Yet another apology

Here at the Renaud Empire, there has been no shortage of stories to tell the world at large. There has been, however, a shortage of time in which to write said stories. So, yet again, I am apologizing for a lack of updates here.

A few days ago we returned from a trip to San Antonio to visit family and relax. It was really wonderful. The weather was hot and dry, although we were thankful to see the parched land receive some rain while we were there. My Nan’s pool was loads of fun, and all three of the girls greatly enjoyed it.

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Birthday crush

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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International Josh Week

The world is winding down from the tumultous but transcendent celebrations that marked International Josh Week. Here in St. Louis, the festivities were more low-key than usual, but all in all they were good.

The morning of International Josh Day, I got my first present: a new waffle iron. We immediately put it to work. My first attempt was okay, but not breath-taking.

The next day, we tried again. This time, Yoli handled the batter. The waffles turned out much better. Since this was Tuesday, I had the day off, and my parents agreed to watch Jadzia and Ludi. This freed Yoli and I to spend an afternoon together. We decided to tour two institutions that are quintessential to St. Louis: the church and the brewery.

We started at the Cathedral Basilica.

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International Josh Day

Today, Oct. 29, is a holiday across the globe. Yes, it is International Josh Day.

So, remember to hug a Josh today and celebrate this special occasion with friends and family. After all, it only comes once a year.

Two videos for the price of none

I put together a couple short videos from stuff that happened recently. For those of you in San Antonio, we intend to make longer versions of these and other videos and ship them to you on DVDs very soon. (Viewing these movies requires the most recent version of Apple’s QuickTime software)


Jadzia’s first birthday

After moving into our house, the first thing we did was have a birthday party for Jadzia. Her grandparents and her cousin and aunt and uncle were able to attend.


Jadzia in the pool

When we traveled to San Antonio a few weeks ago, we were very much looking forward to taking Jadzia into the pool with us. Here are a few quick clips of her in action. Please try to ignore the blindingly white dad next to her on the screen.