Saturday, October 26, 2013

Marine Corps Marathon Fun Run

Joseph ran the Marine Corps Marathon Fun Run for kids for the second time this year. Joseph asked us to sign him up this year--all on his own--his new school wasn't sending a school group.  It is a fun event filled with energy and excitement. I love to watch Joseph run--so full of life and so earnest in all he does. He reported that he ran the whole way, and I report that he was fast!!

We all went and cheered him on, rode the shuttle from the parking lot, and played in the moonbounce after the race. Abigail had her first experience with a port-a-potty, deciding she really didn't need to go after all (and miraculously making it a couple hours until we were all finished).

Our guy

Joseph in the zone before beginning

Abigail on my red coated shoulders as we wait for the race to begin

Love this kid!

After being awarded his medal from one of the Marines

Abigail got to climb inside the fire truck and the moonbounce!

On the shuttle

October 26, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The trip home

Usually we make the drive in one, epic day. However, this was our first time with three kids and we decided to bail in Ohio. We'd been on the road since 6:30 am and still had many hours ahead of us. The kids loved staying in a hotel, swimming in the pool, and eating the hotel breakfast in the morning.  It made the trip home seem part of the vacation.

 The kids pretending to be asleep...and Anna not even pretending :) 

The next day we took our time getting back home and enjoyed the beautiful fall scenery. I think West Virginia is so beautiful (maybe my all-time favorite)!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Farmer Marc

Marc took a few days during the trip and went to a farm in Illinois. He drove tractors, chased pigs, and climbed in silos. He got his hands dirty and felt worlds away from his cubicle in Washington, D.C. He had all kinds of fun stories to show us when he came home.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cousin Zoo Day

We rode the train, loved seeing the new sea lion water tunnel, and even got to see the zoo keepers chase an escaped bird!

We discovered Anna loves apples--whole!
October 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Moore Missouri and a video!

Grandpa took us fishing, Grandma took us to the nature center. We had a campfire in the backyard with Uncle David and Cousin Shaia. The kids loved playing out in the driveway and cul de sac--badminton and baseball and basketball.  And lots of fun inside the house--watching the amazing window washers clean the atrium windows and chatting it up with the treadmill installation guys. Abigail became fast friends and fixed them lunch in her play kitchen. Oh, and we introduced Anna to frozen custard--she gave a huge smile after her first bite!

The kids had a ball in St. Louis. Abigail was mesmerized from the moment we drove into town and she saw the St. Louis Arch, which she recognized from a Cardinals baseball book she had gotten for her birthday. It was a good time to be in St. Louis--the Cardinals won the National League Championships and the whole town was Cardinal-mania! I mean, even the mail man had given up his uniform in favor of a Cardinals shirt. It is fun to be a part of such a group of fans.

Joseph gave rides to Abigail and Shaia during the campfire, in addition to his own self-propelled. wild rides down the hill

Just like Anna's spot under the piano bench at home, she found this hide-out at Grandma and Grandpa's

October 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pumpkin Patch

Abigail LOVED the hayride. She convinced Grandma to take her a second time.

Selfie of the Moore ladies in the corn maze. We missed you Joanna!

Hay Arch: St. Louis Pride!
Joseph almost hit the target with the corn husk cannon.

October 12, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

HGTV Anyone?

Aunt Catherine and Uncle John bought a wonderful old, historic home in the city of St. Louis. They are having it renovated from top to bottom--it is going to be so beautiful. Even though it is under construction, Aunt Catherine took us for a tour. It is such a fantastic space--with charm and character. I admire John and Catherine for following their dreams of living in the city, going car free for two years, and for forging the life they want for themselves.

Aunt Catherine took us for a tour. When we were in the kitchen, Joseph saw the vision and said, "This is going to be like one of the houses we see on the shows at the doctor's office."  Yes, we catch up on our HGTV when we're in the waiting room at Kaiser Permanente.

I love the tree-lined streets and corner store. What a great little neighborhood! And Abigail could run up and down the sidewalks all day!

October 12, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Loving Life in St. Louis

We arrived in St. Louis and the fun began! 

First up? Grandma's toy room, family photo shoot with half of the Ben & Becca duo, and spending time with a dear family friend. Our visit overlapped with Sister Murphy who was stopping through on her way back to Germany. She had traveled to the States to attend the Ordain Women action event the previous weekend during LDS General Conference in Salt Lake City. I had followed reports of the event very closely and was excited to hear her first-hand account and express my admiration for her courage. While this issue is one that I have wrestled with without completely satisfactory conclusions, one thing I do know is that I respect the importance of asking sincere questions.
 And, another bonus of crossing paths with Sister Murphy?  The Sugary Shrink was in the house.

October 11, 2013

Next up?

Missouri...where the fun never ends!

October 2013