In all our years living near St. Louis we never made time to visit all the area has to offer. Why do we do that! Points of Interest never seem Interesting until you move away or become a parent. So, fast forward a few years and a Jane, we now MAKE time to visit places like Grant's Farm when we are in town.
Grant's Farm is Incredible! There are animals all over the place, both penned and roaming. Wish I had more photos to share but it's really hard to enjoy the scenery and the joy in the eyes of your little one when you are busy snapping photos. Thankful to (finally) have a memory at Grant's Farm...in my heart!
Our first order of business when we arrived in Illinois was to take these cuties and their babies to American Girl. It was a very special afternoon! Josie took McKenna to get her ears pierced, and Jane took Just Baby to pick out some new clothes. I know I have said this before...the prices are outrageous! But, there are some things worth a splurge now and then, and buying special things for Just Baby is one of them. And, Jane has proven herself to be a very good steward of her things, especially Just Baby.
We tried to eat lunch in the American Girl Cafe but the waiting list was
really long, so we went next door to the Cheesecake Factory for
spaghetti instead. There were no complaints, just joy! After lunch the
girls took their babies for a spin on the double-decker carousel. Weeeee...
Next on our agenda was a visit with my blog friend Katie and her family. One of the highlights
during our visit was an afternoon in St. Louis. We went to the top of
the Arch. This really isn't my thing but I took one for the team.
Disclosure: heights make me dizzy, flustered, sick to my stomach,
anxious, and Irritable! The kids really enjoyed it and I took pleasure
in that, but was extremely thankful when we finally reached earth again!
There's a little museum at the base of the Arch full of Interesting things.
The ride up to the top of the Arch.
The space is really small! Really small! The face is smiling but the eyes never lie!
She's happy, so that makes me happy!
The view truly is spectacular and was worth the trip to the top.
Thank you Katie for a wonderful afternoon and for your generous and gracious spirit!
We traveled to Illinois in July via Chattanooga to visit with Uncle Ronnie, Aunt Patricia, and cousins Rebecca and Travis. Visiting Chattanooga is always so fun! We swam, went to a discovery museum, and attended a birthday party. Jane wrote a word (other than Jane, mom, and dad) for the first time. It just kinda happened and I was super excited!
Super, amazing view overlooking Chattanooga from Signal Mountain.
Creative Discovery Museum
Aunt Patricia, Cousin Rebecca and Baby Girl Caroline (coming soon), Cousin
Travis, and Uncle Ronnie