Colin’s 2nd Birthday

On Friday, May 30th, Colin turned 2 years old! We started off the morning with our birthday tradition of Krispy Kreme followed by a trip to the park.

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After the boys’ naps, we had the first “Fun Run” of the season followed by Dairy Queen for ice cream.

I’d say it was a good birthday for him.


Peoria Zoo 2014

peoria zoo 2014Over Memorial Day weekend, we took the boys to the Peoria Zoo (and Chick-Fil-A for lunch, of course!). The last time we came here was shortly after Colin was born and there was a large area that was under construction – the tigers, the walkabout, and the budgies. It was a perfect day as it wasn’t too busy and the weather wasn’t too extremely hot.



May 2014 Update

We had a pretty busy month of May leading up to Colin’s birthday. We got the boys a haircut and then visited a small train event that was taking place in Uptown Normal.

The following weekend, we went to church early on Sunday morning and were headed up to get some projects done around the house. Colin is going through a stage where he does not want to get out of the car (silly, I know). Anyway, I got him out, was holding him and closed the car door…right on his finger.

Poor kid. It had quite a slice and even needed four stitches. I certainly don’t wish this experience on anyone. He was fine if it was covered and no one wanted to look at it or touch it. They gave him a shot to numb it followed by x-rays and then time for the stitches…all at convenient care. It’s just horrible watching your son screaming for you to hold him when you are holding him down so they can stitch up his finger. He was such a trooper. He kept a bandage on it for a couple days then the stitches came out in a week. The nail fell off about six weeks later and we’re still waiting for the new nail.

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Drake had his last day of pre-school for this year. We loved the Iron Kids program especially his “Big Kid Buddies” Chelsea and Claire. He will still see Chelsea next year, but Claire was a senior and graduated.

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St. Louis Trip

I’m WAY behind updating our blog so I am going to back date some posts since this is what I use to work on the boys scrapbooks. At the end of April, we took the boys to St. Louis for a couple nights. We stayed at the Drury Inn — highly recommend! They have a free breakfast plus a free happy hour which was basically dinner.

We drove down on a Thursday morning, got lunch and went to the Magic House.

magic house 2014After our time was up at the Magic House, we got checked into the hotel, swam for a bit, and then got dinner. The boys were ready for an early bedtime since they skipped naps.

On Friday morning, we hit the St. Louis Zoo. It’s free! Plus, for the first hour they are open, the Sting Ray exhibit, carousel and train are all free, too!

st. louis zoo 2014We spent about 5 hours at the zoo and still didn’t see everything! But, the boys needed naps. I was hoping to go to the Science Center after naps but the boys didn’t wake up in time to make it there before they closed. So, we just got dinner and then went to Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.

On Saturday morning, we took the boys to the Arch.

st. louis arch 2014On our way home, we stopped to meet our friend’s newest little one – Avery.

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Easter 2014

We had a gorgeous day for Easter this year! This was also the first year that I actually hid a “basket” for the boys. My parents sent a bucket with a few things for each one, and I had a bucket for each one so they got to find two each. I only really hid one of the baskets and Drake was freaking out that he couldn’t find it.
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I managed to get a few pictures, but you can see that Drake wasn’t up for smiling. 🙂


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85th Gamma Phi Circus Show!

My friend, Janell, and her son come to town for the Gamma Phi Circus! We went to the matinee show this year. The troupe did a fabulous job – one of the best year’s.
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Of course, Drake was not in the mood for pictures so I only have the performers. Maybe next year. He cannot wait for camp this summer!