Friday!

Today has been awesome! Penelope woke up early…too early. Last night Zack and I decided it would be mega cute if we left Penelope’s door open and ours and see if she came into our room when she woke up. Cute bed head. Jammie-jams. A big smile to greet us. We were giggling thinking about how cute it would be. So on his last “rounds” of checking her before he went to bed, he left the doors wide open.
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It worked! It was as cute as we’d imagined. Even cuter, actually, because she lied on top of me and cuddled for another 30 minutes.
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After I got up the gumption to draaag myself out of bed so early, Penelope and I prepared homemade waffles with nectarines and bananas on the side (half of which mysteriously disappeared before Daddy arrived at the scene). Breakfast was followed up with a nap for everyone, and we woke up just in time for lunch. Ha. We’re not usually so lazy.
We did, however, get out of the house and went SWIMMING! My favorite activity. Would’a could’a should’a been a fish.
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Our weekend (if goes as planned) will be spent putting the finishing touches on the house and getting Zack’s things ready for school. [We’re decoration his classrooms next week!!]
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Have a lovely weekend everyone- I probably won’t have another post this weekend, but a daily photo should still go up as the name implies.

Quick Hello

It has been great settling in, getting to know the new place. We had plans to go swimming, but it looks stormy, so I think we’ll stay in today (aside from this trip to McDonalds and the Dr. appointment I had earlier).
Some photos from our trip down yesterday: : :
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Good thing we have a porch to watch the storm from!

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Learning to Pray

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Penelope keeps us in check with praying as a family, instead of to ourselves. She holds her hands out and waits for us all to hold hands and bow our heads, then (of course I peek, see so cute) she grins ear to ear and looks back and forth at all of our hands as if it’s the best moment of her day. Sometimes we pray twice for snack time, she’s that good! In an effort to get her more involved with prayer we are teaching her a simple prayer.
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“ Kee-coo Dis [tongue movements to ‘I love you’] Meme.”
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“Thank you Jesus, I love you Amen.”
Followed by a big “proud” grin. I love it.

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I’m sure Jesus loves it even more.

Happy Wednesday.
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Finishing Touches

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CLEANING DAY!
Zack and I have been putting the finishing touches on our move today.
Penelope has spent the day with her Grandma, aunt, and uncle, giving them one last “hoorah” [ although they’ll see her again in about 2 weeks…]. Boy does that girl love her Uncle Joe!
Tomorrow will be more fun (at least for Zack and I). We will be spending part of the morning in St. Louis, possibly Forest Park, before heading back to St. James.
Not sure how many posts will be up in the coming weeks, due to lack of internet at our new place, but a daily trip to the local McDonalds for some free Wi-Fi should help me keep those photo-a-day moving smoothly, and a few posts here and there.
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Bearded Baby

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Zack is home again today, and it has been wonderful! The little Miss and I made blueberry muffins this morning for breakfast, and watched the horrible news on the Aurora shooting (not a wonderful part of the day). So sad. So unnecessary.
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When Daddy woke up, I made a mad dash for the shower after setting Penelope up with popcorn and cartoons next to him on the couch.
When I let Reese out this morning to go potty, it was…CHILLY! It was in the 60s! The high today, they say, is 92, what a great day to be outside. Cloudy, breezy, and just a tad on the hot side…so, warm I guess is the word. Yeah. That’s it. Warm.
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Penelope was eager to go outside, and chose bubbles as her activity of choice. So. Much. Fun! Shivering, soaking wet baby girl- determined not to give in to the cold from the hose water Daddy was spraying her down with.
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And the winning photo is : : :
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I love it! I couldn’t stop laughing when I began flipping through the group, deciding which photos to edit. Hilarious, adorable girl.
Not sure what we’ll do after her nap, but hopefully it will be outside!

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Day with Daddy

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Zack ended up taking the later part of his work day off, do to not having enough work to do. He will be off tomorrow as well (yay!) so hopefully we can do something enjoyable despite the heat. Today we did a pretty good job of filling our time with activities indoors.
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As you can see, our first stop was getting new books from the library. Once again Penelope owned that place, said “Hi!” and “Bye!” to anyone and everyone she passed, picked out books with tedious decision making skills, and handed the lady at the counter her library card and each book. Once they were checked out, however, she proceeded to raise them up to the “drop box” for returns, since we had done that when we arrived. Luckily I saw her and stopped her, she is just too smart, that one.
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Watching a girl asking [begging] her mom repeatedly for Starbursts from the “nearest” gas station.
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I mean, really, how cute is this picture??? Best Buds for Life!
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Next we went to the South County Mall, which was great, and we got tons of walking type exercise. We ate supper and Zack got me some super comfy flip flops for my swollen pregger feet.

