Friday, August 14, 2009

St Louis Vacation

We wanted to take the kids somewhere before school started. So we went to St. Louis on a mini-vacation. The drive there wasn't too bad, it was night, so they just watched movies and slept. On Friday we went to the zoo, it was a very nice day for August. The kids had a good time. At night we went swimming and just relaxed. On Saturday we went to the Arch. The kids thought the Pod Elevator ride up the arch was like a roller coaster, obviously they haven't ever been on a roller coaster. It was hot and slow and claustrophobic. They loved looking out the windows and Nash didn't want to leave. After that we went to the City Museum. We had never heard of this museum and decided to go on a recommendation from a friend. Thanks Amanda, we had so much fun. It was an old Shoe Factory some man converted into an eclectic museum made out of junk. It had slides, climbing things, caves, art studio, play areas, building blocks, secret passages and more stuff than I can tell or recall. The only complaint was the elevator. I had the double stroller and Nash had fallen asleep, so to get from floor to floor we had to use the only, small elevator. It was so small the stroller and myself could only fit, so I had to wait til no one was in the elevator, so we could get on. Otherwise, everyone had a blast. They also had an outdoor feature and Amos went through it with Dylan. That night we went to Landry's Seafood Restaurant and ate some GOOD food. Sunday, we drove home and it didn't go so well. Nash is not the best traveler, and he proved it. He wouldn't take a nap, so we had to entertain him the whole way. We used anything we had; balls, colors, toys, and a variety of food. Nothing made him happy for very long, but the chocolate ice cream made for a funny photo. See slide show below. Slide show not working, here are a few pictures:













PHAMBATS

P -Princess and Parks
H -Haircuts and Hiking
A -Art Camp
M -Messes by Nash
B -Bugs and Bikes
A -Acting Camp
T -Toothless
S -Swimming

We have been very busy and having lots of fun! See below for a lot of pictures.

No, Nash was not in a fight. Well maybe, he was attacked by a mosquito and lost. Mosquitos love him and I can't find anything to keep them away.


Messes by Nash!




Layla lost her 1st tooth. The toothfairy brought her a $2 bill.


Before Nash's haircut.


After, He looks so big.


While Amos was out of town, I decided to take the kids to a local park.


Dylan received an early birthday present from Nana. Her 1st bicycle and she is loving it.


Dylan had her first swimming lesson. She can already swim, we call her the "pickle fish". For whoever does not know, Dylan's nickname is Dill Pickle (Papa gave it to her), and lots of variations of that. I call her Pickle Paige. Dad started the Pickle Fish, because she can swim like a fish. The following pics are at Ms. Melanie's swimming lesson.




We went to Petit Jean Mountain on a Saturday in July and it wasn't hot. We went hiking, had a picnic and played at the park. The kids are really starting to love hiking as much as Amos and I do.





I look away for one minute and this is what Nash is doing. Yes another mess!



Harrison made this with the big legos. It is the first initial of each family member. I thought it was very creative.


Layla went to the River Valley Art Camp and this is all her creations. She had so much fun.


Layla is showing off her new short hair cut. It makes her look older, I don't like that, but it is very cute on her.


Dylan is probabaly going to hate me for this when she is older, but I just couldn't resist a photo. "Princess and the Pee"