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St. Louis Zoo & the Arch.

We extended our Memorial Day holiday for a couple more days so we could go to the St. Louis zoo and the Arch!  Here are the kids in front of the zebras… both of my kids are appropriately dressed in stripes.

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Standing at the base of the Arch.  You can’t see it in this picture, but there are tiny windows at the top.

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The kids are at the very top of the Arch here.

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Back from Paradise.

We got back from Cancun last night.  We had a great time!  If you need me over the next four days, I’ll either be in the laundry room tackling the mound of clothes, at my desk returning phone calls from clients, or in the basement babysitting the drywall guys.  :)  More pictures are on my photo blog and on facebook.

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What we did on our summer vacation.

We just got back from Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Here’s a quick rundown.

We played in the sand.

We completely wrecked our diets.

We held some fierce Rock, Paper, Scissors competitions while waiting at restaurants.

We caught lots of jellyfish.

We played in the ocean.

We walked the beach.

We picked out a nice new yacht for Mama at the wharf.

We completely wore MeMe and PaPa out.

And we took some family pictures on the beach while Hurricane Dolly circled the sky out in the distance and the double red flags on the beach whipped in the wind.

More pictures are on the photography blog.  Click here.

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Dollywood.

We just got back from a fun weekend at Dollywood!  First stop – Grandpa Bob (in the green car with Parker) and Daddy (in the yellow car with Torin) folded their 6’3″ frames into magical contortions to fit into the kiddie roller coaster.

Grandpa Bob needed something with a little more leg room after that, so the kids agreed to ride the Scrambler with him.  It turned out to be the biggest hit of the day!

Nana and Torin braved the swings while I stayed comfortably on the ground.

I don’t know who this guy is, but we’ll pose with anyone in costume.

Having been to Disney twice now, Torin is a professional when it comes to taking photos with the characters.  (If you’re going to Dollywood, Torin highly recommends the Veggie Tales show.)

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One more from Chicago.

There’s one more cute picture from our Chicago trip that I want to show.  Here’s Torin doing a little early Christmas shopping.  She found something that she really liked:

Can you tell which store she’s admiring?  Take a closer look:

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