Dance Recital Pics

Dance Recital Pics

We got back the adorable pictures from dance recital, and since I print these blog posts every year for Remi, I wanted to post them here to save them for her!

She was just the cutest!

Road Trip Day 7: Heading Home

Road Trip Day 7: Heading Home

We had a good drive heading home from St. Louis. While 6.5 hours on the way there went by quickly, they weren’t as fast heading home.

It rained quite a bit, which made the drive a little tense. We did stop in Springfield for lunch and to shop at Bass Pro (honestly, probably the highlight of the trip for Tyler, ha!).

And then Remi fell asleep after our stop. She woke up, grabbed her shark blanket and covered her head. Same, girl. Same.

We got home around 6:30 on Saturday evening, and unloaded and had an early evening. It was a FANTASTIC trip, but like they say, there’s no place like home!

Road Trip Day 6 Part 2: Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials

Road Trip Day 6 Part 2: Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials

Our original plans were to drive back to Springfield on Day 6. I’m SO glad we didn’t. First, we wouldn’t have had time to visit Casey, IL…but mostly, we rearranged our plans to attend the Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials!

When we pulled into St. Louis, we saw signs for it…and first I was like “Aw man, it starts right when we leave!” but then I realized we could attend Friday night on our way home.

We had to cancel the Springfield hotel, book a hotel in St. Louis and get tickets. Done, done and done!

So we got checked into our hotel and then had dinner at my fave, Shake Shack! I just love it so much. The best burgers!

Parking near the dome was NUTS but we got a good spot in a lot and walked over to the arena. I felt like I did at Hamilton- happy tears to be there! I love the Olympics, and I love gymnastics most of all. Being in the room with the potential Olympians (including the greatest ever Simone Biles) was UNREAL

Remi, our little gymnast, really enjoyed herself, too!

I was so into Simone’s performances that I never got a picture, but I did take a picture of Jordan Chiles, who was pick #3 for the team. They were all unbelievable. But when I saw Simone was UNREAL, I mean it. You know how bass can shake your core at a concert? I swear Simone Biles had the same effect on the floor. Her power felt like I could feel it up in the second level.

It was completely worth rearranging our plans (and paying like $85 each for tickets…they aren’t cheap). We all enjoyed ourselves, and it gave Remi excitement about the Olympics (proud momma!). We had fun at our hotel, too. It was near the airport, so we got to watch lots of planes taking off, which was super fun for Remi. We had a great spontaneous stay back in St. Louis!

Road Trip Day 6 Part 1: Leaving Indy and Casey, IL

Road Trip Day 6 Part 1: Leaving Indy and Casey, IL

I woke up to Remi playing with her grandmas (with toys she had gotten at our various stops!) and was reminded this is why I love traveling with our whole family, and why I love AirBNBs, so we have plenty of room.

We loaded up to head back to St. Louis, but before we left, everyone obliged me in taking a quick trip down to the canal to see the Indy statue. I really wanted to see the city from the water.

We found the statue!

And then it started POURING. We took refuge under a bridge, but still had to go a bit to get back to the parking garage. We got a little wet, even though we waited until the rain lightened up a bit.

On our way to Indy, we passed signs for the World’s Largest Rocking Chair, and when I googled it, we found out that the town was SUPER quirky. It looked like it was worth a stop, so we planned to hit Casey, IL for breakfast and to explore.

We weren’t sure what we would find…but I’m SO glad we stopped! It was such a neat place!

We saw most of the town’s highlights: The World’s Largest Wind Chime, Rocking Chair, Wooden Shoes, Mailbox, Teeter Totter and Barbershop Pole….along with giant antlers, birdcage, cactus, crochet hook, ear of corn, knitting needles, mouse trap, pencil, rocking horse, top, Poke Ball, and yardstick.

The mailbox was SO fun. We bought postcards to mail from inside, because in order to be the World’s Largest Mail box, it had to be functional!

When you put your mail in the slot, it triggered the flat on the mailbox to go up. So neat!

The whole town was so neat. Lots of fun shops and restaurants, and several other tourists who stopped. We had a great time exploring! Then we kept driving to St. Louis!