Woo-hoo! Staycation is finally here. The boys were so excited for yesterday to get here, and so were we.
We started our afternoon at The Infield, where we mini-golfed, rode bumper boats, and drove go-karts. It was SO much fun to be a part of making a year-long dream come true for Bennett, what with the great go-kart disappointment of 2008.
After that we headed to dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory in the Valley (I’m kind of opposed to a location other than the cool downtown building, but since the boys wouldn’t know the difference, I got over it and we went to the one we were closer to), a place we thought would be a hit with the kids…and it was! Even Mr. Picky Eater ate his applesauce and grilled cheese sandwich. We got to sit in the trolley car, which the boys thought was great.
We pricelined (verb!) a hotel, and got a nice one for cheap, so we stayed at the Marriott West near Maryville’s campus. We did some swimming, and then everyone crashed in our room around 9. Oh, everyone but me. Because Luke forgot his Illini hat at The Infield, so I drove the 40 minute round trip to get it for him. Matt was willing to just count it as a loss, but Luke Duke loves that hat…
So I got back to the hotel around 9:45, and there was a strange conglomeration of old people singing “This Land is My Land” in the swanky lobby area. Bizarre. They were with a conference (of what, I dunno…folk singers??) that started on Monday, but crazy. Anyway, I was so pleased to walk into my room and find everyone asleep! And they all stayed that way until 6:30 this morning, when miracle of miracles, Jack Henry was not the first to wake up (probable reason for that coming later in this post).
First stop of the day was the Zoo! Matt, Luke and Bennett started at the stingrays, which JH and I skipped, and then we moved on to sea lions, prairie dogs, the Red Rocks area with zebras and giraffes (where Bennett had a meltdown because he’d walked SO. FAR.), the bird cage (AAACKK! I hate that place. I tried not to look around too much. Totally conquering my fears.), a train ride, the River’s Edge with elephants and hippos, some lunch, and the insectarium. We called it a day after that and headed home for naps.
2 of 3 napped (not Bennett…grrr), and after that we headed to Chesterfield Mall, where Luke wanted to try this thing where you get strapped into a harness with bungee cords attached and jump on this trampoline. It was, um, scarier than he thought it might be. Priceless looks on his face throughout. We followed that with dinner at California Pizza Kitchen, and some of my friends will not believe me when I say it was not my idea. Swear. Luke wanted to go, and we had a gift card, so YAY!! My new favorite is the Pear and Gorgonzola. It’s amazing.
However, it was at CPK that I discovered a little something that will put a glitch in our Tuesday plans: Jack Henry has another ear infection.
This time, it’s his left (right was infected on July 4th), and while I think his tubes are working, I just hate this for him. Honestly, he was really good today, so he must not have been in too much pain. He and I will head to the pediatrician in the morning while the other boys and Matt start our day’s plans, and we’ll just meet them when we can. Bummer. But I’m totally keeping this in perspective…reading about other really sick kiddos will do that for you (not only have I been keeping up with Stellan’s story, but someone I knew in college has a little girl who is having some major health issues right now, too, and I just read her whole story today. Whew.).