Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt

Today we attended our church’s Easter Egg Hunt.  (We were supposed to go to Washington this weekend to spend the holiday with Steve’s family, but the flights filled up.)  It was Claire’s first egg hunt, and she caught on very quickly.  We had a great time!!

The Easter Bunny was a little scary.  Fortunately, Daddy was there to make it “all better.”006

Here’s a video of the beginning of the hunt.

Our church collected and filled 10,000 eggs.  There were eggs everywhere in the field.  What fun!037







The eggs were filled with candy, but I don’t think Claire ever knew that.  Here’s her take – a basket-full!145

After the egg hunt, we went to the park.  For the very first time, Claire wanted to swing.  And she LOVED it!124

It’s been a great day!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Baby Norton’s Heartbeat – Love at first sound!!

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.  Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it!  You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.  You saw me before I was born.  Every day of my life was recorded in Your book.  Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.  (Psalm 139:13-16 NLT)

How amazing!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fun With MiMi and PopPop

MiMi and PopPop came to visit last weekend.  They came in on Friday and stayed until Monday.  We had a wonderful time!!

We just relaxed on Friday night and let Claire play with MiMi and PopPop.  She had the best time!  On Saturday PopPop, Steve and Claire stayed home while MiMi and I went out to lunch and went shopping.  We had a wonderful time!  It’s always nice to spend an afternoon with my mommy!

Ready for church on Sunday morning013

Lately Claire has started cutting her eyes at everyone.  This is usually followed by loud giggles.  I finally got a picture of this silliness!011

After church, MiMi and PopPop treated us to Neely’s Interstate Bar-B-Que!  It was de-lish!!  (You might be familiar with Down Home with the Neelys, a show on The Food Network.  Their family owns Interstate Bar-B-Que in Memphis.)026



To work off our delicious lunch, we headed to Mud Island River Park.142

At Mud Island, they have a scale model of the Mississippi River.  Claire and I waded through it.  Claire said the water was “icy,” but she wanted to play in it anyway.043


MiMi and PopPop091


View of downtown from Mud Island118

MiMi and Claire132

MiMi and PopPop took us to Cracker Barrel for breakfast Monday morning.006

Claire and MiMi playing the peg game015

Stopping to smell the pansies020


We had a great time with MiMi and PopPop!  We are so glad you came to visit!!  We love you!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Stop and Kiss the Tulips

Most of us are familiar with the phrase, “Stop, and smell the roses.”  But in Claire’s world, we stop and kiss the tulips.098

Today we went to the St. Louis Zoo.  It’s one of our favorite places to visit.

In the butterfly garden008


In Claire’s world, we also kiss butterflies.016


Muntee (or as the rest of us call it “monkey”)041

One of our favorite St. Louis Zoo exhibits079

Claire and Daddy with the penguins050


Claire and Daddy with the puffins072

In the tulip garden080



After we left the zoo, we went to the YMCA to swim.  They have a zero-depth entry and great water toys as well as a water slide.  Claire LOVES it!121




After a very full and fun day, it’s time for night-nights.  Our sleeping beauty!001

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Almost every evening for the past two weeks we have gone swimming, or as Claire calls it “shymming.”  She LOVES it!  I took some video tonight, although she was distracted by all of the other kids in the pool and was not showing off all of her skills.  It’s a lot of fun, and she’s doing great!

Claire’s pro-shymming skills

We are so proud of our girl!  And we LOVE the way she says “shymming!”

I had a few other short videos, but I never could get the them to load.  (I suspect it’s the incredibly slow hotel internet.)  Hope you enjoyed these!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Missouri’s First State Capitol


Today we went back to St. Charles and toured Missouri’s first state capitol building.  The picture above is the street view and is actually the backside of the building as all buildings in the area actually faced the Missouri River.  Here’s a picture of the front.004

It was a great tour.  They have done an amazing job preserving everything from 1820.  Claire felt a little stifled, as she was unable to run around or touch things; but she managed just fine.

I didn’t take any pictures inside.  I should have, but I was just too busy looking things over.

A few other buildings in St. Charles006


I highly recommend a visit to St. Charles if you’re ever in the St. Louis area.

Spelunking, Hiking, Sliding and Frolicking

Today was a busy day!  We started off exploring Historic St. Charles.  This place is amazing!  It still has the cobblestone streets and all of the old houses and buildings.  It’s beautiful!  It’s also famous for being the home place of Daniel Boone, the beginning of the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe Trail and for being a stop-off in the Lewis and Clark expedition.  It’s a pretty neat place.001

Claire with the Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and Seaman statue in Frontier Park.026

We didn’t take a lot of pictures of St. Charles, but we may go back tomorrow to tour the first capital.  It’s a really neat looking building.  We’ll be sure to take some pictures if we go back.

Next stop – Graham Cave State Park.  As soon as we arrived, Claire spotted the playground and started hollering to “slide! – slide! – slide!”  We indulged her, of course!031



Claire’s new sliding technique involves laying down flat on the slide.132


Claire’s daddy climbed on top of the monkey bars to teach her how to use them.074


My monkeys!137

Off for some hiking.  My beautiful family!043


Our girl063




Spelunking (cave exploring)088


Do you see Steve and Claire?098

They’re on top of the cave.101




What a fun day!  We are now very tired and are going to get some rest.