Monday, June 11, 2012


Last weekend was the annual Horseradish Festival. Did you know that 70% of the world's horseradish comes from right here in the St. Louis metro east?

Yes, it's true. And, boy are they proud of it!

You can sample:
  • Deep fried horseradish pickles
  • Bourbon chicken with horseradish
  • Pot roast horseradish sandwiches
  • Mongolian BBQ with horseradish. 
Is your mouth watering? 
I bet you can't wait to come visit now, right?

It was one of those things that goes on in our area every year, and we've never experienced it, so we decided to take my sister and her husband, Brynne and Hadley's beloved Masi and Masa.

Here's a picture of them at the festival:

So, maybe this international fest wasn't all that exciting, but at least we can all cross that one off our bucket lists, or something.

The girls got to bounce in the bounce-house with their Masa while we were there, and they did really love that, so it wasn't a total bust.

There's lots of other things to mention over the past two weeks. I've been blessed. (1299-1328)

  • The girls chasing Noodle back and forth, and asking to do it over and over again. 
  • Amanda and Mital making extra pizza, so I'd have meals for the week while Brad was away.  
  • Masi and Masa bringing a new book for the girls to read. 
  • Someone else reading Blueberries for Sal. 
  • Cheesecake
  • Smooth sailing for the four days Papa was away on business. 
  • Sarah watching Brynne for me, so I could take Hadley to the doctor. 
  • Brynne doing really well away from her sister and mama. 
  • Hadley patiently waiting for 45 minutes to see the doctor. 
  • Laila watching the girls, so I could go to bootcamp. 
  • The girls jabbering away about all their little friends. 
  • Words, words, words. 
  • Good napping. 
  • Papa making spaghetti and meatballs. 
  • Saucy faces.

  • The girls devouring quinoa and chicken.
  • Brynne singing "Holy, holy, holy," to a song on Pandora. 
  • Hadley washing my hands. 
  • The girls still fitting in one swing. 
  • Playdate at the park. 
  • Someone picking up the diaper bag that I, carelessly, left at the playdate. 
  • A God that has it all together for me since, clearly, I do not. 
  • Grace for myself and from others.
  • Generous friends.
  • Brad going to the men's retreat.
  • Ears on our corn. 
  • Slide to play on outside. 
  • The girls answering catechism questions. 
  • Saying Ephesians 6:1-2 with the girls MANY times throughout the day. 


Melissa Ann said...

Good ole' Eph 6:1-2 ;) Many times here too. Along with a few others from the 10 commandments. :-p Oh, this mama-ing...

Emily said...

There's a town near us that does a sauerkraut festival during the summer. I was too cranky to go last year (first trimester of pregnancy), but I really want to go this year. Any festival that centers around food has to be fun!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Lots of words...good naps...friends and wonderful to soak it all in. :) Hoping this week is full of many continued blessings, Julia!

[And yes, my mouth is kinda watering for some horseradish!] ;)

Holly@A Life-Size Catholic Blog said...

Being a huge horseradish fan ... I would have totally loved your festival. In fact, but fried pickles? Hmmm....

Mindy @ New Equus - A New Creation said...

What sweet pictures of your girls! I'll have to tell my hubby about the horseradish thing...he LOVES the stuff! Hopping from A Holy Experience. :)

Corinne Ritz said...

I love the saucy faces! So, have you started potty training yet? Are you thinking about it? I was thinking about maybe doing that soon, and I thought of you. I know the girls are just a month older than Bennett. Just because I've been around the block a few times, I still have no clue as to what I am doing as a mom. I was wondering what you are doing with that.

Also, I love catching glimpses of your parents and Amanda on your blog. Miss you all so much. I love how involved Amanda and her hubs are in the girls lives. That is really cool.

Just Another Mom of Twins said...

What great list of happiness...I never much liked hoarseradishes but you make it sound tasty!


Alicia said...

Oh, your list is pure joy. Laughed out loud at your gratitude for someone else reading blueberries for sal. At our house I'd echo that praise if someone else read Tractor Mac to my little farm boy :) Your family's lovely. So nice to meet you. Blessings from Iowa.