Before our annual trip to Ocean City, we stopped off in Belleville, IL to visit Kevin's family. Despite the 100+ degree temperatures, and the 1000% humidity, we had a wonderful visit. It was especially nice to see Papa doing so well. It was about this time last year that he was diagnosed with cancer and, since then, he has been valiantly fighting it. After a final surgery in July of this year, he is said to be cancer free! It was a long year for him, full of one medical procedure after another, but he is gathering his strength and is sure to spend the next year enjoying all the things he missed out on this past one. We know we missed seeing him! It had been over a year since our last visit, but Kaden easily remembered his BaNoi and Papa and enjoyed his visit with them immensely.
The two highlights of the trip, were a super successful fishing and boating expedition in the backyard pond and a visit to the St. Louis Arch.
Kaden excitedly watching Dad and Uncle Brian bring out the paddle boat
Kaden's first fishing experience...and, within one minute, his first fish!!
Off to the yacht club...do you think our boat will stand out?
Proudly showing off his catch.
Kaden had talked about going up in the Arch for weeks before the trip. Every time he saw it on TV (we watch a lot of Cardinals games), he'd mention that he wanted to go up in it. He couldn't fathom that an elevator would take you to the very top. By the time we got there, he was beside himself with excitement. Unfortunately, the line to get in and the awful smell of the fertilizer being spread on the grounds dampened his excitement a bit. Not to worry, it was instantly revived when we got inside and purchased our tickets to ride.
Super excited about boarding our pod
A tight squeeze...both in the pod and in Mama's arms
Viewing Busch Stadium from the western side of the Arch
Looking for BaNoi and Papa's house out to the east
Catching up on some greatly missed snuggle time with BaNoi and Papa
Thanks to Uncle Brian for the matching shirts and to "Ju-wee" for reading a favorite book
We had a nice visit with friends, Sandy and Aaron. And, FINALLY got to met the adorable Caleb Rodman!
Last, but certainly not least, we were lucky to spend some time chatting with Kaden's Great Grandma. With the patience of Job, she let Kaden pick up each and every trinket in her room at Our Lady of the Snows. He particularly liked her walker and grabber tool. We particularly liked the time we were able to spend with her and the perfectly timed visit of Aunt Pat! Overall, a really good way to start our summer vacation.