Trip to Missouri - Summer 2012

We just got back from our big trip to Missouri. The children and I drove to St. Louis on Saturday, July 28 and stayed in St. Louis until Thursday, August 2. Then we drove south to Springfield, Missouri on Thursday evening and stayed there until Wednesday, August 8. We drove back to St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon, picked up Stephen from the airport, and stayed with Stephen's side of the family in St. Charles, MO (part of the St. Louis area) until Monday, August 13. When all was said and done we were gone for 17 days. It was exhausting at times, especially the time without Stephen's help when I was on my own, but we were so thankful to get to spend a good amount of time with so many of our sweet family members and friends. Here's a look into what we did while we were away:

Saturday, July 28 - Drove to St. Louis and had dinner at my Uncle John and Aunt Julie's house to celebrate my cousin Rachel's doctoral graduation from Princeton

Sunday, July 29 - Went to church and had a baby shower honoring my sister-in-law

Monday, July 30 - Swimming lesson for Julianne by Mrs. Karren and then swim time for all of us

Tuesday, July 31 - Swimming lesson for Julianne by Mrs. Karren, Lunch with Grandma Muhleman and Aunt Shelley at the Original Pancake House then more swimming with Grandma Muhleman and Aunt Shelley at a local pool

Wednesday, August 1 - Swimming lesson for Julianne by Mrs. Karren then swim time for all of us, Fritz's frozen custard after dinner

Thursday, August 2 - Zoo with Mrs. Phoebe, Julian, Claira, and Owen, Drove to Springfield that afternoon

Friday, August 3 - Silver Dollar City with Mimi, Uncle John, Aunt Julie, Vivianna, Ingamarie, Rachel, Aaron, Zoe, and Willow

Saturday, August 4 - Down time with Uncle Andy and Aunt Sarah at their townhouse, 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration for my great-aunt and great-uncle, Dinner and early birthday celebration for Julianne with my mom's side of the family at Grandma Northrip's house

Sunday, August 5 - Church with Uncle Andy and Aunt Sarah, Lunch with family, Visit with my almost 104 year old great-grandma, Nanny, and Aunt Judy, Walk around the lake and playground time at a park

Monday, August 6 - Playtime with Uncle Andy and Aunt Sarah at their townhouse (Uncle Andy helped Julianne with her first Lego set), Shopping at Mardel and Hobby Lobby, Dinner with Grandma Northrip

Tuesday, August 7 - Spend the day with Grandma Northrip playing at her house, watching the Olympics, and running a few errands, One more visit with my great-grandma

Wednesday, August 8 - Breakfast at Antons, Playing at Mrs. Lori, Adrianna, and Paxton's house, Drive back to St. Louis, Picked up Stephen from the airport

Thursday, August 9 - Lazy morning at Papa and Gigi's house (the girls loved the swing hung on a tree), Hot date with Stephen at Costco while Papa stayed with napping children, Evening visiting with Uncle Ryan and Liz

Friday, August 10 - Relaxing morning with the whole Mobley family (Uncle Ryan, Liz, Uncle Jason, Aunt Laura, Ethan, Papa, and Gigi), Picnic in Forest Park and afternoon at the St. Louis Zoo, Dinner with the whole family

Saturday, August 11 - Family pictures, Imo's pizza for lunch, Outing to the American Girl store with Gigi, Aunt Laura, and Julianne, Dinner with the whole family and Mark, Time around the fire pit after kids were in bed

Sunday, August 12 - Church with Papa and Gigi, Lunch with the whole family plus Grandma Muhleman, Uncle Steve, Aunt Shelley, and Matt, S'mores after dinner

Monday, August 13 - Visit and playtime at Mr. Joe, Mrs. Sarah, Annabelle, Jayce, and Malachi's house, Drive back to Louisville