Thursday, September 18, 2014


i don't have any normal pictures of the burgoo. i stole these from Melissa.
i was the one taking the pictures, hence, i didn't make it into any pictures of the grand marshalling. but i was there. promise.

so yes, we were grand marshalls of the arenzville burgoo 175th anniversary parade. in honor of mike. it was pretty amazing.
and that night john michael montgomery played and we got to have a little private meet and greet which was fun and then watched the show. they dedicated a song to mike and i may or may not have sobbed.
there was one part in the song where he is talking about getting a letter from his dad (the son is in the army), and how his dad writes about being so proud of his son and how he never said that before and i just...lost it. many tears. and kirk, their front of house guy, turned around and gave dave a very meaningful fist pump.
it was emotional.
and then i took hallie home and went back to ajs where dave got to play some drums with the band. which is always fun to watch. he's so good :)

the end.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


lauren chronister got married a few weekends ago. only one chronister girl to go! nell, you're next. anyway, the wedding was at some amazing cathedral in downtown st. louis. st. patrick's something, something? info here.
it was amazing. and so close to the arch. kiddos were not invited (rude), which meant i had a glorious night to myself in a huge hotel room (amazing). and i got to hang out with kurt, who can be seen here pounding trail mix.
it was a great wedding and i love my family.
 (look for kurt photobombing the pictures. i have never laughed so hard in my life)
 (the bride!)

Monday, September 15, 2014


i think we're just about there. pooping on the potty, no. but we're consistently going pee-pee on the potty :)
this is our second real attempt. the first time was a huge failure and i just convinced myself that he wasn't ready. the second time, i knew he was ready and that he was just being a stubborn little...guy.
we made the decision, talked to irma, and got started. started on a saturday. and he didn't pee in the potty until sunday night. sigh.
we had a slow start to the week*, but this weekend just clicked for us. we took his potty ring (for a big potty) to church and he successfully did it...four times (!!!). we took it over to lucille's and he did it again (!!!!). we're very optimistic that someday our life will no longer revolve around his bathroom habits.
hallie especially is getting sick of all of the time we are spending in the bathroom.
she told me she wanted to stop with the potty training and then turned to henry and said, "i have lost my confidence in you." it was pretty hilarious.
we're still in pullups, but maybe after this weekend (six flags!) we'll make the transition to underwear. EEK.
*we had one major poop incident involving hallie sitting in poop and then finding large turds in the living room. it was so disgusting, i shouldn't have even put it on the blog, but i did.


this was given two thumbs up by both dave and hallie. dave said he could eat this all winter and that will 'stick to his ribs.' i'm not entirely sure i know what he means.  and it truly is super simple. and really delicious.
a one-pot wonder!
1/2 cup diced bacon
4 medium potatoes, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cups water
2 1/2 to 3 cups cream-style corn, 2 (12 ounces each) cans or 1 pound, 4 ounce package frozen
2 teaspoons salt
pepper to taste
2 cups half-and-half or light cream, scalded
*I made mine with almond milk instead of half and half. any milk would do.
Sauté bacon until browned and crisp; add chopped potatoes and onions. Add water, corn, and seasonings; cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in half-and-half; heat through but do not boil. Serves 4.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


things came together perfectly. we had an amazing time, even though the girls didn't make it through the whole concert. that's what happens when they don't start until 9:30pm. whaaaaat?! crazy.
i love these girls so much.
 we stayed in an amazing apartment that was so close to soldier field we could listen to the sound check. it was perfect. a six minute walk, totally and completely safe. the view was insane.
 our seats were terrible, but the girls thought they WERE THE BEST SEATS EVER! you could see everything! thank you video screens!
 blue teeth.
 and then they bought souvenirs. a t-shirt was $40. they did not buy a t-shirt, but instead bought $10 bits of fabric to use as headbands and a necklace (hallie) and a VIP pass thingy (kenz). later we bought $15 crappy glow sticks. I AM A SUCKER.
 (the girls were taking selfies. i thought it was hilarious)
 uh oh. getting tired.
 there was supposedly an 80% chance for rain. not a single drop and the temperature was glorious. the sun set over soldier field and it was the best day ever.
 so many girls.
 giant, vein-y hand.
 we went to yolk for breakfast the next morning. delicious.
 and home!
the end.