Can I express how much I LOVE my pediatrician? 

After a trip to the ER & finding out Everett had a bruise.  Then, a trip to an orthopedic doctor who said a greenstick fracture...I had our pediatrician take a look at the x-rays and he sent us to St. Louis to Children's for a pediatric opinion.  Thank you Dr. H - thank you!

They took 2 xrays today & the lady walked in and said it's definitely broken and we need a cast.  He basically has a buckle break right below his elbow on his radius.  I was thrilled because if you know Everett - he doesn't know slow or calm.  Those words missed his vocabulary.  I have been petrified for a week that he was going to do some crazy run/jump/dive move and shatter his arm.

So they casted him up, and off we went.  We go back in a mere 2 weeks to have it removed!  Until then, Aubrie & Caroline watch out - he has a new club and I'm sure in the next two weeks he will slap someone with it!!

After the trip to Children's hospital I surprised the big kids with a trip to the St. Louis Zoo.  If you haven't been, it's fabulous!  It's free if you don't count parking, food, train rides, and the carousel which add up quickly!  We had an amazing time though with only one small melt down per child.  Pretty successful day considering there were no naps until the drive home & I was alone in the big city with these two ya-hoos.

I didn't tell them where we were going until we were there.  Here are the reactions which I had to capture.  No worries we were parked.  You think he's dramatic...

meet his older sister!

On the way into the zoo we stood by every single sculpture and got a photo  The kids insisited on it.  It also appears that Everett got a good goose on Aubrie in this picture.  Jade & I laughed  hard over this shot...he truly was just standing there, and since she saw the camera she was doing the face she makes when she sees a camera.  Perfect timing?  Yes.

Exhibit face.

Somehow...I managed to capture mostly photos of my children with giant testicles...Buffalo & Elephant testicles in one day - nice job Mom.

Pa Stuart & Grandma Janie gave the kids souvenier money - they dropped it fast at Build A Bear, and the giant boxes plagued me around the zoo.  It was just too much to ask the kid with the cast to also carry his box.  They were thrilled with their purchases!  Everett got a penguin & Aubrie a panda bear.  Please note, she also brought Wolfie along for the day so she had not one, but that's right - two stuffed animals in tow.

Another hilarious photo shoot.  I tried to get a great picture by the tulips.  Everett some how shrunk to half his size.  Seriously how did he get so tiny here?  He's in size 4 and her size 5...why oh why does he look so small? 

They were pumped going into the penguin house.  I don't blame them, it is pretty righteous in there.  I seriously would like to touch a penguin in it - they are just so tempting that close!

See that tiny finger pointed to the sky.  Aubrie yelled out - there are the macaroni penguins!  This girl knows her animals and I'm always shocked at how stinking smart she is!  She told me all about woodpeckers on this trip.  I don't know what she'll be when she grows up, but if it doesn't involve animals I will be shocked!

We finished out the day with a carousel & train ride & headed home.  We saw almost all the animals & it was a beautiful day.  The kids said "Best day ever, but not as good as Disney world!"  I did good today and we all had fun!

They slammed snacks in the van & both took crazy long naps.  We arrived home safe and sound & I had some great stories to tell their Dad.  They say the funniest things!  I love my big kids and it was nice to get a day with the to have fun and talk together.  We needed it! 

Thanks Mom for keeping Miss O...she enjoyed her day with her two grandmas as well!