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July Recap


Yay! It’s August! Is anyone else as excited about August as I am? Our family, along with my two best friends and their families, will be going on a vacation together this month to the Outer Banks. We’ve been planning this trip since the beginning of this year. So it’s exciting that it’s almost time! Also, please pray for us as we drive the 15.5 hour (one way!) drive with 6 kids! I may be walking home if I lose my sanity haha. I can’t wait to share all of our pictures!

If you’re new around here, each month I like to do a little recap of the month before with pictures from my iPhone. Usually, about half are pictures that have also been posted on Instagram (for family and friends who don’t use the app) and the other half are just photos that didn’t make it to my IG feed, for one reason or another. I usually also post the funny/cute things my kids have said in the past month–but the past couple months have been so crazy that I’ve been totally slacking in that department. So that will be back soon…I promise!

 

July started great. I love pulling out all our red, white, and blue clothes and wearing them as much as possible on the days leading up to the Fourth. I love being festive at all times. It just makes life more fun!

We went to a firework show–which was totally worth it for the funnel cake below and the chilled out Evangeline, resting on the blanket. Oh yeah, and the fireworks were alright too haha.// Also, Clem with her two best friends. I’m so excited to watch these 3 girls grow up together.

As I’ve already shared, as we were enjoying our 4th of July, the evening took a turn when I thought I was miscarrying. In the following week, I was on a roller coaster of emotions. But one of the things that kept me going was the way the kids were able to bring a smile to my face. I’m pretty sure they also drove me crazy more times than I can count. But I just look back at these pictures and I don’t even remember the crazy moments. I remember the smiles and the laughter and the sweet sleeping baby that I snuck pictures of as I walked by her bed.

Thankfully, as you probably already know, the ultrasound showed a healthy baby squirming around. And he/she even waved their little hand at me. I truly don’t feel like I deserve this outcome. But I thank God for the gift that He has given us. The day after my ultrasound was Desmond’s 2nd birthday. And like all Roberts’ birthdays are celebrated, we went out for a donut breakfast. Desmond’s little hand below as I was trying to get a picture of the donut box–totally the cutest thing. He loved every bit of that day…being showered with love and attention from both parents and 5 siblings! It was a hot day so we also took a trip to the very crowded Science Center.//Also below, two very summery photos–the one from National Ice Cream Day when we stayed home and celebrated. And the other filled with pineapples. I don’t know if you can tell but her bow has pineapples. It’s from Purple Rose Bows.

After our pregnancy announcement went viral, I got very discouraged and once again, kind of stopped taking pictures. Or at least, stopped trying to get anything great. But one day Clementine fell asleep standing up and I was so glad I was able to snap a picture really quick before I picked her up. Poor girl was actually sick but it was the cutest thing ever.// Also, that picture of Desmond in Clementine’s bed is one of my favorites! He likes to climb in there in the mornings and pretend to sleep.

How anyone could look through my pictures and think we are living a miserable life with so many kids is something I’ll never understand. I look through my pictures and think about how blessed we are. Even if last night we were so frustrated with them because they were way too wound up at bedtime. I’m so glad I get to call all these children my own.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on with us this past month. Lots of ups and downs. Multiple social media breaks. And now tons to catch up with. Now that everything is slowing down, I hope to get back to taking pictures and sharing them! And of course, responding to as many people as I can because I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to write to me! I may sound like a broken record but I truly am so thankful for all the encouragement! It encourages me to keep sharing.

One more thing–we have a family vlog that my husband works very hard on!  We’re going to be working on a video to share how the kids feel about a new sibling–but for now, you can watch the Month in a Minute from this past month. And if you don’t want to miss the videos, make sure you follow the link to subscribe!

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St. Louis night life


That blog title drew you in, didn’t it? Well, if you have kids and you’re looking for something fun to do in St. Louis, maybe it will be relevant.
 
I should be a spokesperson for the Citygarden. The two times we’ve visited this year have been two of my favorite outings with the kids. This time I really wanted to be there after the sun set so we could also see the fountains all lit up.
boy playing in water
young boy having fun at splashpad
dad and daughter
reflection in the water

We got there a couple of hours before sunset so we could swim in the pools. The splash pad was pretty crowded when we got there but was pretty much cleared out by the time the pool closed at 8. 
(the only pool open that night was a pool for kids 5 and under. If you are wanting to swim in the other one, you may want to check to see if it’ll be open)

fun kids activities for summer

 

this kind of has an Olympic gold medalist vibe, eh?
smiling boy at city garden

 

young girl having fun at water park
wet hair

 

liam at city garden
mom and daughter

 

If you ignore the fact that my arm kind of looks like a nub, I sort of love this picture of Evangeline saying “hi” to Kingston.
mommy and little girl

 

boy with strong pose

 

young brothers running

 

boy watching colorful lights at city garden

Also ignore the giant water spot on my stomach, left by a little girl who shall not be named 😉 I really wanted a shot with the fountains. But I think there was some sign posted somewhere that stated “if you see this family trying to take a picture, do whatever is necessary to photobomb it.” 
We had almost the whole place to ourselves at this point. But there always happened to be oblivious kids jumping in all of our shots.

pregnancy picture

Even though we had been playing there for 2 hours already, the boys went crazy once the lights were more apparent. Liam declared it “so much more fun than playing video games.” How’s that for a review?

colorful changing lights at splash pad

 

lights changing colors at water park

 

light display at st louis splashpad

 

The darker it got, the harder it was to photograph. So you’ll just have to trust me when I say how awesome it is at night. The kids said they had even more fun than our last visit–which of course made me decide that we have to visit one more time before this baby is born. And of course, after he makes his appearance. 

And that appearance? Hopefully that will promptly follow my best friend’s wedding on July 4th. The weeks leading up to the wedding will be filled with many events, extreme nesting, and a waddling pregnant woman with rapidly dying brain cells. 
Thanks for reading along 🙂