We had a mini-celebration for Ludi’s first birthday earlier this week. She turned one on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, late July and so far in August has been a time of hustle and bustle. We were in Houston the two days before Wednesday, staying overnight with our friends the Zanders so that we could do a bunch of paperwork at the Bolivian consulate in that city. Fortunately we completed everything we needed to, and now we are set for our trip to Bolivia at the end of August.
So Wednesday arrived and we knew we wanted to do something for Ludi, since it was her day. We had already settled on a trip to the Whistle Stop, but I thought it would also be fun to go to the Botanical Garden first.
It had been raining, so that scared away a lot people and we got a great parking spot. (This accords well with my “Six Flags Strategy”: Plan your trips to Six Flags on rainy days, that way the lines are short and you get to ride the rides more times.)
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On Monday and Tuesday, we spent a 1.125-day vacation in St. James, Mo. where we visited my brother Justin and his family. His youngest son Keaton was celebrating birthday Numero Uno.
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The differences between siblings are a source of neverending amazement and bewilderment. Jadzia has been picky for quite some time. But Ludi? She eats almost anything. These days she is eating a ton … probably a growth spurt.
She can be picky in her own way. If we have oatmeal for her to eat, and we are eating dinner (say, sweet and sour chicken with rice), she won’t eat the oatmeal. She wants to share in whatever we’re taking off our plates and putting into our mouths.
I have to point out, this fills her mom with joy.
Parades, markets, softball games … It’s been an eventful weekend here in the Renaud Empire.
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- Walk to the Ferguson Farmer’s Market.
** Buy veggies & goat brats.
** Girls go to storytime, presented by Ferguson Municipal Library.
** Eat free Mediterranean food from demonstration.
- Check out liquidation sale at furniture store around the corner.
- Return with food from market.
- Drive up to Fiesta in Florissant.
** Look for “Bolivian” food mentioned in newspaper.
*** Fail to find any
** Look for our favorite vendor, Tango, with their Argentine empanadas.
** Watch lots of dances.
- Take girls home and lay them down for naps.
- Go to the batting cages and hit 60 pitches.
- Come home and get ready for work.
It’s a new season at the Ferguson farmer’s market, which means more chances for Yoli to enter contests.
You may recall that last year Yoli took second place in the pie contest.
This year there is no pie contest, unfortunately. In its place, the market will hold several contests for different fruits. Saturday was the first: the berry contest. Any “delicious creation” that featured berries was eligible.
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On Saturday, we finally came to possess a substance of awesome power: lard.
Yes, you read that right. Pure lard.
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Yoli took second place in the Ferguson pie contest yesterday with this apple-cranberry pie she baked. She had been itching to compete for more than a year.
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Here’s Jadzia eating some buñuelos, not long after our return from Bolivia. We’ve seen a lot of improvement in her since then. During the trip she was eating primarily yogurt and crackers everyday. This past week, though, she has begun asking us to eat things from our plates. She has eaten some casseroles with chicken and rice, some lentil soup, and other stuff. This is VERY encouraging to us!
So my friends call me a walking, talking billboard for the city of Ferguson, MO. There may be something to that.
Before Yoli and I married, I set about looking for a place where we would live. I wanted a friendly place that was pedestrian friendly with stores and services in walking distance, since Yoli doesn’t drive. I should have thought of Ferguson immediately, since I was an UMSL student who drove through the town frequently. But I didn’t. It took me a month or two before my dad said “You were always talking about the progress you saw in Ferguson. Why don’t you look there?”
So I did, and I found a very inexpensive apartment in a great location. And we’ve been here for more than 2 years. You can read a bit about what we enjoy about living here on the Ferguson Citywalk website.
Lately, what I’ve really been enjoying are the restaurants. Yoli suggested I make a list of my favorites, so here goes…
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