Gratitude Attitude

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” -Luke 11:9-10

November always nudges me and reminds me to be thankful. Maybe it’s because we are 3 months into school and I look back wondering how that time passed so quickly. Maybe it’s because the leaves changed colors and it’s a little crisper out (actually expecting snow later this afternoon). Maybe it’s because a small vacation from work is within reach. Whatever it is, I am trying to wake up with a “gratitude attitude” this month. A few weeks ago as I was watching the Ellen Degeneres show while on the treadmill at the gym, I heard something that has been popping into my mind every morning. Ellen was interviewing Steve Harvey. He explained how he was not always in the position he is now. He also explained how being thankful is the key to his success. He wakes up every morning and for at least the first 5 minutes, he thanks God. “Thanks for waking me up today and giving me another day of life. Thanks for 7 hours of sleep last night. Thanks for coffee that will get me through my morning.” Whatever it is, he thanks God. I am trying to take part in this practice. It can be hard (especially on Monday mornings), but it really does put into perspective how blessed I am. God gives abundantly and deserves some thanks. Speaking of that, here are some of the blessings and happenings since the last time I wrote….

  • Nick and I attended a San Fran 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams football games a few Mondays back. It was a late night for a Monday but still cool to see the players we watch every Sunday on TV, play right in front of us.
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Let’s go NINERS!
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  • Our close friends out here, Ellie and Kurt, tied the night in late October. We went to the Blumenhof winery before the wedding and then headed to Kurt’s family’s property for the wedding. It was gorgeous! The reception nearby was a blast. Congrats guys!
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My go-to girl since touching down in MO.
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My stud of a date!
  • Then mama Spach flew to St. Louis and we made the 5 hour drive together to St. Charles, Illinois to spend the weekend with Aaron and Jess. We did some shopping and eating and then celebrated baby Spach to be at Jess’ shower Sunday morning. Can’t wait for my niece’s arrival sometime in December/January!!
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Baby shower day.❤
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Oh my word. Love this DOG.
  • Next it was Halloween time, Nick’s favorite! We didn’t actually dress up at all this year but we did go to Fright Fest at the nearby 6 Flags. The 4 haunted houses were freaky. Then we went to a mystery theatre dinner with Nick’s old roommate. It was so much fun and Nick was the bailiff in the show.
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Fright Night faces!
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Fall decor in my house and the walkway outside of my school! Gorgeous colors.
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A drink before the mystery dinner theatre!
  • In the kitchen, I’ve been trying to keep things interesting and easy. A recent go-to is this super easy chicken fajita bake. Thaw 2-3 chicken breasts and put in a 9×13 baking dish. Cover with a packet of taco seasoning and then cut up peppers and onions and layer on top. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake for 45 min at 350 degrees and voila!! Delicious fajita makings made easy.
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Chicken fajita bake prior to the bake!
  • I also branched out and made lasagna soup in the crockpot. A different spin to one of my favorite dishes. This was tasty and warm for a chilly week.
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I am especially grateful for all 5 senses during the upcoming holiday seasons–the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and touches of this season are special. I attended a 3 day conference this week for work about working with children with visual impairment. It was so interesting to put on visual simulator glasses and try to read braille and just think about what the world is like for those who don’t have total use of all their senses. Lots to be thankful for…7 days of work left until Thanksgiving break but who’s counting? Until then, trying to keep my gratitude attitude afloat.









“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”-Jeremiah 31:25

It is pretty hard to believe that the first quarter of the school year is wrapping up next week. This means lots of progress reports and lots of reflecting on progress (or not) made with my students over the first quarter of the year. It also means reassessing my approaches with a few students and looking for other ways to reach them. Needless to say at this point, I am also feeling a little wiped. Thankfully today and tomorrow are inservice days at work without students. I find myself needing to take a step back and remember that I am not solely responsible for the kid’s success/failure each day. God will refresh me for the upcoming 3 quarters of the year and will continue to provide and be present in my therapy sessions with these kiddos! On the regular, my time spent with the kids doesn’t go as planned but I know that they are learning and taking away more than just speech and language skills from our interactions.

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An attempt at a communication board for a few of my nonverbal kiddos!

In other news, the weather is changing and cooler temperatures (and occasional nasty storms) have reached Missouri. Another attempt from God to refresh! The skies have mostly been gorgeous out here, along with sunsets and the trees changing colors. Snapped this on my drive home from work the other day!

