We decided to hang out as a family. So we loaded up the van with too much gear and headed north to Souix Passage park. We started out playing tennis for about 2 hours. We knew it was time to quit when most of the kids hits sent a ball over the tall fences. We also brought equipment for disc golf, but I got them to check out the Missouri river first.
This day was amazing because it was about 60F outside, so we were plenty warm. We drove through the park to the boat ramp and parked. A walk down the boat ramp showed an interesting contrast. Warm day with ice floating down the river.
Winter time means that the river is low. The map below shows the park (which is 211 acres). The red area is where the sand beach is that we played on. The river was low enough to walk all the way across to Pelican Island and explore, but we didn’t make it much farther than the sand.
Map cropped from Google.
It didn’t take long before all of us were all in playing in the sand!
A view of our beach for the day.
The hole got much deeper, but I had too much sand to take any more photos safely.
It got too hot for shoes, so off the came! The sand was as good as any beach on the ocean.
Making a sand sculpture.
Corvin fit in the hole I dug by hand.
Danelle made a butterfly
This cat is harder to see.
Check out the difference in water level, needs to come up about 8 feet before the beach is underwater.
Time to hike over to the ice waterfalls and check them out.
Sonora wasn’t going to let us have all the fun.
Hogan standing on the ice with muddy feet.
Trail of muddy steps.
Only my kids would follow me on freezing mud and ice to make a memory.
Corvin is proud of his tracks.
Sonora is proud of her tracks.
This is how you clean off your feet.
And if you’re still not sure, see the video!
This is one of those days I’ll never forget. The magic of feeling like winter is over and making a mess like a kid!
Sonora was recommended by her music teacher to participate in the St. Louis All Suburban Orchestra. This involved her learning new music on her own and going to several practices after hours with the rest of the group. We were lucky that my parents were able to come in from Kansas City for the weekend to see the concert!
It didn’t take dad long to fall asleep 🙂
And the concert!
Later that evening, we all visited Henry and Carol’s house to play games.
And before they left, mom had some fun with Coat Rack.
A great weekend of music and family!
My last post for 2017! Here are a few things that didn’t get their own album.
Corvin dressing up at the meme Dat Boi.
Danelle’s parents making silly faces with me.
Sonora playing Corvin’s bass like a violin.
200,000 miles driven in our van. Now aiming for 300,000.
Carol got her car totaled in an intersection coming to our house to feed the cats.
My sexy wife, Danelle posing while trying on clothes!
Before you get too excited, French Lick is a town in Indiana. We decided to go there for new years for a change. This is the 18th new years we’ve celebrated with the Niemeyers. The plan was to head out Saturday morning. Mason had a birthday party to go to, so we picked up Kelly and Maggie and the 6 of us went out.
After a pleasant drive, we got there and checked in. We had two nights booked, but we didn’t want to waste any time swimming at the indoor water park!
We spent the whole of the first day swimming and the evening playing games in the room together. Sunday morning early, Danelle woke up feeling very sick. She spent all morning and into the evening dealing with sickness that came on suddenly. It wasn’t until the evening that we saw the sign on the left door going into the water park that explained her illness.
Being out of the water park was what made her feel better. It was strange that she was the only one in our group that was affected by this.
During the second day,we took a mini tour of French lick, checking out the West Baden resort. Even having been there before, its still amazing to see the building!
After a few rounds of lazer tag and some pizza, we went back to the hotel for the grand new year’s party. They had supplies and a surprise.
Probably the best thing about this new year’s celebration was that we crossed to the Eastern Time Zone. This meant that us old people could celebrate at our 11pm and get to bed before midnight!
And if there was any doubt that the kids had a good time, here is part of the drive home!
Danelle and I wanted a bit more storage space in our kitchen. We had a space where we put stuff on the floor, but that was just a bit messy. We decided a small cabinet on the end would do the trick.
We went out to a local kitchen and cabinet store. We took a drawer from the kitchen with us to match the color, pattern, and cut of the wood. What we got was a bunch of lets look over here and check. We got a quote for a cabinet that wasn’t a great match and it seemed to be loaded with commission…
On a whim, we tried out Lowes hardware store with the same single drawer. They had a near perfect match that we purchased same day.
Fast forward to today and we got the cabinet in and we’re installing it. It came with a large amount of very large screws, but we were attaching it to another cabinet and I didn’t trust that we wouldn’t mess something up. We ended up putting the whole cabinet up with liquid nails glue. It helps that it was wedged in floor to ceiling by the soffit. The glue held it in place and we’re quite happy with the final look!
If you can’t tell, the new cabinet is the shallow one of the left.