S: Summer 2009
BC: Good-Bye Summer!
FC: Summer Fun 2009
1: Walks around downtown Kirkwood Tropical Moose Baseball Crafts Sugar Shack Sprinklers Donuts | Bible Camp - St. Clement Purina Farms St. Louis Zoo Creating music videos and dances Children's hospital Botanical Gardens | 4th of July parade Water fun Swimming Picnics Neighbors Reading Slip n Slide Watermelons Stores and House in basement | All Star Parade Sleepovers Sewing classes Crafts Imaginations Science Center Cardinal Games Ted Drewe's Sonnie Six Flags
2: Kingdom of the Son Bible Camp St. Clement | Crazy Hair Day | We continue to go to St. Clement for Bible Camp each summer as the kids just love it. They do a fantastic job with their vacation bible school.
3: You 6 were always creating music videos or making up dances to your favorite songs. Actually, it was usually 4 of you but you were often able to drag the boys in if you needed them. On this day you did a video to a Taylor Swift song. Josie was the bride and Sebastian was the groom. Don't worry...I have this on video!
4: Sonnie is something that is played only when Gabrielle and Christian aren't around. It's something that Caylie, Abby, Sebastian and Josie made up one summer afternoon when they were bored and Gabrielle and Christian were at Six Flags with Deo. One day they built a fort in the living room (you guys LOVE forts). Christian and lil Buddy got to join them on the tail end of this Sonnie day. | Sonnie
5: Summer is a great time to be creative. On this day the kids decided to create their own animal habitats out of boxes. They played with them for hours.
6: We met Deo at Purina Farms one summer afternoon. The kids got to milk cows, pet animals and go for a hay ride on a tractor. After the farm we met Grandpa for lunch. | Josie got a bad nose bleed while we were on the tractor ride and we had to stop and buy her some new clothes before meeting Grandpa.Fortunately there was a Dollar General right where we were meeting to eat.
7: Krispy Kreme, it's a must that we visit KK a couple times each summer. It's the perfect treat, any time of day, especially when the HOT donuts now sign is on! | HOT DOUGHNUTS NOW | KK
8: The Grizzlies went home as Tournament Champions! | Grizzlies siblings
9: The Grizzlies went to Cape Girardeau for our first ever out of town tournament. Cape was chosen because Andy knew he could find lots of Unterreiner fans there! They did not disappoint! Christian had the largest fan club around, even his 94 year old Great Grandma came to watch him play. | The Grizzlies players, parents and siblings all had a blast running around the hotel, swimming and spending time with the team. It was a GREAT weekend for everyone. | We took over the Victorian Inn pool. | We were so proud to have all our Cape cousins, Aunts, Uncles and ESPECIALLY Grandma at the fields cheering for us. What a blessing they are in our lives.
10: St. Louis Science Center | Gabrielle, Caylie, Abby and Christian were old enough to take a Scientist class in the Science Lab. | Getting ready for take off! | Building the Arch
11: We spent a lot of time creating at this fun building spot.
12: This was the year that Highway 40 was under contruction so it was closed. It was fun to look over the highway and see the construction underway. | Magic box! Where are your bodies? | Christian learns how to build a bridge. | Highway 40 under construction
13: You girls were always creating new companies. This time you created Crafty Critters, Inc. Craft Critters made Cooty Catchers and coloring pages.
14: Watermelon Soccer The past few summers we have enjoyed Sunday night summer soccer in the watermelon league. It's 4 on 4 soccer in a relaxing backyard type atmosphere. The boys really enjoy it. One game the Blue Grizzlies were short on players so even Josie got in on the action. That's how relaxed watermelon games are.
15: Josie finds comfort in following her big brother around the field. | SOCCER | Christian played for the Bombers.
16: One summer night we had a huge slumber party. We had Jonah, Eli, Atticus, Mason and Zoe spend the night. Josie and Atticus slept in a tent in our room. Gabrielle and Zoe slept in Gabrielle's room and the boys slept in the huge tent in the basement. It was a wild but fun night! | Josie and her buddy Atticus
17: Christian, Mason, Jonah and Eli being silly in the tent downstairs. | Gabrielle and Zoe set up their own fort and movie area in Gabrielle's room.
18: Happy 4th of July!!! | Our cute little bikers, ready for the parade...