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Ahhh! How gorgeous is that!

Recent weekends have been relaxing and packed with football (WE ARE!). Two weekends ago Nick and I went into the city with our close friends, Ellie and Kurt (who tie the knot next weekend) and we got to see the Eli Young Band for a cheap 10$. It was a really fun night in the city with good music and friends.

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Cheese at Ballpark Village.
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Quick snapshot with the band truck. ATTENTION: Nick is smiling. Nick is smiling. This does not happen often!
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Nick, myself, Ellie and Kurt. Grateful for good friends out here!

Last week, Nick won 4 St. Louis Blues hockey tickets from his gym. We took Ellie and Kurt along with us for the game. Our assigned seats were way up in the nosebleed section but since it was a pre-season game we took advantage of open seats closer to the action. It was very exciting!

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Hockey games are intense!!

Finally in the kitchen, I have been obsessed with all things pumpkin (cookies, bagels, coffee creamer, pasta, ice cream).’s a problem how much of a sucker I am! I have been whipping up tacos once a week and they are so satisfying. I heat up black beans and corn in one pan and then turkey burger in another! I have been using plain greek yogurt as a sour cream substitute and adding fresh avocado on top. Just looking at this picture I snapped makes me hungry for tacos all over again.

Taco taco taco!

As this week wraps up, I will continue to look to God for refreshment! And I will continue to embrace all things fall (and pumpkin)!

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Light steps and a joyful heart

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

-2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Beginning another school year was daunting for me. I had my first year of working with kids in the books so this year should just be easy, right? Erh..well, then crept up the increasing responsibilities and the fears that I am not doing enough for some of my kids who have so many communication needs. My mom gave me a devotional book called “Jesus Calling,” with daily devotionals that are relevant to a woman’s life. I have read it every morning before work up to this point and it has been shaping my perspective on this new school year. I am slowly allowing joy to replace fear, worry and anxiety. I am trying to give these work-related insecurities to God and let my interactions with the kids and my co-workers be guided by love and care. Light steps and a joyful heart is my reining mantra as I trudge through my day-to-day duties.

In other news…

The weekends around here have been busy! This is probably why it took a full month for me to post on here again. Nick and I traveled to St. Charles, Illinois to visit my brother and his wife for my 25th birthday. Their soon-to-be little one is due Christmas day and Jess looks AH-MAZING pregnant. She is all cute little belly and athletic little legs. (I think fall is the perfect time to be pregnant. Mommy jeans and over-sized sweaters anyone?) We watched Penn State football, watched the guys play in Aaron’s work softball game and ate out for my birthday. I also literally cried with happiness seeing my dog niece, Nellie. I think I have an unusual attachment to her that stems from never having a dog of my own while growing up.

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25! Thanks for showering me with sweet surprises all week long, Nick!
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That face! Her eye is a little crooked, she walks with a wiggle and I love her.
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Very grateful for a brother and sister-in-law.

Then my parents flew to St. Louis to visit for a weekend. Jimbo takes a week off in the fall and they decided to visit their adult children in the Midwest. We took them to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game in the city, visited the late prez Ulysses S. Grant’s home, played cards and ate good food. Then they hopped the train off to Chicago to visit Aaron. Mom made meals and snacks so that even when they physically left, their presence remained in food form in the kitchen.

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That view though! Beautiful day via Busch Stadium.
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3 of my favorite people squished all around me.

In other news, Nick got me a gym membership right across the street from my townhouse. It’s been a welcome change in the form of exercise and I’ve been literally laughing out loud watching Ellen Degeneres when I am running on the treadmill. I’ve been busy in the kitchen as well. Check out below for my latest creations and links to the recipes.

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Pineapple Fried Rice: I added chicken to the mixture and nixed the ginger and sesame oil (14$ tiny bottle was not in my budget). It still turned out deliciously tasty with the pineapple and red bell pepper.

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Peanut butter chocolate chip pumpkin bread: So many things I love whipped into a delicious, moist bread. I made this and then ate a slice every night for 9 days until it was gone. The greek yogurt, pumpkin puree and peanut butter ensure that it is not a crumbly bread.

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Reese’s pieces soft peanut butter cookies: Maybe I was on a peanut butter kick this month? I made these cookies as a birthday treat for my coworkers. They loved them! Jam-packed with choco chips and Reese’s pieces. Just looking at the pictures of these makes me hungry.


