Last spring break, several of my friends posted pictures of their children crawling through crazy tunnels on top of a large building in downtown St. Louis. This City Museum is one super cool, fun place, and we were told we needed to take our big kids there. It totally lived up to the hype. It was unlike anything I've ever done before. Tunnels everywhere. Slides two, three, five, and ten stories high. Pretty good food, too. Stephen and I did everything with the kids because we were afraid of losing them. My heart started beating fast when I saw some of the small spaces we had to crawl through. The thought of getting stuck makes my skin crawl. Parents, if you ever go, buy yourself the $4 knee pads at the gift shop.
My absolute favorite part of the trip was watching this old documentary of the making of the arch. It was way old school, slow paced with a really calm monotone voice over. The beautiful part was that these kids we took actually sat and watched this movie with interest. No one fell asleep or asked when it would be over. We were all sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for someone to fall off the top. They estimated thirteen people would lose their life in the making of the arch, but no one did.
We rented a house off of airbnb.com, and I loved that Schroeder thought that the owner's sleeper sofa was amazing. I think he has seen one before, but I suppose they are modern miracles.
Stephen's mom gave each of the kids ten dollars as pocket money to spend at gift shops. Schroeder and Julian put their money together to buy this rock collection set with a magnifying glass. They came back to the house and marvelled over quartz and granite. Julian is excited to go back to get the mineral set. What?
We went to the city's Butterfly House. Hundreds of these beautiful blue morpho butterflies were flying around. After a mid-west winter, you forget what it is to be uncomfortably hot. My camera's lenses steamed up immediately from the change of temperature. What did it matter, how do you photograph a butterfly in flight anyway?!
It was a fun trip. Lots of sweet time with our big kids. We had fun finding places to eat off the beaten path. I read a whole book! St. Louis, we'll be back.