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St. Gabriel’s Picnic

* Half of this post is written by Gabriel – he is becoming a great blogger.

Gabriel has attended his first St. Gabriel School picnic.  It was a success.  Gabe had a very busy day before making an appearance at the picnic.  He went on a 5 mile run with his Dad, while Reily and I walked 3.  Then we went out to breakfast on Main St. in St. Charles at Picasso’s.  We quickly ran home and took a bath with Dad while Mom ran to Target to get a lot of needed items.  After a very short nap, we loaded up the car and headed to the mall to get flip-flops for dad and an accessory for Mom’s outfit.  Then it was on to the picnic.  I met so many people who knew my mom and Zio Andrew.  Everyone said I was a Manzotti, until they saw my Dad.  I watched Mathew and Catherine go on a few rides and then it was back to the beer booth to say my good byes, I’m not used to the heat yet.  Mom and Dad had another reunion to go to so I went home with my Aunt Michelle.  We had a fun night of playing while Mom and Dad had a semi-date night without me.

Below is the only picture my mom remembered to take at the picnic.  You can see the church and the infamous Ferris Wheel from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch (in a year or so, I might be on the kiddie rides).


1 Year Ago

1 year ago today I was sending Scott text messages of positive pregnancy tests while he worked late.  And it was a crazy week after that.  I took 4 tests just to make sure it was really positive.  In a little over a years time, Scott and I have started new jobs, that we both LOVE, went on a trip to the Northeast, done home improvements and then Gabriel Scott joined us.  It’s been almost 4 months and I’m thankful every day that I get to wake up to a chatty, healthy, smiley baby boy.



Well, we have survived another tornado.  This one wasn’t as bad as the infamous Good Friday tornado of 2011, but this time it was a little different.  With the Good Friday tornado we felt the pressure drop in the house and saw the trees bending, of course we were standing at the kitchen window watching the whole thing.  This time we headed straight to the basement as soon as Scott got home from work.  We knew the storm was coming and it was going to be a bad one.  We were right.  We lost power around 8 and then the power flickered for the next 10 -15 minutes before staying on for the night.  Although we had power, we lost our cable/Internet connection.

So what do you do with a 3 1/2 month old during a tornado?  We bring out the Jumparoo and show him that he can stand.  Then we sway him to sleep and then mom and dad quickly pass out while watching a movie.


Overall, we just had down branches in our yard.  The cable and Internet came back on sometime Saturday evening.  Although, just a short drive from our house, on the Rock Road, there was a down power line and trees pulled up by their roots.  I think we missed this one by 5 miles.

Road Trip!

We went on Gabriel’s first road trip this Memorial day weekend.  A quick weekend trip to Omaha for a cousin’s wedding was just what we needed to test the travel waters with a 15 week old.  And Gabe did great!  He mostly slept and played in the car.  He was only fussy when he needed to be changed, and really, who can blame him?

Roadh Trip!

Road Trip!

Driving across Missouri is hard

Driving across Missouri is hard

Just looking out the window

Just looking out the window

Just playin'

Just playin’




Gabriel’s First Cardinals Game

We took Gabriel to his first Cardinals game.  We have been counting down since last summer when I found out I was pregnant.  Taking him to the right game was a big deal.  About a month ago we were offered to buy tickets half off and help Collinsville baseball.  I figured I didn’t want to pay full price when I knew I would not stay for the whole game.

We arrived at Busch Stadium just a little before the start of the game.  We headed to the outfield to watch the players warm up and get a couple of pictures.  photo1


You can tell Gabe is completely thrilled with being out in the sun and having all these people around him.  He was actually pretty content in his Baby Bjorn.  We then walked all the way up to our seats.  They were higher than I had thought, the good part of our seats was that we had the last row.  The bad part about our seats were that it was very windy and cold in our seats.  Even with the sun out, it was still just too cold for Gabe up there.  We managed to get a few pictures in before heading back down.


The view from our seats

The view from our seats

And of course what trip to Busch would not be complete without a visit to the Stan Musial statue.


“Me” Day

I didn’t realize that I needed one of these.  I knew I was a little tired and really enjoyed the weekends, but I was given a “Me Day” this past Saturday.  My husband took my son and dog and left me home alone to do whatever I pleased.  It was nice.  I went back to sleep after they left, slept till 11:20.  I tried to run to the bank and open a savings account, but was too late.  Then I did some laundry without having to worry about Gabriel.  The best part was that I was able to get my first manicure/pedicure since before Gabriel was born.

After my relaxing day of only doing laundry and getting mani/pedi, Scott and I went out on a much-needed date night.  Gabriel and Reily were with Nana and Grandpa Ron for evening.  Scott surprised me, kinda, with dinner at Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse.  It was wonderful.  Our table was in the wine room and there were only 3 tables in the room.  It was nice to have a quiet area to have a peaceful dinner.  Well, it would have been much more quiet had the couple behind us not talked to everyone that walked into the room for minutes on end and be as loud as possible.

Once they left, it was very peaceful and quiet.  I had my first glass of wine in a year, it was fabulous and an amazing filet.  Ruth Chris does know how to make a wonderful evening.  I can’t wait till our next date night!