My heart is happy after reading back over this post and the joys of the past month. Trucking forward towards October, all things fall, weddings, baby showers, football and more adventures in the kitchen.

Summer Lovin’

It’s been TWO MONTHS since I last posted on here! Eeek. June, July and the beginning of August flew by so quickly. I feel extremely blessed because I spent the summer months back in PA getting my fill of time with family and friends. I stood beside two of my best friends as they married the loves of their lives. I spent many days with my dear friend’s baby girl, Molly Mo. I finally can say that I feel comfortable feeding a baby! I went to the beach 3x- once for my friend’s bachelorette party, once for a day trip with my ma and once for girl’s week with my aunts, ma and grandma! I went on daily walks/runs with my ma, mowed my grandma’s yard each week and spent time with my high school friends around town at our local brewery. I also visited Pittsburgh, my grad school friends and attended an SLP conference. PHEW- it was a busy summer, but a great one. See below for highlights of the summer!

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Early birthday celebration dinner with my parents and Gma!
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On the beach in OCMD for Katie’s Bachelorette Party weekend!
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4 days in Pittsburgh with Emil Lee Kennedy- running, eating and exploring together! Oh and Bella!
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Girl’s Week at the beach with Mom, Grandma, Aunt Kim, Aunt Robin!
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The current love of my life–Molly Mo! The happiest and sweetest baby around. Susan and Matt are doing such a great job with her.
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Some of our group at Katie’s wedding! Got to see Nick for a few days this summer when he flew in for the wedding.
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Katelyn got hitched!!!

On Tuesday, I flew back to St. Louis, Missouri and traveled back to my little town of Union. My townhouse and car were alive and well. My classroom was in a state of disarray. My mail was piled up high. I hankered down and spent Wednesday and Thursday cleaning, running errands, paying bills, getting groceries and getting my classroom in shape. I really did not cook much over the summer since I had my dear mother doing most of it, so I also got back into the kitchen these past few days. See below for 2 recipes that you have to try! Then check out my classroom (Super-hero themed this year)!

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Spinach and Mushroom Quinoa (recipe on )


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Baked Oatmeal Cups for On the Go! Recipe at

For this recipe, I swapped canola oil for the coconut oil and honey for maple syrup!

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One bulletin board from my classroom. OUR SPEECH IS SUPER!

Yesterday was our first day back to work, staff only. This week we have staff days Monday and Tuesday and then the kids come in on Wednesday. A brand new school year with new challenges is daunting. The physical prep in my classroom is not nearly as important as the mental and spiritual prep needed to face another year! I know a new school year equals new changes as well. From PA back to MO, from a first year SLP to a second year CCC SLP…changes are plentiful. I am currently finding peace and joy in knowing that despite all of these changes and challenges in my life…

” Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” -Hebrews 13:8

Oh Happy June!

Sweet, sweet summertime has been amazing so far. I flew back to PA late last week after wrapping up work and making sure that my house/car was OK before I left. Since I’ve been back on the east coast, I’ve spent time with many of the people I love (and have missed dearly!). I’ve mowed my grandma’s yard, which has been a summer job for me since I was 12. I’ve slept in, gone for runs by the river, taken walks with my mom and given Tigger a lot of treats. Home feels like home.

shower4A Cafe Latte from Grand Central Bakery and a mindless read on my Kindle is a great start to the break!!

The main event of my time home so far was the Bridal Shower for a best friend, Katie Shelley. My other best friend, Rachel and I were largely a part of putting the shower together on Sunday. The shower was for guys/girls and we had great weather. Katie and Derrick got so many great things and really enjoyed themselves! It was a success.

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It was a great day with our friends celebrating the soon married couple-to-be!!! Another shower is headed my way this weekend as well as celebrations for my dad’s 61st birthday and father’s day! Oh Happy June!


Bittersweet Summer Begins…

My first year as a Speech-Language Pathologist, track coach, Missouri resident and living on my own is crawling to an end. 3 more days of work and I will be PA bound for the summer to spend time with family and friends and for wedding related activities for two friends. Time flies when you’re BUSY! The past few days around here have been strange for me. First off, Nick left for the Dominican Republic on Saturday with our college friends for a week long vaca. Darn those snow days or I would be soaking up the sun with them. But not having him here for my last weekend before the summer has been strange. I have done a lot of little things on my own that I wouldn’t usually do such as organizing my drawers, laminating (I bought a laminator!) school projects that I’ve made over the year and making S’mores bars for my co-workers to enjoy as we wind down the week.

june1 june5 june6This past week has brought my last days with my students and my last days a track coach for the year. It was a fun week with the kids because they were all so excited. We had a water play day outside and I forgot how easily the littlest things entertain kids for hours! A few of my students brought me cute little end of the year gifts like this basket below that said “It’s o-FISH-ually summer” with a bag of swedish fish! So thoughtful. I will really miss some of my kiddos headed to Kindergarten in the fall.


