Father’s Day

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We are celebrating Father’s Day a day early since Zack works 12 hours tomorrow. We started the day with a donut cake, lots of fruit, gifts, and Dean Martin on Pandora. His gift was a handmade card from Penelope and I and a framed photo (featured below) of Penelope and I that my Dad took for the occasion, which we framed for his desk at his new job as a teacher!!
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Afterwards we took a stroll around Target, picked up Penelope some big girl underwear (!!) and looked for sunglasses for Zack and Miss P.Mae, with no luck whatsoever.  We headed out for an early picnic lunch at the park- It. Is. Hot. Outside. Ugh, but Penelope was cute.
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When I get done with this post, Zack and I are going to the Loop to do some window shopping and see a movie he has been dying to see at The Tivoli Theater!!
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Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there- although I can’t imagine any fathers reading this post, I’m just putting it out there…

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Pinterest: Kitchen

These are just a few that might pertain to our newest, small, apartment – to see what we’d like for our future home that we hope to one day live in, check out photos here.

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A shelf like this would be nice to store baking supplies, fruit, extra towels, cookbooks, and plants, to save on cabinet space. We also plan on using our white board for meal planning, I might make the frame a bit nicer and brighter though.
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I’ve always loved the look of flowers, and how they can instantly brighten a room. I plan on taking Penelope out for walks to find some!
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I love everything about this kitchen! Once I get a second look to remember the actually size of the kitchen, if its possible, I wouldn’t mind the extra cooking space something like this island creates. Plus, love the the plants on the windowsills, and cookbooks. For the record, I like everything in this photo, those are just things I might be able to use in our next place.

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Pretty drawer liners are never a bad thing, especially since our apartment is an old one.
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If our cabinet doors are terrible, it might be nice to open up the cabinet space – which would also force us to keep them organized… not sure this one will happen, but it sure looks good in this photo!

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Life Lately

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Last Sunday Penelope and I went with my family to visit my younger brother, Ben, who was doing some volunteer work in Illinois with my cousin Murray. We couldn’t miss an opportunity to see him, even though we just saw him two months ago. We knew he was really just excited to see his niece and nephews, but he was awesome getting to see him!

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Around the house this week we have been packing, and trying to fill ours days creatively. Penelope’s favorite pass time has become coloring. She is getting really good at it, holding the crayons and markers correctly, and even focusing on things like spots on a snake, so she is beginning to realize there is more to it that scribbling. We are also learning the names of colors, objects (car, flower, apple, book, bubbles, chair, ball, airplane.), animals (cat “meow”, dog, puppy, bear, bird, monkey, lizard), and people (Papa, DeeDee, Reese, Daddy, Mommy (not her favorite word, I’m sad to say), Grandpa, Grandma, Joe, Leo…and so on. She is getting really good and speaking, and she has the sweetest voice!
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Reese on the other hand has been extremely bored. I can tell he just wants to RUN! It has either been too hot or raining. Regardless, I know I need to make his fun time a priority, I can sit in the shade after all…
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Zack and I have begun a garden that we will take with us when we move, complete with watermelon, tomatoes, strawberries, and peppers. Penelope and I make a daily trip to water them. She loves doing this and runs to find her watering can that Grandma Shooie got her. She loves to be a helper (and independent).
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Penelope has also become interested in books, an even let me read through a short one last night!
I have dreaded packing with this move, but luckily we have a month to spread out the process, so it’s not too much pressure to get everything done right away. I t is hard to pack with Penelope around, because she like to help, which means random things in boxes and things I just put in boxes taken out. She is too cute though, so I can’t be mad. I usually end up sitting back watching her and cheering her on when something wrong is dumped into a box. She feels so proud, that makes me happy.
This is Zack’s last day of work for the next three days, and we will be celebrating Father’s Day on Saturday- a post to follow- the other days I’m sure will be spent packing and finishing projects, and letting Penelope run around in the sprinkler!

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Surprise from the Sky

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This afternoon, after a blistering hot sunshine filled morning, it began to thunder, hail, rain, and blow winds fiercely for 45 minutes.
Penelope and I watched from the patio/ playroom, rocking gently in the rocking chair, Penelope clinging to me like a little monkey not quite understanding what was happening. When she got more comfortable and it was still raining, we pulled out the flashcards and practiced new words.
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Earlier today, however, we did get to enjoy some outside time. Penelope played in a big bowl of bubbles, dancing and squealing in the driveway, excited for the freedom to make a mess! We also colored Winnie the Pooh pages, watched Mary Poppins –which she chose off the shelf – complete with popcorn. We played with jumbo Lego blocks, baby dolls, swept the kitchen, had a dance party, and took a nap. Oh, and ate lunch with Daddy on his break!
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Lets hope tomorrow is as eventful, relaxing, and full of just as many smiles!

