Our weekend in St. Louis for the family reunion went by super fast (as fun weekends often do), but we somehow managed to squeeze quite a bit into our 2 day trip. We hitched a ride out of Chicago with one of X’s brothers & his family and let me just tell you… I now know all the words to the Frozen soundtrack. (I know.) BUT- hearing the girls sing their hearts out to Let It Go? Worth every painful minute.
I’d taught our 4 year old niece how to do the peace sign when someone takes a picture and it was hilarious to see her carry it through the weekend all on her own. Thatta girl!
The hotel we stayed at was awesome. It wasn’t your fancy schmancy hotel, it was the kind of place that has the indoor pool in the same room as a ton of arcade games and then tables and chairs/gathering space for the adults. (Although we adults even had a blast playing the arcade games too.) This was the exact hotel Christian and his brothers and parents would stay at every time they’d come to St. Louis… you could say he grew up going to this place. Apparently people don’t like fun, non-fancy hotels though… this place is being torn down in the next couple months. (All the more reason it was special and fun to stay here with everyone.)
X’s brothers and dad in a serious game of … some kind of serious game.
What. You didn’t think I’d get in on that? #diehardforever
There was a Waffle House near the hotel and since I’d never been to one, Christian told me that HAD to change…. so we went. And I made it out alive. (I will say- the waffles were good and all was well as long as I didn’t look around to observe how clean or not clean everything was.) (I don’t wanna talk about it.)
After that experience, my brother and his fiancée came to pick us up and take us all back to their new house. But first, my soon-to-be sister-in-law had a surprise for me. First let me tell you that aside from this girl being beautiful both inside and out, as well as crazy in love with my brother (has been since the 8th grade!), she is hella smart… and she has one of the coolest jobs EVER. She’s a forensic scientist which basically means she tests drugs and evidence all day long from crimes or busts. CLEARLY this is awesome, especially for me being the extreme lover of anything cops related, etc. So her surprise for me was to take us to her work so that I could really get a feel for what she does.
I could hardly contain myself while going in. I was so nervous and my hands were literally shaking. haha. (I know. I’m nuts.)
She took us on a little tour, showing us some of the evidence rooms, etc. and she even let me wear her badge and lab coat. Just call me Penelope Garcia.
(Please note the nervous, uncontrollable laughter as well as my hands balled into fists. I was freaking out, you guys.)
Unfortunately those are the only crime lab pictures I can show you. If I showed you anymore, I’d have to kill you.
After getting my CSI on, we headed back to their house to relax (poor Christian worked) and to snuggle & play with their sweet babes.
Eventually it was time to get ready for the big family reunion dinner, that both my brother and SIL were coming to. I never do fun things with my hair and have been inspired by pinterest lately so here you go… this was the outcome.
You know the funny Pinterest Fail pics? This was basically mine. It wasn’t exactly how it was supposed to look but I had a bow in my hair and I was goin’ with it.
The dinner was so much fun – having everyone together, and to have my bro and his fiancée there was really special. We had the best time, especially with Annie who I might just say has her Uncle Christian’s humor and knack of silly faces down.
love my bro
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any other pictures of the rest of our nieces and family… we were having too much fun 🙂 But before we left, I made sure to get a picture of Christian with the “famous” Holidome sign and the mermaid that is apparently riding a shark… you know, for old times sake. (Check out those pecks though, huh?) (He’s totally Bruce Willis.)
Until next time, STL!
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