The track season ended yesterday at the Missouri State Track and Field meet in Jefferson City. We traveled up early Friday morning and our athletes competed in the prelims on Friday and then the finals on Saturday. We came home with 4 state medals. Our one female senior athlete, Anna Houston, brought home 3 herself! She is in lane 3 below in the 100 m hurdle finals. I will miss these kids so much! Coaching was daunting in the beginning and I wondered if I would make it through 3 months. It was a lot of time committed but was well worth it. The time spent with the kids was something I actually looked forward to each day.  They didn’t know my first name until this weekend and one girl on the team thought my name was MARY! Haaaa..!


As the school year comes to a close, I realize how thankful I am for great co-workers. Moving from another state and starting a new job meant that I knew no one when I started. I can say now in June that the ladies I work with have become like family–sort of like mom and sister figures for me! Last week we celebrated the retirement of our one coworker with a wine and painting party. It was so much fun to be with these ladies outside of the school setting. They are always so supportive and caring and that makes coming to work each day a little bit easier.

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It’s bittersweet to head back to PA this week. Bitter because I am leaving Nick and my townhouse that has become home behind here in Missouri. Sweet because I will be seeing my family and friends who I miss so much. There is a lot ahead for me this summer–bridal showers, bachelorette parties, weddings and beach trips! I intend to enjoy all the little joys of summer and the freedom away from work. I know that I will be back in Missouri in a blink!!


The Homestretch…

I am finding out that when you work in a school district, the last month is excruciatingly busy and can be compared to the races in track and field. You want to SPRINT to the finish line but it’s more like a MILE race where there is multiple laps to get through before you cross that line.  Summer break is within reach, but you have to work really hard to get there. That has been so true of my last 3 weeks. It has been the busiest time for me between IEPs, reports, therapy students, meetings, and actual track sprints and mile races while continuing to coach. Our girls won Districts last weekend and we have 19 kids heading to Sectionals this weekend. If any of kids place top 4 at Sectionals, it’s on to States next week! Go Wildcats!

blog5This crazy time of year has caused me to self-reflect when I have little spare moments to myself like when I lay in bed at night trying to turn my mind off. Here are some things crawling through my cranial space as of late:

-I am a list type of person. And I find myself making lists a lot. Lately my work related list has been really, really long. Typically a long list that I am nowhere near completing would drive me crazy but at this point in life I have realized that I should be happy with just small accomplishments. My to-do at work has been 15+ items long all week and as soon as I cross one off, I seem to have to add another. But that is OK! I have accepted the fact and I am OK with it. It will get done (sooner or later).

-I have been eating a TON of avocados, lately. What is with my sudden cravings for these things? Luckily these power packed little treasures are super good for you and I’ve eaten about 4-5 a week for the past few weeks. They are also pretty cheap at the Aldi grocery store I frequent. A few ideas for avocados that I have tried recently:

  • Eating it straight from the skin with a sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • Mashing them and spreading them on toast
  • Slicing them up as a topping on my scrambled eggs
  • Slices on my spinach salads with italian dressing
  • Dicing them up into little pieces and mixing into my store bought salsa to eat with chips


-Either I am getting way worse at Scrabble or Nick is getting way better. We have played Scrabble for the past few Sundays before we head to our separate homes and he has been winning. This is a huge change! He has been putting words on the board such as “fable.” (I honestly didn’t think he even knew that word). Check out the picture below for a picture of our latest board and look on there for the shockers that he added. Either way, I am thankful that we can enjoy our time together and be so easily entertained by the little things.

