Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

St. Louis

Last fall we attempted a family trip to St. Louis that ended disastrously.  (To refresh your memory, we loaded up the car and headed home at 4:30 a.m. when Staley still hadn't fallen asleep.)  It took us a full year to make the brave decision to try again.  Thankfully we did because we had a fabulous family get-away this past week-end.  And even though my camera started blinking low battery after the first picture I took and my phone takes horrible pictures, I did manage to document most of our week-end fun.

We headed down when Zach got home on Friday afternoon, stopping for a little dinner and playtime at everyone's favorite golden arches before getting to our hotel right at bedtime.  The girls both went to bed without issue and slept wonderfully in our little hotel home.

Loving the big bed and the matching PJs

We had planned to spend all day Saturday at the zoo, but when we left our hotel at 9:00 and walked out into the windy 40 degree weather, we changed our plan and spent the morning at the Magic House Children's Museum instead.  Both girls LOVED it!  Although Staley said her favorites were the climber and the big slide, she spent TONS of time in the veterinary clinic and the hospital areas of the museum.  And Adelie really liked the toddler slides and climbing areas and the giant light-up pegboard, but was also just as happy following Staley wherever she went.

I think Staley washed, groomed, and checked out every animal in the clinic.

Staley took great care of all the babies in the hospital nursery.

Adelie undressed her baby, dropped her, stepped on her, and hoarded all the bottles, but seemed to thoroughly enjoy herself.

You can never go wrong with slides and climbers.

After a fun morning, we grabbed some lunch and let Adelie catch a cat-nap in the car on the way to the zoo for a few hours of afternoon fun.  Just enough time to ride the train, take a few turns on the carousel, and see a couple animals.  Adelie was most excited about seeing the baby elephant.  She kept saying, "More.  Elephant.  Baby."  Apart from the train and carousel (of course), Staley's favorite was the cheetah.

Riding the train

Carousel fun

Daddy and Adelie pointing out some exotic animals

A great dinner, another successful night of sleep, and we were ready to round out our trip with a little more zoo fun.  My college friend and her husband brought their 3 year old twins to meet us for the morning.  More animals.  The Children's Zoo.  And, of course, another train ride and a few more carousel rides rounded out our morning.  When asked what her favorite thing about our St. Louis trip was, Staley said, "Riding the train all by myself with Mason and Maddy."  (For the record, they just sat in a seat by themselves.  We didn't send our 3 year olds off on the train alone.  :))

Staley riding the train with Mason and Maddy

A little more carousel fun

All in all, it was a fun little family get-away...and we didn't have to pack it in at 4:30 in the morning.  Winner, winner!!

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