Tomorrow is my birthday so today after church we decided to blow all plans of cleaning+organizing and hit the road. The day was gorgeous and I had a PLAN to use it!
We headed to Grafton, IL… a sweet little town on the Mississippi River about 45 minutes or so (maybe an hour?) outside of St. Louis. My plan was to ride the ferries and go to the pumpkin patch. Of course we did neither.
Mainly because on the way, just 30 minutes outside Grafton (ok maybe it was over an hour drive now that I think about it) we saw a brand new state park we just HAD to stop to see! It’s right at the exact confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers which I thought was super cool!
The coolest thing in my opinion is that this 6 million dollar park was built solely by a town just outside of this area consisting of just 1500 people! They raised the money themselves and built this thing! Pretty awesome is you ask me. And the views were spectacular!
Anyway, after this pit stop we knew we had missed our time to hit the pumpkin patch so we headed to the restaurant at the heart of this journey, The Fin Inn. It’s a restaurant where all the walls are aquariums holding native MO River fish (some are HUGE!) that has been around since I was a kid. It used to be one of my very favorite places to go! Hush puppies and fried food galore it was worth the 45 minute wait to eat! The kids LOVED the fish, ate tons of food and had a blast! What did we do for that 45 minute wait in LINE? C stayed in line while me and the kids crossed the road/highway to look at the water…
Or I looked at the water and they sat on a curb in the parking lot of a bikers bar reading a book, staring off into space and…
Wondering if the fact that 30 minutes after getting in bed Bailey puked everywhere is from too much fried food, the ice cream we topped her off with, too many late nights or the germs from that dirt. Either way, my day OFF tomorrow for my birthday will now be spent with my three kids praying no one else pukes.
But on to the point of this post. The dissection of a family snap shot taken by the tour guide at the confluence monument/museum/park/thingy…
2. Make-up might have helped the exhausted look to my face
3. Chris needs to shave more often
4. My smaller jeans that “feel” tight actually look kind of baggy and frumpy
5. Grayson is throwing just another fit… 5 minutes doesn’t go by without one of these lovely things.
6. We all (minus C) need hair cuts desperately
7. Loving that Bailey and Parker will now smile on demand without someone having to act goofy
8. C’s hand looks as big as PJ’s head for some reason
All in all it’s fine for what it is… a moment captured by a total stranger holding a camera she couldn’t figure out how to use even though I had the settings set and everything ready for her.
Have to add I just ran upstairs b/c I heard a THUD and it was Bailey, sound asleep on the floor! She fell out of bed! Oh man I hope this isn’t a long night!
Check back tomorrow… Chris wrote a birthday blog for me!