No. Don’t meet me at the Fair.
Meet me at the Arch! And Grant’s Farm! And the Science Center! And the Ballpark!
And oh yeah… travel back to 2014 because that’s when we were there. 😦 Yep, we’re in for some serious back-blogging today!
In the summer of 2014 Gram and Grampa took us to Saint Louis for a fabulous trip. We checked in at the hotel after the 3 hour drive to stretch out a little and take a swim:
We tried (and except Jack didn’t much care for) Saint Louis style Pizza:
Then it was off to the Arch! It was a lovely walk to get there, and we loved seeing the boys running enthusiastically to reach it and marveling at its height and general awesomeness:
If you’ve never been to the Arch, it’s quite an experience. The journey starts underground with museums, exhibits, movies etc. and leads to the main attraction: riding to the top! Dorothy and Truman needed to go to bed so Corey and Gram took them back to the hotel. Grampa stayed with me, Tyler, Jack and Alaster as we went to the top. You ride these incredibly cramped and scary pod things on an incline up to the viewing area. The boys absolutely loved it. They report it as being the best part of the whole trip! I tried not to pass out from fear and was happy that they were happy. (Tyler really was having a good time, he was just doing an Alaster grumpy face impression):
The next day we headed to Grant’s (as in Ulysses S.) Farm. It was huge and beautiful and so, so fun. We took in all the fun we could stand in the heat. First we bought tickets and took a trolley ride around the park:
Then we entered:
We fed goats. I’ve never seen so many in one place before. It was insane! The older boys loved it but Truman was scared out of his wits. He was little and there were hundreds of hungry goats running wild and trying to get at his bottle. Eventually he did feed one, but it took some coaxing. And he never did leave my hip:
We also rode a:
Wandered around seeing all the different animals and birds:
Tried to cool off with some shaved ice while snapping some shots of Dorothy’s ruffle bum:
And put the big boys on camels. This had to be my favorite part of Grant’s Farm. The smiles of pure joy on their faces was priceless!
Lunch was delish… especially the cold drinks.
But the heat finally became unbearable. Poor baby girl was nothing but a sad little sweat-ball! We hopped on the trolley and headed out. We could have spent so, so much more time at the Farm. We didn’t even get to go see the award winning Clydesdales! But MAN the heat and humidity here is no joke. See? See our little sweat-ball? She was so relieved to be back on the trolley headed out!
We hadn’t planned on going, but the nicely air-conditioned Science Center ended up being the perfect place to spend some time and refresh before we headed off to the ball game.
Cute story: The boys were in the hamster wheel that starts the big marble things going all around the museum entrance. They were having a hard time of it so some sweet guy helped them out from behind (you can spot his hand in the pic). They didn’t know he was there and they were so pleased with how fast they were going etc. Everyone surrounding the area got a kick out of it!
And seriously… the Science Center is SO cool!
The grand finale of our trip was at Busch Stadium with the Cardinals:
To take advantage of:
You read that right! Mormon Night at The Ballpark! How the tradition of inviting Mormons and giving them a special cheap section and handing out free visors and letting the Stake Presidents onto the field to be honored and throw the first pitch started, I really have no idea… but I’ll tell you this… WE LOVED IT! For real. I am not a sports fan, but it’s practically impossible to not enjoy yourself at an event like this. We saw lots of friends from our Stake and well… I’ll just let you take a peek at the pictures. They say it all:
Thus concludes the back blogging for today.