Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fourth of July

Rolling around at Riverfest!
Daddy and Chase after swimming
Entertaining the crowd at Riverfest!

Love this one from breakfast at Steak N Shake
Look Mama!

On a whim last week, we decided to head to St Louis for the Fourth of July. We stayed in the Westport area and planned to get some R&R and go to the St Charles Riverfest for the celebrations. We headed up on Friday around noon. We got up there and decided to do some swimming. The pool was indoors and supposedly heated. We got in and it felt pretty good, but little man had his teeth chattering before long, so we got out and headed up to the room. Tried to get him to take a nap, which he eventually fell asleep for about an hour. We then headed out to do a little shopping and for dinner.

Afterwards, we decided to check out the riverfront in St Charles. We planned to go down there on Saturday, but decided we could just see what they had to offer beforehand. It is really a nice celebration, similar to JC but a little larger. They had about 10 rides, lots of food vendors, craft vendors and bands. Chase and I got some very good homemade ice cream (yum!). Because it was so nice and cool, we decided to stick around for the fireworks. We had a couple of hours to go before they started, so we spread out a blanket and let Chase go to town. He, of course, did his share of running around, flirting with the ladies, giving high fives to everyone, pretty much entertaining the crowd around us! He is such a ham! It sprinkled off and on, but we only had to get out the umbrella once. The fireworks were awesome. I bet they lasted 25 minutes and they were bigger than JC ever has those were just Friday night, they had another display on Saturday night too. Chase was a little startled by the fireworks in the beginning, but seemed okay after a while. We caught him flirting and waving with a girl standing behind him, so I guess they weren't all that interesting to him!! We were able to sit right down on the riverfront, so it was an awesome view. They were almost directly above us.

After a long wait in the parking lot and witnessing a crazy altercation, we didn't get back to the hotel til 11pm. Chase didn't sleep very well (which means neither did we!). And although he didn't go to bed till way past normal bedtime, he was still up at 7....we really could have used 9 instead! We woke up to pouring down rain and were immediately disappointed. We had planned to go downtown during the day since we went to St Charles the night before. Did not look like it was going to happen...they called for rain all day. We decided to pack up and head back early. We ate breakfast, did some shopping and were home around 2. Seems like every time we try and go out of town, something happens to screw it up (remember the ER visit in KC?). Oh well, we enjoyed the time down there and we came home and still had time to recoup before going back to work on Monday.

1 comment:

Another Stokes said...

LOVE the picture of him in that hat... too cute!!!