Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Labor Day Delivers

While early reports predicted a soggy Labor Day weekend, Mother Nature decided to give St. Louisans a break...at least until after the kids were put to bed Monday night.  About 11 p.m. she treated us all to a free light and sound show, but I'm not complaining because we had a wonderful weekend.

We didn't have plans to get out of town.  Our social calendar was not filled. We simply did our best to enjoy a weekend completely free of labor and worries. On Saturday we took advantage of the mid-70 temps to enjoy a romp at Queeny Park.  The next day we met up with some of our favorite people, the Brauns, who treated us to a day at DesPeres Lodge.  That day, my friend, Barb and I often split up to keep better watch as our six cuties were never all in the same place at the same time.  The kids coasted down the lazy river, rode waves in the indoor wave pool and blasted down various water slides. It was truly a whine free day. In fact, it could be said that everyone got along just swimmingly.

Labor Day Monday we lay like broccoli until I decided we all needed to get out to enjoy the sunshine.  I challenged Steve to take us some place new where we could walk and the kids could find creepy crawly things.  He delivered by taking us to Russell E. Emmenegger Park a.k.a. Emmy Park located in Kirkwood. We spent the afternoon skipping rocks along the Meramec, walking trails and watching the kids catch toads, daddy long legs and other creatures.  The kids worked up an appetite and Natalie tossed out the word "donut".  Steve and I just looked at each other and shrugged.  "Why not?" So, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon we rounded out our day with a trip to Krispy Kreme. Since it had been years since we last set foot in one - everything was new for the kids.  They marveled at the conveyor belt and ooh'ed and ahh'd over the selection of treats.  That evening when I tucked Natalie into bed she shared that she wished she could rewind the day.  Her response served as another reminder for me --my kids don't need a lot...they just need their parents to be present in their lives. 

Dear God: Thank you for showing me the beauty of relishing the present.

She just needs to learn to relax more.
Noah and Carter share a double tube on the lazy river.
Playfulpalooza
DesPeres Lodge Cake


Catching toads at Emmy Park
Crawdaddy
Mussel Man
A toad it is.
Getting Schooled in Rock Skipping.
Natalie finds another friend.
"Look! A cave!" said Noah
"I'm gonna call him Todd."
D O N U T S!

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