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.
We are pretty lucky to be living in an area where we are surrounded by beauty on a daily basis. There are huge beautiful trees every where, mountains speckle the horizon and everything is green and lush. But, Sunday we headed to Mount Rainier National Park with some friends for a day of hiking and I found myself in quite possibly the most beautiful setting I have ever been in. It was seriously breathtaking.
With the peak of Mt. Rainier soaring high above, lush green trees surrounding us and meadows filled with gorgeous wild flowers every where we looked there was something beautiful to see.
We started our day by meeting up with our friends and enjoying a picnic lunch before hiking up to Paradise Lodge. The hike was beautiful with the path meandering through mountain meadows as it made its was up the side of a mountain a little bit. The lodge was in an incredible setting with absolutely stunning views of Mt. Rainier. Lorne and our friends headed up the mountain a little further while I stayed at the lodge with the girls. Maya killed the time climbing on some rocks.
It was an amazing day surrounded by incredibly beauty.
Our family is finally complete again, everyone if back home. Lorne got in Friday evening. With jetlag in full swing for him I wasn’t sure if we would end up doing anything for Independence Day. Luckily, he was up for heading out to a local park with some great friends for a few hours of 4th of July festivities and fireworks. We had an amazing evening celebrating Independence Day. We really couldn’t have asked for a better day.
This was Maya’s first experience with fireworks. She isn’t a fan of loud noises, but the girl adores all things sparkly and colorful, so I was hopeful she would love it. And, love it she did. She has already asked me no less than a dozen times today if we can go see fireworks again when it gets dark
Weather here in St. Louis at this time of year can often put a damper on celebrating anything outside. Hot and humid is often the forecast everyday, so although we crossed our fingers for not too hot temperatures, we didn’t hold our breath. How amazing was it to wake yesterday to a forecast that was calling for temperatures in the mid-eighties. Some rain the night before and the morning of the 4th resulted in actual pleasant temperatures, and even a breeze! We found a shady spot under some large trees and set up shop with some great friends. We ate a picnic dinner, watched the kiddos play and enjoyed great company while listening to live music and waiting with anticipation for the grand fireworks display.
When the fireworks finally started everyone was super excited. The kiddos rocked their glow bracelets, necklaces and sticks. The display was amazing and the grand finale was so loud and crazy that Maya couldn’t help but giggle at all the noise and bright colors exploding over our heads. I tried out the fireworks setting on my camera and managed to get a couple of neat shots.
Our 4th of July was so fun and we were so happy to share it with great friends. Hope you all had a great time celebrating the nation’s birthday with your family and friends.
It has been 2 years.
2 years since a Mom and Dad lost the most amazing thing in their lives, their daughter.
2 years since the world lost the light and life of an incredible little girl.
For 2 years we’ve been missing Madeline Spohr. We’ve been supporting her family in every way we can. Lifting them up when the weight of a world without her seems too much to bear. 2 years.
On this April day, 2 years ago, we said good-bye to Maddie.
On this April day we remember the beauty, light, love and strength beyond her years that was the Amazing Maddie.
We love you. We miss you. We will remember you always.
Please stop by Heather’s blog and let Heather, Mike and Annie know that you are thinking about them today. They need love on this day. Please consider making a donation today in memory of one truly awesome little girl. Heather and Mike are raising money for the March of Dimes this year in preparation for walking in Maddie’s honor again this year or you can make a donation to the charity set up in Maddie’s name, Friends of Maddie.
Today is the last day of 2010. I can hardly wrap my head around the fact that we are already a full decade into the 2000s, it’s crazy. Time goes by so quickly. Each year with its ups and downs, its memories, its laughter and its tears. Tomorrow it will be 2011 and we’ll get to start a fresh new year full of fresh new memories and moments.
2010 was a good year for me, for our family. We sold our condo and bought a new house. We’ve spent the better part of the summer and fall moving in, settling in and making this place our own (truth be told we’re still working on it). We continued to watch our little girl grow up and change before our very eyes. It is amazing it me how different a 2 year old is from a 3 year old. She is no longer a baby, no longer even remotely resembles a baby. She is 100% little girl now full of strong opinions, stubborn attitudes and a need to talk your ear off.
We started this year with the hopes of growing our family, of adding a new little one. And, after months and months of disappointment we ended the year with some really great news. 2010 wasn’t the year of baby #2 for us but 2011 is going to be!
Most years we are traveling New Years. We are either on the road or just getting home New Year’s Eve. This year, since we are home we’ve decided to spend the night with some great friends. It’ll be a great way to ring in 2011.
2011 is going to be a big year for us full of adventure. I can’t wait.
Happy New Year to all of you. I hope 2011 is a wonderful year for each of you. I hope you spend the year surround by those you love and making wonderful memories to carry with you into the years to come.