Sunday, July 31, 2011

Visting Other Friends in the Mid-West

Flashback to June:

We are so blessed to have many friends and family that we were able to see while in the mid-west. It is always so hard to get to everyone and there are always people that I wish we could see and don't get a chance to (the Bergers, Zuke, Christine, Neuhousers, Van and Laine, Tracy (oh wait, you live in WA, still miss you!), Franke, to name a couple). Please forgive us and know that we clearly think of you often!

Here is a quick peak at those we did see!

On our way from the Washington area back into STL, we had to stop by and see the sweet Olivastros! I know I know, we just spent 8 days with them the week before, but it was crucial to say hi again. Look at their cute family on their front porch!

Can you tell I like these pics? Below is the Peak family in their new home in St. Charles. We will miss their apartment as our stopping place in KC, but are happy for their new change to St. Louis.

We got to go to the St. Louis Zoo (another must-hit and another FREE spot in STL).
This is sweet baby Holly all snuggled up in her sling!

The Zoo Crew

For a quick Sunday trip, why not head to Bloomington?
And, when your best friends drive down to see you, there is no way we would miss this!
I was SOOOOO grateful that my girlfriends made the effort to get together. Thank you to the Mavros family for opening their home to us. We had a blast! Love you girls and miss you like crazy!

Mack and Mike

Jeff trying to rally the kids for a group shot.
2 Baker Boys and 3 Mavros kiddos and Mack

On the way to dinner, my Uncle Mark, Aunt Laurie, my cousin Jennifer and her husband Chris met us at a park to say hello. It was short visit, but it was so good to see them and we are blessed that they would make the effort to say hi. Also, we got to meet Macchiato, their new dog (who, by the way, they call Mac!).

Our final stop of the day was to have dinner with Pastor Bryan from the Grace Church, his family, and DOUG AND KRISTIN! We miss the Rowlands a ton as they used to live in Denver but are now in Iowa. God works in awesome ways for this dinner to take place. We were in town from CO and Doug and Kristin had just been in Chicago visiting family. They turned their out and back trip into a triangle trip so that they could see us! We got to meet baby Zander for the first time too! Welcome to parenthood Rowlands!

Mack and Zander were so excited upon their first meeting!

Love this!

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