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Mama had the idea to take some artsy photos of the boys' feet.
She wasn't completely satisfied with how they came out.
But, have you ever tried to corral a five year-old, a thee year-old and a six month-old for a staged photo? I think she did a great job!
For some some reason unknowable to adults, today was Put-Together-Every-Puzzle Day and in honor of the occasion, Drew, Will and Landon proceeded to get out and put together every puzzle we own.
With the boys out numbering Mama three to one during the day, Drew has stepped up to be a huge help in taking care of Landon when Mama needs a few minutes to get something done. Looks like the little guy is in good hands!
Will with his trademark Popeye smile.
Drew smiling and having a great time.
For what appears to be a fairly simply toy, both Drew age 5 and Will age 3 have very much enjoyed playing with the WaterWheel Play Table. It's fun to try and keep the waterwheel spinning and to sail boats down the waterfall. Not to mention, a little splashing never hurt anyone on a hot Oklahoma summer day.
Thanks to all the I'm-Smarter-Than-Everyone-Else-And-The-Rules-Don't-Apply-To-Me-So-_ _ _ _-You people who were visiting the St. Louis Gateway Arch and illegally parking in the completely full Old Cathedral parking lot yesterday, I got the opportunity to walk past the Arch and take some pictures of St. Louis' famous Gateway to the West.
The wrinkles in the 1/4 inch exterior stainless steel plates are readily visible and began to appear just months after construction was completed.
The inner shell of the Arch is carbon steel, while the outer skin is stainless steel. The stainless steel has a 50% greater coefficient of thermal expansion than the carbon steel. When heated by the sun, the massive panels of stainless steel which were perfectly flat on the ground, buckle predictably, high on the arch. The effect is cosmetic only and does not affect the structural integrity of the 630 foot tall catenary arch.
Today we attended the wedding of Sheena Bier and Thomas Shaughnessy at the Basilica of Saint Louis, King, The Old Cathedral, near the St. Louis Gateway Arch.
It was a beautiful wedding ceremony attended by many friends and family.
The new Mr. and Mrs. Shaughnessy.
Cousin Gabe wasn't particularly excited by the day's events.
Will, with his classic "Will look," was quite enamored with his cousin Gillian.
Click on "Continue reading" for many more family pics and the boys tearing up the dance floor.
Drew and Will just killing time in front of the church.
The Madison family, Matt and Michelle holding Gillian and Gabe.
All of the Madisons, all of the Danzes and some of the Youngmans.
Landon and cousin Gabe hanging out at the reception after the wedding.
Aunt Catherine and cousin Gillian.
Cousin Gillian and Mary.
Aunt Michelle and Uncle Matt.
After so much seriousness and good behavior, you just have to break out the silly!
Mama and Drew tore up the dance floor.
Drew used his new found dance skills with his cousin Gillian.
Will wasn't about to let Drew have all the fun.
Will shows Gillian his moves, this is how you tear up the dance floor!
Will soon graduated to some serious break dancing moves.
Long time friends, the Shaughnessys and the Youngmans.
Madisons, Danzes, Shaughnessys and Youngmans.
It's never too early to learn to pray with everyone at dinner time.
Landon in the loving arms of Grandma Youngman.
Grandma must have said something funny!
Will is just about to blow out the candles on his birthday cake Mama made for his 3rd birthday.
Will wanted white cake with white icing, so that is what Mama made for him. Accompanying the birthday cake is Daddy and Grandpa Danz's favorite, chocolate mint ice cream.
Will sharing his excitement with Drew about a movie he received as a gift.
Thanks to everyone, Will had a wonderful birthday with lots of family, not to mention making out like a bandit in the gift department!
Three brothers: Will, Landon and Drew.
Mama and Daddy with their three sons, Landon, Will and Drew.
Aunt Donelda came to visit for an extended weekend with the boys to coincide with Will's third birthday. The boys took advantage of the situation to show off their latest video game accomplishments. Video games are always more fun with someone watching you!
Aunt Donelda discusses one of the finer points of Chutes and Ladders with Drew and Will. They are playing on the exact same board that Aunt Donelda and Daddy played on when we were kids.
Landon loved spending time with Aunt Donelda and was perfectly content to have her feed him lunch.
Will, Landon and Drew with Aunt Donelda.
I recently cleaned out my clothes closet for the first time in a long, long, time.
In addition to some nice suits, miscellaneous shirts, shorts and pants, I had a few dress shirts that "shrunk" at the cleaners over the years.
Just some pictures of our Zuni Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica). It was after a storm so a lot of the flowers are gone. Even so, they are about the most colorful thing around during the dog days of Oklahoma summers.
A self-portrait taken yesterday at the baptism reception with my better half in the blurry background.
Gabe was all smiles while being anointed with the oil of chrism.
The Godparents, Michelle's sister Angela and Matt's brother Josh, joined in for the baptism.
More photos of the ceremony, reception and family after the jump.
Proud parents Matt and Michelle and Father Francis Hund look over newly baptized Gabriel Paul Madison.
Reception afterward was held at Art Source & Design.
Mother and child, Michelle and Gabe, share a moment.
Gabe, Michelle and Grandma Youngman.
Uncle Matt in a classic pose.
Drew and Will looking handsome for the baptism.
Matt, Gillian, Michelle, Grandpa Youngman, Gabe and Grandma Youngman.
Kids: Josh, Gillian, Gabe, Emma, Drew, Will and Landon. Adults: Mike, Angela, Matt, Michelle, Don (me), Catherine, Jim, Lorraine and Mary.