Monday, September 28, 2009

Dancin' Machine

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This weekend we headed up the street to the Wildwood BBQ Bash. We walked around, enjoyed some good food and beer and then parked in front of the stage to check out the band.
As the next band was setting up, we let the little piglet out to roam free. He found himself some lovely young girls to dance with and boy did he want to be the center of attention. They seemed to like it too but it was funny how they would walk away and he would look for them, find them, and then run back in the middle. That's my boy!
I am shocked, nothing brings me more joy to see him out there dancing his lil heart away.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Geese

First off, Saturday when I got up, there were some crazy things going on outside. I had to grab the camera and take some shots. It was really neat to step outside and see a rainbow in the front and an awesome sunrise in the back.

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The Geese have been out in abundance this summer/fall. It's not bad when they stay near the pond and outside of our invisible fence. I am not a big fan of the droppings all over the driveway and I am really not a fan of dogs that like to roll or particularly one dog, likes to rub his face in it. It really makes it fun when you go to bed and roll over only to be nose to nose with a dog with it's face covered in Goose poo that smells like something I don't want to describe. Gross, eh? Needless to say, that poor doggie hasn't been able to sleep in our bed for quite some time. Anyway...when they do get near, I usually send the dogs out, or this time, Baron, to chase them away. They still haven't gotten the hint:(

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Strassenfest

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Saturday was Strassenfest in Chesterfield and this was an event that Rob was really hoping that we would be able to go to. As I looked at the weather before we left, I knew that we would only have a few hours before the rain came but that was enough for Rob. I think the thought of big mugs of German beer was clouding his judgement.
When we arrived, we headed straight to the petting zoo because it closed much earlier than everything else. Baron loved being able to walk inside the tent and was able to see a Camel, Llama, Donkey, Pig, Goat, Amarillo and more. I was pretty surprised how well the animals behaved. I was also shocked how many parents let their kids put their hands right next to these animals' mouths. All it takes is just one bite...

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Next we headed over to the childrens area to see if Baron would like the carosel ride. Ummm... not so much. He didn't want to hold on and I think after one trip around he was done. Rob had to litterally hold him down on it. To me it seemed appropriate since he was riding a horse, I just thought that they were playing the part and acting like it was bucking wildly. Too bad the horse was stationary and it was just Baron that was bucking.

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This last video was the absolute best part of the night. After Rob had filled himself up on all the German beer he could get his hands on, we packed it up and headed out. As we are making our way to the parking lot, we passed a stage and a band was just getting ready to play. Once they started playing, many other kids were out in front dancing. So we released the beast to see what he would do. It was a riot! At least to us. Baron pulled out moves that I had never seen. My favorite was the Stevie Wonder move where he would just sway from side to side. He would also walk up to the other kids, get right in their face and just stare like it was some kind of dancing showdown. In the video near the end, Baron chases this older boy, I swear it looked like Baron wanted to eat him. It was so much fun watching Baron dance with these other kids. Yes, the video is long, but I just couldn't help myself to cut it down.

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Balloon Glow

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Friday, we decided that since the weather showed rain for the rest of the weekend, we would head to to see the Balloon Glow in Forest Park. In the past, pre-Baron, Rob and I had tried to watch the Forest Park Balloon Race but waited for an hour to get into the park and decided it wasn't worth the crowds so we turned away. I had heard the Balloon Glow wasn't going to be as crowded and thought we should give it a shot. I was totally wrong.
It took us over an hour to get there (usually it takes 30 mins) and another 30 mins to find a parking spot. We were happy when we found one, but then realized that we were on the other side of the park and it took us over 30 mins to walk to the location. Stacy and Riley, whom we were meeting, had already arrived, and had a great spot. The one problem was that we had to find a way to wiggle the stroller in between all the blankets, kids, chairs, and people. Talk about some NASTY looks. By the time we set the chairs up by Stacy, and started to feed Baron my patience had had it. This was definitely not a relaxing event.
In the end, it was a good experience, however, I will not do it again. The best part was walking around, underneath those huge balloons with Stacy while Baron and Riley walked between us holding hands. That was a first and so sweet.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Eureka Days

