Day 2 in St. Louis started out with the mega breakfast buffet and another ride on the Metro. The kids loved riding it and we got to take in all the sights with no parking fees. So on Day 2 we went to the Missouri History Museum first. It had great exhibits on the 1904 World’s Fair, Westward Expansion, train transportation of course and the city of St. Louis, Charles Lindberg, Miles Davis and other singers/musicians, Baseball and much more.
Wow! I didn’t think it was gonna take so long to get our St. Louis trip posted. For having only spent 2 days there we sure did do a bunch of fun stuff. The first morning Trey went off to the sight visit while I took the kids to the fabulous breakfast buffet at the hotel and then swimming. The hotel pool is really the #1 activity that our children enjoy it’s wonderful as they would be so content to spend the entire time in the water but on the other hand I have to pry them out to go sight seeing.
After swimming we went back to the room and were pretty much ready to go when Trey got back from his meeting. On the walk to the Metro (which we took everywhere) we stopped to feed some fish.
At the Westward Expansion Museum and Gateway Arch
Joseph got to enjoy some high flying trampoline jumping as his special event since only Morgan and Elijah went to the St. Louis Cardinals game with Trey.
So that’s our first day in St. Louis!!! Trey took the older boys to the baseball game and I took the 3 little ones to the hotel pool for like 2 hours and then we all fell fast asleep!
Today’s Friday Flashback is of Joseph in 2007. This was one of his many costumes he sported back then. He was always prepared for any stunt he would be performing on his killer bike. Now that bike is another story. It was a pink and purple girls bike we reclaimed from the trash in Katrina debris. It had several paint jobs done to it whenever Joseph decided he wanted it a different color. Here he has it painted in John Deere colors. I was so sad to see this bike replaced with a new bike on his birthday, such fond memories of him on this.
June 19 marked another Birthday for Trey. We celebrated his day in Florida with friends, fishing and fresh seafood po-boys. We had to wait till we returned from all our traveling in order for me to bake him his Birthday cake. Boy it sure was ALOT of candles this year!! The kids loved watching him blow out ALL the candles and especially the trick ones that relit over and over again. Happy Birthday Trey/Daddy we love you sooooo very much!!!
While on the MS Gulf Coast we visited some dear friends, the ones that hosted the Engedi Camp that Elijah and Morgan attended. Janet, the Matriarch of the family requested my services to take the first ever entire group family photograph for them to use as their Christmas card photo!!! I was thrilled of course!!! The photo shoot went well, we got some nice usable shots for all of them to choose from. While waiting their turn for individual family shots 2 of Janet’s grandsons had fun joking with Joseph that they were really him in 2 years and then another 2 years. They thought it was hilarious and boy did Joseph make much of it.
So how’s that age progression of Joseph??
Our dear friends and their children
And the entire Group shot of Grandma Gillingham and her Blessings
Elijah and Morgan about 6 or 7 years ago. These two are best of friends. Yes, they argue now and then but for the majority of their brotherhood they have been good pals. Neither one of them enjoys the other getting into trouble or bad things happening to the other. They always know exactly what to buy each other and cheerfully buy things for one another. They rally for one another and will quickly defend each other. I am so proud of these boys. This week they attended camp together even after a brief episode of being sick together. I can’t wait to see them this weekend and catch up on all the fun camp activities.