19: 4th of July in Warrenton/Lewiston Drive has become a tradition. We start off the morning with a neighborhood parade. The kids decorate their bikes and ride around the block several times. | After the parade everyone gets a popsicle! | Teresa's Mom leads the parade in her convertible. | After the parade we spend the day hanging out together in the circle until it's time for fireworks in Kirkwood Park. | We love our neighborhood family!
20: This year we had a neighborhood tye dye party a few days before the 4th. All the kids, and some adults, made red/white/blue shirts and flip flops to wear!
21: After the morning parade and all day BBQ in the circle, we join John and Cathy at Kirkwood Park for their annual 4th of July gathering of neighbors and friends. Everyone brings food and drink and we sit around watching the Kirkwood fireworks and lighting our own sparklers. What a fun night for all! | Our neighborhood family! | Lakin and Gabrielle | Rayne and Gabrielle | The neighborhood kids
22: It's never summer unless there is LOTS of baseball! Sebastian plays on the Red Sox team this year at KAA. David helps coach his team and Andy is his head coach. He has lots of great buddies on the team, like Eli! It was a fun summer of baseball.
23: Christian plays for the Grizzlies and the Hornets this summer. He has been with the Grizzlies since Kindergarten. Andy coaches his team and David loves to help out. We love this Grizzlies team. Christian pictured with his 2 best buddies, Jonah McDowell and Mason Schultz. The center picture is from one of Christan's favorite games. He had 2 inside the park homeruns during a tournament in Affton. Here the team surrounds him at home plate. He'll never forget these Grizzlie moments.
24: The All-Star game was played in St. Louis this year and Grandpa couldn't pass up the chance to teach the boys some baseball history so he took them down to the All-Star Expo. They had a super fun time with Grandpa!
25: All Star Expo at the America Center in downtown St. Louis
26: Our favorite mascot... Hello FREDBIRD!!
27: Major League Baseball Team Mascots | Downtown St. Louis All-Star Fun
28: ALL STAR PARADE Market Street downtown St. Louis The players in the All-Star game were paraded down Market before the big game. Each had their own pick-up with their name and the name of the team. We got excited as we watched them wave to the most dedicated fans on earth, Cardinal fans.
29: Cardinal Fans... Greatest Fans in the World!
30: It was hot but it didn't stop us from cooking Smores by the fire in the backyard. We asked the Howards, the Schultz's and the McDowell's over for dinner one night. The kids had a blast putting on a dance show for us and being super silly together.
31: Summer playdates, baseball, dances and games. We love the laid back days of summer with friends. | Josie and Anna Meirink | Another music video created by the girls. | The boys never tire of baseball | Dominoes and little people play
32: Caylie Gabrielle Abby Josie | We walked up to North Glendale for an afternoon. The girls were being silly on the bench up there and I caught their mood on film. So cute.
33: The basement is constantly changing. At times it's a school, or a bank, grocery store, post office, doctors office, vet, pet shop, craft store, etc. You are all super creative with your space.
34: Missouri Botanical
35: Gardens | Ryan and Emmy came to town and we spent some time visiting some St. Louis favorites. We love a beautiful afternoon at the gardens.
36: We also went for a visit to the Zoo, Busch Stadium and Ted Drewes, a must do post game activity.
37: ZOO | Another fun day at the Zoo with Deo and our cousins
38: Gabrielle, Caylie, Abby, Zoe Schultz and Vivian Howard took a sewing class at Aristic Fabrics where they learned to make their own backpack. | We also did a little of our own sewing. I helped them make pillows and bags at home with their initials on them.
39: The neighbor kids love coming up for outdoor lunch picnics. On the right, our sleepy heads all snuggled up in Grandpa's loft. | We took the kids to the bank to open up their own savings accounts. They took in their piggy banks and handed them to the lady. | Our big girl Josie Barbara. Look how cute you are.
40: Summer walks in downtown Kirkwood with stops at the Sugar Shack and Tropical Moose.
41: Quiet summer moments
42: A visit to the Blood Bank at Children's Hopsital | Before summer comes to an end, it's tradition for us to visit Daddy at work and have lunch with him. He shows the kids the blood, let's them view blood cells in the microscope and tours them around the lab.
43: Of course, we also have to have lunch with Daddy! The kids love eating at the Children's cafeteria. | We were very proud of Caylie this year. Last year she almost passed out when David was showing off the blood. This year she even asked to hold it so she could prove to herself that she could do it!
44: No one in our family can get enough of this delicious summer treat (especially Josie!).
45: Josie, you always live life so full of joy...I'm quite sure this is a gift Aunt Barb sent to you.