Sidenote #2: This is a lengthy post, for a couple of reasons but mainly because as my friends are having their blogs made into books, I am truly realizing this is the best way to document all of our pictures with the stories to go with them. I will not be offended if you don't have the strength to read all the way through.
Here we go!
Andrew is a really hard worker and spends lots of extra time in his office. He rarely takes anytime off so when he mentioned he might take the Thursday and Friday off after 4th of July I jumped at the chance to get out of town with my boys. We would have been fine with a staycation but there is so much to do around the house I knew we would end up just working around the house so I quickly enticed Andrew with the idea of taking Miller to his first MLB game and vegging out with some room service. He took the bait and I booked the trip.
We got on the road Friday and headed north. I had never been to St. Louis, Andrew had only been for work, so we were excited. And can I get a little amen for the ISnugg that holds our IPad and entertains my anti-roadtrip child!
I envisioned when we arrived we would check in then stroll around downtown and eat at a cute little restaurant...
Problem #1: I forgot to pack the stroller...I can't even talk about it.
Problem #2: Our room, as well as over half of the rooms at the hotel, were not ready. If you ever want to see anything like a real riot, watch 75 Cardinals fans being told they don't have a room 5 minutes before game time...I was afraid someone was going to get eaten.
We were three hours past check-in time and had no room, a hungry child who had been in the car 5 hours, no stroller and two sad parents.
We were ushered upstairs to the hotel "restaurant". I put this in parenthesis because it can't really be considered a restaurant when there is one waitress, one chef and decor from 1984. When we ordered I asked the waitress if we could have some crackers, she brought us ONE cracker. Have you ever just seen ONE cracker?! While we waited for our food, Andrew went back down to check on our room and I listened to other tables talk about the hotel... "we don't even have a shower curtain", "our air conditioning doesn't work and our room smells terrible", "we have been waiting 4 hours and they lost our luggage". As I listened to this and watched from the window, cute little families having a great time walking around downtown, I could feel our perfect little mini vaca going to hell in a handbasket.
The room still wasn't ready, the food was sub-par and Miller had had enough. Miller screaming bloody murder in the lobby
That was the worst of it...because 15 minutes later we sat on the hotel patio and watched this:
Oh, I forgot! When we finally had gotten a room, Andrew went to go find our bags and while he did that, Miller and I hung a birthday banner for him as it was his birthday weekend (thanks for helping me make it Brooke)!
After the fireworks, we took Miller back to the room and taught him that hotel beds are made for jumping! We realized that this really was our first little vaca as a family, just us, no other family or friends. Miller jumped and played way way past his bedtime and we were very grateful for that as he slept in the next morning. Again, thank you sweet boy!
The next morning we lazily got up and ordered room service. Miller got a kick out of sitting on the coffee table while he ate.
He didn't so much love the furniture... no no, that chair just isn't right...
We wanted to take him to the children's museum and par for the course with the hotel... when we asked for directions...they sent us to the wrong museum. Ha! It ended up being a really awesome mistake though, because although Miller was too young to enjoy most of it, Andrew and I both decided it was the coolest place we had ever been. If you are ever in St. Louis, City Museum is a must!!! I would be terrified to dive into the brain of the creator of this place, but he/she is the definition of creative. There were mazes, caves, tunnels, 20 story slides, an aquarium, a bus hanging off the roof, planes, cars, etc. It is wild and kids and adults are climbing everywhere. We will definitely go back when M is bigger but he still had a great time. I even ventured onto some of the crazy slides, underwater tunnels, etc. with Miller because one of my goals is to become a brave boy mom. If you know me, you know I am crazy cautious and a huge worrier so I would say I'm taking baby steps but at least I am taking them:)
Chilling inside the underwater tunnel with Daddy
He had a blast!
Schafly Bottlework was a recommended brewery we hit up for lunch. Andrew is obsessed with brewing lately so this was perfect for him! Great food and even better beer!
We went back to our hotel and got ready for the baseball game. The Cards beat the Marlins and I have to say there is something magical about watching a father take his son to his first MLB game. It's something I will never forget. I know Miller has many more baseball games with his daddy to look forward too.
As we walked back to our hotel, Miller started pointing up to the sky and we realized we were walking under this
When we got back to our room we put on our swimsuits and went to the roof to take a swim in the "amazingly beautiful rooftop pool overlooking downtown St. Louis and the Arch", I even saw the "amazing beautiful rooftop pool" on the hotel website and it looked like it would put any boutique hotel to shame. The only thing it put to shame were the 60 people in the pool that had to be touching each other because it was so small. Not only was it small but it looked like they had bought it at the Dollar General and put it in a hole on the roof then put Brady Bunch backyard grass around it (you know that grass I am talking about, kind of like astroturf). Andrew and I were so horrified by the sight and the lack of standards of all the people in it that we quickly went back to our room, called Priceline, got a refund on part of our total fee and then continued to jump and dance on the bed with M.
The next morning Miller and I sang Happy Birthday to my super adorable, fabulously wonderful 31 year old husband. We celebrated with brunch cocktails at Roosters and had a delicious meal before we headed home. (I do need to give credit to the hotel for the good advice on brunch, they almost redeemed themselves...almost). Andrew and I have still had cravings for Roosters! Hands down the best brunch ever!!
We had a wonderful mini-vaca and it was so nice to have Andrew away from the office for a little while. I selfishly wanted to keep him for a few more days:) We can't wait to go back and see more of the sights. However, we will be looking for a different hotel... people, if you are ever in St. Louis, avoid the Crowne Plaza Downtown... although Miller will tell you the escalators there are awesome!
Thanks for a great trip St. Louie! Catch you on the flip side!