Meet me in St. Louis

The Norwood 3 are in St. Louis for the next few days. What brought us to the gateway to the west? I have a class I'm taking to prepare me for my certification test & since all of us are always up for any trip somewhere (even if it's just to Walmart) Philip & Annie joined me.

(As is common I'm behind on blogging our trip to CO that was about 4 weeks ago so hopefully I will catch that up next week. This time I'm going to try & do it as we go...)

What fun we've had in the short time we been here! Yesterday we road tripped most of the morning & after checking into our hotel we headed to the Jefferson Expansion Monument (aka The Gateway Arch). Here we rode on a riverboat down a short stretch of the Mississippi River because Annie has been asking to go on a boat, Philip is a former sailor, & well, why not? We then rode one of the tiny tram cars that resemble the pods the Jettsons use to send their kids to school in up to the top of the arch. Annie got past her initial fear of the teeny tiny space & enjoyed the ride up "This is such a fun ride!" but seemed to love looking out the tiny finger-printed windows at the top of the arch the most "Look! We are in the tallest building!" Now, Annie has a tendency to exaggerate at times (she once said we were in the tallest building in the world & it was actually a seven story hotel in Amarillo) & I don't know WHERE IN THE WORLD she gets it from but this time she was correct as the Gateway Arch is the tallest structure in St. Louis. We could've pointed out that she has been in the Willis Tower in Chicago twice but really does she need her two very literal parents to steal all her joy? I had experienced this once before 16 years ago on a family vacation & thoroughly enjoyed myself but like most things in life as a parent it's so much better to see your child excited & experiencing something.

Afterwards we retreated to our hotel. The hotel is worth mentioning because of the pure happiness Annie enjoys just staying in a hotel. In her short life she has stayed at many & she absolutely LOVES staying in one. We were fortunate to get a suite so she has a bedroom & a living area which means more doors & drawers to open & close and put her belongings in. She packed her rolling suitcase, courtesy of Nana & Pa, with dolls & their accessories so she was busy finding places for everything & moving it around way past her bedtime. In addition to this one of the buildings we can see from our window is lit up like a rainbow on top at night. This is really a delight & sleep deterrent to a 3 year-old girl.

I'm happy to report she did finally fall asleep & even though we had her up early to begin a day of fun the lack of sleep will be well compensated for by the activities she'll do today.

Now enjoy some pics courtesy of Philip & his mad iPhone/Instagram skills.

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