Pretty awesome day!

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Rain Dance

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This morning it was cooler than usual, and looked as though it could rain, so we laced up our rain boots and flip flops, stocked our wagon with water (incase we became stranded in the desert that is now St. Peters) and Bea (Penelope’s doll), and began our journey to the stop sign.
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If we don’t see rain by lunch time, the radio will be a’blarin’ throughout the cul-de-sac and a rain dance will commence in the the driveway! This will of course bring a flood (Penelope’s dance moves are, after all, the best in the land) and we will be jumping in puddles before supper.
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Hopefully there will be thunder and lightning and we can enjoy it by watching a movie and eating popcorn before bed! I love family movie nights complete with pajamas and food we should not be eating any time of day, much less before bed.
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For now we will relax indoors with what will surely be a morning of reading “bookies” over and over…and over. Maybe its time for another trip to the Library.
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Zack works 8-4 today and tomorrow, then two 12 hour days to fill his weekend. Monday he heads down to St. James for school paperwork, then back up here to clean and finalize getting all of our stuff to the new place. Just bits and pieces left to go, I find that to be the hardest part.

COME ON RAIN!!!

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Visits with Friends

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I mentioned in the last post that my mother-in-law is having company tonight, so in an attempt to keep the house clean, Penelope and I spent the day out of it.
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I woke Penelope up at 9:30 because, well, I’m bored with out her. After breakfast, we went to visit Grandma Shooie (my mother-in-law) at work and show off Penelope’s pig tails and general cuteness. We followed that up with a visit with my friend from my last high school, Marie. Short but sweet at only and hour long, hopefully we’ll get together again soon! Hint hint, Marie…
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After that we picked up some lunch and went to go see Zack on his lunch break and are now back at home giving Penelope a nap to recharge her batteries. In less that an hour, we’ll be back on the open road to pick up Zack and go out for supper somewhere. I always claim “Not it!” when it comes to choosing where to eat, or anything for that matter, so I can’t give you the delicious details as to our future dining experience…sorry, I’m sure you are all dying to know…
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Penelope eating Daddy’s cookie at our visit with Marie.
Hopefully everyone has a relaxing but adventurous Wednesday as well!
– – So You Think You Can Dance is on tonight! Hooray! For two hours tonight, I will think I can dance!

Happy Wednesday everyone!
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A Day Inside

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Its going to get up to 100 degrees today. Penelope and I will be spending our day inside the house.
It started with Cheerios and banana bread for breakfast, followed by coloring. As I type Penelope is crying in time-out. Suddenly not so relaxing. Hopefully the rest of the day goes well without more crying. Zack is coming home for lunch since he won’t be home tonight. He is going bowling with friends from work. Girls night!
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Zack was supposed to work eight 12 hour days in a row this week, but managed to cut Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday down to 8 hours. That’s a total of one less day!
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Sunday after Zack gets off work, we’ll be heading back to St. James to make our move official! We have “loose ends to tie-up” here before that day comes. Odds and ends to pack up…or throw out.
Today, we’re going to clean clean clean! Shari has company coming tomorrow night. Maybe tomorrow we’ll spend the day outside of the house, hot or not, so it stays clean.
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Well Miss Penelope is dancing to the Backyardigans, baby #2 is kicking up a storm, now seems like a good time to clean.
Hope all of your Tuesdays go well!
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Quite a Full Day

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We had, as you can tell from the title, quite a full day. It wasn’t full because we got a lot done, more full of big outings. My sister invited us to go with her and my parents to Chuck E Cheese for lunch, which turned out to be a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Penelope had a blast!
Afterward we came home and Miss Penelope took a good long nap while I cleaned my camera, and finished cleaning things up on the computer, and Zack did yard work in the hot hot heat.
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We needed things from the store (Zack is baking a cake for work tomorrow, his coworkers are throwing him a farewell pot luck to celebrate his last week at MEMC.), so the three of us made a trip to Walmart- picking up more than we initially had in mind, like spray paint, crackers.
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We had spaghetti, a DELICIOUS salad, pumpernickel bread and oatmeal raisin cookies. Now on to a relaxing evening on The Pacific with Zack after Penelope’s bath. Going to be a good night, hope you all have a happy Sunday!

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