PS- The two words he added on here that shocked me were: FRAIL and SONNET


-This year has cultivated my enjoyment in prepping and cooking food. When I actually have the time to cook and prepare food, I really enjoy it. There is something so satisfying about being hands on in the kitchen and then reaping the rewards with a delicious meal at the table. I have been trying to make a meal for Nick and I on the weekends. Sometimes it’s super simple and sometimes I put forth more effort. This past week’s Sunday dinner reminded me that summer veggies are here! Who doesn’t love corn on the cob?

blog2-Lastly, the homestretch is here. 2 weeks of school left and my last weekend with Nick before summer is here. I will be PA bound for the summer to be a part of wedding festivities for a few friends and to spend time with my family. This is definitely bittersweet. I am beyond excited to see my parents, Grandma, family and friends. There are so many festivities planned for this summer that I can barely think about it right now without getting up and spinning around in excitement. But heading home for the summer also means 2 months without Nick who has been my stronghold for the past 10 months. We used to not see each other for 5 months at a time and now look at me—saddened over just 8 weeks away! My Pappaw always told me “Absence makes the heart grow fonder!” I guess that will be the case this summer.

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Joshua 1:9 reminds me: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

What a relief that the Lord will bring me through these next two weeks and this mile long race. He will follow me back to PA, while still watching over Nick here in Missouri this summer. Life continues to be good.



Keeping calm and carrying on..

I haven’t posted for the past 2 weeks, which is sad to me because my goal was to blog weekly. However, the end of April and the start of May has brought an increased amount of paperwork, meetings and craziness at school and more high stake track meets after school.  It is easy for me to feel a little overwhelmed at this point because May is going to be extremely busy. Just when I started to think about all of the things I need TO DO this week, I opened up my mailbox to find a card from a friend….



This saying has been popular recently and it made me smile when I saw it. It’s my mantra at this point. Keep calm and just keep carrying on. That is what I have done up to this point and look where it has brought me…to May and the end of my first year working as a speech pathologist and living in Missouri. 4 weeks left. That is very doable.

Highlights of the past weeks include:

1.) BABY CHICKS HATCHING IN MY CLASSROOM: The local 4-H club donated 12 eggs and an incubator for my classroom (and 3 other classes) in my building. We had eggs for a week and last Monday–the eggs began to crack, peeps could be heard and a few hours later, I had 10/12 chicks! This experience was amazing for the kids to see first hand. This experience also taught me that I am not ready for motherhood-ha!! I was a nervous wreck about the welfare of these little birds.

may1 may22.) TRACK, TRACK, TRACK: We are in the final 1/3rd of our season and our schedule has picked up. The past two weeks have included up to 3 track meets and practice on our non-meet days. The exciting thing is that our athletes are doing pretty well at the right time. Today was our Conference meet and our girls landed first place. Check out our partial team photo below from Conferences.

may53.) SOAKING UP SHORT WEEKENDS: Increase in track meets have meant a decrease in time spent with my favorite guy. It has also meant that I’ve started to appreciate my time I do have with him, more. We have spent a lot of time feeding the baby ducks in his development lately. The geese just had babies and we even have a name for this one ugly goose that lives in the pond. Nick and his roommate had a lot of friends over for a boxing match Saturday night and I made some grub for the group. I decided to make dirt dessert only to find out that Nick doesn’t like chocolate pudding. (Crazy that there are still things I don’t know about him after almost 10 years??) We went to this cute breakfast spot over the weekend called ‘The Egg & I.” The pancake I ordered was about as big as a basketball. Love the real smile Nick turned on in the last picture here.







It’s funny how….. a little sunshine, an increase in daylight hours, lots of ice cream, a shorter countdown until summer and fun weekends spent making memories…. can put a BIG smile on my face. 




Easter happenings

I’m a family girl and moving to the midwest has been an adjustment mostly because my closest family member now is my brother, 5 hours away in Chicago. The move has also meant missing out on some family traditions that I am usually a part of, such as the Anspach family Easter party that is always held the Saturday before Easter at my parent’s house. I was excited this year to spend Easter out here with Nick and make some of our own traditions and memories. On Saturday, we realized the temp was headed into the 70’s and we should be out enjoying it. We headed to Forest Park in the city, where the zoo is to start our day. From there, we drove into the city to check out Ballpark Village–a combo bar/restaurant hangout spot next to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball stadium. “Checking it out” turned into 3 hours of watching a playoff hockey game and getting pretty into it. Then we ventured to the rooftop bar “360” for the view. Throughout all of this, I knew that my family was gathered back in PA celebrating Easter together. I was sad to be missing a family gathering and holiday, but even more so I was extremely grateful for the incredibly fun weekend that I had with Nick. I called home a few times to see how everyone was doing and to let them know I missed them. But mostly, I really enjoyed my day Saturday. The new spots that we visited and the time spent with someone who makes me laugh and makes everyday an adventure, made for a pretty special Saturday. Holidays are best spent with family and are usually laced with tradition. My Easter this year was different, but it was good. Another great weekend and more great memories mostly caught on camera below.

