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Fun in Missouri

Last week we all boarded a plane and headed back to St. Louis to spend some time with some of our favorite people in the world. As much as we have loved living in Seattle so far it just doesn’t quite feel like home yet because a few people are missing from our day to day lives, our dearest and closest friends. Heading back to The Lou to see everyone was so refreshing.

We spent the week staying with my very dear friend, Heather, and her family. Thank you Heather! Maya got to play with her bestie Claire every day which made her happier than happy.

The week flew by way to fast. It was filled with fun moments with our dear friends and I could have spent at least another week and still not felt like I had enough time with everyone. I miss our friends in St. Louis so much. I’m glad we got to spend a little time reconnecting with them and just hanging out like old times. Watching Maya and Claire pick up right where they left off, like no time had passed at all made my heart smile.

Thank you to all our dear friends who made our trip back so much fun. We love all of you and miss you dearly. Can’t wait to see you all again, hopefully soon.

This week has been full of bittersweet moments with the friends and places that made St. Louis home, made it a place I have loved for over a decade now. It is hard to say goodbye, so very very hard.

When we moved to St. Louis 12 years ago I didn’t really know much about the city, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ll admit it took a bit for the city to grow on me. We lived in an area didn’t like at all when we first moved here and my commute to work was way too long. Once we moved to our condo and my commute was cut in half this city instantly began to feel like home. I loved everything about where we lived and we started really taking advantage of everything this city has to offer.

St. Louis is where Lorne started his career. Where we bought our first and second home. Where we welcomed our girls into our family. Where we met and got to know some of the most important people on our lives. St. Louis is home. How do you say goodbye to home.

Thank you St. Louis for the last 12 years. I will look back on this city and the places we love here with very fond memories. I will hold close in my heart the friends that helped make this place feel like home.

I wish I didn’t have to say it, but i do…Goodbye St. Louis.

Maya is in summer camp this week. It is her second summer camp and to say she loves going to camp is an understatement. The girl loves her some summer camp fun :)

When summer camp sign up time rolled around early in the Spring I knew, even though this would be her very first summer camp experience, that she would enjoy herself no matter what I signed her up for. She adored going to school and I knew she would enjoy summer camp just as much. I didn’t want her whole summer to be spent in camp. I wanted her to have free time to just play and enjoy herself, spend time with friends and explore her favorite spots here in St. Louis. So, I signed her up for 3 week long summer camps.

Her first camp was 2 weeks ago. It was the camp I knew, with out a doubt, she would LOVE. It was at The Magic House and her best little friend from school was enrolled in the same camp. The first day of camp Maya and Lillian squealed with delight when they saw each other again for the first time since school let out and according to their camp instructors they were inseparable the entire week. The camp was a huge success. Each more she woke up with a huge smile on her face so excited at the prospect of having another fun morning at the Magic House. When the last day of camp rolled around she was so bummed and didn’t want the fun to end.

This week’s camp is at the park across the street from our house and run by our town’s recreation center. It was the camp I knew might cause a little discomfort for her since she didn’t know anyone else there. She was excited for the camp but clearly very nervous and even cried a little yesterday morning before we walked over. She was worried because none of her friends were going to be there. I reminded her that she didn’t know anyone in her preschool class when she first started and now has some wonderful new friends. That calmed her down and let the excitement take over. When we arrived she recognized one of the little girls from her swim class and the two made each other their “best camp friend” and had a great time. Today and day 2 of the camp and so far she is having a great time.

Her next, and final camp, is next month. It is an art camp at Laumeier Sculpture Park and her best little friend from preschool is enrolled in this one as well. This is the camp I’m most looking forward to for her. I can’t wait to see how it goes. She is going to love it, this I know for sure!

I already can’t wait to sit down with her next spring and figure out which camps she wants to go to next year.

With summer in full swing, temperatures rising on a daily basis and lazy no-school, play-filled fun filling our days, thoughts of camping have been on our minds. We’ve been busy doing a lot of stuff around the house lately so our weekends have been pretty busy, too busy for a camping trip. Friday afternoon we were hanging out in the backyard. Lorne was home early from work to spend a little extra time with his girls in advance of a 2 week long business trip. Lorne and Maya got talking about camping and the next thing I knew plans were being made for a grand Backyard Campout. Maya was super excited!

After dinner the prep work began. The tent was set up, beds were made and Maya even made a little “fire” complete with camp chairs for her and her Dad :)

I was a bit skeptical as to whether Maya would be able to fall asleep and stay asleep outside as she scares easily, but she did awesome. Lorne and I sat in the backyard while she fell asleep. It took her longer than it does in her own bed, it was still light out so I wasn’t surprised by that. But, once she finally passed out she was out for the night. It was a hot night so I don’t think either of them had a great sleep and Lorne’s wake up call came bright and early once the sun was up, but all in all they had a good time.

I foresee a few more backyard camps this summer.

 

School isn’t yet out, the traditional “official” start to summer is still a week away, and yet it’s definitely already summer. This past weekend was hot. The kind of hot that calls for backyard pools to be blown up and filled with cold water from the garden hose. The kind of hot that calls for sitting under the shade of a tree and watching the big girl keeping cool by splashing for hours in the pool.

Late Saturday afternoon my Mum arrived in town for a visit. We spent the day leading up to her arrival playing in the backyard, keeping cool in the shade. Maya had so much fun playing in her pool. She spent hours and hours splashing away in it, she was a wrinkled prune by the time she was done.

Anna splashed her feet in the pool a few times but preferred playing in the shade of the big oak tree.

We are spending this week showing my Mum around St. Louis. We’ll be enjoying trips to the wineries, the zoo, the park and many of our other favorite little spots. With the exception of today and tomorrow it is going to be HOT so I’m guessing we’ll be finding ourselves splashing in the backyard pool again too.