We went to church in Tulsa, ate lunch, then tried to see how far we could get without stopping while the kids napped.
We finally got to St. Louis and the kids settled into the doing their favorite hotel things...
Monday morning we ate breakfast and then trekked over to see the arch.
And then drove the rest of the way in to chicago. After we settled in our hotel we walked to dinner.
She loved this little train at the zoo! The zoo was too far to walk to get back to the hotel, so we had to catch a bus. We ended up running to get on it- with two small kids, a stroller, and a bag I was pretty happy when we made it back to the hotel!
The weather was perfect for being outside a lot- in the 70's. Tuesday was the warmest day of the time we were there so that evening when Michael was off we went to the beach.
After much needed naps we walked to the ghiradelli shop for a treat, then back to a playground we had seen on our walk. The kids played for a long time and I talked to a really nice local mom. The playground was completely fenced in with locks on the gates. I asked the mom why that was and she said so kids don't run out into the busy streets and so its not as easy for someone to take a kid.
Thursday we played in the hotel, went to a park to play, then met Michael for lunch. Then when he was off work we went to dinner and to Navy Pier. The children's museum there is free on Thursday nights and is really well done.
Our room had a ledge by the window and every time we came back to the room, Isabella would stand on it and say- Do you want to come see the view? We could see all of the downtown buildings, lights of the city, gardens on the roofs around us, rooftop tennis courts, and all kinds of things. She loved looking out.
Friday morning we headed for home. We made it to Joplin, MO and checked in our hotel and went swimming. Then Saturday we just had a little over three hours to get home. We stopped off at the Whale of Catoosa on the way home.
Michael is working on a video from the trip I will post when its finished!