Monday, April 21, 2008

Best friends, dental wives, shopping, earthquakes, family fun with the Bentleys...and more!!!


What a fun weekend we've had! Wednesday, Lindsey Bentley flew into St. Louis. I picked her up and we went downtown to the Westin (the nicest hotel in town, directly across the street from the baseball stadium). We attended the Alliance of the American Dental Association conference (for dental wives). It was so fun, and I think we got a lot of good information.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CONFERENCE WITH LINDSEY:

  • Staying up until 3 am talking
  • The amazing bed and room!
  • Seeing other friends from dental school (Zipporah Kofford, Sydney Condie, Misty Kakle, Becky Campbell, and Stephanie Mack)
  • Shopping!!!! Great buys at Steve and Barry's, Charolette Russe, Old Navy, Children's Place, GAP, Carter's.... we literally filled the back of my Subaru hatchback! 
  • Having the San Francisco Giants in our hotel, and getting pictures and autographs with Rich Aurilia and Randy Winn. 
  • Cactus Cafe, Penn Station, loads of candy and treats, catered meals, and lots of fun eating!
  • Getting lots of good information and bonding with other dental wives.
  • NO KIDS! Thanks Hun and friends!
  • While I was away, the base went on "LOCK-DOWN" for a guy holding his wife hostage in on-base housing (ended up killing himself), and a bomb-threat in the hospital! (A couple hundred yards from our house). They wouldn't let Andrew off base to pick our kids for a few hours, and then wouldn't let him back to our house for a few more hours! 
  • Waking up in the middle of the night to an EARTHQUAKE! It was a 5.4 and went on for about 15 seconds. It was pretty freaky being in the hotel room higher up. Our room seriously felt like it was going back and forth a couple feet! I actually had 3 strong contractions also...no baby though! :) There were a couple tremors the next day too. 
Friday night, Chris Bentley flew in with their 3 kids (way to go Chris!). Dirk, Coby and Olivia. It was so fun for Cooper to pick his best bud up at the airport, and for us to meet Olivia for the first time! They came downtown and stayed at the hotel with us Friday night. Saturday, we finished up the conference and we all started playing. Saturday morning, Cooper woke up early, and couldn't go back to sleep because he was "so excited" and his "bones won't stop moving!"


HIGHLIGHTS WITH THE BENTLEYS!:
  • Cardinals v. Giants game (Cooper and Coby both got balls from players during batting practice!)
  • Visiting the Gateway Arch and Lewis & Clark museum
  • Union Station...eating, Cooper and Dirk jumping on the trampolines with bungies, the fudge shop, feeding the huge fish in the pond.
  • Grant's Farm...feeding the goats and camels, riding the tram, and such nice weather we got sunburned!
  • America's Incredible Pizza Co. (all-you-can-eat food, go-karts, glow-in-the-dark mini-bowling and golf, bouncy house, etc!)
  • The boys playing outside in the backyard and at the park, with toys, the Wii, and just LOVING being together!
  • Talking and catching up with our best buds from dental school!
16 more days until baby #3 is due! Really hoping I come a week early like I did with the first two! I am getting so swollen in my feet and ankles. I have been on my feet a lot this weekend though...all of it was SO worth it! We'll keep you posted!

15 comments:

The Erickson's said...

Cass, looks like TONS of fun!! Scary about the bomb threat and earthquake though! What the friek? You guys are full of scary news lately. Anyway, cute shirt in the belly pic. You look great!

Anonymous said...

Cass! that sounds like you had a fun weekend. You are such a wonderful mother, I can't believe how many fun things you do with your children, You Rock! stay off of those feet and get some rest! You look wonderful.

Rach Robb

510Jen said...

WOW you were busy. Looks like you had fun with the Bentleys. It is so fun to have visitors especially when you have been away from each other for a while. Hey good luck with labor you will do great. Can't wait for pictures.

Lane family said...

GREAT pictures! Looks like so much fun!

Tillmann Fam said...

Wow! Sounds like you guys had a pretty eventful weekend! That's so fun you guys got to play with the Bentley's. I love the cute picture of all the boys in the tub-so adorable! Well, you look absolutely cute with your little belly!! How are you feeling? Are you ready to be done?

All Run Out said...

Maaaaan, I wanna weekend like that. You look like you had such a great time. I really need a vacation. The shopping looked especially fun. :) The lock down...not so fun.

Yes, the paint came off. I knew it would (with Goof Off). Vinyl cleans up pretty well. It was quite an event. There were cops everywhere. They’ve never dealt too much with gangs around here because it’s been just a small town, but as everything grows it’s like you can’t tell one town from another anymore from Ogden to Provo. Hope it doesn’t happen again.

Elise said...

Wow Cassie, you and Lindsey did some serious damage shopping, good for you! It looks like you had a ton of fun, I'm glad. Good luck with this baby coming so soon!

Matt and Adge said...

What a fun and eventful weekend!!! I bet it was so nice to have a few days without kids and with Linds and the other girls...what great timing, too, with the baby due in 2 weeks. It looks like you guys had such a blast!!!

Amber said...

Looks like so much fun. Well, the shopping and friends part. The earthquake, lockdown, etc sounded scary, glad everything is back to normal, and glad you have so many good friends. Good luck with your delivery. I'm excited to see pics of another cute little boy, hopefully he will be here very soon.

Sydney said...

Ah, it was a fun trip! Smart move on the bullet points, my blog entry reads like a novel!

i can't believe all that you and the Bentley's got accomplished in the 48 hours you were with them! You guys were busy!!

So great to see you, good luck with the baby- hopefully he arrives sooner than later.

Carissa Poyfair said...

Wow, you had quite the weekend. It sounds like you had a lot of fun (and a little bit of not-so-much fun). Great pics!

The Bullocks said...

That's so fun you guys got to spend a week together. I hope we get the chance to come back to Spokane.
you honestly look so cute in your "showing the belly" picture. I love your hair dark.
good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!!!! I hope you go into labor soon!! Katie

Schmutz Family said...

Cassie you look great! And you had better not have that baby before I do. We felt the earthquake and the aftershocks here, too! It looks like you and Lindsey had such a good time! How fun! Now cross your legs and keep that baby in until after I have mine!!

The Mirci Family said...

Wow what an adventure! I want to go next year, that would be awesome just for the shopping! You look so great pregnant! Your hair is so dark I hardly recognized you. Joey says he remembers Cooper, but you know kids. I'm so glad you got a good rest from the house and the kids untill #3, I'll tell you it's busy, but soooooo... worth it. They all just adore eachother. And 5 is a great number. Good luck with the birth, can't wait to read about it!

katie said...

You look awesome. I am so excited for you! What a fun time you've been having-Bentleys, dental friends and shopping! It doesn't get better than that!