The Gateway to the West!

 

20150801_130818smHow appropriate for us to pass through St. Louis (known as The Gateway to the West) on our way out west!  We so rarely get to be “appropriate,” so we thought we’d take this opportunity! Joe’s Uncle, Perry Simeroth and his family were the goal for visiting the fine city of St. Louis.  It was a short visit, just 4 days, but it was a good one!  This also marked the second week in a row that someone let me do my laundry at their house there by avoiding the usual $15 charge and semi-dry towels that usually plagues our RV tripin’.   Happy me!

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The Simeroth Clan. We had such a good time with Joe’s family!
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This lucky little girl got to celebrate her birthday for the 2nd time with family, a week early this time!

Then as a total surprise to me, during one of my regular conversations with my mom, (you talk to your mom more than anyone while road tripping across the US), she told me that my cousin, whom I hadn’t seen in over 20 years, lived in St Louis!  It blew my mind, and I set to work getting ahold of him right away!  He made room for us to hang out and meet his twin boys at Magic House!  It was a fun time, but really just so special seeing him again, reminiscing about old times, like when we would steal grandma’s cigarettes, and drive the golf cart through ditches.  And of course getting to meet his boys was a treat!  I just kept thinking what a good Daddy he turned out to be!

Little John
Little John
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Just look at all this CUTE LaFourness right here!!!
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The kids had a blast playing with each other. Eventually we just let them run and quit trying to keep up with them.
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Serious fort building going on right here!
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I swear, she’s my cutest kid! ;)

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Just sad we didn't have more time to spend together.
Just sad we didn’t have more time to spend together.

Another day the Simeroth clan escorted us to the famous FREE St. Louis zoo!  It was magnificent!  Best I’ve ever seen!  But I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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Picnic on the lawn.
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We’re suckers for merry-go-rounds!
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This was also a big day for AJ, who learned to hold a baby!
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This gorgeous guy was so close, he was spraying us with water! I could have stared at him all day!
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Sweet elephant family.
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LOOK at how CLOSE! Crazy!
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But if we had never left the elephants, we never would have seen the hippos!
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Or got to work on the farm.
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And I don’t even want to think about how crushed Jonah would have been if he hadn’t gotten to see those meerkats!  Not to mention how devastated I would have been if I didn’t have this picture to look back on for years and years and years to come!

One night, Perry, Mary, Thomas, AJ, and Rob all came over to our RV for dinner.

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The girls were ecstatic when Thomas played Life with them! Guilty mom moment! Since they are always asking me to play but I’m always busy. Glad they got that out of their systems now! ;) Thank you Thomas!
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Rob and Jonah just chilling. Rob followed our little guy around the whole week! Which was AWESOME, cause Mama had laundry to do!

And now a few random pics from the week.

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Joe, doing what he do! Love him!
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Miss Sassy Pants helping Daddy do what he do.
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I got the gloves Dad!
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Buddies.
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Lou loved watching Thomas practice his flute. He’s pretty killer at it!
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Jonah was in heaven with all these toys they brought out! Evidently, if you have lots of age appropriate, manly toys for your toddler to play with they leave you alone for a few minutes at a time. Mary let us take a few on the road with us. My sanity thanks you, Mary!

We also threw in a trip to the old courthouse near the arch and Joe and I were released to GO ON A DATE!  How do I even describe the peace that comes from being able to sit at a table while someone brings you delicious, hot food and you talk at a normal volume to someone you generally like (editor’s note: really?)?  I can’t.  I will just say that it was a much enjoyed and appreciated night.

Thank you for the good time St. Louis, Simeroth Clan, and Lafour’s!  I’ll think of you every time I use a clean towel for the next 2 weeks!  We hope to see you again soon!

Writer’s Note:  After this week, Rob Simeroth is now the official editor of our Chuggin’ Along Blog.  Cause we should all be able to embrace our weaknesses; and some of my worst happen to be spelling and grammar.  And Rob happens to be brilliant in those departments and funny too (editor’s note: as well as witty, charismatic and most of all, humble (but not photogenic apparently))!  So THANK YOU for being smarter than me Rob and making me look smarter just by knowing you.  You are making this world a smarter place.  I think you are smart.  I hope you got that. (editor’s note: I got it)

These are the two people bringing you these blog updates.  You are in good hands.
These are the two people bringing you these blog updates. You are in good hands.
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