And what a memorable Memorial Day it was! So memorable we had to write two posts about it, one by me, the other by Erica.
This was actually photographed by Erica a while ago, but we needed to make sure it wasn't forgotten. Probably the scariest bison I've ever seen. Look at those evil red eyes.
We went to a Memorial Day concert by the Compton Heights Concert Band. They play John Philip Sousa-style marches and such. It was very patriotic. Erica and Charles enjoyed the dog that sat in front of us.
"Chahlie bit my fingah." Except he really bit Erica's finger for real a few minutes earlier and it hurt her! His right upper (and only) canine is a doozy.
I have been waiting my whole life (well, almost) for my own baby to play with in the Mommy and Me swim class. Memorial Day is apparently the day all pools open out here in the east, even though it has been 100 degrees for a few months (that might be a little exaggeration, but still!).
We had a good time in the pool. Baby C did so great! He wasn't cold, wasn't scared, and didn't choke on any water when we played Ring-Around-the-Rosie. Even dad was able to relax when he saw what a great time his little baby was having. Charles loved his frog - probably so much that he didn't even notice he was in a pool. :)
Our plan is to swim every day, twice a day. Once just Charles and I (private lessons), and once when Joshua gets home (family swim). We are gonna make a little fishie out of him yet!
This weekend we saw another (very) lifelike Bison. But that's not the most exciting thing about this post.
The most exciting thing was that my sister Tara came to visit us for the weekend, en route to her family in Miami.
Tara surprised us with her genteel tastes. We saw a FREE Shakespeare play, Othello, in Forest Park. St. Louis Shakespeare festival may not quite be up to Utah Shakespeare Festival's standards, but you sure can't beat the price!
We also saw the Arch up close and personal. But not too close or personal because it was a 2-hour wait to ride to the top and back. It was a little swarming with people, being Memorial Day weekend and all. We still had lots of fun though!
As you can see in the photo above and the photo below, we appreciated the fine art of Citygarden.
Charles even got in on the fun
One of the great things about visiting places with a friend (and
relative in this case) is that you don't have to awkwardly ask people to
take pictures of you every 5 minutes
This one would have been especially awkward if we'd asked a random person to take it for us. Thanks, Tara!
But really, the best part of having Tara visit was seeing her interact with Baby Charles