Thursday, July 18, 2013

Go West, Day 3: Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head

Well, the first night in the RV went... better than I expected, and as well as it would go in any small space, including a hotel room. I wish everyone had been able to sleep better and longer, but that’s just life when you travel with kids, right? That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway.

So anyway, we started off the day the way that every morning should start: with presents!
My mother-in-law ("Gram" to the kids) bought and wrapped a bunch of stuff for them, so they get to open a present each day that we're gone.

Now on to the rest of the day. As we drove through shower after shower yesterday on our way to St. Louis, Mr. Fantastic kept saying, “I’d much rather be driving through it than have it rain while we’re trying to go do something fun!” But the rain didn’t get the hint that it was supposed to stop when we did. So our first day in Missouri was a rainy one.

Never fear! We had a rain plan. If you ever go to St. Louis with kids, you must head directly to City Museum. For REAL. It is NOT to be missed! We actually hoped to go back when it was nice out because there is SO MUCH to do outside too, but our schedule just didn’t allow for it. But we thoroughly enjoyed the inside, as you will see…
This is an old skate park that has been reassembled on the 3rd floor of the building, and is now just for running/sliding. Roo LOVED LOVED LOVED it. He must have done this for a half-hour, no joke. I can't tell you how many people commented on his determination to walk up that ramp every time.

One of the cool things about city park is that it is made up almost entirely of materials "recycled" from somewhere else in St. Louis. These were old printing plates on the wall...
This was the ticket booth...
And I don't even know what this is...!
But mostly it was just FUN!

(Nothing like being photo bombed by your big sister.)


A little "mirror on the ceiling" shot, thank you very much.
They had a little "circus" show (It was two guys with some pretty cool tricks--juggling, balancing, etc--and some lame humor.) that we had a chance to see. Why does Monkey look so sad, you ask? Well, because he wanted to be *IN* the circus and was not content to just watch.


There were tons of cool things to do outside, but we couldn't enjoy them because of the weather. I really want to go back!!! (Once again, I forgot to adjust my ISO before heading outside and didn't check the pics until later. This is called "photography with kids.")

 Yep, that's a school bus hanging off the edge of the building--and yes, you CAN go inside of it! What?! How cool is that!

We stayed until it closed, then stopped for pizza (No, we didn’t go for St. Louis-style pizza), so again it was bedtime by the time we got back to the campground. Showers, snuggles, a little more reading, then a few zzzzz’s. Poor Roo was OUT within five minutes of leaving the pizza place. No nap + lots of excitement = One tired baby boy.
And one tired Mama, too. I'm hitting the sack. See you tomorrow!

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