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Saturday we headed to Eureka to run in the 5k and then stay to watch the parade. This is Baron's first parade and I was excited for him. It would also be the one of the first times he would be going without his morning nap. The 5k went smooth and it was nice that we were able to get some good spots for the parade. I think Baron was more interested in the balloons that were being let go than the actual parade. However, once the little cars, three wheelers started going by he was more interested. I was surprised on how many people thought they could just stand in front of us. At times, we would have to ask them to move aside so that Baron would be able to see. It was a little frustrating at times...
Later that day, we headed back to walk around the rides, listen to some bands and watch the Fireworks. Rob's friends, Matt and Dave joined us, as well as Chad, Stacy and Riley. It was a good time.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wildwood Nights - Brit Beat

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This past Friday night we headed to the Wildwood Town Center for their concert series. I really was looking forward to going to see this band play because they were an all Beatles cover band. They drew a bigger crowed than I have seen before and was amazed by how much they put into their act. They definitely looked the part and had several outfit changes that entertained the crowd.
When we first arrived, we stood behind the drummer and Baron was in shock. I don't think that he had seen anything like that before. Once we parked the stroller off to the side to let him run around, all he wanted to do was to run back to the stage. I think he would have climbed on there if I would have let him.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day - Faust Park

We didn't really do much for the holiday weekend but we did head to one of our favorite play areas for Baron. Faust Park is the place where we had our wedding pictures taken and it didn't seem the same. Maybe I had too many drinks by then but I thought there was a lot more to it. Don't get me wrong, I love the old buildings/barns but I kept thinking there was way more. Maybe they fell down...
So, we headed to the actual kids play area, which is really awesome. It's right next to the butterfly house and it was packed! This area is the kind with the really soft floor and it's huge. Baron is just so spoiled from his cousins that every older kid that comes by he thinks that they should pay attention to him. Kind of sad because he would just stand by them looking up and smiling while they couldn't have a care in the world who he was.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Riley Weekend

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Since Chad and Stacy had a wedding to attend Saturday, Rob and I were happy to watch Riley overnight for them. This is the very first sleepover for Baron and I think he really enjoyed it. They are, more and more, starting to interact and play/fight with each other. The whole sharing thing we need to work on but to me, seeing what Baron does in certain situations is pretty interesting since he isn't around any little ones the majority of the time. She was so much fun to have around to entertain Baron. Rob and I kept saying, this is really cool. They are finally playing together.

Once Riley was dropped off, I put her in the stroller and threw the ball to the dogs. She got the biggest kick out of this.

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Baron and Riley loved playing with the new kitchen Aunt Amy gave us. I guess it would be some playing and some fighting. All in good fun...When Riley would disappear from Baron's eyes he would run around the room looking for her. So sweet.

My favorite part of the video is at the end. Baron somewhere picked up turning around in circles, and when he falls and hits his head, I laugh and then Riley laughs...loved it!

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Weekend Away

Our 6th anniversary was on August 30th, so Rob and I planned a little staycation. Baron was going to stay with Grandma/Grandpa Louderman for 3 nights, then he was off to Aunt Amy's house for an additional 2. So a total of 5 nights away from Baron and if you ask us what we did, well we basically did nothing. It was nice, however, I was really missing Baron like crazy. It wasn't like last time where I missed him the first day and then it faded, this felt like I was going through a bad breakup. Yuck! Lesson learned, he will not be away from us for that long of a time again. Too hard.

So...mom and dad were nice enough to take some video of the activities they did with Baron. This was nice to look at after we picked him up and it was really nice that dad put them all on cd's for me. Aunt Amy was able to send us pictures throughout her time with Baron and also upload several to Facebook. There is nothing that brightens your day more than seeing your child have a ton of fun while away.

Lincoln Hot Air Balloon Festival: Baron's first viewing of a hot air balloon. Truth be told, I was super jealous that we weren't there to see it with him. Next time...

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Baron's first convertible ride. I think he really didn't know what to think. All the wind blowing through his hair and being able to see the sky. Pretty priceless.

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This last video is my favorite. As I have said before, nothing compares to a laughing baby.

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