We packed a lot into our trip to St. Louis. But, I guess you have to when Ryan's vacation days are basically being saved for our adoption trips. But, he did take a half a day and we left after lunch for St. Louis. First, we went to the Magic House. This is St. Louis's children's museum and it is great. Kiara really enjoyed it!So, while they were at the game I shopped until I dropped! I did take one class, which was a lot of fun, but went way too fast. So, I just finished up the pages when I got home. I learned a few new things, like how to make button flowers!That evening we went to the St. Louis Mills mall, which is really nice. It has a lot to do for kids. It has a carousel, train, play area, minature golf, and a couple of arcades. It also has the NASCAR Speedway, which Ryan and Kiara tried out.The room we stayed in the first night reeked of smoke and there were no other rooms since there were so many scrappers in the hotel, so the second night we stayed in the city. So, for our last day we went to the Zoo. It is a great zoo, especially since it is FREE!! You pay $10 to park unless you find a place on the street. You pay extra to go to the children's zoo area, which I would not recommend, there wasn't a whole lot there. There is a goat pen, where a goat took my map out of my back pocket and proceeded to EAT it!! I don't think I will be going anywhere near a goat for awhile! You also have to pay to ride the train, but at the end of our day someone stopped us and gave us train tickets they weren't going to use! What a blessing!
We ate at the Elephant Bar that night. It was good, but it just didn't match up to the first time we ate there. The service wasn't that good and by that time we were all really tired and had a whiney 4 year old with us! The next day, I went to my scrapbooking convention while the rest of the family went to a Cardinals game. I about fainted when Kiara showed me what Ryan bought her at the ball game!!! He bought her a Cardinals Build A Bear!!! For those of you who don't know my husband, he is a HUGE Cubs fan!!
After the zoo, we made a stop at PF Chang's and were on our way home! PF Chang's was great as always. I get to go back in a couple of weeks because Kiara and I are flying to Phoenix and leaving from St. Louis. I recently discovered a friend in this Uzbek adoption journey lives in this area and I will be meeting her and her new son before we fly out. I am so excited!! St. Louis is a great place to go with kids. There is a lot more I would like to go back and do.