We had trouble finding parking and ended up pretty far away from the zoo (we thought). Until we found this charming wooded trail that actually brought us right to the zoo!
Eye contact with a chimp. Loved this guy!
Chimps were one of the first stops. This guy was sitting and watching us all like we were the animals in the zoo. How cool is he?
Lions nap for up to 20 hours a day. No kidding? He looked comfy as can be lounging in the sun.
Usually the giraffes are outside and far away, but on Saturday they were inside for feedings. Their intricate fur designs and height were shocking to me! I guess I have never been so close to a giraffe before. Got to see the black tongues as well.
Inside of the giant bird cage! Blue skies and life all around.
Elephants! There were 2 babies in this exhibit as well. 
These guys were just hanging out in the water. They blew water out through their nostrils a few times which was really loud. So cool to see them from under the water, too.
We watched these guys for awhile. That baby monkey held onto his mother’s fur as she swung around. They also housed a ton of lettuce while we were watching. Spring time at the zoo is a fun time to see baby animals!
Snapped a pic at the Ballpark Village. We stopped in to check it out and ended up spending 3 hours there watching the St. Louis Blues hockey playoff game. What an exciting and energetic atmosphere!
Inside Ballpark Village
white peach sangria at 360 bar! Much deserved after our long day of exploring🙂
My partner in crime for the day. Chicken skewers and Angry Orchard.
Coolest part of 360 is the view of the city and the view into the Cardinals stadium.
Days like this just keep getting better and better.
Back to Ballpark Village and the Drunken Fish for some sushi and sake.
After sushi, we both agreed it was time to head home. Leaving St. Louis, I turned around in the passenger seat to a beautiful sunset over the city.




Vacuums and Vino

“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.” -Philippians 1:3

Mama Anspach and Grandma Welsh decided to fly out and visit me in Missouri this past weekend. They traveled by every mode of transportation (car, plane, subway, train), except for a plane, on Friday to get to me. I took an extended lunch break Friday to pick them up in the next city over and PHEW, what a relief to see two of my favorite people in the world. Grandma embraces these adventures to visit her grandchildren with such energy and excitement. She hugged me like she hadn’t seen me in years! And even though I talk to my Mom almost daily, it is so refreshing to be with her in person.

Friday night we stayed in town and tried a small family owned Italian restaurant for dinner. Then we spent 2+ hours in Target. How does that happen?? Our main purchases were a new vacuum cleaner and a foam mattress pad for my bed. I acted like I didn’t need these things but Mom insisted and what a difference. No more springs poking you in the back from my bed and I can actually use the vacuum attachment to get to all of the corners of my apartment. (I must secretly enjoy cleaning?)

On Saturday, we went to Washington and walked around at the Farmer’s Market and BBQ Bluesfest. It was a gorgeous, sunny, breezy day. We then drove to one of the many wineries in Missouri wine country- Noboleis Winery. Free wine tasting and a gorgeous view! The wine tasting man insisted that I might not be 21 and carded me. I’ll take it. We tried about 8 wines before we bought a bottle and sat on the patio to people watch and chat. Love this photo and Grandma’s look of pure joy.

mom1Next we came back to my townhouse and crashed HARD. A bottle of wine will do that. Nick arrived and we went to dinner at a Mexican place in town and then saw the movie, “Noah.” It was interesting, although after watching the movie, we came back to my place and read the story out of the Bible as a refresher because it was clear that the director took some creative licensure when making the film.


On Sunday, Nick made us eggs and then we headed to Palm Sunday church. We were going to stay at my townhouse and cook some lunch before taking Mom and Grandma to the airport, but decided last minute to make the most of the afternoon. We headed to the Delmar Loop in St. Louis and to Fitz’s Brewery for freshly brewed root beers. Then we drove around Forest Park and hit up the Starbucks. The best parts of the weekend were the conversations we had and the laughs we shared. I will see Mom and Grandma a decent amount over the summer but this little visit gave me an oomph to finish the remainder of the school year. The verse above from Philippians is so true when referring to these two women. They are truly blessings in my life!