Monday, September 04, 2006

Planes, Trains, Car Seats, and Playgrounds

Today was Day #1 of our vacation - which primarily meant that it was spent actually getting to our vacation location. This was a "short trip", a mere 275 miles from our home. However, when you have two, two-year-olds, that means its about 6 hours from home. Thankfully, the kids were mostly cooperative today.

Randy & I loaded the van last night, so we were pretty well ready to go this morning. After getting up, we ate breakfast, got ready, locked the house down, and then left around 9 o'clock this morning. We pulled in our hotel in St. Louis at 3 p.m.

Tanner and Morgan were occupied by Baby Einstein during most of the first 1/2 of our trip. We stopped in Columbia, MO, and ate lunch at McDonalds. We found a lovely grandmother who was local, and she filled us in on a park called Cosmopolitan Park. So, after a leisurely lunch of Apple Dippers, Cheeseburgers, and French Fries, we set out in search of this park.

We were amazed at the size of this park, and the kids had so much fun. There was a long tunnel they could tromp through (Tanner's personal favorite), little spring animals to ride...

slides to slide down....

hills to climb....(see those yellow and orange tube slides down the hill...there was a similar one on the hill that Randy, Tanner, & Morgan are climbing - it was the kids favorite slide at all and about a 15' drop)

playstructure bridges to run along...

We were probably only there for about 30 minutes, but when most of the time they are going in opposite directions (like here) wore mommy & daddy out.

The remainder of the trip wasn't too bad, but wasn't quite as enjoyable as the first. We spent the last hour of our trip looking for airplanes, trains, and anything else that would capture the kid's attention and keep them for howling for any length of time.

And, after we were settled into our hotel room, we headed out for supper, and spent another 30 minutes swinging and sliding at the Forest Park playground. Pictures from that later on.

Tomorrow is the zoo (assuming that the rain stays away) - or Magic House. Even with grumpy kids who melted down (only about 20 minutes of naps today!) at dinner, overall it was a good day, and we are looking forward to seeing the kid's reactions as they are introduced to the zoo tomorrow.

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