We checked into the hotel in St. Robert, Missouri sometime in the afternoon of August 7th and waited for Nick to text and let us know that he was done with his class and free to spend some time with us. We didn’t have to wait long, and headed to Fort Leonard Wood, which was only minutes away from the hotel. Nick wasn’t allowed to leave the base, so we hung out there, went to dinner, and then hung out by our car in front of his barracks until it was time for him to go back.
On Sunday, August 8th, Nick was able to get another pass for the afternoon. We took some time to relax in the morning, and while we ate lunch, Nick texted me to let me know that he was done with whatever he had to do. A little earlier than expected, so that was nice 🙂
Off to the base we went (again, he wasn’t allowed to leave, but I did offer to smuggle him out, and then back in, in our trunk! He wouldn’t go for it, though). There’s not an awful lot to do on the base, and we sat on the bleachers of the parade field for a while and then went to the mini mall and PX, where it was much cooler, and then sat in the food court and enjoyed a treat from Baskin Robins.
Yup, it wasn’t very exciting, watching an empty parade field. Thank goodness for Nintendo DS! 😉
This was at the food court, where Greg let Sara play with his Blackberry. She had fun taking pictures of her big brother.
It was so nice to see Nick again, even if we only had a few hours, and of course the time went by much too fast. No telling when we will be able to see him again, all depends on where he will be sent next (he’s home at the moment).
Sara was so cute when we drove through the base each day, to Nick’s barracks. Fort Leonard Wood is pretty big, and it was at least a 5-minute drive after we went through the gate. Sara said “I know we must be close, because I see Army people”.
On Sunday, June 28th we hung out at the hotel in the morning and then went to Bakers Square (yum!) for lunch. Cameron was absolutely miserable with his sunburn and the only comfortable shirt he could find to wear, was a long-sleeved button-down shirt. After we got back from lunch, Nikki and I headed to Wal-Mart to look for a different shirt for him. We found a white short-sleeved button-down shirt, and the fabric was softer, too. Back at the hotel I talked Cameron into letting me wet a towel and carefully lay it across his back and shoulders, to cool him off a little. (The Solarcaine and the vinegar-soaked towels that Greg suggested didn’t help much).
The girls had fun with Nick, though, hanging Sara’s toy cell phone on his ear and taking pictures. Nick wasn’t too thrilled, but he was a good sport 🙂
I found a magazine with local attractions, etc. in the hotel room and saw that there was a candy factory nearby, and that afternoon we went and checked it out. The Albanese Candy Factory is every chocoholic’s dream!!!! And what a fun and colorful place! They even give out samples if there’s anything you want to try. We did some sampling, and of course shopping! (Wonder where some of those 4 lbs came from, that I gained back during our trip??), and btw. I loved the shirts that the male employees were wearing. They said EYE CANDY on the back.
After dinner I dragged the kids outside for some pictures, so here they are…. Nick, Sara, Nikki, Cameron, and Melissa.
One from our vacation. The girls having fun with their brother. They were throwing plastic bottle caps at him, and he took them away…. and they tried to take them away from him again.
He’s supposed to come visit sometime in the next few weeks, and the girls have been collecting bottle caps since we got back from vacation 😉
Spring soccer season is about to start and today is the first day of practice. Sara is so excited to be playing soccer again and I thought I would dig up a picture from the archives… from way back when she was still only dreaming to play soccer one day.
This was taken on September 17, 2005 when Sara was about 2 1/2 years old. Melissa was 9 years old at the time and this was her second season, playing soccer.
This year, Sara is starting her third season, and her team’s uniform looks just like Melissa’s, except that it is purple. Sara is no longer #12 this season, but #99.
I posted some videos of her last year, from when she found her love for soccer.
Thought I’d post a little bonus pic today, for all those that keep whining complaining pointing out that I never post any pictures of myself.
So here you go! That’s me on the left and my little sister on the right. I think I was about 4 years old, and my sister was 3, taken when we were in Kindergarten… which is the German version of preschool.
(No one ever said it had to be a current picture of myself!)
Please excuse the quality, this is a picture of a picture that my sister took years ago.