The Last Field Trip

It is another last for John today. He is going on his last field trip with Ridgeway Elementary and he is so excited!

His class went to the St. Louis Arch. His was in a group with Fisher, Connor, and Ayden. Thanks to Fisher’s mom, Nicole, for sending me a few pictures throughout the day.

I don’t think the boys had any fun at all…

Bikes & Brews

We had a great time at Bikes & Brews tonight!

This event is part of PedNet’s Bike, Walk, & Wheel Week and it is a pub crawl on bikes through downtown Columbia. It is such a fun event and I purchased our tickets in March – well before Andy got diverticulitis. Unfortunately, he cannot drink while on the medication, but he still wanted to tag along. We “forced” our friend, Cody, to be Andy’s stand-in and had a great time along the way! Thanks for joining us, Cody!


I finally found some new cushions and pillows for the bistro set on our front porch. Andy and I sit out here a lot as it is fully shaded in the afternoons. It is nice to have a fresh look!

Court of Honor

It was a big night for John! Troop 706 had their Court of Honor tonight.

John earned his first camping bead.

He earned his first merit badge for swimming. We will have to get him a sash soon.

Most importantly, John earned his Scout rank. I am proud of him for working so hard in just a short time. He has really enjoyed being a part of Troop 706. Congratulations John!

Mother’s Day

I cannot complain when these two make me dinner with just a little bit of help. It was steak on the grill…

…and mashed potatoes and green beans. I didn’t even mind cleaning up the kitchen afterwards.


It feels like Mother’s Day came early for me. My day went like this. It was breakfast with just me and the kids. John had hot chocolate and chicken and waffles.

Laura had iced coffee and chocolate-chocolate chip pancakes.

After a stop at Hobby Lobby, I arrived home to find the laundry sorted and started. Andy is on the mend! I spent most of the afternoon cleaning the house and then Andy hung the new curtains in our bedroom. Of course, now I want to find that elusive paint color to get rid of the white walls…

Then, he hung up these pictures on another wall in our bedroom.

The kids also surprised me with these two necklaces, so that I can wear them tomorrow.

I finished the evening relaxing with wine. It was a good way to spend the day.

Long Night

It was a long night. Andy has not been feeling well for a couple of days and stayed home from work. So, he rested while I got the kids everywhere that they needed to be last night. During John’s baseball game, Andy texted to say he had talked to a nurse and they suggested that he be seen at either the emergency room or urgent care within three to four hours due to severe pain on his right side. This made watching John’s game really difficult as my focus was elsewhere. As soon as the game was over, I grabbed John and drove home as quickly as possible. We gave the kids instructions and then Andy and I went to the ER. It was right about 10 pm when we checked in. Fortunately, it was not appendicitis, but he was diagnosed with diverticulitis. After receiving two liters of IV fluids, pain medication, and first doses of strong antibiotics, he was released just before 2 am. The kids were very relieved to see me this morning and know that their dad was okay. I went out this morning to pick up his antibiotics.

While this specific case is somewhat severe due to the location of the pain, Andy should be just fine with the medication and he was feeling much better by the end of the day. However, we will be following up with our doctor because he had a similar episode of this a year ago that interrupted a Cub Scout campout. There could be more tests in his future.

It was a scary night for me though. There is this look that Andy gives me when he is truly scared and I have only seen it four times – before each kid was born, when I had my seizure, and last night. Andy gave me that look first, but he also told me he was scared. That made me channel my inner Marianne. Mom said to me once, “When your dad gets scared, I get strong. There is only room for one of us to be scared at a time.” I kept hearing that in my head last night. I love you, Mom. Thanks for still being there. I am very thankful that Andy is okay. He will be taking it easy for a few days and hopefully will be back to normal soon.