SNOW much fun

It snowed here in St. Louis yesterday–9 inches! It started out snowing at midnight on Friday/Saturday morning. By 11 am there were 2 inches on the ground. But the front really kicked up last night. I bet it dumped 4 inches in the first wave and another five in the second wave.

It was the best snow ever too because there was no freezing rain or wet stuff, it was just straight, powdery, lovely, fluffy, happy snow. The last few years here in St. Louis have been almost totally devoid of snow, so this was a real treat. In fact, it brought back very fond memories. The last time it snowed this much in St. Louis was December 24, 2002! That was our first married Christmas Eve. I remember we were attempting to get out of our apartment and over to our friends Amy and Andrew’s house so that we could pick them up and get to the midnight candlelit service. We weren’t sure we’d make it! But it was such fun maneuvering through the snow and then waking up to a beautiful Christmas day. It was bright and sunny and the snow glistened and gleamed in the sunshine. The same thing goes for today-the sun is out as bright as can be and the snow is shining like glitter! What a day! I LOVE snow-so this is a treat for me. And Cooper is loving it too.

Let’s see-so we went to the train show at Missouri Botanical Gardens-it was a BLAST! Cooper loved the trains and we even saw the Starbuck family there! Or at least a remnant of it – missed seeing you Lynn! Nate is SO big. Cooper was absolutely mesmerized by the trains. The theme was something with wilderness so the exhibit was set up like famous national parks. They did a replica of Old Faithful and the big lodge at Yellowstone and they did a replica of Yosemite too. The plants were very pretty and it was so neat to see how detailed the whole exhibit was. Afterwards, we had lunch at the south city Diner off Grand. Cooper crashed in the car on the way home. We were so busy!

Then yesterday was our Christmas Cookie Cookoff with my mom, my sis and my grammie. We made a TON of cookies. And actually, we have more dough to roll out and bake. Jeremy has promised to take care of those for us. We started baking at 10 or 11 am and didn’t stop till 5! We were tuckered out. But it was the perfect day for baking b/c of all the snow. This is our Christmas family tradition – we’ve done it every year for at least 17 years! Isn’t that NUTS? We laughed when we got out the recipe book we use-it’s a pillsbury book we picked up in 1990! HA! Was that really 17 years ago? Sheesh-I feel old.

I’m going to go throw all our pics up on flickr. Jeremy put a bunch up there too of his escapades in Yakima. So check it out!

Achievements and Adventures

Yesterday, I heard from Jeremy! Actually…shhhhhhh…..I heard from him on Friday of last week! (He is not supposed to have his cell phone with him. Don’t tell!) So, I heard from Jeremy. The good news is that he got to sleep in a big warehouse…so no sleeping in the snow. But he was still pretty cold. We seriously chatted for less than 2 minutes – it was flash back to the days of basic training when he would say “I just needed to hear your voice.”

He called back yesterday with excellent news; Jeremy has been awarded an Army Achievement Medal by the CO (Captain) and the First Sgt! I don’t know how to explain what a great thing that is except to put up a link to Wikipedia’s schpeel on it and then give the short version for those who hate to read. Basically, this is the best official commendation a soldier who is not an NCO (non-commissioned officer) can receive.  It’s like an outstanding achievement award.  He said the sgt of his squad was going to recommend him for it, but before he could do so, the CO and the First Sgt. noticed him and jumped on it. I am so proud-just beaming with pride. Jeremy has been a team leader for about 2 months now and he is just growing and excelling so quickly. He and only one other guy from his squad made their EIB’s and now he has an AAM! YAY! As far as I can remember, Jeremy should be back to Ft. Lewis tonight. I’ll let you know if that is what happened! He said all he was dreaming about was taking a hot back for as long as the water would stay warm.

St. Louis has been lots of fun thus far. Cooper is thrilled to the kilt and happy as a lark. We have had many fun-filled days and nights. Probably my highlight thus far was the girls night I had with my mom and my sister. Mom treated us to dinner at an AWESOME thai restaurant, The King and I, and then we went to the Fox Theater to see  “Nutcracker.”  I didn’t realize it, but my parents have never been to the Fox! CRAZINESS! LUDICROUS!  So it was a first for my mom and still a never for my dad. I will throw pictures up on my flickr site as soon as I can get them from my sis-I left my camera at home that night-grrrr!

Anyway, the food was amazing and the ballet was so lovely. There were tons of moms there with their daughters (little) who were all dressed up with their pretty dresses. We had a blast. And-just to add to the atmosphere of our evening-it snowed that night!  So we had a grand time.

The weather here is typical for December-it’s cold! We’ve had at least 3 “ice storms” in the past 5 days but it isn’t as bad as it sounds. Just enough to make the trees crunchy and lovely. I enjoy the “tink,” “tink,” of the branches as the wind clinks the ice covered twigs on the trees together.

I’m looking forward to lots more play dates and opportunities to catch up-and for my hubby to arrive! This Friday, Cooper and Aunt Jess and maybe Grandma Richards are going to the train show at Missouri Botanical Gardens.  Then Saturday is the Christmas Cookie Cookoff with the girls.  I think Cooper may have a coronary when we go to the train show. He is all of the sudden (well…kinda-more like in the last few months) freaking out about trains. It’s a riot to watch. I still can’t believe how long they can hold his attention.