Wednesday, November 14, 2012

St. Louis Weekend Fun!

Last weekend, we ventured on over to St. Louis, MO to meet my dear friend Betsy, her fiance Peter, and her son Brighton!  Betsy and I became instant friends when she started at my grade school in 7th grade in Davenport, Iowa.  Sadly, a year later I moved away to Kansas City, but we remained friends all these years!  The last time I saw her, I was pregnant with Molly, and even though we always talked about getting together, life happened...we moved to Texas, her life had a few ups and downs, but now that we live closer to her in Chicago, we decided to meet in St. Louis and finally meet each others kids and Peter (by the way, he was awesome, so happy they're getting married!  And I'll rock being a bridesmaids in their wedding, just like Betsy did in our wedding!  She had just had Brighton, her son, two months before and she looked amazing, so happy she was there with us!  I'll just be awesome, no baby or bump, just awesome, as usual!)

We left Saturday morning and of course had to stop for breakfast at Chick-fil-a, the kids were in heaven!  By the time we made it out of the Kansas City 'burbs, everyone was starving, of course!  Once they had their third meal of the day by 9:30 a.m., thank God for Trader Joe's dark chocolate covered pretzels, goldfish and raisins, our drive was pretty smooth, I even got to take a nap!

We made it to our hotel after eating lunch at McDonald's (healthy eating was NOT on the agenda for the weekend), the kids loved our view of the highway, really they just love Drury Inns!  After we destroyed our room, we drove to the St. Louis Zoo to meet Betsy, Peter and Brighton!

If you ever get a chance to go to St. Louis, it is a wonderful city for families, lots of free activities, museums and the zoo!  Free!  Well...mostly!  We paid to park because all of the free spots were taken and paid for the train ride!  It was a really busy day, but it was also 81 degrees in mid-November!   The best part, and so bummed I didn't get a picture, were the penguins!  Loved all of them and so did the kids!
Jack and Molly at the hippo exhibit, you can kind of see it between them! Those things were huge! Will freaked out when the hippos swam by, I don't blame the kid, from his perspective everything is huge!
Very hard to see, but that's Eric and the kids next to the zoo sign as we were leaving! The parking lot is right next to the highway, hence the huge semi!  Eric has the same picture with his sister and mom from years ago!
After the zoo, we headed back to the Drury Inn and enjoyed their free happy hour!  Hot dogs, nachos, chili, potatoes, and three free drinks, we'll take it!  We watched the Aggie's beat Alabama and enjoyed our yummy dinner!  We then all changed into our swimsuits and went swimming in the indoor freezing pool!  Molly, Will, Betsy, and I hung out in the hot tub while Brighton and Jack switched between the two!  Peter and Eric talked as though they were long lost friends until Eric took Molly and Will upstairs to our room for bedtime!  I stayed in the hot tub with Betsy and Peter and 100 preteens at the hotel for a sleepover, so not ready for Molly to get to that age!  They were so sweet and then so mean, trying to look like adults but so not ready to, yuck and got to know Peter and caught up with Betsy!  So great having a friend all these years like her!  

We finally went back to our room and Jack was asleep in 0.2 seconds, poor guy was so tired!  

The next morning we ate another free meal, breakfast!  Biscuits and gravy, eggs, waffles, doughnuts, yogurt, granola, Lucky Charms, pretty much anything one could dream of and we ate it all!

Waiting in the hotel lobby!  I think they're pretty cute!

We headed down to the Arch, which everyone in our family loved, Betsy's family was a little nervous by the swaying of the Arch on the windy day!  There was also a neat museum to look at too, a very fun experience for kids and grown-ups!
The boys and I outside of the Arch, Molly was jumping on the rocks near us!
Inside the capsules that take us up and down the Arch!  They LOVED it!
Inside the capsule going up to the top!
All three kids looking outside and down below...they loved seeing how tiny everything looked!
The Mississippi River and Illinois!  Eric has a great picture of St. Louis and Busch field on his phone!
Molly outside the Arch after our journey, she was holding the souvenir bag, two cups for her and Will, Jack decided on a pen!
Betsy and I, wish I could turn the picture the right way!  See you in July for a fun wedding! I'm so happy we finally saw each other after so many years!
After the Arch, we all had to head home, so we said good-bye to our friends, Jack's new best friend is Brighton, the two boys had a great time together!  We stopped in Columbia, MO to say hi to Eric's youngest sister who is going to MU (sad, I know).  She showed us her apartment, how to juggle, and we all hula hooped!  We finally got home and went to bed after a fun filled weekend! 

What a wonderful weekend trip!  We're excited to go back and see more of St. Louis!  Any fun weekend trips you have been on?!

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