Friday, August 31, 2012

Rain rain go away

Hurricane Isaac is making its way here to Chicago in the form of rain this weekend.  We DO need the rain.  Unfortunately, it is making its appearance on the same weekend as the highly anticipated (at least in this household) Frankfort Fall Fest.  We will not be stopped by a little bit of rain!

Looks like fun!
We are not big fans of thunder around here!
Stay dry!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Today is the first day of school 2012.  5th grade and 2nd grade.  Wow!  Both the girls were happy to be going back, ready to see who was in their classrooms, ready to meet their teachers and {i think}ready for a bit of structure in their day, but it is hard to let go of summertime.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love when the girls are home and I am never happy to see the return of school.  Like it or not, school days are here again and we are going to have a great year this year!  I just know it!

Sara Corrine  7 1/2  &  Jessica Meredith  10 1/2

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Vacation - part 3 - St. Louis - Final Installment

This is a long series of posts, I realize that.  I will move on after this last one, promise! ;)  We spent only one day and night in St. Louis.  We left Nashville and headed for St. Louis and Kevin decided to get off the mail expressway in Paducah, KY.  We took a lot of back roads until we got to Cape Girardeau, MO.  It was a pretty drive.  He and I enjoyed it, the girls, not as much.  They were nervous that there were not many cars and buildings along the way.  They really are city girls.  We stayed at a hotel in the St. Louis Union Station.  It was a beautiful building.  They have tried to revamp it by having a mall in the main level but it was half empty and the stores that were there were not that great.  It is a shame as the facility was cool.  We drove around a bit that night and happened upon the City Garden.  It takes up a couple of blocks and has a huge fountain to play in with dancing waters and lights and many cool sculptures to check out.  We all enjoyed it a lot!  The next day was spent at the St. Louis City Museum.  Coolest place!!  If you get a chance to take your kids, you MUST go!  I only have a few pictures there because my big camera was getting in the way of my climbing and sliding and playing.  Check out all the places to climb!  We decided to just get home after that and we were all ready to sleep in our own beds.  Especially me.  All in all, it was a quick and fun road trip! 

city museum!

This is when we noticed the dust...on the way home!  UGH!

So tell us, what are your favorite states to visit and why?  I'm hoping we have many more road trips ahead of us!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Vacation - part 2 - Nashville!

I sat down a couple times to write this post and it was overwhelming to try to label each picture so I will share with you what we did while there and follow it up with a *few* selected pictures!

We arrived in Nashville on Sunday evening.  We were there Monday through Wednesday.  All four of us loved it!  Things we did while there:  visited the Country Music Hall of Fame, toured the Ryman Auditorium (original home of the Grand Ole Opry) and did the backstage tour as well (beautiful place), walked down Broadway, the main street in Nashville with all the honky tonks, took the girls to their first honky tonk Tootsies where they thought it was cool to write their name on the table (we just solidified that we won't be winning the parents of the year award), visited Hatch Show Prints (very cool store...old school print shop), ate at an aquarium restaurant, saw a show at the Grand Ole Opry*, toured the backstage of the Grand Ole Opry (very cool!), walked around the Gaylord Hotel and took the boat ride that is INSIDE the hotel (that should give you some sort of indication of how big this place is), drove out to the Loveless Cafe (SO worth the trip...sorry Sara that you got sick!), visited Franklin, TN, stopped at the Blackbird studios, drove through music row, visited the Antique Archeology shop (from American Pickers fame), and the girls swam every day.  Oh yea, and no visit to Nashville is complete until you have stopped at Cooters and toured the museum.  Who didn't love The Dukes of Hazard?  Yee haw!  ;)  Now some pictures for your viewing enjoyment!

*Performers at the Grand Ole Opry show:  Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Brice, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bradley Garret, Kevin Costner (yes,the actor) and his band Modern West and Charlie Daniels Band!!

BTW, as you can see, we have a piece of dust on the sensor of our camera.  We didn't notice it until we were on our way home.  The guy at Wolf Camera told me it would have to be sent out to be cleaned and that to would take FOUR to EIGHT weeks!  I cannot be without my camera for that long so not sure what I'm going to do about it.  Sorry, these pics are not edited in any way. :(