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well… lots going on around here the last month or so & i have been too lazy to post. my parents were here for 3 weeks in may to early june while our babysitter was in Russia adopting their 5th kid (the 2nd adoptee). She is 11 yrs old, her name is Maria (nickname is Masha). She is an adorable little girl… so bright eyed & sweet. She is starting to warm up to me now (before she wouldn’t say anything even when I practiced the Russian phrases I learned online for her). Yesterday when I picked up the boys, she stood right by me as I climbed in my car & chatted with Miss Chris… literally, i couldn’t shut my door b/c she was standing so close… it was really sweet!

my dad & i both celebrated our birthdays while they were here. that was a rare treat!! here are a couple of pics from each:

mom & dad kept they boys busy with trips to the Magic House (our children’s museum) & Missouri Childrens Botanical Garden. They also visited our local park a couple of times. I am so thankful for their willingness to come up for 3 weeks to help out with the kids (& us) while Chris was gone to Russia.

while Mom & Dad were here, we took them to a River City Rascals game (a minor league baseball team that plays about 15 minutes away). When we walked in the gate, a girl who worked there asked Trip if he wanted to race Rascal (the mascot) around the bases. Trip, my shy cautious firstborn, said with head & eyes tilted to the ground, “nope”. After we walked in a few steps, I kneeled down & asked him again if he wanted to go on the field & race Rascal. He said, “OK, I will”. We talked about how he didn’t have to if he didn’t want to, but he walked back over to the girl & said, “I changed my mind. I want to race Rascal!” In the fourth inning, she came to our seats & took Trip to the dugout. We waited there for 1/2 an inning & then he walked out to 2nd base w/her & Rascal (they raced from 2nd base to home plate). I WAS SO PROUD!!! I really thought he would flip out 1/2 way to 2nd base, pitch a fit, & run back to me completely embarrassed… boy did he prove me wrong!

Here is the video…

So… he started a little early, but can you blame him??? … that Rascal is HUGE!! As soon as he came off the field, he said, “Mom, I beat him even though his legs were a lot longer”. And then when we got home, I showed him the video…. *duhn, duhn, duhn*…. he had no idea that the Hot Dog had knocked Rascal over during the race!! (OOPS) He said, “Mama, that was kind of cheating, wasn’t it?” I agreed but reminded him that he was winning the race when it happened & probably would have won anyway!!

We also got to spend an evening with the Willis family in May when they came down to pick up their engine-troubled van. The kids played & had a blast while we chatted with Brenda & Jason. We went out to eat with them (like we often did before they moved back to Iowa) and had a good visit. Jason thrilled my kids with the extreme ketchup squirt trick (now they insist that I squirt their ketchup from as high above the plate as I can!! thanks for that one Jason :0)

i love this pic of the kids:
Quinn, Ally, Trip, & Drew

Trip & Quinn wrestled with Grandpap a lot and I think the old man had a blast with the boys.

last summer when my parents were here, my dad bought them a slip-n-slide. trip tried it a couple of times & did not like it at all. we got it out a couple of weeks ago & my-oh-my how a year can change things. that kid was AMAZING!! here are a couple of pics & a video!

no pics of quinn on said slip-n-slide. he reacted like trip did last year… not a fan AT all! maybe next year…

the video:

quinn is well on his way to being potty trained… pray for our patience. i’ll post on that when the deed is done!!

7 Responses to “Catch Up”

  1. Gram

    It’s not like you had to twist our arms to get us to spend time with y’all :) I love all the pictures. I was sooo proud of Trip racing Rascal! He did great. Quinn was sitting with me and I don’t think he ever took his eye off that Hot Dog during the race. He must have known something was up with him! We went to a local minor league game when we got back home, the race with the mascot was an older boy and they started at second base but ran in opposite directions toward home. It wasn’t nearly as exciting or as difficult.

  2. Brenda Rae

    That pict is awesome of the 4 kids! We had a blast and hopefully can come down again later this summer for longer! Isn’t it amazing how fast the kids grow up.

  3. Josh Puckett

    The race with the Rascal was awesome. The only thing that would have made it better was if Quinn would have come out of nowhere and taken out Rascal. Great job Tripper, can’t wait to see Quinn on the slip and slide next time.

  4. nikki

    It was an eventful month! I am so glad to see the video of Trip running the bases!! He did awesome!

    The picture of the four kids is really cute!!

  5. coupon queen

    We are 14 weeks and heard a heartbeat again this morning! Feeling great!

    Proud of Trip- Jonathan and Mason wouldn’t have done it!

  6. SC Rocks

    Hard to believe your kids are so grown up! I don’t know if I could get either of the girls to do that.

  7. Trent & Mary Katherine Cloer

    Hey Amy- I love the video, that is awesome! One to keep forever! I am glad your folks get to come and visit for awhile- I know that is probably a nice treat- Great to see pics of your family- Take care-


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