A Quick MO Trip

Whew!  I feel like this summer has been CRAZY!  We’ve had camps, traveled, spent lots of time at the pool, and have snuck in any lazy days we can.  It’s been FABULOUS so far.  But this week is no different…summer for four more weeks!  Soaking it up!  😉

If you missed my post on Saturday, you can see it here.  WHAT?!  A Saturday post?  I know.  I know.  CRAZY! 

Last week when I realized we had nothing on the agenda, we made a last minute trip to Missouri to visit the family.  The kiddos and I left around 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning and arrived around 4:00 p.m.  It was GREAT timing and the ride couldn’t have been better.  Thanks to our DVD player and snacks.

On Tuesday my grandparents had us over for an afternoon of games before an early dinner.  My grandma is the BEST cook.  {I’m sure everyone thinks that about their own grandma, but as I was eating I thought…whew!  I’ve got a long way to go in my cooking skills in order for my grandchildren to think that about me!  haha!}

On this trip, Britt was ALL about the guys.  She warmed up super quickly to my grandpa, Boo {her grandpa/my step-dad} and my brother.

My sweet grandma 🙂  The window behind us made us look a little angelic.

Wednesday morning, my day began with a snowman mug, coffee, and a straw.  Lots of you guys asked me about this.  I always drink my coffee with a straw.  I think it helps with coffee stains on my teeth…not really sure it does BUT it makes me feel better. 😉

My parents got this go-kart last year and my kids are obsessed.  Boo took Britt for a super slow ride on Wednesday morning.  She was a big fan and then upset she couldn’t keep riding.

My parents live in the country so these city kids of mine LOVE the wide open spaces!

Around lunchtime lots of family came over for a little get together and it happened to be my nephew’s sixth birthday so we celebrated him too!

We all SWAM!

And then the kiddos had a little kickball/soccer game in the front yard.

Everyone left and the kiddos and my parents settled down to watch a movie so I went outside for a little exercise.  I should add the weather in MO last week was absolutely delightful while here in Texas it was crazy hot!

My parents had bought some little fireworks for the kids to enjoy while we were there.

And we ended the night with Big Brother!

Thursday-my parents took the big kiddos to have lunch and watch a movie before the birthday party.  Britt and I stayed back and I worked while she took a big nap.  Then we left to the join the fun!

They watched Hotel Translyvania 3 and were big fans!

Then we met up with friends and family for Paxton’s birthday party!

Check this big girl out!


And more cousins 🙂

These two moms are some of my favorites!  And let’s talk about cute baby Beau?  Don’t you want to squeeze his cheeks?

We had a blast with these two and all our other Missouri family!

I’m so glad we made a last minute trip to visit!  We loved seeing them all!

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  1. 7.23.18
    Talley Family said:

    I drink my coffee with a straw too. I am so glad to know I am not the only one!!! Blessings on your day!

  2. 7.23.18
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    What a fun trip!! Can I go to Grandma's house soon for some cookin'?!

  3. 7.23.18
    Unknown said:

    I see that SEMO hat in the second to last picture. SEMO grad over here (:

  4. 7.23.18
    a little bit of emily said:

    Someone at work drinks coffee through a straw too. I was so confused when I first saw her do it, but then put two and two together about staining teeth. Such a good idea! And as a MO resident, I love hearing about your trips back here!

  5. 7.23.18
    brookerichardson said:

    What a FUN trip!!!!

  6. 7.23.18
    Rachel said:

    I drink my coffee with a straw too and always get questions and/or weird looks about it! hahah

  7. 7.23.18
    Unknown said:

    If you only drink one cup of coffee a day from a straw you are probably ok but be careful- it can cause wrinkles similar to those that smokers get from pursing their lips- and none of us want extra wrinkles!

  8. 7.23.18
    Lindsay C said:

    I really only drink iced coffee so I ALWAYS drink it with a straw. I am weird but I find iced coffee more enjoyable than hot.

    Second, where did you guys go in Missouri? I am in IL and I frequent Mo when I need a weekend away. Nothing like a long weekend in STL going to the Arch or the Zoo …

    Hope you have a great week!

  9. 7.23.18
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    This is the second time I've seen that picture of you walking down that road and it makes me so nervous! And I will be drinking my coffee/hot chocolate mix (haha) from a straw from now on. 😉
    That Inspired Chick

  10. 7.23.18
    Melanie Smith said:

    Awww! So glad you had such a good visit. I've always lived in the same little town as my family (except that one year I moved an hour away and I hated it!). I bet time with them is super special since visits are limited!

    And Big Brother. Can we talk about that??? I'm Team Tyler as of now. He's playing a great game, and I just love him. I didn't think I would honestly because of his "type" but he's just so likable! And Fessy. Man, I love me some Fessy!

  11. 7.23.18
    Kjlb37 said:

    Please share your tips for driving 8plus hours alone with four children! So impressive!

  12. 7.23.18
    Alessandra said:

    Hi Erika!
    I love your blog and your little adventures with your family!
    I was reading your post today and got really sad when saw you drink your coffee with a straw daily 🙁
    I hope you are an advocate of recycling but even if you are you know that straws are not recyclable and add a huge burden to our planet daily. If you want to read a little about it here is a good link:

    Anyway, I know you were on vacation and that is why you were using a plastic straw but I hope that at home you either use metal or paper ones…

  13. 7.23.18
    Melissa said:

    What a fun trip you had!!! I love that you got to spend a little time together, relax, and just enjoy 🙂

  14. 7.23.18
    Unknown said:

    Glad you had a fun trip! Love all the pictures with your grandparents–so sweet!

  15. 7.23.18
    Simple Purposeful Living said:

    Looks like a blast and so fun to see family!

  16. 7.30.18
    The Longs said:

    Looks like a blast! We vacationed to Branson last year and just got home from Arkansas- IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL in Missouri and Arkansas!