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Ice Festival

Those overnight shifts that Don has been working can be very tiring…especially after 3 1/2 years. So we decided it was time for a random weekend off. 

On Friday night, the Lovings watched the kids and we went out on our first date out since September 2012! We hit up Ruby Tuesday for their delicious pretzel bun cheeseburgers. Then we went to (finally) see “Catching Fire.” I’m a big fan of the Hunger Games series and this movie did not disappoint. It was so weird to be out together without kids, but so refreshing. Thank you, Lovings, for watching the kids! (Although I do believe they spent almost the entire time playing with the Gunby kids and their Little People toys.)
Saturday was the annual Ice Festival in Old St. Charles. I haven’t been for a few years so I was eager to take the kids. Maggi and the Harrelsons also joined us for the day. 
 
Old St. Charles is a cute town with lots of fun potential photo backdrops. 
woman and boy
                                bicycle built for two
                                    ice carving
This one was a dragon
                                      ice sculpture 2
We were pretty cold with all the wind. (Which is why Liam is not pleased to take this picture) This was the Winter Olympics piece. 
                                cold boy
                              fish sculpture made of ice
We went to the Foundry Art Center to warm up a bit before heading back out again. 
                                toddler boy warming up in foundry art center
                                dad and boy looking at art
This girl is just too cute when she’s all snuggled up. She was such a great baby, bundled in her car seat and quietly enjoying the warmth.
                                cute baby in winter coat
                                woman standing by art
                                little boy on floor
We went back to the little old church where Stef and Tim got their “first look” and pictures on their wedding day.
tim and stephanie
 
Maggi took a few pictures of me and Don. Thanks Maggi! We don’t get many pictures together anymore.
                              married couple
                            husband and wife
                            portrait of married couple
And of course, the traditional BFF pictures.
best friends
my friends
This vine wall was just too cool!
                                woman and toddler posing by vine wall
                                berries
It was a cold, but wonderful day! I’m very thankful that Don was finally able to go with us somewhere before noon!!! That never, ever happens. And so happy to be able to spend some time with my best friends! 
What a fun weekend!
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