We went to Suson Park (a big park with farm animals), did a lot of visiting with family, went to the zoo, visited Grant's Farm, and ate a lot of Cecil Whittaker's pizza (only something that someone who lived in St. Louis would appreciate) and Ted Drewes's frozen custard. The girls also enjoyed running around the backyard quite a bit.
|Petting the horse at Suson Park|
|Playing on the playground at Suson Park|
|Playing in Great Grandma's backyard|
|The next several pictures are from our early morning trip to Krispy Kreme|
|The St. Louis Zoo|
|There was a 10 month old lion cub and twin 3 month old cubs|
|Kate & Great Grandma Schaefer|
|Hank, Great Grandma Thoenes, Hannah, Sarah, and Rachel|
|President Grant's home at Grant's Farm|
|One of the highlights of our trip to Grant's Farm: feeding the goats|
|This is where they house and raise the famous Budweiser Clydesdales|
|I thought this picture was precious of them sleeping together|
On the following Friday, we drove about 5 hours to visit my brother and sister-in-law and nephew in Chicago. Unfortunately, everyone was under the weather so we cut our visit with them a day short. Will was precious though and I'm so excited to have a nephew!
|Running around in the sprinkler in Michael and Amy's backyard|
|Aunt Amy, Reagan, and Kate|
|Another sweet sleeping picture|
|And finally...all 5 of the Schaefer grandchildren|
Sweet Sarah spent the next 4 hours in the car (luckily it was around bedtime so they mostly slept) with the kids, while I laid in the ER. They pumped me full of the first round of pain medicine with no relief and then finally some morphine and that still didn't really do too much. I had a CAT Scan and it revealed some fluid in my pelvic area. Since it was a smaller hospital, they didn't have ultrasound that late at night, but they concluded in addition to a UTI, I also probably had a ruptured ovarian cyst. By the time I left, I was feeling much better. I could finally walk and breathe again. We were able to switch our hotel reservations to a Holiday Inn at the same exit and got about 6 hours of sleep that night. I am so grateful to all those who prayed for us and for the Lord's provision and care for us.
The next day we headed home and made it back about 11:00 p.m. We are mostly settled back in, but will be leaving again for our annual Memorial Day camping trip with George's parents. Whew! That was exhausting just reliving the trip. We had a lot of fun though and I really enjoyed the time spent with my sweet daughters!