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).




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.

1st Mother’s Day

We celebrated my first Mother’s Day this year.  My boys did a wonderful job on cards, gifts, and the day.  Scott let me sleep in after feeding Gabe.  And sleeping it was wonderful.  I didn’t realize how tired I was until I was able to get some good rest.  We did mange to get a little family snuggle time in before getting ready to leave.


Once we cleaned up and packed up the car, Gabriel had to show off his onesie from my mom.  Grammy did a great job in picking out his Mother’s Day outfit.  Too bad it was too cold for him to wear it out.


We headed to Starbucks for some lattes and quick breakfast.  Then we drove to Missouri Botanical Gardens.  Another cool day and Gabriel was bundled up in his stroller.  The Garden was really busy, but we managed to find places to walk around without being over crowded.




After MoBot, we headed down to Scott’s parents house for some lunch.  It was a rain check to watch the Cardinals game and get some awesome, Garvey’s wings.  Although the Cardinals didn’t win it was a fun afternoon.

We got home and it had warmed up enough for Gabriel to put on his Mother’s Day outfit.  It was a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Mother's day


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.


St. Louis Blues

The Blues are 1 game away from being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Finals.  They have played strong, most of the series against the Kings, but game 6 is back in LA and I just don’t think we have it in us to win it out there.  Since last nights overtime loss was a must win game, Scott and I wanted to watch as much as we could.  And of course, Gabriel wanted in on this action.  He would not go to sleep at his normal 7:30-8PM bedtime.  Instead we let him lay in bed with us while we watched a little hockey (at least the 1st period).  Wouldn’t you know it, the kid likes watching hockey.


Watchin' the Blues with my Dad

Watchin’ the Blues with my Dad

Let's Go Blues!

Let’s Go Blues!


Opening Day

Going to Opening Day for the Cardinals has been a bucket list item for me for some time.  I’ve seen on TV the awesome display of St. Louis Cardinal history and wanted to be a part of it.  My mom’s friend, Sally, gets tickets and goes every year.  This year she bought tickets before her friends and then had 3 tickets to sell.  She asked my mom if Scott and I would like to buy them and we jumped at the chance.

opening day

Opening Day in St. Louis is an unofficial holiday.  People get off work or play hookie from school just to go and tailgate.  There is just so much going on in downtown on that day it’s hard not to be excited (even if you aren’t a baseball fan).  We decided to invite Scott’s Dad to join us for the day, while Nana babysat Gabe.  I would have loved to have taken him, but he is still too small and we would not have been able to stay long.

We got to the stadium about 30 minutes before all the ceremonies started.  We quickly found our seats and Scott ran to get us some much-needed food.  Once he was back the Clydesdale Horse started their strut around the stadium.  That was one of the best moments of the day.


All the players were introduced with a chauffeured ride around the stadium in the back of a pick up truck.  Hopefully, they will get another ride like that in October.  Once they were all dropped off there was an amazing tribute to the late Stan Musial.  The video and banner on the outfield wall was extremely touching.  All 4 of the Musial children were present and helped unveil the banner.


opening day 2

I wish I could upload my video of the tribute to Stan, it brought a tear to my eye watching.  The game was great until the 9th inning.  We decided to leave after 8 innings.  By the time we got to the bus to take us to the car, the bullpen was blowing the game.  The day could not have been any better and I can’t wait to take Gabe to an Opening Day soon.

Go! St. Louis 1/2 Marathon

Scott ran the GO! St. Louis 1/2 Marathon this past weekend.  We, Gabe and I, had planned on going down to support/cheer him on.  So the night before Scott carb loaded and we hung out at home and got to bed early. I had decided that should Gabe wake up that I would take care of him all night so Scott could be well rested.  That plan worked well until Gabe had his second night of tummy troubles.  He wasn’t technically constipated, but he was trying really hard and was very uncomfortable.

I spent a couple of hours from 3-5am rubbing his belly and trying to comfort him to the best that I could and allow Scott to stay asleep.  This worked pretty good.  At 5, Scott woke up and was getting ready to go.  I decided that we would stay home and cheer in spirit.  It killed me to say that because I knew Scott needed a cheering crowd and I had been looking forward to watching the race with Gabe.  I love seeing the determination on the faces of all the runners from the start to end.  This is an event that we want Gabe to look forward to every year.  And not going to watch for the first time was rough.

But Scott texted me when he was about to start the race and we could cheer him on from home.  While Gabe slept I was able to watch the news and get updates of when the first runners were finishing.  I kept hoping I’d see Scott.  That didn’t happen.  Around 9:30 I got a text saying he finished the race and ran at a crazy, 9 minute 33 second mile pace.

Gabe and I were very proud of him!  We knew he didn’t train like he wanted to and to finish the race without injury.  We were very proud of his 2:12:51 finish time!  Just 2 minutes off of a PR.  We were home waiting to congratulate him!