An impromptu visit from Andrew’s brother Billy, his wife Annie, and their kids Reina and Liam this weekend made for fun, fun, fun! We lucked out with beautiful weather and ate nearly every meal outdoors. Day one included a trip to our newly-opened neighborhood playground, a delicious feast of grilled salmon sandwiches and corn on the cob and roasted potatoes, and sleepovers with more excitement than sleep.
On day two, we loaded up on french toast with berries, then headed to the St. Louis Zoo for the morning. It was crowded, but the weather was coolish and lovely. The kids enjoyed the train and the chicken (one of the only animals we really took the time to attend to besides the monkeys).
After the zoo, we rested (a bit) and spent the remainder of the afternoon outside in the side yard playing (music AND actual playing) while the kids and Annie ran and ran and ran!
Oliver and Uncle B time
The most delicious grilled salmon sandwiches (find recipe here - we substituted vegannaise for the mayo and it was delish) with oven-roasted potatoes with fresh herbs and sweet corn on the cob.
A stripe-y day!
Playing the kids’ mini guitar- he says it’s more fun
Aunt Annie is tons of fun!
We walked to our favorite dinner spot and ate outside while the kids did laps around the apple tree planted in the front garden of Winslow’s Home. We met up with friends Jamie and Brian (who we absolutely adore and do not see enough) there, and then the whole troupe headed back to our house to roast marshmallows and drink a few beers after the kids were in bed (thanks for picking up the mallows, J & B!).
Sunday was ridiculously hot (90 degrees on April 1st- looks like the joke’s on us) and by 8:30am the kids were already stripping down and begging for water. So…
… we obliged. I have a feeling much of our summer will look like this.
Thanks for a great weekend, Billy, Annie, Reina, and Liam! My cheeks hurt from laughing and I can barely move from exhaustion. A good sign for sure.