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The Sway of a Sunday

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Penelope woke up at a crisp 7 A.M., leaving us with four hours to get ready for church. I gave her a nap in that time, then we headed off to church two minutes from our house, arriving too early, giving us time to catch up with our friend Mark that Zack grew up with ( a second Dad of sorts). The service was amazing, as usual in my opinion, as was the music. [I will be posting the sermon later in the week.]
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After church P-Mae and I went out to lunch with my sister, her boys and my mom. Penelope and Leo find each other hilarious, and squealed the entire time making faces across the table at one another.
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Once home, and after realizing Penelope was not interested in taking a nap, we watched 13 going on 30 with Grandma Shooie, and ate apple slices. 
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I decided to take Penelope outside to sit under the tree in the front yard despite the heat to pass some time before my next attempt at a nap – which was also a failure – the time outside was relaxing, full of giggles, breezes, baby doll kisses, flower picking, and puppy chasing.
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We will have to do this more often.
The rest of the afternoon was spent watering plants, coloring, listening to conversations between Penelope and her baby dolls, filling out my planner with new found events, watching Shrek, eating supper, and giving Penelope good night kisses – lots of them!
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I hope everyone else’s Sunday was just as relaxing, and that all who could enjoyed some sunshine.
Now I’m off to watch Extreme Makeover – Weight Loss Edition!
Happy Sunday!

Anniversary

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This weekend is our big 5 year anniversary!
: : :We have done quite a bit in our 5 years of married life: : :

r We started out with a honeymoon to Meramec State Park here in Missouri
r A week camping out at Cornerstone Music festival in Illinois
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r A second honeymoon road trip style to the Southeast States
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r I fractured my pelvic bone
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r 3 trips to St. Simmons Island, Georgia
r 6 different homes
r 3 trips to Denver CO
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r Made it through five years of college
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r Frequent trips to the Zoo
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r [Many many] Trips to St. Louis
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r Several outings to Springfield, MO
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r Counseled at a camp for a week one summer with our church youth group
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r We became the proud parents of a Poodle named Reese
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r I spent 3 months on bed rest while pregnant with Miss Penelope
r We became Mama and Papa during our third year of marriage
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r We’ve owned 4 vehicles; one stolen, one sold (had the whole 5 years), one broke down, and a van.
r Been camping twice; once at Cornerstone Music Festival (a week long), once for our second anniversary (one night)
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r   Been to Cheyenne Wyoming twice
r   Hiked to the tops of [at least] 6 mountains
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r Found one, count ‘em, -one- horse one the side of the road
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r Had many long scenic drives (one of which is where we came across the horse)
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r Gone to Meramec Caverns once
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r And we have made made many wonderful friends along the way!

: : : For our anniversary this year we went to The Cheesecake Factory and to see a movie and had a full day of shopping for our new home, since it was supposed to be too cold to go kayaking. : : :
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Last night at The Cheesecake Factory – excuse the deer in the head lights expression on my face, extremely bright flash…

Tomorrow we will be spending our actual anniversary with Penelope, doing things she’d enjoy, like swimming…
Happy Weekend!

A Family Friday

Zack had to work this Saturday, so we decided to have a family day last Friday to have some fun before his work week started.
That morning we headed out to the mall by our house for some window shopping and lunch. After which we decided it would be best to go home and change, as we were far too over dressed for what had now become a very hot day.
Next it was off to the St. Louis Arch to take some family pictures and walk around for a bit. At the Arch the weather was much nicer, with a cool breeze constantly blowing.
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Turned out to be mostly Zack taking pictures of the rest of us as oppose to “family photos”- we’ll have to get him in there next time…

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Penelope insisted on holding Reese’s leash and he made sure to drag her around… and around…she loved it!

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Itty Bitty very exaggerated baby bump
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I plucked a flower for Penelope, which she eventually tore to shreds, but not without getting pollen all over her nose first.

After the Arch we went to Chesterfield ate supper and did some much needed diaper shopping. Fuuun stufff!
Happy Sunday!

Mother’s Day

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This is my third mother’s day, and by far the best. Not because of the way it was celebrated, but because this year is filled with a sweet voice saying “Mama.” When she is hurt, excited, need me to help with something, she says Mama.
My first mother’s day was the most exciting because I was pregnant with a little baby girl, my first. Our friends Daniel and Heather took me out to celebrate-and they went ALL OUT! It was wonderful.
Last year Zack and Penelope took me to San Francisco Oven in Springfield- my favorite place to eat there! I believe we did some shopping afterwards…
This year I thought I was going to spend my day just me and my girl, since Zack was working. The day quickly turned around for the better though. My family picked me up for church, then we went out to lunch then on to Chesterfield to do some shopping – and my dad even got me a gift!- when Penelope and I arrived at home I talked to my younger brother on the phone before we made supper and watched Peter Pan. Then Penelope had a bath, complete with bubbles, and now she is pushing around her shopping cart while I type. It has been a beautiful, full day for the two of us!
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Happy Mother’s Day everyone!