do feel we are moving in the right direction.





5) Be Adventurous:
When the older kids needed to go to St. Louis for a retreat, we knew that I would drive them.  That would mean a few days in St. Louis with my mom and time to visit a few friends.  In the end I felt that desire to share the adventure a little bit so Pickle came with us and stayed with me.  It was fun., I loved having one child to spend those adventures with.  I probably would have stayed at home a lot more but I wanted Pickle to have fun so we ventured all over town. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hansome Dude

We needed some professional looking of shots of J to add to his resume.  I think he is such good looking guy!  (I guess that is why we starting dating 25 years ago.)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Snow Cones!

We love snow cones around here.  Pooker invited to the hospital to join her for a snow cone on her lunch break.  They were running a fund raiser and we were all in.  The company that was brought in to sell the snow cones was really cool.  The customer was handed a cup with filled with crushed ice and then the customer added the flavor.  It was so funny picking your flavor and adding it yourself.



We probably would have spent much more time picking our flavoring if it had not been raining.  It was still fun to see Pooker at one of her jobs and enjoy time with the kiddos.  We missed Goobers and dad, they were off working.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Time to Get Kids and Go Home



My time with Pickle has come to an end, well not really - just our time alone.  It is fun to spend time with one child alone.  You can learn so much.  Pickle is a fun, crazy, adventurous, smart and very loving.   I can't wait to get home and hug J and younger kiddos.

Steubenville Conference (The Kids Pictures)

Here I have posted a few pictures that I have taken from my children's Facebook pages.  I know they
had a blast.  I wish I could explain.  I just know that they always come home from this conference and are so in love with their faith and our God that I am jealous.  This website might give you a clue, you can see some of the talks and learn more about what they do.


















 



Saturday, July 12, 2014

All Over Town With Pickle and Miss B

 
Pickle and I started at Saint Louis Bread Company (not  Panera)!  Then with Miss Brenda we headed to Lone Elk park.  We visited the Bird Sanctuary (which I had never seen) and then drove through the beautiful grounds of Lone Elk (which I know quit well from my childhood). 




 
 
 




 





 
 
So it became time for Mass.  We headed to St. Louis Basilica.  I was only in town for a very short time.  I needed to see a beautiful church and this one always fits that bill.  So much beauty!
 

 
 
 
Pickle requested that we visit the seminary.  More beautiful buildings.

 
Ted Drews was the next fun stop.  I am always happy to enjoy a yummy concrete. 

 
We stopped at Friar Tucks to check out all the wines and beers.  It was a fun little stop giving us some ideas for Christmas gifts.


 
The day ended with another St. Louis Favorite:  Rich and Charles- YUMMY!