Saturday, December 27, 2014

More Christmas 2014

On December 26, we visited the Harry Truman Museum and Library, in Independence, MO.

We listened to some of Truman's campaign speeches.

And could hear some of his speeches. We saw his office, his childhood home and different issues that he encountered as President.

We even made our own election buttons. This is the one Zach made.

The special exhibit was a collection of Madeleine Albright's pins that she wore as Secretary of State. I didn't know that she wore different pins, and each one had subtle messages. You can read more about it on the Smithsonian website: Madeleine Albright On Her Life In Pins.

And then Zach got pinkeye.

We hung out at the Hilger's, but no one was allowed to touch Zach.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas 2014

The boys were out of school from December 22 and returning on January 6. As always, Scott took off most of the time since he always has more vacation days than me.

Our house at night.

Our tree.

And the Lego train...

Saw the lights at Botanica.

Christmas morning, 7:00 a.m.

Ali's first road trip!

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At Grammy's we played the game "Traffic Jam"...



Read books...

Took walks...

Played cards...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Braces Day

The boys made this card for me today. "Happy Braces Day!" LOL!

I got braces today. It's something I have wanted to do for a long time, and now maybe I'm regretting my decision. It started with the gross mold I had to make of my teeth. Then the spacers...which hurt. Who would have thought that little rubber bands between your teeth would make them so sore?

The next day:

And what was I thinking? A metal mouth right before Christmas? That's when all the good food is around.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Oak Park 2014

Our traditional visit to Oak Park. We played a few holes of disc golf and brought Ali with us, which is a lot like having a toddler around. I didn't get to take as many photos as I wanted...but here's a few.

I do this every year, but here's a look back...

2014 (this year).



2011 (with cousins).


2009 (Adam was not there this year).


Oak Park 2010
Wild Animals 2011 
Oak Park 2012
Oak Park 2013