We made it to Kansas City to have Christmas with my parents. When we got there, my mom was in the middle of painting the hallway. She had much of it taped, but other stuff got in the way. I knew it wouldn’t get done before Christmas, so Danelle and I stepped up. We finished taping and painting in just a few hours. We enjoy working together and accomplishing stuff!
After the painting, my handyman skills didn’t go unnoticed. I was quickly enlisted by dad to help with some LED light fixtures. They did quite a number brightening up the hallways!
Mom is always telling stories to me about the crazy dogs and their antics. Today I got to see this in action. Daisy jumped up on the tall table outside to get a better view of the yard.
I got my parents to pose for a selfie after dinner.
Keep your family close and a box of cookies closer!
I brought my 36″ unicycle to town. I tried to go for an early morning ride, but was stopped by patches of ice on the ground. Eventually I got a short ride in the neighborhood, which is better than nothing.
And of course, the best part of Christmas, burning the wrapping paper in the fireplace!
Okay, so its one day early, but its hard not to celebrate when your grandparents are in town just for you’re birthday!
And they are watching Sonora blow out the candles on her cookie cake.
And no birthday for a kid is complete without a present or two!
We took a trip to the botanical garden to look around. On the way back to the car, we also checked out Gringo Jones Imports. Mom and dad bought a few things and enjoyed walking around all of the items for sale!
So the real reason Hannah and mom came into St. Louis for the weekend was for a school project. Hannah needed to observe a small child for her teaching. Of course I offered Nathan up with his Steve and Jackie’s permission. So we “rented” him for a few hours at the science center. Kalie and Shelby tagged along but did their own thing while we were in there.
Hannah split her time between interacting with Nathan and taking notes and photos for class. Of course, it wasn’t all work, we made sure to have fun while there!
Hannah’s friend Shelby was coming to St. Louis with a Kalie for a job interview. Hannah couldn’t come at the same time, but decided to come later. Mom wanted to join her for an excuse to visit us. We were not complaining, getting to see my mom and sister at our house!
We always try to entertain our guests to the best of our ability. So we decided to take them to the Missouri Botanical Garden to see the Orchid show. I never realized that the flower was anything more than a decoration for a corsage used for a high school dance. There are over 28,000 accepted varieties of the flower and the botanical garden had quite a few to look at! These are the best photos I could get from my cell phone.
Of course after the show, we walked around the garden to see some of the other sights!